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Posted: 08 Jan 2014
Russian Air Taxi
The sky over mainland Russia, flitting between regional capitals.
The bright-orange Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 turboprops are a giveaway. And the fact that they're aeroplanes. Book online, pick-up at convenient local airport, pay per km.
Russia's first ‘air-taxi' service prides itself on being better than Aeroflot. Apparently the PC-12 is very easy to fly, with excellent navigation. Which helps...
Single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. Cruises at 500kph and can carry 1,500kg and six passengers, with a range of 4,000km. The PC-12 has been landed on gravel runways and at -43°. Which is also good to know.
Risk of death
Low. Considering most short-haul Russian airlines have fairly ropey safety records, Dexter Taxis look like the best bet for Russian air-commuting.
Qualified pilots, thankfully, but a woeful lack of cabin crew, so bring your own beluga.
RUB160 (about 4 Euros) per km