|Frequent-flyer program||Transaero Privilege Program|
|Airport lounge||Transaero Business Class Lounge|
|Headquarters||Domodedovo International Airport
Domodedovsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia
|Key people||Olga Pleshakova (CEO) Tatiana Anodina|
OJSC Transaero Airlines (Russian: ОАО «АК «ТРАНСАЭРО», Открытое акционерное общество "Авиационная компания "ТРАНСАЭРО") or simply Transaero (Russian: Трансаэро) is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Domodedovo International Airport, Domodedovsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter flights to more than 99 domestic and international destinations. Its main bases are Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow and Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg.
Transaero began as a charter airline with aircraft leased from Aeroflot. It was incorporated as a joint stock company on 28 December 1990 and was the first private company approved for scheduled passenger services in the Soviet Union. Its first charter service was Moscow to Tel Aviv on 5 November 1991. In July 1992, Transaero received its own Ilyushin Il-86. It became the first privately owned airline to operate scheduled flights in Russia when it launched its Moscow–Norilsk flight in January 1993 followed by Kiev, Sochi and Almaty later the same year. Its first international scheduled route from Moscow to Tel Aviv was inaugurated in November 1993.
Transaero was also the first Russian airline with a frequent flyer program, which established in 1995. It was also the first Russian airline with an FAA aircraft maintenance certificate, which it obtained in 1997.
In December 1998 a weekly service between Moscow and Gatwick Airport in London was started. Transaero operated its first Boeing 737-700 in 1998, followed by Boeing 767-200 and Boeing 737-300 in 2002 and Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 737-400 in 2003. An agreement was signed to purchase 10 Tupolev Tu-214-300 in the same year. In 2005, Transaero became the first Russian passenger airline to operate the Boeing 747 when it started services on 11 July 2005 with a leased, ex-Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-200 on scheduled services from Moscow to Tel Aviv. The aircraft would also operate summer charter flights to holiday destinations.
In May 2005, Transaero added a flight between Moscow and Montreal, marking the first time the airline flew to Canada. On 21 June 2006, Transaero also began operating nonstop flights between Moscow and Toronto. The service to Toronto was temporarily suspended in September 2008, but has since been restored, whereas the service to Montreal has been cancelled as of 2009.
In November 2007 the airline announced a new scheduled bi-weekly service between Moscow and Sydney, Australia via Hong Kong, commencing 24 December 2007. The flight was operated by Boeing 767-300 equipment. This route is now cancelled.
The now quadruple daily London-Moscow bmi service is jointly operated by bmi in partnership with Transaero via a codeshare agreement. Bmi operates two daily services in each direction and Transero operates the other two. The two airlines also award frequent flyer miles for each other's flights and status miles on the LHR-DME route.
In October 2009 Austrian Airlines AG and Transaero Airlines have concluded a code-share agreement in Moscow on the routing Vienna to Moscow. Under the Agreement Austrian Airlines will put its code on Transaero's daily Moscow-Vienna flight, while Transaero will put its code on one of the three daily Vienna-Moscow flights which are operated by Austrian.
Transaero is controlled by Olga and Aleksandr Pleshakov. Aleksandr's mother Tatiana Anodina has been the head of the Interstate Aviation Committee, the aviation oversight body in Russia, since 1991. Aleksandr's father is Piotr Pleshakov - a Soviet military engineer, who was the Soviet Union's Minister of Radioelectronic Industry from 1974 till 1987. There was press speculation regarding Anodina's conflict of interest in certifying aircraft with respect to Transaero's market position.
Expansion into China and the U.S.
In October 2010, Transaero launched flights to Beijing, Miami and New York City. This marked the return of Transaero to the United States since cancelling service to Los Angeles. Beijing became the second Chinese destination past Sanya. On 29 April 2012 Transaero resumed its service between Moscow and Los Angeles, utilizing a 777-200ER on the route.
