S7 Airlines congratulates civil aviation veterans on the TU-104's Anniversary
The first Tu-104 aircraft divisions outside Moscow were set up in Irkutsk and Novosibirsk, where Tolmachevo, the largest airport in Russia east of the Urals, was opened in 1957. Also at Tolmachevo, a Flight Training Center (FTC) was set up, where pilots from throughout the USSR learned to fly the Tu-104, as Moscow could not cope with the number of learners. Both Novosibirsk and Irkutsk had up to 30 Tu-104 aircraft in their own fleets. It was only with the advent of the Tu-104 that the numerous long-haul routes that still pass through the airports today began. Thanks to all this, a major manufacturing and aviation base for the exploitation of jet aviation technology was created in Siberia.
S7 Airlines is today marking the anniversary of the first Tu-104 flight, and paying tribute to the memory of the Soviet aviators thanks to whose work and experience the company presently occupies a leading position in Russian civil aviation. The airline's three main hubs are in Moscow, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, cities through which the Tu-104's first routes passed. The airline also has a branch in Omsk, with an independent S7 Airlines air squadron.
The airline congratulates all the civil aviation veterans in Russia on the anniversary of the Tu-104 airliner!