Ilyushin Finance to lease ex-Transaero’s Tu-204 freighters

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Russian lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) and the new Russian cargo operator Direct-Avia have signed a preliminary agreement on the lease of two Tupolev Tu-204 freighters previously operatrd by Transaero Airlines, IFC CEO Alexander Roubtsov told journalists at Dubai Airshow 2015.

Direct-Avia is currently in the process of obtaining its operator‘s certificate, Roubtsov noted. IFC expects to have the Tu-204s in question back from Transaero shortly. According to Roubtsov, his company had received requests for the type from a total of three freight operators.

Both Tu-204-100S airliners previously operated by Transaero (registrations RA-64051 and RA-64052) first flew in 2009.

IFC is currently seeking customers for Transaero’s three Tu-214 passenger airliners (RA-64509, RA-64518, and RA-64549, built in 2006–09), Rubtsov said. Two of these are underhoing overhaul at the OEM.

Transaero that used to be Russia’s second largest passenger carrier was stripped of its operator’s certificate on October 26 over hefty outstanding debts.

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