Red Wings reverts to all-charter operation

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Tupolev Tu-204 operator Red Wings has switched back to an all-charter business model.

Following a six-month suspension, the Russian carrier restarted charter operations in June. In July, it added regular flights on several domestic routes from Moscow Vnukovo airport with a view to developing a year-round scheduled route network.

But on 2 October, Red Wings ceased serving Ekaterinburg and Ufa on a regular basis. It has now removed the other six destinations from its regular flight schedule, and will perform only charter flights to Egypt, Italy and Turkey during the winter season.

In August, Red Wings placed orders for 10 Tu-204SM and 10 Irkut MC-21 twinjets.