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Formed in 1999 and started operations in 2000. Formerly sister company of German charter operator, Blue Wings (BLW), also majority owned by the National Reserve Corporation (NRC). International, charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Rumianceva Village Building 1/9
Moscow 142784, Russia
Russia (Russian Federation) was established in 1991, it covers an area of 17,075,400 sq km, its population is 148.4 million, its capital city is Moscow, and its official language is Russian.
January 2007: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) was established as a subsidiary of the VARZ-400 aircraft factory.
February 2007: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) was acquired by the National Reserve Corporation (NRC).
May 2008: 1st delivery of 6 Tu-204-100Bs from Aviastar in Ulyanovsk - - SEE ATTACHED - - "RWZ-TU-204-2008-05."
January 2010: Aeroflot (ARO) was stated to be on the verge of striking a deal with Russian tycoon billionaire investor, Alexander Lebedev to purchase his 25.8% stake in (ARO), putting (ARO) under full control of the Russian government, which already holds 51%. According to reports from Moscow, (ARO) will pay around $400 million for Lebedev's shares. He told "The Guardian" that a deal was reached and that he agreed to purchase Russian-made airplanes for his Moscow Vnukovo-based, Red Wings (RWZ) and to sell his 26% share in lessor Ilyushin Finance to the government for $175 million. A Lebedev spokesperson confirmed the (ARO) deal and price to other news outlets.
Alexander Lebedev is the owner of Red Wings (RWZ) and also owned 49% of German charter airline, Blue Wings (BLW) which for a while operated as Red Wings (RWZ)'s sister company. However, on January 13th 2010, Blue Wings (BLW) ceased all operations, filing for bankruptcy.
February 2010: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" ARTICLE - - "RWZ-2010-02 TU-204 WOES."
September 2010: Red Wings (RWZ) is reportedly planning to place an order for six additional Tu-204-100s.
January 2012: Red Wings airline (RWZ) is considering launching flights from the Republic of Dagestan, establishing a new base at Makhachkala Airport (MCX) (on the western banks of the Caspian Sea). (RWZ), which has not yet announced how many airplanes it will base there, wants to launch 2x-daily (MCX) - Moscow flights and several international destinations.
Speaking at the Bahrain International Airshow, (RWZ) owner, Alexander Lebedev said (RWZ) lost nearly -$12 million because of last year’s social and political unrest in Egypt. (RWZ) is estimating its 2011 full-year loss to be -RUB700 million/-$22.2 million, with a revenue of RUB4.5 billion. Last year’s political disturbances in North Africa also contributed to the loss.
(RWZ), which specializes in charter flights to leisure destinations, carried around 900,000 passengers in 2011.
Dagestan authorities are seeking to base the carrier after Dagestan Airlines (DAG) lost its air operators certificate (AOC) at the end of 2011.
(RWZ) operates 8 Tupolev Tu-204s; Dagestan Airlines (DAG) had a fleet of Tu-154s. (RWZ) representatives said it will be easy to teach (DAG) pilots (FC), who lost their jobs after the airline ceased operations, to fly the Tu-204, alleviating its pilot (FC) shortage.
June 2012: Red Wings (RWZ) will launch its 1st scheduled service on June 25 offering a round-trip flight between Moscow Vnukovo International (VKO) and Kaliningrad Khrabrovo (KGD) airports with Tu-204-100s. It currently operates 9 Tu-204-100s on behalf of Russian tour operators on leisure charter flights.
September 2012: On August 27, Red Wings (RWZ) further expanded its presence in Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) as it launched 5 weekly services to both Ekaterinburg (SVX) and Ufa (UFA). Flights to both domestic Russian destinations are operated using Tu-204 equipment. Both Ekaterinburg and Ufa are already served by other airlines from Moscow Vnukovo, with Kuban Airlines (KIL)’s 2x-weekly, and UTair (TYU)’s 21 weekly flights respectively. Red Wings (RWZ) already offers flights to Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk and Makhachkala from the Russian capital airport.
