TRANSAERO, THE Russian independent airline, has invited leasing companies to tender for the supply of "three or four" Boeing 767s plus additional Boeing 737s to operate on additional routes to be served by the airline.

Arrangements to lease three McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s have been completed with American Airlines parent AMR. The DC-10s will be used initially on long- and medium-range CIS domestic services, and on a Moscow-Orlando, Florida route, planned to begin on 1 September.

Transaero experienced a 97% increase in passenger traffic in 1995 (to 1.03 million) and expects to double its traffic again in 1996. The airline claims load factors of 73.2% overall.

The carrier operates a fleet of five Boeing 737-200s and five 757s, plus a single Ilyushin Il-86. Transaero is also scheduled to receive two 737-300s.

Source: Flight International