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Transaero Airlines starts offering “Discount Class”

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) following up on our previous report, on January 14, 2014, started to offer a new low-cost product called Discount Class.

Discount class is offered on certain Transaero flights from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on a number of popular domestic and international routes including those to London, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Rome,Milan, Tel Aviv, Vilnius, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Stavropol, Ufa, Khanty-Mansiysk, Kiev, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Astana, Almaty, Karaganda, Yerevan, Antalya.

During the first day of the service launch, the airline carried about 5,000 passengers on 54 Discount Class flights on Boeing 737 and Tu-214 aircraft (above).

All seats on specified flights are sold according to Discount Class rules. The ticket fares include, in accordance with the Russian Federal Aviation Rules, free drinks and food or meals depending on flight length. Passengers are also offered a choice of newspapers and an opportunity to buy duty-free goods onboard. However, Discount Class passengers won’t be able to order special meals. Passengers on these flights can carry 10, 15 or 20 kilos of luggage, depending on tariff of the purchased ticket.

Members of the Transaero Privilege frequent flyer program may earn points travelling in Discount Class at a 50% rate. They can also get reward tickets for these flights.

The new product by Transaero Airlines guarantees a reasonable balance of comfort and affordable ticket prices.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Tupolev Tu-214 RA-64518 (man 42305018) arrives in London (Heathrow).

Transaero Airlines: AG Slide Show


Air Koryo wants to expand to Southeast Asia and Europe

Air Koryo (Pyongyang) has been limited in its operations mainly due to international sanctions against North Korea. According to this report by the Telegraph quoting the North Korean state media, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), state-run Air Koryo wants to expand to Southeast Asia and Europe. In addition, approved travel to North Korea will now be offered year round.

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What is like to travel to North Korea on Air Koryo? Read this report by CNN: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Any photo taken in North Korea is a rare photo. Tourists (and photographers) are now able to visit this rarely-seen country. This venerable Tupolev Tu-134B-3 P-814 (msn 66368) is still operating in the country. P-814 is seen on the ramp at Sondok, North Korea. The older Russian-built aircraft, namely the Ilyushin Il-62s and Tupolev Tu-134s and Tu-154s have reportedly been banned from flying over neighboring Chinese airspace. If Air Koryo wants to expand it will have to upgrade its aging fleet. The airline has recently added newer Antonov An-148s and Tupolev Tu-204s.

Air Koryo (take a look at the fleet behind the curtain): AG Slide Show

Red Wings Airlines is resurrected and resumes operations

Red Wings Airlines‘ (Moscow-Vnukovo) Air Operators Certificate (AOC) has been recertified and the carrier has relaunched operations.

The company issued this statement (translated from Russian):

Federal Air Transport Agency has renewed the certificate of the operator Red Wings to carry commercial passengers and freight. The airline since it was grounded, has added a new CEO. Red Wings has conducted a revision of its aircraft crew training, as well as to address the deficiencies and violations found during the unscheduled inspections at the beginning of this year. Together, the common set of measures taken has allowed Red Wings to provide proof of its readiness to continue its activities. In this regard, the Federal Air Transport Agency has positively reviewed the application of Red Wings for the resumption of its business and commercial passenger and freight traffic from June 17, 2013.

The airline has resumed operations with two Tupolev Tu-204s. Previously the Russian carrier was ground in February 2013 following the crash of flight 9268 with RA-64047 on December 29, 2012 in Moscow.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Tupolev Tu-204-100V RA-64043 (msn 1450743164043) prepares to land at the vacation destination of Antalya, Turkey.

Red Wings Airlines: AG Slide Show

Red Wings Airlines is grounded by the Russian authorities

Red Wings Airlines (Moscow-Vnukovo) had its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) suspended by the Russian authorities today (February 4) due to an audit of the airline by the Russian authorities. The airline came under stronger scrutiny after the recent December 29 crash in Moscow as previously reported. The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):

On February 4, 2013 the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia (Rosaviatsia) suspended the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of our airline. The decision was made ​​based on the inspection of the airline from 10 to January 10-16, 2013. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, published on their official website, they have been found “numerous significant violations in the organization of flight operations, aircraft maintenance, pilot training and other shortcomings in the airline with systemic problems.” The December 29, 2012 crash is not the cause of the suspension of our airline.  The Commission concluded that Red Wings continues to meet certification requirements. On December 28, 2012 Rostransnadzor completed an audit of our company. The audit identified 18 comments, 2 of them removed during the test. At the moment, the audit removed another 10 comments, of which 6  are being addressed. None of the comments did not prevent the further work of the company. It should also be noted that the airline has not yet received an official certificate from the Federal Air Transport Agency of the unscheduled inspection on the basis of which the decision was taken to suspend the AOC. Once the document is received, the company intends to respond promptly to all complaints of the aviation authority to resume flight operations.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Tupolev Tu-204-100 RA-64019 (msn 1450743164019) lines up to land at Antalya, Turkey.

