Transaero took delivery of its first cargo aircraft on April 18th 2013. Tu-204-100С aircraft was acquired by the carrier in the network of the contract signed by Transaero and Ilyushin Finance & Co leasing company. The contract assumes a long-term lease of two jets of the type, the carrier’s press-service reports.
Transaero intends to develop the segment of cargo transportation and the acquisition of Tu-204-100C aircraft underlines the carrier’s commitment to supporting Russian aircraft industry.
After completion of the acceptance carried out at Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP the Tu-204-100C aircraft (tail number RA64052) was ferried to Domodedovo airport. It performed its first revenue flight on route Moscow-Novosibirsk-Yakutsk-
Transero will be operating the jet on domestic and international routes.
The acceptance of the second Tu-204-100C by Transaero will be started in mid-May 2013.
Transaero has not been operating any cargo aircraft before; however, it is one of the Russia’s largest cargo carriers. According to the Transport Clearing House, Transaero comes in first by the cargo turnover on domestic airlines in January-February 2013.
At present the fleet of Transaero comprises 96 aircraft: 24 Boeing 747s, 14 Boeing 777s, 15 Boeing 767s, 39 Boeing 737s, 3 Tu-214s and one Tu-204-100C.