Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, has completed a purchase agreement with Airbus for four A380 superjumbos.
The agreement was signed on June 21 by Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines’ CEO, and Christopher Buckley, Airbus’ executive vice president Europe, Asia and the Pacific, on the first day of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.
This order follows a memorandum of understanding signed by Transaero Airlines in October 2011. The deal will be financed with the support of VEB Leasing.
Transaero becomes the first customer for the Airbus A380 in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe.
The Russian carrier plans to operate the Airbus A380s on its long-range network of high-density routes from Moscow. The aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout, seating about 700 passengers.
Transaero will announce the engine selection soon, according to Airbus.
“Our airline, with its strong innovation culture, will be the first in Russia to fly the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft,” said Pleshakova. “I am sure that the operation of the A380 will stimulate the development of Russia’s aviation sector, in particular, its ground infrastructure. In addition, our passengers will benefit from the completely new air travel experience that the A380 offers with its spacious, comfortable cabin, for their long-haul flights.”
Transaero Airlines began flying in November 1991 and currently serves more than 130 routes all over the world.
Since entering service in 2007 the A380 has carried more than 23 million passengers to date. With 100 flights per day, the A380 is becoming a familiar sight at airports across the globe. The A380 fleet transports one million passengers each month and performs a take-off or landing every eight minutes.
Including the order for four A380s from Transaero, the total A380 orderbook stands at 257 aircraft from 20 customers worldwide. To date, Airbus has delivered 77 aircraft to eight customers.