(RWZ) continued growing its network out of its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base on September 24, launching 5 weekly flights between the Russian capital airport and Chelyabinsk airport (CEK) located just east of the Ural Mountains. The route, which is operated on weekdays with 210-seat Tu-204 airplanes, competes with Kuban Airlines (KIL)’s 4x-weekly flights. Chelyabinsk becomes (RWZ)’ 5th scheduled destination from Moscow Vnukovo, after (RWZ) only went from being a charter operator to scheduled carrier in June this year.
October 2012: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) added 2 routes to the domestic network it offers from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) on October 1. Krasnoyarsk (KJA) and Novosibirsk (OVB) are now both served with 5 weekly frequencies using Tu-204 airplanes in an all-economy 210Y-seat configuration. (RWZ), which originated as a charter operator, has actively grown its scheduled network over the past year, and the airline’s Commercial Director, Griegorij Stilbans, said: “Until this year, we had focused on charter operations to Egypt in winter, and Turkey and Europe in summer. Starting this year, we began to develop regular services from Moscow and now serve a total of 8 domestic routes, including that to Krasnoyarsk, which is the longest.” Competition on both routes comes from UTair (TYU), which serves the 2 Siberian cities with each 2x-daily flights. Weekly frequencies from Moscow Vnukovo to Novosibirsk are additionally offered by Yakutia Airlines (SYL).
November 2012: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) is a Russian low cost carrier (LCC), operating scheduled and charter passenger flights from its Moscow Vnukovo airport base and other major Russian cities. Charters primarily operated in conjunction with Russian tour operators, serving holiday destinations in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Spain, and Turkey.
(IATA) Code: WZ - 309. (ICAO) Code: RWZ - (Callsign - REMONT AIR).
Owner: Alexander Lebedev, Russian billionaire tycoon.
Main Base: Moscow Vnukovo airport (VKO).
* Hurghada International Airport (charter)
* Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (charter).
* Agadir - Al Massira Airport (charter).
* Istanbul - Ataturk International Airport (charter).
* Izmir - Adnan Menderes Airport (charter).
* Burgas Airport (charter).
* Prague Vaclav Havel Airport (charter).
* Pardubice Airport (charter).
* Barcelona El Prat Airport (charter).
* Chelyabinsk Balandino Airport.
* Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport.
* Krasnoyarsk Emelyanov Airport.
* Moscow Vnukovo International Airport (MAIN BASE).
* Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport.
* Omsk Tsentralny Airport.
* Ufa International Airport.
* Yekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport.
December 2012: ACCDT: As reported by the Associated Press (AP), on Saturday December 29, a Red Wings Airlines (RWG) Tu-204-100B (PS-90A) (1450743164047, /08 RA-64047) crashed on landing at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport (VKO). The Tu-204-100 careered off runway 19 and onto an elevated highway M3 about 400 m/1,200 ft past the runway's end, breaking into pieces and caught fire, killing 5 flight crew (FC) of 8. The flight crew (FC) commander, the 2nd pilot (FC), a flight engineer and 2 stewardesses (CA) were killed in the crash.
Officials said there were a total of 8 flight crew (FC) aboard a Tu-204 non-revenue re-positioning flight that was flying back from the Czech Republic without passengers to its home base at Vnukovo Airport (VKO).
Emergency officials said in a televised news conference that 5 people were killed and another 3 severely injured (in hospital in grave condition) when the Tu-204 rolled off the runway into a snowy field and partly onto an adjacent highway, then disintegrated.
The airplane's cockpit area was sheared off from the fuselage and the tail section was partly torn away SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "RWZ-2012-12 - ACCDT TU-204."
The crash occurred amid snow and winds gusting up to 30 mph. A spokesman, Vladimir Markin, for Russia's top investigative agency said initial indications were that pilot (FC) error was the cause. A later report said there was a fire in the cockpit.
The state news agency (RIA) Novosti cited an unidentified official at the Russian Aviation Agency as saying another Red Wings (RWZ) Tu-204 had gone off the runway at the Novosibirsk International airport in Siberia on December 20. In that incident, the agency said no one was injured and it was due to the failure of the airplane's two engines to go into reverse upon landing and that its brake system malfunctioned.
