Exploring the Russian Far East (this route is a must-try!)

Connecting the sprawling cities of the Russian Far East is a daunting task, with thousands of miles of barren rock fields, volcano ranges, and dense Siberian forests separating these communities. But today, I flew between two of the largest cities in this vast region, along with some fantastic scenery (this just might be my new favorite route).

Callsign: Aeroflot 320
Aircraft: Airbus A320 (Aeroflot)
Server: Expert
Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
Route: Khabarovsk Novy Airport (UHHH) - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport (UHPP)
Distance: 858 nm

Hope you enjoy!


Gear up, rocketing out of Khabarovsk Novy Airport.


Banking over the city of Khabarovsk, which is the largest city in the Russian Far East.


Climbing eastward out of mainland Russia.


Cruising over the Sea of Okhotsk.


Starting our descent over the Opala stratovolcano.


Making first contact with Petropavlovsk Unicom, as we pass the active stratovolcano Avachinsky.


Crossing Avacha Bay on short final for UHPP, getting a quick wing view of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. With a population of 179,000, this city is one of the easternmost in all of Russia.


Taxiing to the gate in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with the Koryaksky volcano towering over the airfield.

Anyways, with this being my new favorite route, I hope you all enjoyed as much as I did. Leave your thoughts down below, and let me know if you’ve ever flown through the Russian Far East!

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Wow great and stunning photos! Good job 👏

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Really nice! Love the scenery!

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Thank you so much!

Thank you! I was surprised myself to see such amazing terrain!

There are 2 amazing mountainous regions in Russia: near the border with Georgia and the far east. It’s a shame we don’t have any Aurora liveries, which is the aeroflot’s far eastern subsidiary which flies to almost everywhere in that region

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i agree… irl they use an Aurora a319 on this route, but IF doesn’t have thar, so i just went with the next best thing. i’ll have to try out southwestern russia sometime though!

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Wow I never realised the scenery is so peng there
I’m a person who flies in/around Russia very frequently in IF but I just never got to fly to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky yet so I’m defo flying there soon

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It’s quite out of the way, but the trip is totally worth it!

Totally doing this flight tomorrow great pictures!

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enjoy! definitely worth the trip!

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I believe that title goes to Vladivostok. But anyways nice pictures.

actually as of 2020, Khabarovsk is estimated to have a higher population than Vladivostok. thank you for the compliment though!

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finally someone that actually uses this airport
its so underrated yet its so cool

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thank you! i agree, very remote and underrated, but definitely worth the trip!

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Wow, I would have thought everything in this region was flat. I think I’ll take the SU 77W for a spin out here from Moscow this week.

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i thought about that route, a lil long for my liking though, hope you enjoy!

Wow I never even knew this place existed! I’ll definitely try this flight out!

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oh, I did not know aeroflot has A320 in game

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definitely a hidden gem of the simulator, have fun!

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