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.
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny) lost its Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 (msn 90A-851) in Siberia on September 7. The airliner while operating flight 6R 514 from Polyarny to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 72 passengers and nine crew members suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. An emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport. The aircraft overran the overgrown runway on landing and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived the crash landing. The aircraft is a write off since it will not be able to be recovered.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. RA-85684 is pictured at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport just three days prior to the accident.