Boryspil Airport Restaurant, Kyiv 1980
This stylish image of an Aeroflot Tupolev jet with a contrail of colors was on the cover of a celebratory 1980 Moscow Olympics menu from the Boryspil Airport restaurant outside of Kyiv in what was then Soviet Russia. Boryspil (International) Airport was established in 1959 with flights to Moscow and Leningrad. In the 1980s, limited international service began but ordinary Soviet citizens were not allowed to depart abroad from Kyiv, being restricted to fly only from Moscow airports. In 1991 Aeroflot added a direct service to New York.
Aeroflot was founded in 1923, making it one of the oldest airlines in the world. It flies to 146 destinations in 52 countries. From its inception to the early 1990s, Aeroflot was the flag carrier and a state-owned enterprise of the Soviet Union (USSR). During this time, Aeroflot grew its fleet to over five thousand domestically-manufactured aircraft and expanded to operate a domestic and international flight network of over three thousand destinations throughout the Soviet Union and the globe, making it also the airline the largest in the world at the time.
The menu interior has an image of Misha, the mascot of the troubled 1980 Olympics. Some 65 countries, including the United States, boycotted the Summer Olympics in protest against the 1979 Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The original menu was sold to us by a vendor in Ukraine who shipped it out just days before the Russian invasion began in February 2022.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.