RusLine

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RusLine
РусЛайн
New RusLine logo.png
IATA
7R
ICAO
RLU
Callsign
RUSLINE AIR
[citation needed]
Founded 1999
Operating bases
Fleet size 18
Destinations 30
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Website www.rusline.aero

RusLine (Russian: Авиакомпания «РусЛайн») is a regional airline from Russia, which operates mostly domestic regional flights, as well as holiday charters. Its headquarters are located in the Omega Plaza (Омега Плаза) business centre in Moscow, Russia,[1] with the city's Domodedovo International Airport serving as most important base for the flights operations.[2]

History[edit]

The RusLine logo used until 2010, when the branding acquired from Air Volga was adopted

The company was founded in 1999 as Aerotex Airlines and was originally based at Sheremetyevo International Airport.[2] In March 2013, it was renamed to today's RusLine, which coincided with a move to Vnukovo International Airport shortly after.[2]

On 1 April 2010, RusLine acquired the assets and brand name of bankrupt Air Volga. This included six Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft,[3] and Air Volga's base at Volgograd International Airport.[2] Subsequently, the Vnukovo operations were closed and moved to more modern Domodedovo International Airport, and the Air Volga livery was applied to a number of RusLine's aircraft. In certain cases, the Air Volga titles were also kept. Further aircraft bases were set up at Pulkovo Airport, Saint Petersburg and Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg.

Route network[edit]

A RusLine Bombardier CRJ200 at Ust-Kut Airport, featuring the livery and brand name taken over from Air Volga (2011).
A RusLine Bombardier CRJ100 at a maintenance hangar (2012).
A RusLine Airbus A319 at Antalya Airport, painted in the livery acquired from Air Volga

As of February 2013, RusLine operates scheduled flights to the following destinations. Note: This list does not include chartered flights.

City Region Country Airport
Aktobe Aktobe Province  Kazakhstan Aktobe Airport
Anapa Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Vityazevo Airport
Apatity, Kirovsk Murmansk Oblast Murmansk Oblast  Russia Kirovsk-Apatity Airport
Belgorod Belgorod Oblast Belgorod Oblast  Russia Belgorod International Airport
Cheboksary Chuvashia Chuvashia  Russia Cheboksary Airport
Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Oblast Chelyabinsk Oblast  Russia Balandino Airport
Elista Kalmykia Kalmykia  Russia Elista Airport
Gelendzhik Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Gelendzhik Airport
Grozny Chechnya Chechnya  Russia Grozny Airport
Irkutsk Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk Oblast  Russia International Airport Irkutsk
Ivanovo Ivanovo Oblast Ivanovo Oblast  Russia Ivanovo Airport
Izhevsk Udmurtia Udmurtia  Russia Izhevsk Airport
Kaunas[4] LTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg Kaunas County  Lithuania Kaunas Airport
Kazan Tatarstan Tatarstan  Russia Kazan International Airport
Kirov[5] Kirov Oblast Kirov Oblast  Russia Pobedilovo Airport
Krasnodar Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Pashkovsky Airport
Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk Krai Krasnoyarsk Krai  Russia Yemelyanovo Airport
Kurgan Kurgan Oblast Kurgan Oblast  Russia Kurgan Airport
Magnitogorsk Chelyabinsk Oblast Chelyabinsk Oblast  Russia Magnitogorsk International Airport
Makhachkala Dagestan Dagestan  Russia Uytash Airport
Mineralnye Vody Stavropol Krai Stavropol Krai  Russia Mineralnye Vody Airport
Moscow Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast Moscow Oblast  Russia Moscow Domodedovo Airport (base)
Murmansk Murmansk Oblast Murmansk Oblast  Russia Murmansk Airport
Nizhnevartovsk[6] Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug  Russia Nizhnevartovsk Airport
Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Nizhny Novgorod Oblast  Russia Strigino Airport
Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Oblast  Russia Tolmachevo Airport
Novy Urengoy Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug  Russia Novy Urengoy Airport
Orenburg Orenburg Oblast Orenburg Oblast  Russia Orenburg Tsentralny Airport
Palanga[4] LTU Klaipėdos apskritis flag.svg Klaipėda County  Lithuania Palanga International Airport
Penza[7] Penza Oblast Penza Oblast  Russia Penza Airport
Perm Perm Krai Perm Krai  Russia Bolshoye Savino Airport
Petrozavodsk Republic of Karelia Karelia  Russia Petrozavodsk Airport
Rostov-on-Don Rostov Oblast Rostov Oblast  Russia Rostov-on-Don Airport
Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg St Petersburg / Leningrad Oblast Leningrad Oblast  Russia Pulkovo Airport (base)
Salekhard Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug  Russia Salekhard Airport
Samara Samara Oblast Samara Oblast  Russia Kurumoch International Airport
Saransk Mordovia Mordovia  Russia Saransk Airport
Sevastopol Sevastopol Sevastopol / Autonomous Republic of Crimea Crimea  Ukraine Belbek Airport
Sochi, Adler Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Adler-Sochi International Airport
Sharjah[8] Sharjah (emirate) Emirate of Sharjah  United Arab Emirates Sharjah International Airport
Stavropol[9] Stavropol Krai Stavropol Krai  Russia Shpakovskoye Airport
Syktyvkar Komi Republic Komi  Russia Syktyvkar Airport
Tel Aviv[8] Tel Aviv District  Israel Ben Gurion International Airport
Tyumen Tyumen Oblast Tyumen Oblast  Russia Roshchino Airport
Ufa Bashkortostan Bashkortostan  Russia Ufa International Airport
Ukhta Komi Republic Komi  Russia Ukhta Airport
Ulyanovsk Ulyanovsk Oblast Ulyanovsk Oblast  Russia Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport
Usinsk Komi Republic Komi  Russia Usinsk Airport
Vladikavkaz[9] North Ossetia–Alania North Ossetia–Alania  Russia Beslan Airport
Volgograd Volgograd Oblast Volgograd Oblast  Russia Gumrak Airport (base)
Vorkuta Komi Republic Komi  Russia Vorkuta Airport
Voronezh Voronezh Oblast Voronezh Oblast  Russia Voronezh International Airport
Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Oblast Yaroslavl Oblast  Russia Tunoshna Airport
Yekaterinburg Sverdlovsk Oblast Sverdlovsk Oblast  Russia Koltsovo Airport (base)
Yerevan Yerevan flag.gif Yerevan  Armenia Zvartnots International Airport

