Here’s something you can’t see every day – an Ilyushin IL-96 400T. There aren’t many of them – less than 20 IL-96’s of all types are currently in service, and with the exception of three pax IL-96-300’s operated by Cubana, all of them are based in Russia.
This one, RA-96103 (id: 01003) belongs to Polet Airlines. Based in Voronezh, Russia, Polet operates a variety of aircraft ranging from the Antonov An-24 and Saab 2000 props to the massive Antonov An-124.
Polet is currently the sole operator of the 400T, which has a 92-ton capacity and is powered by four Aviadvigatel PS90-A1 turbofans. The main deck can take 26 pallets, while the lower hold can take up to 32 LD3’s (front and rear combined).
This somewhat smoky Il-96 400T was captured landing at Leipzig/Halle by contributor Toni Filler.
Photographer: Toni Filler. Click on the photo to see it at full size. To see more of Toni’s work, click here.
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