Transaero Airlines made changes in its acquisition program. In particular, in 2015 the carrier will take delivery of Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental airliners instead of four Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets. Moreover, the airline has changed the delivery dates for six Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft, Kommersant reports.
The airline explained that Boeing and Transaero made the decision in 2013. Now “the partners will focus on implementation of contract for delivery of four Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets", which are of greater interest in terms of profitability. The deliveries will be started in 2015. The contract for four Dreamliners worth $774 million (at list prices) was signed by Transaero in 2012.
Representative of Boeing in Russia and CIS Region, Elena Alexandrova, said that the company “welcomes Transaero’s decision on taking delivery of four 747-8 Intercontinental jets instead of Dreamliners”. Transaero added that constantly changing market conditions affect the carrier’s fleet.
Transaero reported about new principles of fleet renewal and expansion in spring; the carrier stated that the period of intense fleet expansion is over. During period from 2010 to 2013 the carrier more than doubled its fleet from 47 to 100 aircraft. Now the carrier’s fleet will be developed by means of purchasing new more efficient airliners having higher passenger capacity. Since 2015 Transaero will be taking delivery of one Airbus A380 jet per year (via VEB-Leasing). The airline also signed a contract with Sberbank-Leasing for delivery of 12 Boeing 737-800s and it also plans to purchase Airbus А320NEO aircraft. In early 2013 after a number of accidents connected with battery problems and grounding of Dreamliner aircraft Transaero did not change the delivery program (the first jet of the type should have been delivered to the carrier in mid-2014). Under the contract the manufacturer should have been fined for delays, CEO of Transaero Airlines, Olga Pleshakova, said.
Another Russian Dreamliner customer is Aeroflot, which signed a contract for delivery of 22 vehicles of the type in 2007. The first jet of the type should have been delivered to the airline in 2014; however, the delivery was rescheduled to 2016. Last week CEO of Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, Vitaly Savelyev, said that Aeroflot is considering the possibility of reducing the number of ordered aircraft in light of decline in ticket sales in the long term. A source close to the company says that the plans on purchasing Dreamliners “remain unchanged”.
In addition, Transaero postponed delivery of six Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft (basic version). The contract between Transaero and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) is valued at $212,4 million (almost $570 million - in case of exercising an option for 10 more jets of the type). Transaero planned to lease SSJ 100 jets from VEB-Leasing and operate them on regional routes in a North-West region; the liners will be based in St. Petersburg.