SNAPSHOT: Moscow calling

Three years on from his last visit to Moscow/Sheremetyevo, Clive Grant couldn’t resist returning to feast on yet more rare aircraft types and unusual airlines.

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Former IKAR Boeing 737-800, VQ-BVY (c/n 32841), now operates for Nordwind Airlines. The single-class 189-seat jet was originally delivered to Scottish carrier Flyglobespan in 2005.

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Smartwings Boeing 737-800, OK-TSN (c/n 29636), on lease from flydubai was spotted at Sheremetyevo. The CFM-56-powered airframe sports a hybrid livery featuring elements of both operators.

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Sheremetyevo-based Royal Flight fields a fleet of 14 all-Boeing examples. One of its 757-200s, VQ-BTN (c/n 26251), taxies while newly delivered 777-300, VQ-BGL (c/n 32708), arrives from Antalya.

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Boeing 747-400, EI-XLM (c/n 28028), was delivered to Rossiya - Russian Airlines in August 2016. The 19-year-old widebody is flying in from Khabarovsk in the country’s far east.

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