Airlines Russia’s IrAero plans long-haul operations

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The Irkutsk-based carrier IrAero has announced plans to start own long-haul operations from Moscow.

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In late 2017 the Russian VIM Airlines was forced to suspend operations. The carrier operated a fleet of 19 aircraft, including 10 Boeing 777-200ER.

According to Russian media, some of these currently stored aircraft will now enter into service for IrAero. The 1999 founded airline, which operates domestic and international flights from its hubs at Irkutsk Airport and Baikal International Airport, plans to establish own long-haul operations to several Chinese destinations which are not served anymore after the insolvency of VIM Airlines.

IrAero plans to receive the first two former VIM Airlines Boeing 777-200 in the next weeks. A third aircraft should follow in May.

With the aircraft, which are configured with a Business and an Economy Class, IrAero wants to open a new base at the former VIM Airlines hub Moscow Vnukovo International Airport. The carrier has received the permission to operate several weekly flights to Chinese destinations from Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Currently, IrAero focuses on domestic and international flights with a fleet of six Antonov AN-24, four Bombardier CRJ200LR and nine Sukhoi Superjet 100. As a launch customer of the Irkut MS-21-300, IrAero will receive the first ten ordered aircraft in 2019.


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