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Published on March 30th, 2016 | by FII Reader

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New Boeing 747 for Rossya

Russian airline Rossya are about to take delivery of its first Boeing 747-400. The aircraft, EI-XLE, was painted in Dublin by Eirtech and was rolled out in the new colours on the morning of 30th March. The aircraft was previously operated by Russian airline Transaero which ceased operations last year. The aircraft had been stored at Teruel, Spain. Prior to the shutdown, Transaero began to ferry its remaining fleet to Tureul in Spain. Among those are six of its nine long-range Boeing 747s and almost half its fleet of medium-range Boeing 737s. The final Transaero flight, Flight 160, flown by a Boeing 767, operated from Sokol near Magadan in eastern Russia to Vnukov0 landing on 25 October 2015. Transaero had been ranked as the safest airline in Russia but had encountered financial difficulties during the past couple of years. A deal to sell 50% of the airline to S7 Airlines fell through in late October and the Russian authorities suspended the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on 26 October.

EI-XLEE

EI-XLE being towed into the hanger in Transaero colours for painting. Photos by Paul Quinn

Rossya was set up in 1992 to operate the fleet for the Russian government. The St. Petersburg based airline is now 75% owned by Aeroflot but continues to operate its own services with 31 aircraft along with 32 VIP aircraft for the Government. This is the first of several Boeing 747’s for the airline and the aircraft is due to depart Dublin on delivery to Vnukovo at 17.00 on Thursday 31st March.

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