Transaero: Turbulent Times
By January 2015, OJSC Transaero Airlines (Transaero) was the largest Russian open joint-stock airline and the second-largest airline carrier in Russia and Eastern Europe combined. Tracing its history back to 1990, Transaero was the safest airline in Russia and was ranked 17th in the world in 2015 in terms of safety. In September 2015, the public learned that Transaero had serious financial troubles, which could lead to bankruptcy for the firm. The news came as a shock because Transaero had demonstrated a stable performance accompanied by sound financial results for many years. The 2015 news revealed that Transaero was unable to service its debt of US$4 billion, including the company's lease obligations. Was it possible for the safest, second-largest Russian airline company to avoid bankruptcy? Elena Senatorova is affiliated with Moscow State University. Grigori Erenburg and Ruth Ann Strickland are affiliated with King's University College.