Category: CIS

S7 Airlines to Retire its Airbus A319 Fleet

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a move to improve the efficiency of its fleet, S7 Airlines, Russia’s largest privately-owned carrier, has started phasing out its Airbus A319 aircraft. One third of its smallest and oldest narrow-bodies will be retired by the end of this year. The first of 18 A319s in the airline’s fleet – the 19-year-old VP-BTT – […]

Moscow Sheremetyevo Becomes Russia’s First Three-Runway Airport

Reading Time: 2 minutes The new, third runway of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) welcomed its first regular flight on September 19, making SVO the first major airport in Russia to be equipped with three landing and take-off strips. Runway-3 is located north of the airport’s so-called new Northern Terminal complex (comprising of Terminal B and C1, which is currently […]

NordStar Joins International Air Transport Association

Reading Time: 1 minute Regional air carrier NordStar Airlines has become Russia’s latest member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) global airlines’ grouping. Membership of the worldwide association, which consists of some 300 airlines, will encourage NordStar to adopt the best international practices, introduce the latest technologies and passenger services, benefit from new and established IATA products and […]

Russia and China on Final Approach for a Major CR929 Milestone

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russia and China are on final approach for a major milestone in their ambitious joint widebody passenger airliner program dubbed the CR929, by deciding on the location and the registration of an engineering centre for the project. Apparently Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has succeeded in convincing its Chinese partner COMAC that the research and development […]

Airbus A220-300 to Enter the Russian Market in 2019

Reading Time: 1 minute The Airbus A220 plane, the latest entrant into the aviation market from the Airbus side, is expected to get certified for operation in Russia by the end of 2019. During MAKS 2019 air show, Julien Franiatte, the head of Airbus in Russia, revealed that Russian aviation authorities are actively cooperating with Airbus to complete all […]

Irkut to Produce 72 MC-21 Planes Annually in 6 Years

Reading Time: 1 minute Russian aircraft maker Irkut plans to produce 72 MC-21 planes annually by 2025, chief designer Konstantin Popovich told reporters Wednesday at the MAKS-2019 airshow. “This is an ambitious target, which we will achieve in six years,” he said. Market demand in MC-21 planes is estimated at 1,000 planes for the next 20 years, he added. […]

Russia’s MC-21 Aircraft to Make Its Long-Awaited Public Debut

Reading Time: 2 minutes The wait is over. Russia’s new MC-21 narrow-body medium-haul aircraft is to be shown for the first time at the MAKS 2019 air show. The principal hope of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation – which is now under the management of Rostec – was first expected to make an appearance two years ago at the MAKS […]

Pilots Awarded Title of Hero after Hard Landing Airbus A321 on Cornfield

Reading Time: 1 minute The flight crew of the Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200, who performed a hard landing on a cornfield after the plane flew through the flock of seagulls and ingested animals in both engines, were awarded the title of Hero of Russia. Both engines of the A321, which carried 226 passengers and 7 crew on the route […]

How Your Heavy Coat Can Cut Airline’s Profit?

Reading Time: 2 minutes It is a well known fact that aviation business is an expensive pleasure. In order not to lose their space in the market by constantly increasing ticket prices, airlines take a different route and shift their focus on reducing operational costs to increase their profit. Probably the best known example of incredible savings achieved by […]

Kazakhstan Start-Up Launches Ilyushin IL-18 Cargo Operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Kazakhstan start-up airline IrMa Air Service launched specialist airfreight services in mid-July, using an Ilyushin IL-18 four-engined veteran turboprop. The aircraft is registered under the flag of private East Wing airline and whereas that carrier focuses on air ambulance services, IrMa Air Service, having commercial rights to the aircraft, supplies goods to Iran, primarily chilled […]