Airbus to introduce A220-300 with Red Wings Airlines in Russia
Moscow - Red Wings Airlines is preparing to debut the Airbus A220-300 on its regional routes. The Russian carrier is working to get necessary authorizations from Rosaviatsiya (Federal agency for air transport of Russia).
The airline will receive its first Airbus A220 next year in May and plans to display it at the Paris Airshow in June.
Airbus will deliver six A220-300 in total to Red Wings. The planes will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney's PW1500 engines. They will be configured to accommodate 149 passengers in a single-class (all-economy). layout.
Red Wings Airlines will also add four second-hand Airbus A321 next year as part of its fleet renewal strategy. Besides Airbus's single-aisles, the Moscow Domodedovo-based carrier has 16 Russian-made Irkut MC-21-300 in its order book.
There is still a lot of work to do, We are completing the standard procedures,Red Wings CEO Evgeny Klyucharev told AIN online during a conference in Moscow.
Politically there is no issue with bringing the aircraft type into Russia,he added.
Red Wings was launched in 1999 as VARZ-400, after the Russian acronym of the Vnukovo Avia Repair Factory. It was rebranded as Airlines 400 in 2001, and finally got its current brand name Red Wings Airlines in 2007.
The airline operated only Russian-made aircraft until 2017 such as the Ilyushin Il-76, Tupolev Tu-154, Tupolev Tu-204, and Sukhoi SSJ100. In 2018, It added 12 A320 family aircraft (eight A320 and four A321) to its fleet. Red Wings still had five Tu-204 in operation this summer, but the operator will retire them due to their high operational costs and lack of spare parts.
Red Wings will presumably order four more A220-300 in 2021, Klyucharev said.