Rossiya‘s Airbus A319 (tail No. VP-BWG) has been named after the world’s largest city located beyond the Arctic circle Murmansk, as a part of the framework of a major rebranding of the Rossiya Airlines.
The airplane features standard two-class configuration for 128 passengers including 8 seats in business class and 120 in economy class. It is planned to operate renovated A319 for domestic flights. The first flight of the Murmansk emblem-bearing airplane was St-Petersburg – Moscow – St. Petersburg.
Murmansk is located on the East Coast of Kola bay at Barents Sea and accommodates one of the largest sea ports in Russia.
In line with new naming tradition the air fleet of the Rossiya Airlines comprises Moskva, Volgograd, Vladivostok, Grozniy, Kazan, Orenburg, Rostov-na-Donu, Smolensk, Izhevsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Sochi, Chelyabinsk, Perm, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Magadan, Novosibirsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airplanes. The first airplane named after the Russian city was St. Petersburg.
The airline now operates a fleet of 31 Airbus A320s, 15 Boeing 737s, 6 Boeing 777s and 7 Boeing 747s.
Rossiya Airlines is part of Aeroflot group and founded on the basis of three regional air carriers namely Rossiya, Donavia, Orenburg Airlines. It is headquartered in St. Petersburg with affiliates in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Orenburg.