Posted on June 22nd, 2018 by ES in Air Transport, Russia, Trending
Russian airline Red Wings, which is due to be the launch operator of the new Bombardier CS300 jet in the region, is to start taking delivery of them in May 2019, the airline's general director Evgeny Klyucharev has revealed to a media gathering.
The airline, owned by lessor Ilyushin Finance Co (IFC), first revealed its order for the operational leases of six Bombardier CS300 narrow-body aircraft in April this year. The aircraft, initially part of IFC's portfolio, are to be ceded to Russian State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), which will act as a lessor for the deal, it is believed.
The CS300s will be formally registered in the fleet of Moscow-based Red Wings, but will be shared in a joint network undertaking with partner airline Arkhangelsk-headquartered Nordavia. The two airlines formed an alliance in October 2017 and have since been developing synergies.
In an interview with Russian Aviation Insider's sister publication ATO.ru, Klyucharev explained that line maintenance capabilities for the aircraft will be set up in Russia. Both airlines have joined forces and are prepared to fund the training of their MRO partners' technical staff for the job. Responsibility for the airworthiness credentials of Red Wings' current fleet of four Airbus A320s and seven A321s will continue with S7 Technics, UTG, Ural Airlines' Engineering Centre and the St Petersburg-based Nayak Aircraft Services.
As for heavy maintenance checks, the operator is considering the possibility of...