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RusLine

RusLine
РусЛайн
IATA ICAO Callsign
7R RLU RUSLINE AIR
Founded 1999
Operating bases
Fleet size 18
Destinations 30
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Website www.rusline.aero

RusLine (Russian: Авиакомпания «РусЛайн») is a regional airline from Russia, which operates mostly domestic regional flights, as well as holiday charters. Its headquarters are located in the Omega Plaza (Омега Плаза) business centre in Moscow, Russia,[1] with the city's Domodedovo International Airport serving as most important base for the flights operations.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Route network 2
  • Fleet 3
  • Accidents and incidents 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The RusLine logo used until 2010, when the branding acquired from Air Volga was adopted

The company was founded in 1999 as Aerotex Airlines and was originally based at Sheremetyevo International Airport.[2] In March 2013, it was renamed to today's RusLine, which coincided with a move to Vnukovo International Airport shortly after.[2]

On 1 April 2010, RusLine acquired the assets and brand name of bankrupt Air Volga. This included six Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft,[3] and Air Volga's base at Volgograd International Airport.[2] Subsequently, the Vnukovo operations were closed and moved to more modern Domodedovo International Airport, and the Air Volga livery was applied to a number of RusLine's aircraft. In certain cases, the Air Volga titles were also kept. Further aircraft bases were set up at Pulkovo Airport, Saint Petersburg and Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg.

Route network

A RusLine Yakovlev Yak-40 approaching Sheremetyevo International Airport (2005).
A RusLine Bombardier CRJ200 at Ust-Kut Airport, featuring the livery and brand name taken over from Air Volga (2011).
A RusLine Airbus A319 at Antalya Airport, painted in the livery acquired from Air Volga
As of February 2013, RusLine operates scheduled flights to the following destinations. Note: This list does not include chartered flights.
City Region Country Airport
Aktobe Aktobe Province  Kazakhstan Aktobe Airport
Belgorod Belgorod Oblast  Russia Belgorod International Airport
Bugulma  Tatarstan  Russia Bugulma Airport
Cheboksary Chuvashia  Russia Cheboksary Airport
Elista Kalmykia  Russia Elista Airport
Grozny Chechnya  Russia Grozny Airport
Ivanovo Ivanovo Oblast  Russia Ivanovo Airport
Izhevsk Udmurtia  Russia Izhevsk Airport
Kaunas[4] Kaunas County  Lithuania Kaunas Airport
Kirov[5] Kirov Oblast  Russia Pobedilovo Airport
Krasnodar Krasnodar Krai  Russia Pashkovsky Airport
Lipetsk  Lipetsk Oblast  Russia Lipetsk Airport
Makhachkala Dagestan  Russia Uytash Airport
Mineralnye Vody Stavropol Krai  Russia Mineralnye Vody Airport
Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast  Russia Moscow Domodedovo Airport (base)
Nadym Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug  Russia Nadym Airport
Naryan-Mar  Nenets Autonomous Okrug  Russia Naryan-Mar Airport
Nizhnekamsk Tatarstan  Russia Begishevo Airport
Nizhnevartovsk[6] Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug  Russia Nizhnevartovsk Airport
Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Oblast  Russia Strigino Airport
Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Oblast  Russia Tolmachevo Airport
Palanga[4] Klaipėda County  Lithuania Palanga International Airport
Penza[7] Penza Oblast  Russia Penza Airport
Petrozavodsk Karelia  Russia Petrozavodsk Airport
Saint Petersburg St Petersburg / Leningrad Oblast  Russia Pulkovo Airport (base)
Samara Samara Oblast  Russia Kurumoch International Airport
Saransk Mordovia  Russia Saransk Airport
Sochi, Adler Krasnodar Krai  Russia Adler-Sochi International Airport
Ufa Bashkortostan  Russia Ufa International Airport
Ulyanovsk Ulyanovsk Oblast  Russia Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport
Volgograd Volgograd Oblast  Russia Gumrak Airport (base)
Vorkuta Komi  Russia Vorkuta Airport
Voronezh Voronezh Oblast  Russia Voronezh International Airport
Yekaterinburg Sverdlovsk Oblast  Russia Koltsovo Airport (base)

Fleet

Originally, the airline operated several ageing Soviet-built aircraft. The first Western airliner, a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100, was introduced with RusLine in February 2008. Over the following years, further planes of that type (all of which had been acquired second-hand) were added.[8] In April 2012, RusLine took delivery of two larger Airbus A319 aircraft formerly owned by easyJet[8] in order to address the growing demand for charter flights. The airline contains 20 CRJ-200 aircraft with 5 on order from UTAir with delivery from 2016.

As of August 2015, the RusLine fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:

Accidents and incidents

The wreckage of Flight 243.
  • On 20 June 2011, 47 people died in the crash of Flight 243. The aircraft involved, a Tupolev Tu-134 (registered RA-65691) had been leased by RusLine from RusAir and was approaching Petrozavodsk Airport, completing a flight from Moscow-Domodedovo. Due to poor visibility conditions, the pilots were unaware that they descended too rapidly, so that the aircraft struck trees and impacted on a highway. There were five survivors.[11][12]

References

  1. ^ "КОНТАКТЫ." RusLine. Retrieved on 21 June 2011. "КОНТАКТЫ ГОЛОВНОЙ ОФИС Адрес: 115280, г. Москва, ул. Ленинская слобода, д.19, бизнес-центр «Омега Плаза»"
  2. ^ a b c d e f Information about RusLine at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  3. ^ List of the Bombardier CRJ200s operated by Air Volga, at planespotters.net
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^
  6. ^ RusLine begin six new domestic routes from S13
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c d RusLine fleet list at planespotters.net
  9. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Rusline
  10. ^ AviaPort digest (in Russian)
  11. ^ Accident report of Flight 243 at the Aviation Safety Network
  12. ^

External links

  • Official website (Russian)
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