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Also known as OrenAir, this Russian airline operates domestic passenger services and inclusive tour charters.

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      10.06.2012 16:53

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      I had to fly from Minsk to Orenburg via Moscow (Domodedovo) in May - June 2012. The connection from Minsk to Moscow was done by S7 (Siberian) airlines, and that was perfect - no problems, new plane, friendly stuards. However OrenAir flights (which S7 uses on this part of the route) were full of troubles.

      First, flight Moscow - Orenburg was delayed for 2 hours, because they decided to merge two flights into one. Plane was packed, and pretty tight to sit in. Landing in Orenburg was terrible - we almost fall on the ground (they use Boeing 737 on this route). Everyone was quite scared.

      On the way back - another trouble: we had even less luggage than on the way to Orenburg, however they claim we have extra luggage - more than 16 kg! They changed rules so that cabin luggage counts to the total weight (which is 20kg per passenger) - so untypical!!!. In the result our 2 pieces by 8kg that we took into cabin were charged almost $70 for overweight.

      I heard that Lufthansa is making flights to Orenburg these days. Going to try in next time.

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      12.12.2008 18:18
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      OrenAir (formerly known as Orenburg Air) is a Russian airline that serves thge cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, Orenburg and Orsk (amongst others). My experiences of them have been on the Moscow Domodedovo-Orenburg route.

      The last flight I took with them was back in February 08. Domodedovo has undergone a huge refurbishment programme in the last few years (that's a separate review), and I was able to check in for my flight soon after arriving at the airport, which is a boon, as I could then sit down for a rest, browse the shops and use the other facilities before going for the flight.

      They usually board passengers using buses at Domodedovo that take you from the gate to the plane.

      They've now got Boeing 737-500 and -800 planes that are slowly replacing their old Tu-154/134 planes, so the flights on these are more comfortable and relaxing.

      Because this flight's only 2 hours long, there's no in-flight movie, etc., but they do serve drinks and a snack (usually like a bread roll, cold meat and some fruit).

      The announcements were done in both Russian and English, which is a good thing especially as my Russian's very limited, but I think this may be an IATA rule now.

      The fares aren't too bad value for money, especially if you can get a Russian friend to buy and send your ticket(s) to you, although you can buy the tickets through the East Line ticket agency website, linked from the Domodedovo Airport website.

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