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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Aeroflot group plans to employ 6,600 employees of the bankrupt Transaero air carrier, an Aeroflot source told TASS on Tuesday.
"At the moment, different Aeroflot units have selected and are approving the candidatures of 735 persons (137 airborne personnel, 379 flight attendants, 61 flight safety specialists, 125 people from the administrative and managerial staff)," the source said, adding, that "labour contracts have been signed with 29 employees."
According to the source, the Rossiya airline (subsidiary of Aeroflot group) intends to give jobs to 3,295 former employees of Transaero. So far, 447 former Transaero staff members have been pre-selected and recommended for employment.
On October 1, the government made a decision on the airline bankruptcy. The company stopped selling tickets. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) based on the results of Transaero’s auditing, despite the desire of co-owner of S7 Group Vladislav Filev to buy a controlling stake in the company, decided to revoke the carrier’s air operation certificate starting from October 26. It was decided to transfer 56 international routes of the bankrupt air carrier to Aeroflot. In mid-October, Alpha Bank and Sberbank had filed bankruptcy claims against Transaero. On Tuesday, October 27, it has become known that Gazprombank also intends to file a bankruptcy lawsuit against Transaero.
"Gazprombank notifies of its intention to appeal to the arbitration court to declare Transaero air company insolvent (bankrupt), due to the presence of signs of bankruptcy stipulated by paragraph 2 of Article 3, paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the Federal Law on insolvency (bankruptcy," the bank said in a release.
The decision of the Transaero airline bankruptcy that has accumulated 250 bln rubles ($3.9 bln) of debt, and was under the operational control of Aeroflot, was made at the government meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on October 1. The carrier stopped selling tickets. Transaero round-trip tickets with the departure date before December 15 and return after December 15 will be canceled as well as all the bookings for dates after December 15, 2015.