Once again 4Aviation went to the MAKS airshow/exhibition at Zhukovsky airport in Russia. Also scheduled was a visit to the impressive museum of Monino and a visit to a maintenance company.
4Aviation offered this tour with a lot of flexibility, allowing the more than 40 participants to book their own flights at different times than offered, and also allowing them to spend their days differently from the 4Aviation planning. This way everybody could maximise his or her experience, which is the ultimate goal. This report is about the travellers who followed the program that 4Aviation offered.
An early start, at Wednesday 19 July, 2017 as we met at 04.45 at the well-known meeting point at Schiphol. The holiday rush we feared was not there, so we checked in rapidly and we were on our way to Warsaw with LOT. In Warsaw four additional travellers joined the group. At the airport terminal we were able to spot some military and civilian planes.
After arrival at Sheremetyevo it appeared that one suitcase didn’t make it from Warsaw. It took some time and administration to solve this (welcome to bureaucratic Russia), but it took five days until the suitcase was seen again (in Amsterdam, the suitcase never made it to Russia). The bus which took us to the hotel in Moscow finally appeared, after some phone-calls of our travel guide. Welcome to Russia! You get used to it, like getting used to the immense traffic around Moscow.
After arriving at the hotel everything went smooth. Some of the group went sight-seeing around the Red Square and the Kremlin, others visited a restaurant to get acquainted to the Russian kitchen or reliving this experience once more.
Finally this exciting day came to an end. Bring on the real work tomorrow.