Red Wings Airlines: AG Slide Show

Red Wings Airlines’ Tupolev Tu-204 RA-64047 crashes today at Moscow, four dead

Red Wings Airlines‘ (Moscow-Vnukovo) Tupolev Tu-204-100B RA-64047 (msn 1450743164047) crashed today (December 29) while landing at its home base of Vnukovo on a non-revenue flight. RA-64047 was being operated as ferry flight RWZ 9268. The jetliner ran off the end of the runway on landing, crashed into the side of the adjacent roadway (see video below), broke up and caught on fire killing at least four people of the eight on board according to this report by Global News.

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Copyright Photo: Eurospot. RA-64047 is pictured on final approach to Antalya prior to the tragic crash.

Video: The moment of impact along the airport road was captured on video:

Red Wings Airlines: AG Slide Show

Aeroflot to have an Airbus A320 1956 retrojet in 2013

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) will introduce an Airbus A320 retrojet in 2013 painted in the 1956 Tupolev Tu-104 livery. The company has issued the following statement:

On November 12, 2012 the open Internet voting for Aeroflot new aircraft retro livery was finished. Celebrating the company’s 90-th Anniversary, an airplane in a heritage livery will join the Aeroflot fleet in 2013.

In the middle of this summer Aeroflot addressed to its passengers through social networks, asking about their vision of expected Aeroflot jubilee events. As a result, more than 45 per cent of our flyers wished to see one of the national carrier’s aircraft in a retro livery.

So, the voting in Aeroflot official Facebook group had begun. There were four candidates representing four different types of painting historically worn by Aeroflot airplanes. More than 2500 passengers participated in the voting process, and the livery of one of the first world’s jet airliners – Tupolev Tu-104 (appeared in 1956) was declared a winner.

During the voting Aeroflot received from its passengers a lot of useful recommendations and remarks, which will allow updating and improving of the color scheme of the livery.

One of the brand new A320 aircraft to make part of Aeroflot fleet in the first middle of 2013 will wear a retro livery. The painting itself will be made at the Airbus manufacturing plant.

Top Image: Aeroflot.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection. Tupolev Tu-104B CCCP-42507 (msn 021905) in the original 1956 livery taxies away from the departure gate at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. Aeroflot introduced the new jet type on September 15, 1956 on the Moscow-Omsk-Irkutsk route. This was the world’s first sustained jet airline service. Aeroflot commenced international flights with the Tu-104 on October 12, 1956 from Moscow to Prague.

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Red Wings Airlines opens up a new scheduled route to Yekaterinburg

Red Wings Airlines (Moscow-Vnukovo) will open up regularly scheduled flights from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Ekaterinburg (Koltsovo) starting on August 27. Flights will be operated Monday through Friday. Departure from Moscow at 4 pm (1600) and from Koltsovo at 9:40 pm (2140).

Yekaterinburg is the fourth-largest city in Russia with a population of nearly 1.4 million people. The city is situated in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Red Wings is the largest operator of the Tupolev Tu-204. Tu-204-100B RA-64046 completes its final approach into Antalya, Turkey. 

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Alrosa Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 crash lands in Siberia

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.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M crashes on approach to Smolensk with Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 86 others

Polish Air Force (Warsaw) Tupolev Tu-154M 101 (msn 90A837) VIP transport has crashed on approach near the Smolensk Airport in Russia, about 275 miles west of Moscow near the Polish border. The aircraft was attempting to land in the fog. Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane, according to the Polish foreign ministry. A total of 96 people have died in the crash.

President Kaczynski was on board along with his wife Maria and several senior government figures. They were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, where Soviet troops killed thousands of Poles in World War II.

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Copyright Photo: Jacek Fiszer. The Polish Air Force operates two Tupolev Tu-154Ms (101 and 102) as VIP transports. Sister aircraft Tu-154M 102 (msn 862) with Republic of Poland titles is pictured on approach to Warsaw.

ATU’s (Aviastar-TU) Tupolev Tu-204-100 RA-64011 crashes at Moscow on March 22

ATU (Aviastar-TU) (Moscow) probably lost its Tupolev Tu-204-100 RA-64011 (msn 1450741364011) at Moscow (Domodedovo) on March 22 (click on photo for details). All crew members on board were injured.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. RA-64011 lands at Antalya before the accident on June 5, 2009.