The first Soviet intercontinental jet passenger aircraft has become Il-62, developed in S.V. Ilyushin Design Bureau. The prototype took off January 2, 1963. Series production began in 1966.
Since 1973 advanced aircraft Il-62M with new engines and a maximum range of over 11,000 km was adopted in operation. Just before 2004 there were produced 190 Il-62M.
Il-62 served as the flagship of Aeroflot for several decades. They are actively supplied to many countries of the socialist camp. A small number of Il-62M are in operation today.