Transaero Airlines of Russia has signed an order for four 787-8 Dreamliners, the signing ceremony for the $744 million order making history by being held on board the 787 during a demonstration flight for Transaero’s executives, employees and special guests.
“Our history with Boeing goes back to 1993 when Transaero became the first airline in Russia to fly with Boeing aircraft,” said Alexander Pleshakov, Transaero Airlines’ chairman.
“Following our innovative approach and our continuous efforts to enhance our product quality, we have chosen the state-of-the-art, highly-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” added Pleshakov. “It is very symbolic that our airline became a participant of the first order announcement ceremony conducted in the air on board the 787. Boeing 787s will perform flights on both Transaero’s domestic and international routes.”
Captain Evgeny Nikitin, commander of Transaero’s Boeing 767/777 flying unit, was co-piloting the Boeing 787 during the entire flight from takeoff to landing as the signing ceremony took place.
Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size aircraft capable of flying ultra-long-range routes and according to Boeing will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. More than 850 Boeing 787s are on order for 59 customers.
Russia played an important role in creating the Boeing 787. Engineers from the Moscow Boeing Design Center participated in designing a number of key sections of the 787. Russian manufacturer VSMPO-AVISMA supplies titanium parts for the 787 Dreamliner.
“Boeing and Transaero enjoy an almost two-decades-long partnership and we are opening a great new chapter together with the 787 Dreamliner,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Established in 1991, Transaero was the first private airline in Russia. Transaero also was the first Russian airline to introduce a Boeing aircraft to its fleet, when in 1993 Transaero started operating Boeing 737s.
Today, Moscow-based Transaero is the second-largest airline in Russia and operates Boeing 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.