The Ilyushin IL-96 is a long-range aircraft produced by the Soviet Union and subsequently Russia. First flying on 28 September 1988, it entered service with Aeroflot on 29 December 1992.

Powered by four Aviadvigatel PS-90 turbofan engines, the aircraft is designed to fly lengthy missions of 11,300 to 13,500 kilometres distance. Its widebody interior allows 237, 263 or 300 passengers in a three, two or single class configuration.

Ilyushin IL-96 Video

Following on from the last video about the McDonnell Douglas MD-90, we head over to the Soviet Union for a look at the Ilyushin IL-96. This video runs for a little under 10 minutes and is produced by Skyships Eng, who do some great presentations.

It is explained in the video how the IL-96 is a significant upgrade of its predecessor, the Ilyushin IL-86. The new aircraft features a supercritical wing, a glass cockpit and fly-by-wire controls.

What I really enjoy is the footage showing the design of the plane and pieces filmed on the production line. Looking into the cabin of a Cubana aircraft shows how there are no overhead bins in the centre, something relatively rare.

Even though the IL-96 entered service in the 1990s, it was still operated by three crew. As the video says, it was upgraded enough to no longer require the navigator, however at this time, Western built aircraft were being operated by just two pilots. Interesting!

Overall Thoughts

Just thirty Ilyushin IL-96 aircraft have been produced to date and just two remain in service with Cuba’s Cubana de Aviación. There is a new version in production called the IL-96-400M and its first flight is expected in 2021.

Considering it will still have four engines, I can’t forsee it becoming a popular choice for many or any airlines. Still, you never know what may happen in the future and hopefully it is a success.

Have you flown on the Ilyushin IL-96 and what was it like? Did you enjoy the video? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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