Transaero's "Flight of Hope"

Some colour in a grey day

Some colour in a grey day

You need a very powerful reason to wake up early on a Saturday cold and rainy Winter morning in Moscow, but this time there was indeed one...

Out of Vnukovo airport, the first Transaero flight of hope was about to take of. So I joined a group of Russian journalists, bloggers and photographers (I think I was the only foreigner in the group) for a planespotting expedition.

The goal was to see off the first Transaero Flight of Hope ("Рейс надежды" in Russian). An initiative that aims to gather funds for children support charity programmes among the passengers of flights.

Transaero organized a little event at the check-in area of Vnukovo airport to see off passengers on its first Flight of Hope

Transaero organized a little event at the check-in area of Vnukovo airport to see off passengers on its first Flight of Hope

One of Transaero's Boeing 747-400s has been specially decorated for the occasion and this was our next point of destination: a panoramic terrace next to the main terminal (by the way, would-be planespotters, be advised that the terrace is normally off bounds) where we could see the aircraft getting ready for the flight to Miami.

The specially decorated Jumbo jet getting ready for its transatlantic hop to Miami

The specially decorated Jumbo jet getting ready for its transatlantic hop to Miami