Description: RA-85834 (cn 98A1014)
The Tupolev Tu-154 (NATO reporting name: Careless) is a Soviet medium-range trijet airliner, equivalent to the Boeing 727. It remains the standard airliner for domestic routes in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union and to a lesser extent in eastern Europe and Iran. The mainstay of Russian airlines for several decades, the Tu-154 has carried about half of all passengers flown by Aeroflot and its subsidiaries, approx. 137 mill passengers/year. It has also been exported and operated by at least 17 foreign airlines.
Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise was an airline based in St Petersburg, Russia. It operated the Pulkovo Airport and was 100% state owned. It was the third largest airline in Russia. On 29 October 2006 it completed a merger with government owned Russia State Transport Company to form a new company under the Rossiya name.