Transaero CEO Expects Fleet Renewal Will Maintain Current Growth Rates

By Aaron Karp
Source: Aviation Daily

Pleshakova said Transaero’s focus going forward will be twofold. “The mass transit of tourists and [winning] the intense competition for business travelers on medium-haul routes from Russia to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East . . . We’re the largest leisure traffic carrier not only from Moscow and St. Petersburg, but we also pick up passengers from 18 other destinations in Russia to carry to tourist destinations around the world.”

The carrier’s fleet comprises 95 Boeing aircraft, a mix of 747s, 777s, 767s, 737s, as well as three Tupolev 214s and two Tupolev 204-100Cs. In addition to the A380s and 747-8s,

It has eight A320neos (the first is scheduled to arrive in 2017) and six Sukhoi Superjet 100s on firm order. It also finalized a deal earlier this month to lease 12 Boeing 737-800s from Sberbank Leasing Co., with deliveries scheduled between 2015 and 2017. It additionally has memoranda of understanding for 12 Irkut MC-21s with Ilyushin Finance Co.

Though much of its fleet is aging, no decision has been made on a major aircraft order. “We’re happy with our large-body aircraft fleet,“ Pleshakova said. “As the newer models arrive, we will study the possibility of a large order weighed against the retiring of the existing fleet . . . After we master the two new types of aircraft [A380s and 747-8s], we’ll make a decision on what to order next,” likely in 2015 or 2016.

The carrier has more than 50 interline agreements with airlines worldwide. Pleshakova said the deal with JetBlue “took two years to develop . . . That agreement gives us [access to] 16 new routes in the domestic U.S. and 20 in the Caribbean. Our entire network in Russia and the CIS is at JetBlue’s disposal.”

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