The Il-62 was the first Soviet intercontinental jet passenger aircraft. The prototype took off for the first time on January 2, 1963 and series production began in 1966. Since 1973 the advanced Il-62M has been in operation, which featured new engines and a maximum range of over 11,000 kilometers. Just before 2004 there had been 190 produced of this version. Il-62 served as the flagship of Aeroflot for several decades. They were supplied to several other countries of the Socialist camp and a small number are still in operation today.