The Aviation Agency had sent a directive to the Tupolev company's President calling for urgent preventative measures to be taken.
The Tu-204 that crashed on December 29 took off from Pardubice Airport in the Czech Republic. Jan Anderlik, the Director of the company that operates the airport, told Czech public television that the Tu-204 underwent a regular technical check before takeoff and no problems were discovered.
Before this crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995.
The Red Wings Airline (RWZ) is one of the holdings of Russian billionaire, Alexander Lebedev, who also owns the British newspapers: "The Independent" and the "Evening Standard."
Vnukovo International airport (VKO), located on the southern outskirts of Moscow, is one of the Russian capital's 3 international airports.
January 2013: Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport (VKO) has fully opened its $1.4 billion Terminal A. The completed terminal, which can handle 30 million passengers per year, has 3 jet bridges for the 747 and 1 for the A380.
Transaero (TRX) (CEO) Olga Pleshakova said (TRX) will transfer its 747 flights to New York and Miami to Vnukovo (VKO) from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) Airport. Last spring, (TRX) transferred several flights to Vnukovo from its base in Domodedovo and opened new destinations including Paris and Rome. Pleshakova said (TRX) will increase the capacity on its Vnukovo - Paris Orly route and will switch airplanes from the 737 to the 777. Last September, (TRX) announced plans to transfer one out of two Moscow - London flights from Domodedovo to Vnukovo.
The new Terminal A has increased in size from 174,000 sq m to 270,000 sq m. The number of check-in desks grew from 104 to 154, while the number of gates increased to 52.
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has begun inspecting Red Wings Airlines (RWZ)’s Tupolev Tu-204 airplanes. The inspections follow the December 29 crash of a Tu-204, when it overshot a runway at Moscow Vnukovo Airport, killing 5 people. The inspections will run through January 16, according to Rosaviatsia.
The Interstate Aviation Committee said it is evaluating the Tu-204’s continued airworthiness, which includes brakes and thrust reversers, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) documentation and weather conditions at the time of the crash.
Later, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) determined the cause of a Red Wings Airlines (RWZ)’s Tupolev Tu-204 crash. According to the (IAC), 2 out of 3 landing gears did not receive the correct signal for strut compression, causing the airplane to overshoot a runway at Moscow Vnukovo Airport and crash into a road, killing 5 people.
The right landing gear did not receive the correct signal after touching the runway, causing the thrust reversers to fail.
Authorities are also investigating another Red Wings (RWZ) Tu-204 incident on December 20, in which a Tu-204 overshot a runway by 350 meters at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport. No one was injured.
February 2013: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has suspended Red Wings (RWZ)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC), effective February 4.
Authorities said the decision is not directly connected with the December 29 crash of a Red Wings (RWZ) Tupolev Tu-204 in which the Tu-204 overshot a runway at Moscow Vnukovo airport, killing 5 people. Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee determined the crash was caused by landing gear control failure.
However, the suspension does have to do with inspections initiated in the aftermath of the December 29 crash.
In January, Rosaviatsia began inspecting (RWZ)’s Tu-204 airplanes. The agency said that investigators “found numerous significant violations in the organization of Flight Operations, Aircraft Maintenance, Pilot (FC) Training, and other shortcomings.”
Rosaviatsia noted that it conducted two scheduled inspections of the airline in 2012 and found deficiencies in Flight Operations. (RWZ) management did not address the problems, according to the agency.
Rosaviatsia said it has now concluded (RWZ) “lacks the financial resources to provide ongoing operations” consistent with an appropriate level of flight safety.
According to Russia’s Transport Clearing House, (RWZ) has sold 15,000 tickets for flights through October 2013. Authorities have advised passengers to return the tickets. Other Russian airlines have agreed to carry Red Wings (RWZ) passengers if there are spare seats on flights through March 20.
A later report stated that the pilots (FC) of the crashed Red Wings (RWZ) Tupolev Tu-204 2x- selected maximum reverse thrust without the reverser system engaging, and unwittingly catapulted the airplane forward under high power.
Russian investigators have detailed the flight crew (FC)'s failed attempts to slow the twinjet before it overran Moscow Vnukovo's runway 19 at 116 kt and struck a highway embankment.
