Russian airline Transaero boasts many firsts for the Russian airline industry:
First Russian carrier to introduce business class on domestic routes;
First Russian carrier to prohibit smoking inflight;
First Russian carrier with a frequent flyer program;
First Russian carrier to have e-ticketing and online check-in.
In 2001, Transaero appointed Olga Pleshakova as its General Director, making her first airline head in Russia. She has worked for Transaero since 1992 and is the wife of Alexander Pleshakov, the airline's chairman of the board.
Source: Airliner World, March 2009. "From Russia With Love: Transaero Airlines" by Richard Maslen, p93.