Because Transaero relies so heavily on international routes and foreign custom, it was hit particularly hard by the last 2 currency crisies.
Anyone remember that they used to fly to quite a few US and other far-away cities? not anymore. In fact I don't think they have any wide-bodied aircraft left. Can anyone confirm that?
Transaero (I believe) is only successful because it plays on the fears of foreigners who are terrified of flying Aeroflot and listen to rumours, bad-press, etc...
The airline was first started with a loan of Aeroflot equipment (yes, Russian made a/c) and is still owned in part by Aeroflot ARIA.
I guess there are advantages to Transaero, but as for new aircraft - they use some very old 737-200s which I would think are much older than the Tu-154Ms used by Aeroflot now. When was 737-200 production ceased?? anyone know? Aeroflot have new aircraft too.... 777s etc..
Some of the larger "Babyflots" seem much better alternatives, even if you have to travel to Moscow/Vnukovo or Moscow/Domodedovo when transferring from your international flights.
Sorry, I don't mean to be Transaero-bashing but I kinda prefer the 'real' russian airlines! :-)