Airbus and Red Wings Prepare for A220 Russia Introduction
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November 20, 2018 - by by Cathy Buyck for AINonline
Red Wings Airlines is readying the induction of the Airbus A220-300 in its operations next year and is working closely with the European OEM to obtain necessary authorizations from Russia's federal agency for air transport Rosaviatsiya, including the validation of the aircraft's type certificate and the certification of a training center for A220 crew and MRO capabilities.
"There still is a lot of work to do," Red Wings CEO Evgeny Klyucharev told AINon the sidelines of the Wings of the Future conference in Moscow. "We are completing the standard procedures," he said, stressing that "politically there is no issue" with bringing the aircraft type into Russia.
The Moscow Vnukovo-based airline is expecting its first A220 in May, and Klyucharev hopes to showcase the aircraft with Red Wings's new livery at the Paris Airshow in June.
Red Wings will take delivery of six of the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G-powered twinjets, fitted with 149 seats in an all-economy-class layout, as part of its fleet renewal, which will also see it add four secondhand A321s next year. It also has an order for 16 Irkut MC-21-300s.
The carrier had expected deliveries of the new Russian single-aisle airliner to commence at the end of 2019, but delays in the program are likely to push the entry into service to 2020 or even 2021. "It's not yet clear when exactly," Klyucharev said, revealing that Red Wings "most probably will be launch customer due to our extensive experience with Russian-built aircraft."