The first passenger to check in for Transaero’s new route from Moscow Vnukovo to London Heathrow was 16-year-old Leonid Krendelschikov who was travelling to London for studies. He was also evidence of Vnukovo’s considerable domestic network, since he arrived at the Moscow city airport on a domestic flight.
- The Russian airline Transaero expanded its network with four new routes in the first two days of the winter scheduling season. On 28 December, the airline moved one of its two daily flights to London Heathrow (LHR) from Moscow Domodedovo to its emerging base at Moscow Vnukovo (VKO). The airline also expanded its Vnukovo network by adding flights to Ekaterinburg (SVX) the following day. The new daily service competes with Red Wings Airlines’ five weekly flights and complements Transaero’s also daily flights from Domodedovo. Both new routes are operated with 121-seat 737-700s. However, Transaero also expanded its network out of Moscow Domodedovo (DME) on 29 October. The airline now flies three times a week on the domestic route to Kaliningrad (KGD), the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania, using 101-seat 737-500 aircraft. Direct competition comes from S7’s also three flights a week. Transaero also expanded its network to Italy and launched two weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino (FCO), complementing its five flights a week from Vnukovo. 164-seat 737-800 aircraft are used on the route that faces indirect competition at Moscow Sheremetyevo from Aeroflot (three daily) and Alitalia (two daily flights).