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, with the city's Domodedovo International Airport serving as most important base for flight operations.
The company was founded in 1999 as Aerotex Airlines and was originally based at Sheremetyevo International Airport. In March 2013, it was renamed to today's RusLine, which coincided with a move to Vnukovo International Airport shortly after.
On 1 April 2010, RusLine acquired the assets and brand name of bankrupt Air Volga. This included six Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, and Air Volga's base at Volgograd International Airport. 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.
As of February 2013[update], RusLine operates scheduled flights to the following destinations. Note: This list does not include chartered flights.
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/
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. In April 2012, RusLine took delivery of two larger Airbus A319 aircraft formerly owned by easyJet 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.
The RusLine fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
|Bombardier CRJ200ER||7||—||50||1 Stored|
|Bombardier Challenger 850||1||—||VIP|
Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:
|Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia||
Accidents and incidents
- 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.
- "КОНТАКТЫ." RusLine. Retrieved on 21 June 2011. "КОНТАКТЫ ГОЛОВНОЙ ОФИС Адрес: 115280, г. Москва, ул. Ленинская слобода, д.19, бизнес-центр «Омега Плаза»"
- Information about RusLine at the Aero Transport Data Bank
- List of the Bombardier CRJ200s operated by Air Volga, at planespotters.net
- "Из кировского аэропорта Победилово вылетел первый рейс в Петербург". ИТАР-ТАСС. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- L, J (9 April 2013). "RusLine to Start Moscow – Kaunas / Palanga Service from mid-June 2013". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- "Авиарейсы из Пензы в Москву будет выполнять компания "РусЛайн"". Правительство Пензенской области, официальный портал. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- RusLine fleet list at planespotters.net
- "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 30.
- AviaPort digest (in Russian)
- Accident report of Flight 243 at the Aviation Safety Network
- "Crash: Rusair T134 at Petrozavodsk on Jun 20th 2011, impacted road short of runway". The Aviation Herald. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
Media related to RusLine at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Russian)