The Tu-204 had been configured for landing (with flaps at 37° and slats at 23°) and overflew the threshold at a height of 15 m, traveling at 140 kt, says a preliminary analysis from the Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK).
It touched down about 900 - 1,000 m after the threshold, at a speed of 124k t, some 5 s after the throttle was reduced to idle thrust. The airplane took 10 s to descend the last 4 m before runway contact, a touchdown which registered at 1.12 g on the flight-data recorder.
The inquiry points out that the Tu-204 landed with winds gusting up to 22 kt from the right, and the airplane was exhibiting a slight left bank of up to 1.5°.
While the left-hand main landing-gear registered a compression signal, the right-hand gear did not. The investigators also note that the Tu-204's spoilers did not automatically deploy.
As the nose-gear was lowered the pilots (FC) moved the reverser control lever to the maximum setting "in one motion", said (MAK).
But neither of the engines' reverser systems responded. By selecting maximum reverse thrust, without the reverser system activating, the (FC) effectively commanded high forward thrust from the Aviadvigatel (PS-90) powerplants.
The Tu-204 only slowed to 108 - 110 kt, about 7-8 s after landing, before it started to accelerate again, reaching 130 kt.
This acceleration further reduced the weight on the landing gear and, as the airplane traveled along the runway, it oscillated in the roll axis, from 4.5° left to 2.6° right. The result was that the left- and right-hand landing-gear alternately compressed, says (MAK), but simultaneous compression of both main gear "did not occur", rendering attempts to brake "ineffective."
"Pressure in the brakes was applied only when the landing-gear compressed," it states. Maximum reverse remained selected for 8 s before the control lever was disengaged. But 5 s later, the Flight Engineer called "Reverse!" and the pilots (FC) re-engaged maximum reverse.
(MAK) says this had the same effect as before, powering the airplane forward. At this point, it was around 950 - 1,000 m from the runway end and still travelling at 125 - 130 kt. Reverse thrust was again disengaged, after 4 s, and the flight crew (FC) tried resorting to an automatic braking system.
But 32 s after landing, the Tu-204 ran out of available runway. In a last-ditch effort, the Flight Engineer used an emergency system to cut the engine power as the airplane overran. Ironically, the effect of crossing rough ground and snow caused the airplanes's landing gear to compress, deploying the spoilers and releasing the thrust-reverser mechanism.
5 of the 8 occupants, including the 3 cockpit crew (FC), were killed in the December 29 accident. The crash prompted an airworthiness directive (AD) instructing flight crews (FC) to engage reverse thrust in stages, by initially selecting a low-thrust setting and checking that the reversers have activated before committing to maximum reverse thrust.
April 2013: Russian tycoon, Alexander Lebedev has sold Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) for a symbolic RUB1/$0.0318 to the (GHP) Group and a businessman. (RWZ) is intended to be turned into a low cost carrier (LCC). Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has delayed its decision to renew Red Wings’ air operator’s certificate (AOC) until the middle of May.
August 2013: Red Wings (RWZ) is planning to more than double its airplane fleet by 2017, from eight planes to 18, a company executive said.
In mid-June, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) gave Red Wings (RWZ) permission to resume operations that were suspended soon after a fatal incident at a Moscow airport in December.
(RWZ), which currently operates eight Tupolev Tu-204 airliners, is planning to sign a memorandum with the Tupolev Design Bureau on the delivery of another 10 airplanes over a period of three years, starting in 2014, said Yevgeny Klyucharev, company Deputy General Director for Strategic Development. He offered no indication of the contract’s value. (RWZ) is planning to carry about 500,000 passengers this year and 1.5 million next year, he said.
Red Wings (RWZ), formerly owned by billionaire former (KGB) officer Alexander Lebedev, suffered a fatal accident December 29 when one of its Tu-204s skidded off the runway at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, killing 5 of the 8 flight crew (FC) members aboard.
(RWZ) flights were suspended in February after the aviation watchdog uncovered safety violations by the airline. After it was suspended, Lebedev sold the troubled airline for a symbolic 1 ruble/3 USA cents.
