"Now that we're in Moscow, about to board the plane, I can tell you: this is a very interesting airline."
If I hadn't been exhausted from lack of sleep, I probably would have run screaming after hearing Dirk tell me exactly how interesting the airline was that I was about to board. 'Tajik Air' is an ode to the 1960s. But Tajik Air didn't have to pay the latest interior designer and architect to replicate its retro "design"; Tajik Air's "furnishings" are genuine - from the mechnical bells to the rope-style baskets in front of the seats and to the little transparent curtains in between sections.
Later, I heard that Tajik Air went through a spate of crashes a while back - mostly because of overloaded planes and people sitting in the aisles. Perhaps it had something to do with 1960s equipment, but hey, you never know. Marek says that they are much better now and that there hasn't been a crash in ages. I live in hope since we have to make our way back and there is only one way ;)
Apparently the airline's monopoly ends next year. This will be a very, very good thing: this place is amazing - the scenery is incredible and the people are warm and so welcoming.