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Poorly Maintained Red Wings Wingless

Red Wings was founded in 1999 as  VARZ-400. It aimed to be a discount airline.  It became Airlines 400 in 2001 and then adopted their current name Red Wings in 2007. The airline owned ten Tupolev TI 204-100B, passenger jets capable of flying 210 passengers. On December 29, 2012, one of their planes crashed in Moscow overshooting the runway and ending up on a highway. killing five crew. Faulty brakes were found to be the cause. This was the second overshoot for the carrier. The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya  held a series of unscheduled operational and maintenance inspections of Red…

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Thoughts about Aeroflot

I am flying in Eastern Europe in November. I have assiduously avoided Aeroflot all of my life. Should I have a rethink these days? Aeroflot is the Russian carrier founded by the Communists in 1923. It is now a profitable semi privatised carrier and part of the Skyteam alliance. Skytrax ranks them as a three star airline and the passeger reviews have them at 4.7 out of ten, which seems to be average for the Skyteam carriers! The carrier used to have an appalling safety record – so bad it has its own wikipedia page devoted to the…

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