MOSCOW, December 28 (RAPSI) – Indebted Russian airline Transaero filed a lawsuit within the Moscow Commercial Court against the Federal agency of air transport (Rosaviation) demanding 25,3 million rubles ($358.000), RAPSI learnt in the courtroom on Monday.

Earlier Transaero asked the court to declare Rosaviation’s decision to revoke airline’s certificate illegal. Lawsuit reached the court on December 15, preliminary hearings are scheduled on January 27.

Transaero found itself unable to pay its debts estimating 250 billion rubles ($4 bln). Government-approved plan of transferring 75% of company’s shares to Aeroflot failed. Its problems resulted in a large number of flight cancels and delays.

Several companies such filed lawsuits against Transaero demanding payment of debts. Thus, foreign companies related to VTB Leasing demand more than 145 million dollars, companies related to Rosneft demand more than 4 billion rubles ($61.5 mln), the State Corporation for Air Traffic demands more than 700 million rubles ($10.7 mln). Several lawsuits were filed by the companies related to the airports.

In October Sberbank and Alfa Bank filed bankruptcy petitions against the troubled airline. The Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region initiated a bankruptcy procedure against Transaero on December 16.