Donavia to hand over its entire fleet to Rossiya Airlines

Starting March 27, all 10 of Donavia’s A319s will fly under the Rossiya’s certificate Starting March 27, all 10 of Donavia’s A319s will fly under the Rossiya’s certificate (Photo by Donavia)

Within the framework of the creation of Rossiya Airlines, a merger of several companies in Russia’s Aeroflot group, Donavia airline will transfer all 10 of its narrow-body Airbus A319s to Rossiya, an industry source revealed at the MRO Russia & CIS 2016 exhibition held in Moscow last week.

Rossiya’s General Director Dmitry Saprykin announced earlier that the merging process should be completed by the end of March 2016. The new structure will include assets of Orenburg Airlines, Donavia and Rossiya Airlines itself. The merged airline will unite these former airlines under a single Air Operator’s Certificate.

According to Aeroflot, as a result of the consolidation, Rossiya’s fleet will increase to 74 aircraft. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), the total fleet of all three airlines amounted to 51 aircraft as of February 2016. This includes 26 A319s, 7 narrow-body A320s, 15 narrow-body Boeing 737-800s and 3 wide-body Boeing 777s. The merged fleet is expected to receive 24 aircraft previously operated by Transaero (5 Boeing 777s, 5 Boeing 767s and 14 Boeing 747s).

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