Rossiya to operate 74 aircraft
Rossiya Airlines, the new Russian airline to be formed by merging of Aeroflot’s three subsidiaries (Rossiya, OrenAir, and Donavia), will operate 74 aircraft, reads a January 13 joint statement by Aeroflot and the Orenburg Region administration
The Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) database indicates that the current combined fleet of the three airlines comprises 54 aircraft: 26 Airbus A319s, nine A320s, 16 Boeing 737s, and three Boeing 777s. It was reported earlier that Rossiya was expected to additionally receive 24 widebodies formerly operated by Transaero Airlines (five Boeing 777s five Boeing 767s, and 14 Boeing 747s).
During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 12, Aeroflot CEO Vitaliy Saveliev said the first of Transaero’s aircraft were expected to enter service with Aeroflot in March 2016. Russia’s largest carrier negotiated with Sberbank Leasing, VTB Leasing, and VEB Leasing for the lease of 34 aircraft previously flown by its now defunct rival.
Aeroflot plans to complete restructuring of its subsidiaries by the end of March. The newly formed airline will continue to be based at St. Petersburg, and will have two affiliates in Moscow and Rostov; all three will be operating under a single Air Operator Certificate. New Rossiya’s annual traffic is expected reach 10 million passengers. For comparison, the combined traffic of Rossiya, Donavia, and OrenAir in the first 11 months of 2015 stood at 8.583 million passengers.
Most of the three merging airlines’ personnel will be re-employed by the new carrier, the Aeroflot management notes. This particularly concerns pilots and cabin crew, as well as technical and engineering personnel at OrenAir, whose number exceeds 1,500 people.
The new carrier’s entire fleet will be maintained by A-Technics, Aeroflot’s MRO subsidiary launched in December 2015.
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