RusLine

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RusLine
РусЛайн
New RusLine logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
7R RLU RUSLINE AIR
[citation needed]
Founded 1999
Operating bases
Fleet size 28
Destinations 30
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Website www.rusline.aero

RusLine (Russian: Авиакомпания «РусЛайн», Aviakompanija «RusLajn») 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 flight 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 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
Aktau Mangystau Region  Kazakhstan Aktau Airport
Aktobe Aktobe Province  Kazakhstan Aktobe Airport
Belgorod Belgorod Oblast Belgorod Oblast  Russia Belgorod International Airport
Elista Kalmykia Kalmykia  Russia Elista Airport
Gelendzhik Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Gelendzhik Airport
Ivanovo Ivanovo Oblast Ivanovo Oblast  Russia Ivanovo Airport
Izhevsk Udmurtia Udmurtia  Russia Izhevsk Airport
Kirov[4] Kirov Oblast Kirov Oblast  Russia Pobedilovo Airport
Krasnodar Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Pashkovsky Airport
Lipetsk  Lipetsk Oblast  Russia Lipetsk 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)
Nadym Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug  Russia Nadym Airport
Nizhnekamsk / Naberezhnye Chelny  Tatarstan  Russia Begishevo Airport
Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Oblast  Russia Tolmachevo Airport
Oslo  Oslo  Norway Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Palanga[5] LTU Klaipėdos apskritis flag.svg Klaipėda County  Lithuania Palanga International Airport
Penza[6] Penza Oblast Penza Oblast  Russia Penza Airport
Petrozavodsk Karelia Karelia  Russia Petrozavodsk Airport
Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg St Petersburg / Leningrad Oblast Leningrad Oblast  Russia Pulkovo Airport (base)
Samara Samara Oblast Samara Oblast  Russia Kurumoch International Airport
Sochi, Adler Krasnodar Krai Krasnodar Krai  Russia Adler-Sochi International Airport
Ufa Bashkortostan Bashkortostan  Russia Ufa International Airport
Ulyanovsk Ulyanovsk Oblast Ulyanovsk Oblast  Russia Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport
Vilnius  Vilnius  Lithuania Vilnius 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
Yekaterinburg Sverdlovsk Oblast Sverdlovsk Oblast  Russia Koltsovo Airport (base)

As of July 2016, the route map has been extended. In particular, the direct flight Oslo-St.Petersburg has been added (OSL-LED). The full map is available on the RusLine webpage: http://www.rusline.aero/flying/geography_of_flights/

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.[7] In April 2012, RusLine took delivery of two larger Airbus A319 aircraft formerly owned by easyJet[7] in order to address the growing demand for charter flights. The airline contains 20 CRJ-200 aircraft with 5 on order from UTAir with delivery from 2016.

Current fleet[edit]

The RusLine fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[8]

RusLine fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier Challenger 850
1
Bombardier CRJ100ER
6
50
Bombardier CRJ100LR
3
50
Bombardier CRJ200ER
1
50
Bombardier CRJ200LR
14
50
Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia
2
Embraer EMB 120RT Brasilia
1
Total 28

Historic fleet[edit]

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319[7]
2012
2013
Bombardier CRJ200[7]
2008
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia[9]
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.[10][11]

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. ^ "Из кировского аэропорта Победилово вылетел первый рейс в Петербург". ИТАР-ТАСС. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ L, J (9 April 2013). "RusLine to Start Moscow – Kaunas / Palanga Service from mid-June 2013". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Авиарейсы из Пензы в Москву будет выполнять компания "РусЛайн"". Правительство Пензенской области, официальный портал. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d RusLine fleet list at planespotters.net
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 30. 
  9. ^ AviaPort digest (in Russian)
  10. ^ Accident report of Flight 243 at the Aviation Safety Network
  11. ^ "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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