I saw this post and had to treat it as a call of duty from a fellow a.netter
I'm originally from Russia (a long time ago), but I am still fluent in Russian.
The section I found most interesting on the Russian version site was the "15 years of Transaero" section under "Company information," which doesn't appear on the English version. Some highlights from there:
-Transaero was the first private airline in the history of Russia, founded on November 5, 1991.
-It was the first Russian airline to acquire Western aircraft, Boeing 737-200's, 1993.
-First Russian airline to offer business class on domestic routes.
-First Russian airline to establish a frequent flyer program.
-First flight was a charter on Moscow-Tel Aviv-Moscow route.
-First plane was an Il-86.
-First scheduled route was Moscow-Norilsk.
-In 1996 it began service to America, using a DC-10 to LAX
-In 1997 it was the first Russian airline to be certified by the American FAA to service and maintain its Boeing aircraft independently.
-In 1998 it became just the second airline in the world to acquire the new Boeing 737-700.
-It was the first Russian airline to code-share with an international carrier, in 1999.
-In 2002 acquired 767-200 and 737-300 for first time.
-Also in 2002 it became the first airline in history to offer direct service between Moscow and Taipei.
-In 2003 acquired boeing 767-300.
-Awarded title of Russian company of the year for 2004.
-In 2005 placed order for 10 Tu-214's.
-Also in 2005 it became the first and only Russian carrier to operate a 747, although just one. It is configured for 468 passengers.
-Also in 2005, agreed to lease 6 new Boeing 737-NG's.
-As of 2005 it flies to 80 destinations.
-New destinations include Montreal, Toronto, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Densapar, and Sanaa.
-Transaero shares gained 42% from 2004-05, so the company is doing very well.
Hope that helps! BTW I flew Transaero a couple of years ago on the DME
route, and I was impressed by the quality of their service.