Ex-Transaero wide-bodies join Rossiya’s fleet

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In the closing days of August, the fleet of Rossiya Airlines expanded with two wide-body Boeing aircraft, a 747-400 and a 777-300. Rossiya, which is a part of the Aeroflot Group, is in the process of increasing its fleet, as aircraft owned by Sberbank Leasing, VTB Leasing and VEB-Leasing are being transferred to the carrier from the defunct Transaero.

The Boeing 747-400 was built in 2001 and has tail number EI-XLM. It was operated by Transaero and leased to the airline from VTB Leasing. The aircraft is configured with 447 seats, with 38 in business class and 409 in economy. The most recent aircraft of this type that was brought into Rossiya’s fleet is fitted with 522 seats.

The second aircraft, a Boeing 777-300, has tail number of EI-UNP and was built in 1998. It is the fifth of the type in Rossiya’s fleet. Its cabin is arranged in a 373-seat configuration, with 18 business class seats and 355 in economy. It was handed over to the carrier from VEB Leasing, and was previously operated by Singapore airlines and Transaero.

Rossiya is expected to receive yet another 747 very soon. According to the latest data, Rossiya has 58 aircraft in its fleet, including 32 Airbus A320s, 15 Boeing 737s, 5 Boeing 777s and 6 Boeing 747s.

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