As I wrote about yesterday, I’m shortly headed to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with Matthew from Live and Let’s fly. I can’t wait to try Uzbekistan Airways’ 787 from New York to Tashkent, which should be an… interesting experience.
Photo courtesy Anna Zvereva, Wikimedia Commons
In the comments section I asked for tips about what we should do in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and reading these comments has made both of us more excited about the trip.
As aviation geeks, there’s something especially intriguing, though. Several of you mentioned how Uzbekistan Airways operates the Ilyushin Il-114. This is a Russian built plane, and only 20 of them were ever produced. Uzbekistan Airways has six of these planes in their fleet. Give that we have several days in Tashkent, how could we not fly one of these?
The Il-114 is a small prop plane with just 52 seats, in an all economy configuration.
Anyway, since there are an impressive number of Uzbekistan experts reading the blog, any thoughts on which destination in Uzbekistan we should visit for a day trip on the Il-114? We’d of course love to fly the plane and visit a cool city. It looks like Uzbekistan operates these planes primarily on domestic routes.
In looking at Uzbekistan Airways’ timetable, it seems they fly the Il-114 to Bukhara, Karshi, Navoi, Nukus, Termez, and Urgench.
Based on some initial research, Bukhara looks especially interesting, though you guys are the experts.
So, are we crazy for wanting to fly the Il-114? Which city should we fly to for the day?
(Featured image courtesy Andrew Dyubin, Wikimedia Commons)