Fleet[edit]

Originally, the airline operated several ageing Soviet-built aircraft. The first Western airliner, a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100, was introduced with RusLine in February 2008. Over the following years, further planes of that type (all of which had been acquired second-hand) were added.[10] In April 2012, RusLine took delivery of two larger Airbus A319 aircraft formerly owned by easyJet[10] in order to address the growing demand for charter flights.

As of February 2013, the RusLine fleet consists of the following aircraft:[11]

RusLine fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers
Bombardier CRJ100
Bombardier CRJ200
11
7
50
Total 18

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319[10]
2012
2013
Bombardier CRJ200[10]
2008
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia[12]
2011
Tupolev Tu-134[2]
Yakovlev Yak-40[2]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

The wreckage of Flight 243.
  • On 20 June 2011, 47 people died in the crash of Flight 243. The aircraft involved, a Tupolev Tu-134 (registered RA-65691) had been leased by RusLine from RusAir and was approaching Petrozavodsk Airport, completing a flight from Moscow-Domodedovo. Due to poor visibility conditions, the pilots were unaware that they descended too rapidly, so that the aircraft struck trees and impacted on a highway. There were five survivors.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "КОНТАКТЫ." RusLine. Retrieved on 21 June 2011. "КОНТАКТЫ ГОЛОВНОЙ ОФИС Адрес: 115280, г. Москва, ул. Ленинская слобода, д.19, бизнес-центр «Омега Плаза»"
  2. ^ a b c d e f Information about RusLine at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  3. ^ List of the Bombardier CRJ200s operated by Air Volga, at planespotters.net
  4. ^ a b L, J (9 April 2013). "RusLine to Start Moscow – Kaunas / Palanga Service from mid-June 2013". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Из кировского аэропорта Победилово вылетел первый рейс в Петербург". ИТАР-ТАСС. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ RusLine begin six new domestic routes from S13
  7. ^ "Авиарейсы из Пензы в Москву будет выполнять компания "РусЛайн"". Правительство Пензенской области, официальный портал. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b L, J (11 April 2013). "RusLine Adds New Service to Sharjah & Tel Aviv from April 2013". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Авиакомпания "РусЛайн" открывает рейсы из Санкт-Петербурга на Северный Кавказ". ATO.ru. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d RusLine fleet list at planespotters.net
  11. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Rusline
  12. ^ AviaPort digest (in Russian)
  13. ^ Accident report of Flight 243 at the Aviation Safety Network
  14. ^ "Crash: Rusair T134 at Petrozavodsk on Jun 20th 2011, impacted road short of runway". The Aviation Herald. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 

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