November 2013: Russian tycoon, Alexander Lebedev has sold 4.5% of his shares in Aeroflot (ARO). The businessman confirmed the deal to the "(ITAR)-(TASS) News Agency." “I have been oppressed in this company for 10 years, I was not allowed to carry through adequate decisions,” Lebedev told (ITAR)-(TASS).
Lebedev did not disclose the value of the deal, but (RIA) Novosti said the share is estimated to be RUB3 billion/$93.5 million. The deal took place at the Moscow Exchange; the buyers were not announced. Over the last year, Lebedev has decreased his Aeroflot (ARO) share from 12.5% to 4.5%.
In April, Lebedev sold 100% of his shares in Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) for a symbolic RUB1 to the (GHP) Group and businessman Sergey Kuznetsov. Plans to turn the airline into a low-cost carrier (LCC) have not yet happened.
August 2014: Russia’s Ministry of Industry & Trade has offered to equip Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) with Tupolev Tu-204 airplanes to be used on flights to Crimea, after Aeroflot’s new low-cost (LCC) subsidiary, Dobrolet (DBL) suspended flights on August 4, due to sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and the (USA). (DBL) operates Boeing 737s.
Deputy Minister, Yury Slusar said 11 additional Tu-204s could be assembled at the factory in Ulyanovsk. The Ministry has also offered to subsidize other Russian airlines operating flights to Crimea with Tu-204s and Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s). According to Slusar, subsidiary regulations should be worked out by the fall.
Red Wings (RWZ) suspended operations in February 2013, following a crash of one of its Tu-204s, which overshot a runway at Moscow Vnukovo Airport in December 2012, killing 5 people. (RWZ) relaunched flights in June 2013, after it rectified violations. However, (RWZ) has not gained a significant share in the Russian airline market.
The Tupolev Design Bureau (based at Moscow Zhukovsky) and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (also based at Moscow Zhukovsky) could be tasked with increasing the production of their home-grown airplanes, as Moscow moves to reduce Russia's dependency on foreign-owned, Western-built jets.
Russia has said it intends to establish its own domestic carrier equipped with only locally-made airplanes. Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) is currently a strong contender, given its existing fleet of 9 Tu-204s.
With a study currently underway to determine the feasibility of Ilyushin Design Bureau (Moscow Zhukovsky) restarting its Il-114 production line, the Kremlin has stated its intention to order another 11 Tu-204s for onward placement with Red Wings (RWZ).
Yuri Slusar, told the local press that the Tu-204s will then be deployed on (RWZ)'s flights to Simferopol in the Crimea.
"We are considering making use of the 11 Tu-204s currently stored at Aviastar's Ulyanovsk Vostochny facility, as soon as possible. In addition to the Tu-204s, (RWZ) will also operate 10 SSJ 100-95s with delivery likely to begin in either 2016/17, Slusar said.
October 2014: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) has leased 3 SSJ100s from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ). The airplanes will be delivered before the end of 2014. The agreement is for 1 year, but could be extended.
Vnukovo-based Red Wings (RWZ) plans to operate the airplanes on routes from Moscow to Russian cities such as Ufa, Makhachkala, Chelyabinsk, Sochi, and Mineralnye Vody. (RWZ) will increase its SSJ100 fleet to 15 airplanes in 2017, Red Wings (RWZ) (CEO), Yevgeny Klyucharev said.
According to (SSJ) President, Ilya Tarasenko, Red Wings (RWZ) will use the airplanes to replace Tupolev Tu-204s on routes with lower passenger demand.
(RWZ)’s fleet comprises 8 Tu-204 airplanes, which joined the fleet from 2007 - 2009. One of the airplanes crashed at Vnukovo Airport on December 29, 2012, prompting authorities to suspend (RWZ)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC); it was renewed several months later. (RWZ) resumed flights after Russian tycoon, Alexander Lebedev sold it to the (GHP) Group and businessman, Sergey Kuznetsov who turned it into a low-cost carrier (LCC).
