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Transaero unveils its Boeing 747-400 Siberian Tiger livery on EI-XLN in support of the Amur Tiger Center

Transaero 747-400 EI-XLN (15-Siberian Tiger)(Nose) VKO (Transaero)(LR)

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of the new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme is designed to “draw attention of the international and Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued:

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The project, called “Striped Flight”, has acquired the characteristics and features of the tiger with the nose of the aircraft adorned in the image of the head of the Amur tiger.

According to surveys conducted in 2015, the Amur tiger population in Russia in the wild has stabilized at around 510-540 individuals.

In the coming decade, the fate of tigers and the whole natural complex will largely depend on the concerted action of the international community. The airline and the Amur Tiger Center have joined forces under the motto: “Let’s save nature together.”

In flight, Transaero passengers on “Striped flight” will be able to view the documentaries produced by the Center under the “Siberian Tiger” project.

The Amur Tiger Center, located in Moscow and Vladivostok, specializes in the protection of Siberian Tigers.

All photos by Transaero Airlines.

Transaero Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Transaero 747-400 EI-XLN (15-Siberian Tiger)(Nose-1) VKO (Transaero)(LR)

 

Pobeda reaches the one million passenger milestone

Pobeda (Moscow-Vnukovo), the low-cost carrier subsidiary of Aeroflot Group, yesterday (June 3) carried its millionth passenger.

Anna Bryk, a student at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, bought a ticket for the Moscow-Sochi flight departing at 1:00 pm.

A ceremony to celebrate the landmark was held at Pobeda’s home airport of Vnukovo in Moscow. Participants included Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vnukovo airport Vitaly Vantsev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pobeda and CEO of Aeroflot Vitaly Saveliev, and CEO of Pobeda Andrei Kalmykov.

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Pobeda made its first flight on December 1, 2014 and currently operates flights to 34 destinations in Russia with a fleet of 11 brand-new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. In the first three months of 2015, it became one of Russia’s 10 largest airlines.

In January to May 2015, passenger numbers rose by 27.9% to 5.668 million.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Pobeda Boeing 737-8LJ WL VQ-BTC (msn 41203) arrives at the Vnukovo Airport base.

Air Armenia suspends operations until December 20

Air Armenia (Yerevan) has suspended all operations until at least December 20 as it reorganizes. The company started operations on March 18, 2003. The airline has issued this statement:

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On October 22 it has turned a year, as the airline “Air Armenia” has been implementing transportation of passengers. This is reported by the press service of the airline “Air Armenia”. The report, particularly, is transmitted as follows: “Over the past year airline “Air Armenia”, as the only Armenian air carrier, served passengers implementing flights to Russia and Europe.

The year for airline “Air Armenia”, as for the only Armenian air carrier, was full of both achievements and undesired, unexpected events. According to the extended information, during the summer there were taken some measures to obstruct the activity of the airline, aiming to discomfit the Armenian air carrier. This can create desirable conditions for foreign airlines to provide independent policy and monopoly control over the Armenian sky.

On September 11 of this year, through the media sources Russian air navigation stated that airline “Air Armenia” was going to be disabled to realize flights to Russian Federation since September 21. This announcement caused a great harm and a lot of trouble for the only Armenian air carrier.

The statement of Russian air navigation was also spread in Armenia by the Armenian media sources, which led to the fall of airline prestige, causing huge financial losses. The statement brought up a panic among the passengers, the creditors and the debetors. Many passengers began returning already purchased air tickets. A huge mass of the passengers refused being served by the Armenian air carrier. Ticket sales dropped by, more than, 60%. While all the lenders were demanding their money back, ignoring the previous agreement on the transfer schedule, the debetors refused to transfer the money got from the air ticket sales, bringing the possibility of ticket returns as an explanation. In this case they would have to return the money back to passengers.

The two airplanes (A320s), operated by airline “Air Armenia” are now in the Netherlands, getting some maintenance. Maintenance of the airplanes is a mandatory procedure that is implemented in the framework of the agreement with the company, giving these airplanes on credit.

