Moscow - Aeroflot Group subsidiary Rossiya will return five A319 to the lessors between October 2018 and February 2019. The Russian carrier has currently 26 A319 in its fleet.
The aircraft to be returned are as follows: EI-EZC and EI-EZD, which were previously operated by the Chinese airline operator Juneyao Airlines; EI-EYL and EI-EYM, which were previously operated by the US Frontier Airlines; and VP- BIS, which was transferred to the fleet of the St. Petersburg-based carrier Donavia.
The A319s of Rossiya will undergo airworthiness testing in Europe as part of the procedure for returning the aircraft to lessors.
The first two devices, EI-EZC and EI-EZD, will be returned to the General Electric subsidiary GECAS on October 3 and November 9, respectively. These aircraft have to be repainted with the colors of the next operators before returning the planes as it's a requirement dictated by the agreement signed with GECAS.
It is known that the next operator of the EI-EZD will be Air Serbia, the flag carrier of Serbia.
Rossiya will also conduct final maintenance work for those aircraft. The total cost of repainting, airworthiness testing and final maintenance per aircraft is about 106,000 USD (120,000 Euros).
This year, the Russian LCC replenished its fleet with three wide-body liners (Boeing 777) and one brand-new Boeing 737-800. The company also expects two more Boeing 777, and one A320 by the end of the year.