In August, Russia’s Ministry of Industry & Trade offered to equip Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) with additional Tu-204 airplanes to be used on flights to Crimea after Aeroflot (ARO)’s new (LCC) subsidiary, Dobrolet (DBL) was forced to suspend operations August 4 due to sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU). It operated Boeing 737s.
January 2015: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) has taken delivery of 1st of 3 leased Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes. The SSJ100t (RA-89021) was previously operated by Moskovia Airline (GAI), which lost its air operator’s certificate (AOC) last year. (GAI) used the SSJ1000 on the Moscow - Grozny and Moscow - Makhachkala routes; it will be used on service to Ufa, Sochi, Mineralnye Vody, as well as other cities.
(RWZ)’s fleet consists of 210Y-seat Tupolev Tu-204s. Red Wings (RWZ)'s (CEO), Yevgeny Klyucharev previously said (RWZ) needs smaller-capacity airplanes to add frequencies on existing routes and to compete on new routes with fewer passengers.
(RWZ) is based at Moscow Domodedovo Airport and operates scheduled and charter flights. From January to November 2014, it carried 871,196 passengers.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Spanish budget carrier Vueling (VUZ) and Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) will launch flights to Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport in the (IATA) 2015 summer season, despite Russia’s international traffic decrease.
According to a Pulkovo Airport statement, Vueling (VUZ) plans to start Malaga - Saint Petersburg Airbus A320 weekly services in May; services are expected to increase to 2x-weekly in June. (VUZ) currently operates flights to Saint Petersburg from Barcelona and Alicante.
Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) plans to launch weekly, Brussels - Saint Petersburg Airbus A319 services on March 30.
Russia’s Transaero (TRX) will launch flights to Shanghai; China Southern Airlines (GUN) plans to launch Urumqi flights and Ukrainian International Airlines (UKR) is expected to start flying from Odessa.
Aeroflot Group member Rossiya Airlines (SDM) will launch daily Saint Petersburg - Chisinau Antonov An-148 service, while Air Astana (AKZ) adds flights from Almaty and Astana. (SDM) will also operate 4x-weekly A320 service to Almaty and 3x-weekly services to Astana. Rossiya (SDM) is expected to increase the frequencies at these destinations.
The airlines are increasing the number of flights despite the international traffic decrease, which is due to the change of currency exchange rates. Local airlines are also increasing the number of domestic destinations and flights. In February, Russia’s regional carrier RusLine Airline resumed regional flights from Saint Petersburg to Belgorod, Ivanovo, Kirov and Yaroslavl. Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) is expected to start flights from Saint Petersburg to Grozny, Simferopol, and Makhachkala.
News Item A-2: Moscow Domodedovo-based Red Wings (RWZ) will launch three domestic routes from Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport.
(RWZ) started 3x-weekly, Tupolev Tu-204 service to Simferopol from March 21, and starts service 2x-weekly SSJ100 service to Makhachkala from April 2, and 2x-weekly SSJ100 service to Grozny from June 3. (RWZ) plans to double Saint Petersburg - Simferopol frequency from June 1. The 1,658 km sector will face direct competition from incumbents Aeroflot (ARO) (12x weekly) and Yamal Airlines (LLM) (4x weekly). The city pair will be joined by two further new routes from St Petersburg later in the summer.
At the end of March, (RWZ) takes delivery of its 3rd leased SSJ100. (RWZ) leased 3 SSJ100s from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ) in October 2014. The agreement is for 1 year, but could be extended.
(RWZ), which previously included only Tu-204s in its fleet, will increase its SSJ100 fleet to 15 airplanes in 2017, (RWZ) (CEO) Yevgeny Klyucharev said when signing a leasing deal for the 1st 3 airplanes.
Despite Russia’s -1.3% year-over-year decrease in passenger numbers for January and February, Red Wings (RWZ)’s passengers carried were up +40.6% to 77,955 for the 1st 2 months of 2015 compared to the previous year.
April 2015: On April 2, 2015 the 3rd Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 joined the Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) fleet. The SSJ100 (RA-89001) flew from the Delivery Centre of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ) to Moscow Domodedovo Airport.
Currently, (RWZ) is successfully operating two SSJ100s on the flights from Moscow to the Russian cities Makhachkala, Grozny, Ufa, Nalchik, and Ulianovsk City.
