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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Get Airline Catalogues Without Taking a Trip

Even if you are nowhere near an airplane, you can still browse for booze, toys and perfume in Russia's in-flight magazines.

Inflight.ru, located at home.peterstar.ru/inflight, offers an online catalogue of domestic airlines' publications, both newspapers and magazines, some dating back more than six years.

The site was launched last month, but Antony Titov, Inflight.ru's editor, began his collection back in 1996 during a trip on Pulkovo Airlines, when he took the in-flight magazine with him off the plane.

"Passengers are often ashamed of carrying in-flight publications off the airplane -- but in fact there is nothing criminal in this at all," he says on the site.

Titov began collecting in-flight publications in earnest in 2000, not just while flying but by visiting airlines' representative offices and using contacts in the aviation industry.

"As for the site, I thought: If I collect magazines, maybe there are others who collect them," he said in an e-mail interview.

"I know some abroad, and with the help of the site, I found one collector in Russia."

Titov says he flies often and so has ample opportunity to compare the different in-flight publications.

"In Russia, there are fewer advertisements and less information about the airline. As for the foreign ones: They are less interesting because they are too professional, they become dull," he said, adding that Air Botswana's in-flight magazine is an exception and has a "personal" appeal.

Magazines on airlines based outside the Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltics are not included on the site.

Titov mentions Samara Airlines' The Whole Sky as worth reading, while Ural Airlines Magazine is the "21st-century" in-flight publication.

Transaero's magazine also gets a thumbs-up, but Pulkovo Airlines "becomes a little dull."

He said the publication with the best design is Vnukovo Airlines, which produced three editions of its in-flight magazine before merging with Sibir Airlines last year.

Titov singled out Omskavia's newspaper as a little strange.

"It is the only in-flight publication where you can find information about a crashed plane," he said, referring to an article in the paper about the Bashkirian Airlines crash over Germany that resulted in the death of 71 people, mostly children.