RusLine

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RusLine
РусЛайн
New RusLine logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
7R RLU RUSLINE AIR
[citation needed]
Founded1999
Operating basesMoscow-Vnukovo
Secondary hubs
Fleet size22
Destinations30
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Websitewww.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,[2] with the city's Domodedovo International Airport serving as most important base for flight operations.[3]

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.[3] In March 2013, it was renamed to today's RusLine, which coincided with a move to Vnukovo International Airport shortly after.[3]

On 1 April 2010, RusLine acquired the assets and brand name of bankrupt Air Volga. This included six Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft,[4] and Air Volga's base at Volgograd International Airport.[3] 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.[5]

Country City Airport Notes
 Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague [6]
 Germany Berlin Berlin Tegel Airport [6]
 Kazakhstan Aktau Aktau Airport
 Kazakhstan Aktobe Aktobe Airport
 Latvia Riga Riga International Airport [7]
 Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport
 Lithuania Palanga Palanga International Airport [8]
 Lithuania Vilnius Vilnius Airport
 Norway Bergen Bergen Airport, Flesland
 Norway Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
 Russia Belgorod Belgorod International Airport
 Russia Elista Elista Airport
 Russia Gelendzhik Gelendzhik Airport
 Russia Irkutsk Irkutsk International Airport [9]
 Russia Ivanovo Ivanovo Airport
 Russia Izhevsk Izhevsk Airport
 Russia Kaluga Grabtsevo Airport
 Russia Kirov Pobedilovo Airport [10]
 Russia Krasnodar Pashkovsky Airport
 Russia Lipetsk Lipetsk Airport
 Russia Makhachkala Uytash Airport
 Russia Mineralnye Vody Mineralnye Vody Airport
 Russia Moscow Vnukovo International Airport Hub
 Russia Nadym Nadym Airport
 Russia Nizhnekamsk/Naberezhnye Chelny Begishevo Airport
 Russia Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport
 Russia Penza Penza Airport [11]
 Russia Petrozavodsk Petrozavodsk Airport
 Russia Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Hub
 Russia Samara Kurumoch International Airport
 Russia Saratov Saratov Tsentralny Airport [12]
 Russia Sochi Sochi International Airport
 Russia Ufa Ufa International Airport
 Russia Ulan-Ude Baikal International Airport [13]
 Russia Ulyanovsk Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport
 Russia Volgograd Gumrak Airport Hub
 Russia Vorkuta Vorkuta Airport
 Russia Voronezh Voronezh International Airport
 Russia Yekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport Hub

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.[14] In April 2012, RusLine took delivery of two larger Airbus A319 aircraft formerly owned by easyJet[14] 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 2017):[15]

RusLine fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Antonov An-24 1 3 Used for operating regional flights from Ulan-Ude[16]
Bombardier CRJ100ER 10 50
Bombardier CRJ200ER 7 50
Total 18 3

Historic fleet[edit]

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319[14] 2012 2013
Bombardier CRJ200[14] 2008 current
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia[17] 2011 2015
Tupolev Tu-134[3] 1997 2011
Yakovlev Yak-40[3] 1997 2011

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.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Авиакомпания «РусЛайн» начинает базироваться в Улан-Удэ и запускает новый рейс в Иркутск". airportbaikal.ru. 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "КОНТАКТЫ." RusLine. Retrieved on 21 June 2011. "КОНТАКТЫ ГОЛОВНОЙ ОФИС Адрес: 115280, г. Москва, ул. Ленинская слобода, д.19, бизнес-центр «Омега Плаза»"
  3. ^ a b c d e f "ATDB.aero aerotransport.org AeroTransport Data Bank". aerotransport.org. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ "List of the Bombardier CRJ200s operated by Air Volga, at planespotters.net". planespotters.net. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.rusline.aero/flying/geography_of_flights/
  6. ^ a b 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "RusLine adds Kaliningrad routes in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  7. ^ "RusLine to Open a New Route from Riga to Moscow | Riga International Airport". riga-airport.com. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  8. ^ L, J (9 April 2013). "RusLine to Start Moscow – Kaunas / Palanga Service from mid-June 2013". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Авиакомпания «РусЛайн» начинает базироваться в Улан-Удэ и запускает новый рейс в Иркутск". airportbaikal.ru. 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Из кировского аэропорта Победилово вылетел первый рейс в Петербург". ИТАР-ТАСС. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Авиарейсы из Пензы в Москву будет выполнять компания "РусЛайн"". Правительство Пензенской области, официальный портал. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  12. ^ Yuri Plokhotnichenko (2 June 2018). ""Руслайн" совместно с Utair намерен летать из Москвы в Саратов". travel.ru.
  13. ^ "Авиакомпания «РусЛайн» начинает базироваться в Улан-Удэ и запускает новый рейс в Иркутск". airportbaikal.ru. 27 April 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d "RusLine fleet list at planespotters.net". planespotters.net. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Rusline.htm
  16. ^ "Авиакомпания «РусЛайн» начинает базироваться в Улан-Удэ и запускает новый рейс в Иркутск". airportbaikal.ru. 27 April 2018.
  17. ^ AviaPort digest (in Russian)
  18. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A-3 RA-65691 Petrozavodsk Airport (PES)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Crash: Rusair T134 at Petrozavodsk on Jun 20th 2011, impacted road short of runway". The Aviation Herald. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to RusLine at Wikimedia Commons