First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

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: First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

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.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

The dogs were allowed to be carried inside the cabin.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

“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.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Premium lunch on TU-104.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Luxury – leather and oak panels used inside of the TU-104.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

And then TU-114 was introduced and it was even more comfortable with real beds. Comforters and pillows were handed.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Another shot of those.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

So traveling Soviet didn’t always mean traveling without a comfort.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Another type of first-class seating on Aeroflot at that time.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

And this is a “Presidential” suite. Used to carry top Communist officials.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

And this is a Supersonic TU-144. The fast one. It also had a lacquered polished leather seated red-carpeted first class.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

And those are Aeroflot promos of the late 1980s for the traveling first-class with Airport. See the dishes and Russian drinks.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Women were sophisticatedly hair-styled.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Dishes look like they arrived from the Russian New Year party.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

Look how they look on food.

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

And on each other!

First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners

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.

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18 thoughts on “First Class Seats in Soviet Airliners”

  1. 525 roubles or 583 dollars, so in 60’s USD/RUB was 0.9 and today it’s 65…wow!

    It’s interesting that these times, the airliners looked like trains. Now the trains look more and more like airliners…

  2. This makes me nervous flying modern aircrafts, i am not afraid to fly but after watching the interiour standard on thos pictures and seen the interiour in a modern airplane i beginn to concidering about how safe the modern planes actually are… (i know they are, but still… Something here makes me feel lot more safe flying an old Veteran plane built with this standard…)

  3. Not only did they have no distinction in “First Class”, “Second Class” – apparently they did not have seatbelts either. @EW: Imagine what happens when a take-off is rejected while everybody is lounging – lengthwise – on a large couch!

    Old airplanes certainly look more romantic, ‘classy’, comfortable. But their power reserves are less, MTBF of components is less, there’s more corrosion (no carbon/composites) and decades less of safet-experience compared to modern aircraft. Safety has definitely approved since the time these photographs were taken.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but it was probably only the elite that was able, or allowed, to fly. So no need for a distinction in class 😉

    • Yes, that´s true. However, i think they had seatbelts even back in time, at least in Europe.

      I will gladly pay a little bit more to sit comfotable if i had that option seen on the pictures today…

  4. Only very privileged people could fly like this.
    Majority of people in the Soviet Union could not
    even dream about flying with such comfort.

    And, of course, photo with Karl Marx is staged
    for propaganda.

    • Did you even read the article? The first class wasn’t meant for everyone. Only foreigners and officials. The rest were lucky to be seated when none of those were on board.

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