The aircraft was developed by the Soviet Union; announced in 1971, it first flew on December 22, 1976, and entered commercial sevice in 1980. It was the first wide-body type built in the Soviet Union, and around 120 were built. Initially it was only flown by Aeroflot and, slightly later, China Northern Airlines.
It has special built-in airstairs for airports without boarding equipment.
The president of Russia flies in a specially modified Il-86; other airframes of the type have been modified for use in military roles such as airborne early warning and communications support.
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|Designation Series||Il-78 - Il-80 - Il-82 - Il-86 - Il-87 - Il-96 - Il-98|
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