13 OCTOBER 2014
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On 29 October, Transaero Airlines is set to launch a twice-weekly direct scheduled service between Heathrow and St Petersburg. It is the first time the route has been operated by the airline.
The new service will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays, initially using a Transaero Airlines Boeing 737. At the time of going to press the flights were understood to be operating under flight numbers UN416 and 415 and were thought to be departing London’s Heathrow airport at 18:30 and arriving at St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport at 13:50 local time. The return flights will depart St Petersburg at 15:40, arriving at Heathrow at 16:10. The flight duration is 3hrs 30mins.
The new flights will be offered as part of Transaero Airline’s new ‘Discount Class’, which was launched in mid-January and is reportedly proving popular with passengers. Fares for the return flights from Heathrow to St Petersburg Pulkovo will begin at just £186 including taxes.
Transaero began as a charter airline with aircraft leased from Aeroflot but in 1990 it became the first private company approved for scheduled passenger services in the Soviet Union. In April 1993 it began operating western-made aircraft when it received its first Boeing 737-200. Today the fleet includes 40 Boeing 737s of varying types, 20 Boeing 747-400s as well as a mix of 767s and 777s. It also has a number of Airbus types on order for delivery from 2015. www.transaero.com
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