Its LOI makes Transaero Airlines the fifth launch customer for the Airbus A330neo family and the first European airline to commit to the re-engined A330.

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This means Transaero’s Airbus A380 superjumbos will easily have the highest seating density of any A380s delivered by 2015 and will also have more seats than any other commercial aircraft.

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On January 14, the first day of the new low-fare service launch, the airline carried about 5,000 passengers on 54 Discount Class flights on Boeing 737 and Tupolev Tu-214 aircraft.

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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.

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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.

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The order follows a memorandum of understanding which Transaero Airlines signed in August at the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Salon in Moscow.

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Transaero Airlines will become the launch customer for the A380 in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. In Transaero service, the Airbus A380 will feature a three-class cabin layout, seating about 700 passengers.

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Singapore Airlines will add its ‘SQ’ flight code to Transaero-operated flights between the Russian capital Moscow and Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Samara and St. Petersburg. Transaero will add its ‘UN’ flight code to Singapore Airlines-operated flights between Moscow and Singapore, and between Moscow and Houston.

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Transaero is operating three-times-weekly service on the New York-Moscow route, which it launches on October 29; and twice-weekly service on the Miami-Moscow route, which Transaero begins serving on October 27.

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