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TRANSAERO AIRLINES CAN BOAST OF A LOT OF FIRSTS IN THE Russian airline industry. It was the first carrier to be awarded an AOC following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was the first 100% privately owned passenger airline in Russia and the first to operate Boeing aircraft. It was the first Russian carrier to introduce business class on domestic routes, to ban smoking on all routes, to develop and introduce a loyalty program for frequent fliers and to open its own business class lounge at its hub at Moscow Domodedovo.