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ALROSA Airlines started to fly Boeing-737

11 february 2013

ALROSA Airlines switched over to operating flights on Boeing-737-700. This was reported in the company’s press release received by Rough&Polished today.
The first flight on Boeing-737-700 was made from Moscow to Mirny on February 11, 2013. On the same day the airline sent its Boeing on a flight from Mirny to Moscow and further to Krasnodar.
The aircraft has been taken on lease from Yakutia Airlines. In the future, ALROSA Airlines plans to take more Boeing-737 on lease to replace the technologically obsolete Tu-154 aircraft. Currently, the company is training its crews and airport personnel to operate this type of aircraft.
ZAO ALROSA Airlines is established on the basis of Mirny Air Enterprise, a division of the ALROSA diamond mining company, and operates as a separate legal entity starting from January 1, 2013.
ALROSA Airlines provides cargo services to diamond miner ALROSA and is also engaged in passenger transportation in Western Yakutia (up to 250,000 people a year). To date, the airline's fleet consists of 41 aircraft (mainly Tu-154, Tu-134, An-24 and An-26) and 29 helicopters.

Tatiana Alexandrova, Rough&Polished, Moscow