Transaero is a privately-run Russian airline (airline code UN, ICAO code TSO).

It was established in 1990 as a joint stock company in competition with the stodiger state run airline Aeroflot. On November 5, 1991 it launched its maiden flight from Moscow to Tel Aviv, using an Illyshin-86. Later during the 1990s as Russians grew wealthier (and less prone to emigrate) the airline started serving tourist destinations, similar to other low-cost carriers in Europe). The airline also adopted several other characteristics of Western airlines - like obtaining a Western-built aircraft fleet (1993), running a frequent flier programme (1995), founding a subsidiary for charter flights (1996) and acquiring a FAA aircraft maintenance certificate (1997).

A subsidiary business, Transaero Tours, was established in 1996 to cater for Russian tourists with international charter flights.

Transaero now flies a fleet of Boeing 747-200s, Boeing 767-300s, Boeing 757-200s, Boeing 737-300s and Boeing 767-400. Previously it flew with a motley assortment of Illyshin, Airbus and DC-10 aircraft - few airlines choose to operate with different aircraft types. The airline has scheduled flights to:

Commonwealth of Independent States

  • Almaty (Kazakhstan)
  • Aqtau (Kazakhstan)
  • Astana (Kazakhstan)
  • Atyrau (Kazakhstan)
  • Karaganda (Kazakhstan)
  • Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Kishinev (Moldovia)
  • Odessa (Ukraine)
  • Shymkent (Kazakhstan)
  • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)


  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Edinburgh (Britain)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • London (Britain)
  • Paphos (Cyprus)
  • Strasbourg (France)


  • Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Denpasar (Indonesia)
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Male (Maldives)
  • Singapore
  • Taipei (Taiwan) currently suspended
  • U-Tapao (Thailand)


  • Montreal (Canada)
  • Punta Cane (Dominican Republic)

    Middle East

  • Ovda (Israel)
  • Tel Aviv (Israel)

    Transaero also flies to several cities in the Russian Federation. It was one of the first airlines to use the new Domodedovo airport in Moscow.

    The logo for Transaero is a wide arrow pointing forwards and upwards on the tail, made up of red and blue vertical lines (looking a bit like Air France's livery).

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