Transaero has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of December 2012):
Average age of Transaero fleet is 15,8 year, the oldest being Boeing 767's averaging 19.5 years old and youngest being some of the Boeing 737NG's averaging 10.2 years old (while other 23 Boeing 737's in the fleet are on average as old as 18.8 years old).
|Airbus A320neo||—||8||TBA||Replacing Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-400|
|Airbus A380-800||—||4||12||24||—||616||652||To begin delivery in 2015
Replacing all Boeing 747-300s
|Boeing 737-300||4||—||—||8||42||72||122||To be phased out by Airbus A320neo|
|Boeing 737-400||5||—||—||8||60||72||140||To be phased out by Airbus A320neo|
|Boeing 737-500||14||—||—||8||42||51||101||one equipped with winglets|
|Boeing 737-800||13||—||—||8||60||96||164||all equipped with winglets|
|Boeing 747-300||4||—||—||12||—||484||496||To be phased out by Airbus A380|
|Boeing 767-200ER||3||—||—||16||—||214||230||To be phased out by Boeing 787-8|
|Boeing 777-300||5||—||4||14||131||222||371||ex-Singapore Airlines|
|Boeing 787-8||—||4||4||14||—||244||262||Replacing Boeing 767-200ER, First delivery in 2014|
Transaero negotiated a deal with Continental Airlines to purchase 10 of their Boeing 737-500 aircraft still in their fleet. Transaero is also planning to replace all of its Boeing 747-200s with used Boeing 747-400s. The first replacement entered service at the end of 2007. It plans to convert the -200s into freighter versions to 'develop Transaero's cargo traffic'. In April 2010, Transaero arranged to lease 9 ex-Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 which are to enter the fleet in 2010–2012. In December 2010, Transaero announced that they would increase their order to 12 Boeing 747-400. Transaero also ordered 4 Boeing 787s on 26 December 2011, confirming this order on 8 April 2012.
Transaero also held unconfirmed orders for 4 Airbus A380s and 4 Boeing 747-8s, with the memorandum of understandings having been signed on 31 October 2011 and 9 November 2011, respectively. The Airbus A380 orders were confirmed on 21 June 2012. Transaero also has plans to order 6 Sukhoi Superjets, which would be delivered beginning in 2015.
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|Boeing 737-700||2005||returned into service after 5 ex-Malev aircraft were acquired|
|Boeing 767-300||1999||-ER Version continues to operate|
|McDonnell Douglas DC-10||1999|
Transaero has established a new maintenance company based at Shannon Airport, Ireland as a result of its purchase of the Air Atlanta aircraft maintenance operation. The new company is called Transaero Engineering Ireland.
Transaero cabin amenities depend greatly on which airline the aircraft was bought or leased from. Transaero never changes the cabin layout unless the previous owner removes their seats before selling. Therefore, Transaero's cabins differ greatly in amenities and layout from plane to plane, ranging from poorly equipped cabins of older European operators to quite decent set of features in aircraft leased after Singapore Airlines (Transaero had to install their own first class cabin, because SIA kept their first class seats). The description below applies only to the Boeing 777's which used to belong to Singapore Airlines.
Tourist Economy Class: Transaero's Economy Class features standard seat pitch, recline and width. The airline provides free food for Economy passengers and an in-flight entertainment system is available for a small fee, but for free on Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 777-300. The in-flight entertainment on international routes aboard the 747, and the 777-200ER, is a hand-held media player, not an integrated personal TV. The media player is sold for $40 on U.S-Russia flights.
Premium Economy Class: Premium Economy Class offers the same seat width as Tourist Economy but a greater seat pitch of just under 35.5 inches and enhanced recline features for a recline of 29 degrees. Transaero also offers a larger choice of meals to Premium Economy travellers as well as an amenity kit for flights over 3 hours. The in-flight-entertainment system is available for a small fee, but for free on Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 777-300. Passengers flying Premium Economy will also be able to make use of a dedicated check-in desk at selected airports.
Business Class: Business Class offers passengers a wider seat than Premium Economy along with additional legroom and deeper recline. Each seat has two armrests and In-Flight-Entertainment is free of charge and includes a larger selection of music, movies and television. The menus offer more choice, better quality food than Premium Economy and there are free taxi transfers from Moscow Airports on some international routes.
Imperial Class: Imperial Class is Transaero's First Class. The seats offer extra privacy and are the widest seats of all on the aircraft. The seat reclines fully flat to form a large bed for passengers and the food on offered is either Russian or European. Complimentary taxi transfers are available for Imperial Class passengers.
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