Saturday, 9 June 2018

RUSSIA: Pobeda Airlines Opens New Routes

Pobeda launched two new connections on the same day on 2 June, commencing services from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Bordeaux (BOD) and from St.Petersburg (LED) to Girona (GRO).

The former 2,906-kilometre route and the latter 2,733-kilometre link will both be operated twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with 737-800s.

Neither route faces any direct competition.

The Vnukovo link is the only route Pobeda is currently scheduled to operate to Bordeaux in S18.

It will serve Girona from both Vnukovo and St. Petersburg this summer.

Pobeda has launched a twice-weekly - Thursdays and Sundays link from its main base at Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Berlin Tegel (TXL).

The 737-800-operated sector will become the LCC’s fifth destination served from the Russian capital city, adding to its existing flights to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Cologne Bonn, Leipzig/Halle and Memmingen.

Commenced on 26 April, the 1,590-kilometre sector faces competition from Utair, which flies the route on a daily basis.

Pobeda, the Russian low-cost airline, used the last seven days to launch four new routes, two from its main Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base, and two from St. Petersburg (LED), its second biggest operation in terms of weekly seats.

The average sector length of the four new city pairs is 1,607 kilometres, with the longest being the 2,235-kilometre route from St. Petersburg to Pisa (PSA).

While the shortest service is the 715-kilometre domestic airport pair from Vnukovo to Ulyanovsk (ULV).

In 2018, Pobeda will continue to expand the geography of its flights from St. Petersburg.

In S18 the airline will start flights to Gyumri (Armenia), Girona (Spain), Tbilisi (Georgia), as well to the Russian cities of Kaliningrad, Nizhnekamsk, and Ulyanovsk.

Pobeda premiered its eighth route from St. Petersburg (LED) on 12 January according to OAG schedules, with the carrier commencing a link from Russia’s second-largest city to Magas (IGT).

The airline will offer a weekly (Fridays) 737-800-operated service on the 2,084-kilometre link, with no other carrier presently flying between the two cities.

Pobeda already has a presence at Magas, with a daily rotation to the southern Russian airport from Moscow Vnukovo.

Pobeda commenced flights from Rostov-on-Don (ROV) to Batumi (BUS) on 26 May.

The 666-kilometre link between the Russian and Georgian cities will be flown by the carrier twice-weekly - Wednesdays and Sundays on the airline’s fleet of 737-800s.

No other airline presently operates flights on this city pair.

Batumi becomes the second destination in Georgia that Pobeda flies to from Rostov-on-Don, with it also serving Tbilisi three times weekly this summer from the Russia airport.

Along with the two routes from Rostov-on-Don, the carrier also flies to the Georgian capital from St. Petersburg twice-weekly this summer.

Pobeda now offers three Italian points on its network and a total of 16 weekly frequencies to the country following the introduction of a three times weekly operation to Venice Treviso (TSF) on 21 February.

The link from its main Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base will join the LCC’s existing services to Milan Bergamo and Pisa.

The 2,066-kilometre sector is operated by Pobeda’s ubiquitous 737-800 fleet, and faces no direct competition.

Although Aeroflot offers a double-daily service from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Venice Marco Polo, while Ural Airlines flies weekly to the same Venetian gateway from Moscow Domodedovo.

Pobeda introduced flights between Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) on 16 April, with the latter airport becoming the airline’s fourth destination in Germany after Cologne Bonn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Memmingen.

The airline will operate the 1,706-kilometre route to its newest destination three times weekly using its fleet of 737-800s, with no other carrier presently operating the same airport pair.

Pobeda’s new service is currently the only scheduled route between Russia and the German city.

Tourism Observer

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