Aeroflot ready to take Transaero’s aircraft
Aeroflot Group is intending to take 30-35 aircraft from Transaero’s fleet, according to the Head of Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko.
Transaero, which is on the brink of bankruptcy, operates 106 aircraft, including wide-body Boeing 777s, 747s and 767s, narrow-body Boeing 737 CL and NG, and Airbus A321s. Out of these over 60% are leased from leasing companies controlled by major Russian banks: 35 from VEB-Leasing, 21 – from VTB-Leasing and 8 – from Sberbank-Leasing. Should Transaero cease operations, these companies are eager to reposition the aircraft with other Russian airlines to keep them flying, Neradko said. He did not specify the types of aircraft Aeroflot is looking at, but mentioned, that other carriers also expressed interest in Transaero fleet.
After Aeroflot refused the idea to acquire Transaero along with the bulk of its outstanding debts, Russia’s second largest airline is heading towards bankruptcy. To launch the official bankruptcy procedure Transaero’s creditors have to file corresponding lawsuits. Several banks have already announced that their claims are underway.
Commenting on the situation, Neradko assured the public, that Aeroflot will take care of Transaero’s passengers until December 15. Purchased tickets for flights after that date will be refunded. Other airlines, such as S7, UTair and Globus also said they were ready to provide services to the passengers of the agonizing carrier.
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