Royal Flight becomes Russia’s next Boeing 777 operator
Russian passenger charter carrier Royal Flight has became Russia’s newest operator of the Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft type, with the delivery of a B777-300ER, a 13.7-year-old GE90-powered aircraft with tail number VQ-BGL and which was previously operated by Emirates Airline.
It comes re-configured to a two-class layout and includes 14 seats in business class and 478 in economy. The airline also reveals that, in the near future, it expects the delivery of two more B777-300ERs. With the advent of the latest aircraft in its fleet, Royal Flight has now introduced business class service for the first time.
“Replenishment of the aircraft fleet with the new type of Boeing 777-300ER is a long-awaited and, for sure, key event for us. We will be able not only to increase the carrying capacity on [existing] popular destinations, but also will be able to offer our passengers new places to [visit and] relax. The aircraft is comfortable, convenient, reliable and offers an increased payload and range,” enthuses Besiki Kvirkviya, Royal Flight’s general director.
In addition to the Boeing 777-300ER, the airline, which is based at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport and operates primarily in the interests of the tour operator Coral Travel, has also received a third Boeing 737-800 narrow-body. This means the company’s fleet currently consists of 14 aircraft: one Boeing 777-300ER, three Boeing 767-300s, seven Boeing 757-200s and three Boeing 737-800s.
In the first four months of 2019, Royal Flight carried some 409,000 passengers, 3.6 per cent down on a year earlier and ranks 13th in the Russian Federation’s league table of the nation’s largest air carriers.
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