Friday, October 28, 2011
Transaero to Buy First Airbus A380s
Russia’s second-largest airline, Transaero, has agreed to buy four Airbus 380s under a preliminary deal with the manufacturer, which would be the first carrier in eastern Europe to order the aircraft.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Olga Pleshakova, Transaero’s CEO and Christopher Buckley, Airbus’ executive vice president Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
“Transaero is experience in operating long-range wide-body aircraft, and is now ready to offer the A380,” said Pleshakova. “I am sure that the operation of its high capacity aircraft will stimulate the development of Russia’s aviation sector, in particular airports infrastructure while passengers will benefit from a completely new experience.”
The carrier plans to start operations with the A380 on its long-range network of high-density routes in Moscow. The aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout, seating some 700 passengers.
Total orders for the aircraft stand at 236 from 18 customers worldwide and 59 aircraft have been delivered to seven customers.