In addition to the panic and uncertainty of the society, A320 owners demanded the planned maintenance of an airplane and a non-planned one of another airplane as well. They insisted on holding the maintaining process in the airport of theirs so as to be safe. Surprisingly, the airline “Air Armenia” managed to find the energy, strength and resources to organize some flights with just one airplane.

The disinformation, spread by 1in.am on October 22 also caused a lot of serious problems for airline “Air Armenia” causing even more losses. Air ticket sales in Armenia decreased by 80%. At the same time, many agents held the revenue in case of possible return of the money.

As a result, the profit dropped to a critical minimum, and the transportation of passengers was impossible. In this situation, the airline has decided to take some radical actions leading to financial reconstruction, flights graphic’s improving until December 20, making an emphasis on the flights being highly demanded.

At the current time, we plan to collect some financial sources to be able to get back the 2 A320 airplanes, so as to go live with all the flights according to the winter schedule, announced previously starting from December 20.

The only Armenian airline “Air Armenia” thanks all the loyal passengers and partners, bringing apologies for this unpleasant situation and the inconvenience.

Top Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Armenia). Airbus A320-214 EK32039 (msn 1439) approaches the runway at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

Air Armenia Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

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Air Armenia is coming to Frankfurt

Air Armenia (Yerevan) will start a new twice-weekly route to Frankfurt on September 2. Previously the growing carrier started twice-weekly Paris (CDG) service on April 30.

Air Armenia is a private airline established in Armenia in 2003 and is based at Yerevan’s Zvartnots Airport.

For 10 years since its foundation, Air Armenia has only operated cargo flights, except for a short period in 2003-2004 when it was contracted to operate passenger flights.

Upon liberalization of air passenger transportation policy in Armenia in 2013, Air Armenia launched regular passenger services to Russia, and is planning to expand to other destinations in the CIS, Europe and Middle East.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 EK32039 (msn 1439) arrives in Moscow (Vnukovo).

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Air Armenia is coming to Paris and Athens

Air Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia) on April 30 will launch twice-weekly Airbus A320 service to Paris (CDG). The Armenian carrier will also start twice-weekly flights to Athens on the same day per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 EK32039 (msn 1439) approaches the runway at Moscow (Vnukovo).

Air Armenia: AG Slide Show

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Boeing delivers the first directly purchased Boeing 737-800 to UTair of Russia

Boeing (Chicago) has delivered to UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk), one of Russia’s leading national carriers, its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. Boeing 737-8LP VP-BUL (msn 41707) was handed over yesterday (October 9). The airline currently has 40 Next-Generation 737s on order to be delivered in the next several years.

UTair’s new 737-800 seats 162 passengers and features the new Boeing Sky Interior. This interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers. It introduces LED lighting and curved architecture that welcomes passengers onboard and creates a greater sense of spaciousness and comfort in the cabin. The interior also features modern, sculpted sidewalls and overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling, yet carry more bags.

The Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for more than 6,500 airplanes, while the whole 737 family has surpassed 11,000 orders to date.

Based in Russia, UTair is an integrated air carrier and aircraft services company with over 40 years of experience. Today, UTair operates one of the largest aircraft fleets in Russia and ranks among the top three largest Russian carriers by passenger volume.

Top Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Acquired in the aircraft market, sister ship Boeing 737-8GU WL VQ-BQP (msn 37553) arrives at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

UTair (Russia): AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 737-8LP VP-BUL (msn 41707) is pictured at Boeing Field in Seattle before the hand over.

UTair adds an ex-Continental Boeing 737-524

 

VP-BXV prepares to land at Moscow (Vnukovo).  Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

VP-BXV (msn 27322, ex N14609) prepares to land at Moscow (Vnukovo). Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

UTair Aviation (Khanyty Mansiysk, Russia) on August 17, 2009 added this ex-Continental Airlines Boeing 737-524 with Blended Winglets.