Monday, October 23, 2017

Aeroflot and VIM Avia take over Red Wings flights

A Russian civil aviation watchdog has made a decision to ground low-cost airline Red Wings as of February 4, allowing two other companies - Aeroflot and VIM Avia - to take over the budget carrier's flights.

On December 29, one of Red Wings' eight Tupolev Tu-204 airliners skidded off the runway at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, killing five of the eight crew on board, RIA Novosti reports.

The aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia said in a statement that the suspension of the company's operator's certificate, "is not connected to the reasons for the accident," but resulted from a week-long snap inspection completed on January 16, which pointed to numerous significant violations in the organization of flights, servicing of planes and pilot training, as well as other systemic flaws, according to RIA Novosti.

Red Wings said that it has not yet received the official results of the inspection, but will swiftly respond to all the aviation agency's claims.

In the interim, most Red Wings flights will be handled by Aeroflot.

Under the arrangement, flights will be covered between Moscow and six Russian cities - Chelyabinsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Ufa and Yekaterinburg. Another airline, VIM Avia, will take over flights to Makhachkala.