May 21, 2020

New airline using Russian aircraft is planned to be established on the basis of Red Wings airline

An airline predominantly using Russian airplanes is planned to be established by the Red Wings air carrier, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV Channel. This reported by TASS.

"A company focusing on the use of domestic aviation equipment specifically will be created today by the Red Wings owned by Rostec. This company is to purchase up to 60 SSJ 100 airplanes and 16 MC-21 airplanes by 2024," the official said.

A new model of aircraft maintenance and repair will be mastered in the company, Borisov said. "Reputational risks sustained by Aeroflot at a certain stage with aircraft maintenance and repair, including SSJ 100, are unacceptable," he added.

"The company will at the same time enjoy certain preferences I have mentioned earlier — these are subsidized leasing payments, subsidized flying hour cost and subsidized airfare for the Far East and Siberia. It will carry our citizens by Russian airplanes specifically to these territories," he added.