Red Wings (RWZ) plans to expand the route network for the SSJ100s to Gelendzhik, Saratov and other Russian cities, as well as to develop inter-regional flights.
Since entry into service (EIS) in early February this year, 2 SSJ100s in (RWZ)'s fleet operated >500 hours, while the SSJ100 has already transported >17,000 passengers.
In accordance with Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft Lease Agreement signed in October 2014 between (RWZ) and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SSJ), the leasing period of 3 SSJ100s shall be 3 years with possible extension. The SSJ100 is being delivered to (RWZ) in 93-seat 2-class cabin configuration.
(RWZ) was founded in 1999. (RWZ) performs regular and charter domestic and international flights. Passenger traffic volume of (RWZ) in 2014 totaled >1 million passengers.
July 2015: "Ilyushin Finance Mulls 74% Stake in Red Wings (RWZ)" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, July 15, 2015.
Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) is considering taking a 74% stake in Red Wings Airlines (RWZ), (IFC) (CEO), Alexander Roubtsov confirmed, adding the lessor will make a final decision at a board meeting at the end of July.
In June, (IFC) representatives said Red Wings (RWZ) could support promoting the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in Europe using wet-lease deals with European carriers. (IFC) purchased 8 SSJ100s at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014.
The Moscow-based carrier is the largest operator of Russian-built aircraft in the country. Its fleet includes 8 Tupolev Tu-204s aircraft, leased from (IFC), as well as 3 SSJ100s. Later this year, (IFC) expects to take delivery of +2 more of the type.
In April 2013, Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev sold Red Wings (RWZ) for a symbolic RUB1/$0.0318 to the (GHP) Group and businessman Sergey Kuznetsov. The decision was made after (RWZ)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) was suspended following the December 29, 2012 crash of (RWZ)’s Tu-204, which overshot a runway at Moscow Vnukovo Airport, killing five people. (RWZ) relaunched flights in June 2013.
According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, in January - May 2015 Red Wings (RWZ) carried 248,432 passengers, up +20.5% year-over-year. It is the 19th biggest airline in Russia.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Russian airlines carried >125,000 passengers on Kaliningrad - Moscow and Kaliningrad - Saint Petersburg routes within the framework of Kaliningrad subsidy program for the 1st 4 months. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, since April 15, 2015, RUB269 million/$4.09 million was spent for subsidies, 64% of its budget of RUB420 million.
The program started will continue through October 15, 2015. 6 airlines take part in the subsidy program: Aeroflot (ARO), Transaero (TRX), Ural Airlines (URL), UTair (TYU), S7 Airlines (SBR), and Red Wings Airlines (RWZ).
It is expected that 190,000 passengers will be carried within its framework, down 14% from the year-ago period; 150,000 will be carried on Kaliningrad - Moscow, and 40,000 on Kaliningrad - Saint Petersburg.
Russian authorities launched the Kaliningrad subsidy program in 2011. Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave situated west of the country and does not border the main territory. It is surrounded by Poland and Lithuania.
News Item A-2: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) has signed an agreement to wet lease a Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) to Sky Angkor Airlines (SKW) of Cambodia.
September 2015: News Item A-1: Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has signed a firm order agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (based at Moscow Zhukovsky) for 32 SSJ 100-95s with options for an additional 28 of the type.
Announced during the ongoing (MAKS) 2015 Air Show at Moscow Zhukovsky, the 1st of the jets will be delivered in May 2016.
Of the order, 15 will head to Kazakhstan's Scat ((IATA) Code: DV, based at Shimkent) (VSV) as part of a larger Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which includes 5 options, while 25 will go to Yamal Airlines ((IATA) Code: YC, based at Salekhard) (LLM). Both carriers are expected to finalize their 12-year lease agreements with the Russians in August next year.
Red Wings ((IATA) Code: WZ, based at Moscow Vnukovo) (RWZ) also signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease 15 SSJ100 Superjets subject to finalization.
April 2016: "Red Wings to Cease SSJ100 Operations" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, April 14, 2016.
Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) will cease Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) operations in May. The Moscow-based carrier will return 2 aircraft to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) and 3 to the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC).
It is thought that this could be the result of lease payment debts. Last February, (SCAC) filed 2 lawsuits against Red Wings (RWZ) for RUB305.3 million/$4.64 million plus penalties.
(RWZ) took delivery of the 1st of 3 leased SSJ100s from (SCAC) in January 2015. 2 more aircraft were delivered to (RWZ) in the 2nd half of last year, while the 1st 3 delivered aircraft were sold by (SCAC) to (STLC).
June 2016: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has restricted Moscow-based Red Wings Airlines (RWZ)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC), prohibiting it from SSJ100 aircraft operations. The decision takes effect from July 1.
November 2016: News Item A-1: Russian aviation authorities have offered the 6 airlines participating in the "Kaliningrad subsidy" program a chance to further develop the Kaliningrad network and sell more subsidized tickets via their websites, using fewer agencies.
In 2016, 6 carriers: Aeroflot (ARO), Sibir (which operates under the (S7) Airlines (SBR) brand), UTair (TYU), Ural Airlines (URL), Red Wings (RWZ) and Nordavia (AEN)) operated routes from Kaliningrad to Moscow and Saint Petersburg within the program framework. Russia launched the Kaliningrad subsidy program in 2011, which runs from May 15 through October 15 each year.
According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, in 2015, airlines carried 170,000 passengers, down -17% from 205,000 in 2014.
Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave situated west of the country and does not border the main territory. It is surrounded by Poland and Lithuania.
March 2017: Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) has started a S15 expansion at St Petersburg (LED), with the launch of 3x-weekly services to Simferopol (SIP) on March 21, its 7th domestic route from the former airport. The 1,658 km sector will face direct competition from incumbents Aeroflot (ARO) (12x-weekly) and Yamal Airlines (LLM) (4x-weekly). The city pair will operated by (RWZ)’s Tu-204 fleet and will be joined by 2 further new routes from St Petersburg later in the summer.
June 2017: A320-232 (2193, VP-BWY), A320-233 (2084, VP-BWZ), A321-231 (802, VP-BRM) ex-(N672AW, N487TA) and (2-TBXU), AerCap leased.
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RWZ-SSJ100 - 2015-01
1 A320-232 (2193, VP-BWY), EX-(N672AW), AERCAP (DEA) LEASED 2017-06.
1 A320-233 (2084, VP-BWZ), EX-(N487TA), AERCAP LEASED 2017-06.
1 A321-231 (802, VP-BRM), EX-(2-TBXU), AERCAP LEASED 2017-06.
1 ILYUSHIN IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (003446350, /07 UP-17625), MEGAN INVEST LSD 2007-07. FREIGHTER.
0 SUKHOI SSJ100 (RA89001, 2015-04; RA-89021, 2015-01), LSD RA-89021, EX-MOSKOVIA AIRLINE (GAI). 1 WET-LST SKY ANGKOR AIRLINES, CAMBODIA (SKW). 5 RTND IN 2016-04. CEASES SSJ100 OPS IN 2016-05. 2 CLASS, 93 PAX.
5 TU-204-100 (PS-90A) (1450742564017, /96 RA-64017; 1450741964018, /98 RA-64018; 1450741064019, /00 RA-64019; 1450743164020, /01 RA-64020), ILYUSHIN FINANCE LSD 2007-09. 1450742564017; RETIRED. 175Y.
2 TU-204-100B (PS-90A) (1450743764043, /08 RA-64043; 1450743864046, /08 RA-64046; 1450743164047, /08 RA-64047 - - DESTROYED (W/O) IN CRASH - - SEE ACCDT REPORT - - "RWZ-2012-12 - ACCDT - TU-204"), ILUYSHIN FINANCE LSD. 214Y.
2 TU-204-100B-04 (PS-90A) (1450744864049, /09 RA-64049; 450741964050, /09 RA-64050), ILYUSHIN FINANCE LSD 2009-04. 214Y.
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YEVGENY KLYUCHAREV, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
LEONID ITSKOV, DIRECTOR GENERAL.
VICTOR IVANOV, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
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