Sir - I feel that Clifford Tonkin (Flight International, Letters, 8-14 March, P64) is being unfair to former Soviet Bloc aircraft by trotting out the old cliche, that these aircraft do not meet recognised standards.

AirRep has operated more than 2,000 uneventful cargo flights in the last couple of years, usually with Ilyushin Il-76s and Antonov An-26 freighters. As a commercial operation, we have a responsibility to ourselves, and our customers to provide the best value, for money and performance. Perhaps Mr Tonkin should be aware of these facts before blanketing all former Soviet aircraft with such negative views.


Managing Director

AirRep UK

Crawley, West Sussex, UK

Source: Flight International