Saturday, January 5, 2013

Red Wings Airlines (ЗАО «Ред Вингс»)

Red Wings Airlines (ЗАО «Ред Вингс») is an airline based in Vnukovo District, Western Administrative Okrug, Moscow, Russia.[2] The airline provides both scheduled passenger and cargo charter services.




Red Wings was founded in 1999 under the name VARZ-400, after the Russian acronym of the Vnukovo Avia Repair Factory. It was renamed Airlines 400 in 2001, before adopting its current name in 2007.
Red Wings Airlines Tu-204-100B
The airline is owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev, who wanted to create a discount airline using modern Russian Tupolev Tu 204-100B 210 passenger twin jet airliners, both new-built and used. The company currently has a fleet of ten Tu-204-100Bs (an eleventh Tu-204 was written off after crashing at Moscow Vnukovo on December 29, 2012), and has also sought to acquire Airbus A320s and possibly Airbus A321s to complement its Tu-204 fleet.[3]
Lebedev also owned 49% of German charter airline Blue Wings, which was to become Red Wings's sister company. However, on January 13, 2010, Blue Wings ceased all operations and filed for bankruptcy, citing the global financial crisis for a pull-out of investors.[4]


In December 2012 Red Wing Airlines announced the first scheduled flight launching. Airline started operations on Moscow (Vnukovo Airport) - Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo Airport) route on June 25, 2012.[5]






Czech Republic


Red Wings Airlines Ty-204 (RA-64043)
The Red Wings fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of January 2013):[13][14]
Red Wings Fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengers
Ty- 204-100B80210RA-64047 W/O Dec. 29, 2012
Ty- 204SM044210Largest operator of the Tu-204
Il-76TD200Operates for Airlines 400


Туполев Ту-204-100В RA-64047, the aircraft lost in the accident.
On December 29, 2012 at 16:35 local time (12:35 GMT), Red Wings Flight 9268, a Tupolev Tu-204-100В (RA-64047, c/n 1450743164047, s/n 047, built 2008) crashed on landing after overrunning runway 19 at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) following a non-revenue repositioning flight originating from Pardubice Airport, Czech Republic. The aircraft broke up and came to a stop on elevated highway M3 about 400 meters/1,200 feet past the runway’s end. There were eight crew members on board of whom five were killed and the other three seriously injured.[15][16] The fatal Vnukovo accident was the second runway overrun incident involving a Red Wings operated Tu-204-100B in nine days following a Moscow Vnukovo to Novosibirsk flight on December 20, 2012 that overran runway 25 at Tolmachevo Airport by 1,150 feet (350 meters) into an open field.[17] Flight data recorder readouts indicate that brake failure as well as engine thrust reverser issues were major contributing causes in both overruns resulting in the issuance of additional airworthiness directives.[18][19][20][21]


  1. ^ Marie-Pierre Balcaen, EUROCONTROL DAP/DIA. "Eurocontrol, Designators for Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  2. ^ Home page. Red Wings Airlines (Airlines 400). June 29, 2007. Retrieved on December 31, 2012. "A400, Россия, 119027, Москва, Заводское шоссе 19,"
  3. ^ "Red Wings considers A321s as suitable A320s prove elusive", Flight International, Retrieved 24 August 2008
  4. ^ "Blue Wings stellt Flugbetrieb ein" (in German). Flugrevue. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b "АВИАКОМПАНИЯ RED WINGS C 25 ИЮНЯ НАЧНЕТ ПОЛЕТЫ ПО НАПРАВЛЕНИЮ КАЛИНИНГРАД — МОСКВА". АвиаПорт.Ru. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Ред Вингс открывает регулярное сообщение Москва – Челябинск". Red Wings Airlines. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  7. ^ Плохотниченко, Юрий (31 August 2012). "Red Wings будет летать из Москвы в Красноярск с октября". TRAVEL.RU. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Ред Вингс открывает регулярное сообщение Москва-Махачкала". Red Wings Airlines. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  9. ^ Плохотниченко, Юрий (31 August 2012). "Red Wings хочет летать из Москвы в Новосибирск с октября". TRAVEL.RU. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  10. ^ "В Омск приходит новый авиаперевозчик Red Wings — появится еще один рейс в Москву Источник:". ИД "ТРИЭС". 4 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Red Wings хочет летать из Москвы в Уф". TRAVEL.RU. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  12. ^ Плохотниченко, Юрий (3 August 2012). "Red Wings хочет летать из Москвы в Екатеринбург". Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  13. ^ CH-Aviation - Airline News, Fleet Lists & More Red Wings Airlines Fleet
  14. ^ Red Wings profile at (Russian)
  15. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 204-100V RA-64047 Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO)". Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  16. ^ Agencies (December 29, 2012). "Russian passenger jet crashes at Moscow's Vnukovo airport". Guardian. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  17. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident 20-DEC-2012 Tupolev Tu-204-100V RA-64049". December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  18. ^ Hradecky, Simon "Accident: Red Wings T204 at Moscow on Dec 29th 2012, overran runway on landing" The Aviation Herald, December 29, 2012. (updated December 31, 2012).
  19. ^ Hradecky, Simon "Incident: Red Wings T204 at Novosibirsk on Dec 20th 2012, runway excursion on landing" The Aviation Herald December 20, 2012 (updated December 30, 2012)
  20. ^ Bad brakes cited in Moscow crash landing Agence France-Presse (via December 30, 2012
  21. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David "Tu-204 directive warns pilots to check thrust-reverse status", January 2, 2013

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