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End of an era as iconic Soviet workhorse Tupolev Tu-154 performs final scheduled passenger flight in Russia

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Although beloved by many of its former passengers, the plane also had its fair share of crashes. In 2010, the Tu-154 was famously involved in the Smolensk air disaster, which killed all 96 passengers including Polish President Lech Kaczyński. In 2016, a Tu-154 crash killed 64 members of the world-famous Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir.

In modern times, Russian airlines have mainly switched to foreign-produced Boeing and Airbus planes. However, in recent years, the Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet has also become popular. At present, Aeroflot has 54 homemade aircraft in its 244-strong fleet, with the company mostly using the EU-built Airbus A320.

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