Russian Technologies (Moscow), the parent of the prospective Rosavia, has announced its intent for a tentative order with Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) for up to 65 planes (types to be determined) according to this report by Reuters.
Russian Technologies has a reported deal with Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) to buy the aircraft and lease the aircraft to the flag carrier. Oddly Aeroflot has been adding Airbus equipment, but will consider the offer.
It is unclear if the aircraft will also be operated for the planned Rosavia.Rosavia was going to be a Russian state-owned airline, formed from several airlines bankrupted by high oil prices. The new airline was to have been Russia’s largest airline with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft.
The fleet was to due to include the aircraft of KrasAir, Domodedovo Airlines, Samara Airlines and Atlant-Soyuz Airlines. Rosavia would have also merged the following state-controlled carriers: Rossiya, Orenair, Kavminvodyavoa, Vladivostok Air, Dalavia and Saravia.
Rosavia (Moscow) will not fly as Russia’s second big state airline according to Reuters. The Russian government reversed its previous policy and announced today (February 2) that six airlines which were to due to be merged under the Rosavia name will be privatised this year in order for the assets to be merged into Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow). The government previously wanted to combine bankrupt state aviation assets under the state corporation Russian Technologies and set up a new subsidiary named Rosavia to merge six state airlines, namely Rossiya Russian Airlines, KMV Avia (Kavminvodyavia), Vladivostok Air (Vladivostock Avia), Orenair (Orenburg Airlines), Saratov Airlines and SAT Airlines (Sakhalinskie Aviatrassy) (Sakhalin Airlines) under the Rosavia name and compete against Aeroflot. These airlines are now expected to become history. Is Aeroflot headed back to its Soviet size where it was once the world’s largest airline?
Rosavia (Moscow) has delayed its $2.5 billion tender offer to acquire 65 aircraft raising doubts about the future of the new state-owned airline. The airline was going to merge the aircraft from KrasAir, Domodedovo Airlines, Samara Airlines and Atlant-Soyuz Airlines into the new airline coupled with the new aircraft order. In addition, state-owned Rossiya, Orenair, Kavminvodyavia, Vladivostok Air, Dalavia and Saravia were also expected to be merged into the new entity.