Alrosa Air Company (Mirny) today (May 22) is retiring its last Tupolev Tu-134.
The pictured Tu-134B-3 RA-65693 today is operating flight 6R 693 between Mirny and Novosibirsk in Siberia.
After completing its final flight, the aircraft will be transferred to the Museum of Aviation History of Tolmachevo Airport, where it will join the previously decommissioned Tu-154M RA-85684, known as Izhma.
Above Copyright Photo: Seen in a previous, mostly Aeroflot, livery: Alrosa Avia (Alrosa Air Company) Tupolev Tu-134B-3 RA-65693 (msn 63221) (Aeroflot colors) VKO (Christian Volpati Collection). Image: 946578.
Alrosa Avia (Alrosa Air Company) (Alrosa Airlines) (Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise) (Moscow-Zhukovsky) is planning to add this former Sky Airlines (Turkey) Boeing 737-800 on lease from GECAS. This will be a new type for the Russian charter airline. Currently the airline is operating Tupolev Tu-134s and it is also wet leasing a Boeing 737-76Q (VQ-BEO, msn 30293) from Yakutia Airlines in a different two-tone blue color scheme.
Sister company Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny, Russia) was founded by the Russian mining company ALROSA (ALmazy ROssil SAkha Trade Company), hence the diamond logo.
Alrosa Avia commenced operations in 1995. The group currently operates 10 aircraft types. In 2008, the fleet was expanded with the Tupolev Tu-134s and Tu-154s. The fleet now comprises 41 fixed wing aircraft and 29 helicopters.
Alrosa is also introducing this new “diamond” livery with this delivery.
Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-83N N302TZ (msn 32576) was delivered new to ATA Airlines on June 29, 2001. It would later fly with Gol (PR-GIC), Transavia Airlines (PH-HST) and Sky Airlines (TC-SKR) before becoming the current M-ABFV. The airliner will be delivered from Dublin as EI-FCH.