In Soviet Russia there was a belief that they were building a class-free society. Nobody was more important than anyone else – this was declared, just because he had more money etc. So basically Soviet transportation at time had no such categories as “First Class”, “Second Class” or other. And on domestic flights of Aeroflot – the main Soviet airline there were no first class seats. However Aeroflot was transporting people not only inside USSR but worldwide and there they had to adopt the Western standards and since early 1950s they started implementing first-class service for the rich tourist. Here we have some photos of those, including the one with a granny on the first shot resting with comfort in the first class cabin – sometimes the foreign airliners of Aeroflot were used inside Soviet Union so anybody could go to the first class seats, tovarish. Let’s see more inside:
In 1957 LIFE magazine has made photos of the Soviet TU-104 plane first class cabin for the first time ever. It looked more like a train – it’s on the photo above.
The dogs were allowed to be carried inside the cabin.
“Soviet people during the flight don’t drink alcohol, like the Westerners but read Marx and study” – see the photo of Karl Marx, communist ideologist on the table.
Premium lunch on TU-104.
Luxury – leather and oak panels used inside of the TU-104.
And then TU-114 was introduced and it was even more comfortable with real beds. Comforters and pillows were handed.
Another shot of those.
So traveling Soviet didn’t always mean traveling without a comfort.
Another type of first-class seating on Aeroflot at that time.
And this is a “Presidential” suite. Used to carry top Communist officials.
And this is a Supersonic TU-144. The fast one. It also had a lacquered polished leather seated red-carpeted first class.
And those are Aeroflot promos of the late 1980s for the traveling first-class with Airport. See the dishes and Russian drinks.
Women were sophisticatedly hair-styled.
Dishes look like they arrived from the Russian New Year party.
Look how they look on food.
And on each other!
You’ll Enjoy It, You’ll Never Forget It. Trans-atlantic flights for $583 first class seat with finest vodka and black caviar you won’t get anywhere else.
Thanks to Ilya for compiling these all together.