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Founded 1990
Hubs Domodedovo International Airport
Frequent flyer program Transaero Privilege Program
Fleet size 48 (+17 orders)
Destinations 58
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Key people Olga Pleshakova (MD)
Transaero Boeing 777-200ER
Transaero Boeing 737-300
Transaero Boeing 747-400

JSC Transaero Airlines (Russian: ОАО «Авиакомпания «Трансаэро») or simply Transaero (Russian: Трансаэро) is an airline based in Moscow, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter flights to more than 70 domestic and international destinations. Its main base is Domodedovo International Airport (DME), Moscow and Pulkovo Airport, 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 non-Aeroflot company approved for scheduled passenger services in the Soviet Union. Its first charter service was Moscow to Tel Aviv on November 5, 1991. In July 1992, Transaero received its own Ilyushin Il-86. It became the first non-Aeroflot 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.

In April 1993, Transaero started operating western aircraft when it received its first Boeing 737-200, followed by its first Boeing 757-200 in April 1994.

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 London Gatwick 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.[1] 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 will 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 June 21, 2006, Transaero also began operating nonstop flights between Moscow and Toronto[2]. The service to Toronto was temporarily suspended in September 2008, but has since been restored.

In November 2007 the airline announced a new scheduled bi-weekly service between Moscow and Sydney, Australia via Hong Kong, commencing December 24, 2007. The flight will be operated by Boeing 767-300 equipment.[3]

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.[4] 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-Moscow flight, while Transaero will put its code on one of the three daily Vienna-Moscow-Vienna flights which are operated by Austrian.[5]



Expansion into China and the U.S.

In January 2010, Transaero announced that they will launch flights to; Beijing in China, Miami, Florida and New York City, New York both in the United States of America.[6] Miami and New York will be the first U.S. destinations for Transaero since serving Los Angeles and Beijing will be the first China destination. In February 2010, the airline annouced via their website that Beijing will be launched on 4 June 2010.

Codeshare agreements

Transaero codeshares with the following airlines:


Transaero Boeing 737-400
Transaero Boeing 737-500
Transaero Boeing 747-300
Transaero Boeing 767-200ER

The Transaero fleet includes the following aircraft (at February 2010):[7][8][9]

Transaero Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers
(First/Business/Premium Economy/Economy)[10][11]
Boeing 737-300 2 0 0 118 (0/16/0/102)
Boeing 737-400 5 0 0 138 (0/12/72/54)
Boeing 737-500 10 0 0 105 (0/12/0/93) 3 aircraft stored
Boeing 737-800 2 0 0 176 (0/8/0/168)
Boeing 747-200 5 0 0 496 (0/12/0/484) out of service, 3 aircraft to be converted into freighters
Boeing 747-300 4 0 0 448 (0/28/0/440) 1 aircraft stored
Boeing 747-400 3 0 0 352 (11/56/0/285) 1 aircraft stored
Boeing 767-200ER 3 0 0 217 (0/22/0/195)
Boeing 767-300ER 8 0 0 216 (0/26/98/92) 1 aircraft stored
Boeing 777-200 1 0 0 306 (12/14/167/113)
Boeing 777-200ER 2 2 0 306 (12/14/167/113) 2 additional aircraft will be ex-EgyptAir models.
Delivery from May 2010
Sukhoi Superjet 100 0 10 10
Tupolev Tu-214 3 7 0 184 (0/8/0/176)
Total 48 17 10

As of 29 March 2009, the average age of the Transaero fleet is 18.2 years ([1]).


Retired fleet


Transaero Boeing 767-300ER
Transaero Tupolev Tu-214

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. [14]

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. Passengers flying premium Economy will also be able to make use of a dedicated check-in desk at selected airports. [14]

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 are larger selection of music, films and television. The menus offer more choice and better quality food than Premium Economy and there are free taxi transfers from Moscow Airports on some international routes.[14]

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 offer is Russian or European. Complimentary taxi transfers are available to Imperial Class passengers. [14]


Transaero has the best safety record of any carrier based in Russia. There have been no incidents with fatalities as of January 2010.


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