The Tiger is back! The Boeing 747-446, registered: EI-XLD and named “Yuzhno Sakhalinsk”, is Rossiya’s 6th Boeing 747 acquired through lease. The stunning livery, featured on the aircraft’s nose, is a joint project in collaboration with the Amur Tiger Centre. The research and conservation organisation was founded in 2013 through Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative. The project hopes to increase awareness of the endangerment of the Amur Tiger Species.
Rossiya revealed that the aircraft was painted at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the site of Alitalia’s maintenance service. She is fitted with 522 seats, 12 in business and 510 in Economy. She previously flew with Japan Airlines and Transaero.
Transaero also operated the original Tiger Livery, which was featured on a Boeing 747 too (registered: EI-XLN). The aircraft is currently in Spain’s Teruel Airport without an operator after Transaero ceased operations in 2015.
By Yap Puay Tong