Domodedovo - BAX Barnaul return. S7 has been hyping their newer aircraft in their advertising but still use their older Soviet planes on most routes. Aeroflot is better but you have to change airports if you fly into SVO Shermetyevo to catch a domestic flight which is not for the faint of heart and not inexpensive ($40 or more) unless you know how to use the cheap bus between terminals. DME is more modern than SVO 2 (but no less a madhouse in the ticketing area) and is organized mass confusion at the domestic passenger x-ray area - keep your boarding pass and your ticket in your hand or say "e-ticket" if you only have a boarding pass and bought on-line; the international departure area is much better especially for those folks with western passports. At DME all the passengers sardined into a bus with no seats to the ancient Tupolev and had to walk up stairs. On the way back however the plane returned to a jetway thankfully. DME was a hellhole a decade ago but has been totally rebuilt (and remains under construction). Seats are extremely tight especially for my 6' 7" frame so I grabbed an empty bulkhead seat and was able to get the spacious emergency exit on the return flight with help from my Russian friend. Announcements on the plane are in Russian and heavily accented English. The emergency exits in the TU are partially blocked by the seats in front of the doors and the seat belts are not like the ones on western aircraft - some kind of loop system that is almost impossible to figure out how to make smaller or larger. The emergency exits have an obvious failure-prone system that is not idiot-proof. The TU also cannot support as much heavy or large luggage in the overheads as a modern western aircraft; they advise only using them for coats and small items. Barnaul is a small regional airport; no English announcements or signage. Upon arrival you need to enter a very small room and show your ticket with the matching luggage stickers to the attendant before you're allowed to leave with your bags. Unlike most American airlines they actually give you food during a 4-hour flight and it's not bad. Upon landing before the seat belt sign is off and even before the plane is even completely stopped at the gate Russians have already been into the overhead compartments and standing. I notice this on international flights with a lot of Russians on board too where exasperated Western flight attendants plead for people to sit down to no avail. Ticketing: they now have e-tickets since 2006. However you can't see the full terms and conditions until AFTER you bought the ticket. Almost all low fares are completely non-refundable and non- changeable when bought on-line. Even if the price goes lower after you bought they will not credit you the difference unlike a western airline.