was the only air transportation organization in USSR, and as such experienced both no competition and the excessive overstrains during all its existence. The socialist welfare was so strong (miserable US $ equivalent of a personal income did not surely mirror some rather favorite inner life rates table) to permit the country's citizens to travel like mad! As the result, when one would say a service suffered one would only scratch the surface ..
Somewhere in late February '90 "Aeroflot" have suddenly claimed for the currency payment by foreigners ... It was maybe reasonable for airlines and neutral to common domestic traveller - when killed any (internationally related) cultural initiative in its roots!