Saturday, 9 June 2018

RUSSIA: S7 Airlines Starts New Flights

S7 Airlines has used the last week to commence flights on 13 new city pairs.

Two of the oneworld carrier’s routes will be flown at low frequency – its sectors from Novosibirsk (OVB) to Neryungri (NER).

From the same Russian airport to Tokyo Narita (NRT) will be operated just weekly – whereas it will offer a daily rotation from Novosibirsk to Krasnojarsk (KJA).

As a result of this recent network expansion, S7 will offer 94 non-stop destinations from Moscow Domodedovo (DME), 67 from Novosibirsk, and 17 from St. Petersburg (LED).

S7 Airlines has used the last seven days to start eight new routes from four different Russian airports to destinations in Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and Uzbekistan.

The longest sector is the 5,256-kilometre route from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Tenerife South (TFS), whereas the shortest city pair is the domestic hop from St. Petersburg (LED) to Perm (PEE), at 1,485 kilometres.

The average distance for all eight routes is 2,723 kilometres.

S7 Airlines will begin operating direct scheduled flights from Moscow to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, the company said in a statement published on the official website.

S7 Airlines, part of the Oneworld airline Alliance, will begin operating direct scheduled flights to Reykjavik on June 9, the statement said.

S7 Airlines will become the only Russian airline to offer direct flights to Iceland.

Iceland have qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history and will face Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia in Group D.

With a population of around 350,000, Iceland will be the smallest nation ever to play at the tournament.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.

S7 Airlines, legally PJSC Siberia Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia with offices in Moscow.

It is Russia's biggest domestic airline, with its main bases at Domodedovo International Airport and Tolmachevo Airport.

S7 has operated scheduled passenger flights to destinations in Russia, as well as international services to Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, PR China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

S7 codeshares with the following airlines:

- Aegean Airlines

- Aeroflot

- Air Italy

- Air Moldova

- Asiana Airlines

- Aurora

- Belavia

- British Airways

- Cathay Dragon

- Cathay Pacific

- Cyprus Airways

- El Al

- Emirates

- Etihad Airways

- Hainan Airlines

- Iberia

- Japan Airlines

- Montenegro Airlines

- Nordavia

- NordStar

- Qatar Airways

- Royal Jordanian

- Singapore Airlines

- TAP Air Portugal

- Ural Airlines

- Uzbekistan Airways

- Yamal Airlines

On 29 May 2007, the airline announced a proposed order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery in 2014, with an option for 10 additional aircraft.

However, the order was officially cancelled on 29 January 2009, with S7 stating that it was considering the possibility of taking the aircraft under a leasing scheme.

As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet.

In April 2018, S7 renewed interest in the Sukhoi Superjet by planning to purchase 25 Sukhoi Superjet 75 aircraft, with an option of 50 more for the new modification of the Superjet family, and become the launch customer.

This choice is explained by replacing Embraer E-170 aircraft, due to their age. The airline plans to commence operations on this aircraft from 2023.

On 4 October 2001, Siberia Airlines Flight 1812, a Tupolev Tu-154M, registration RA-85693, en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk crashed into the Black Sea off Sochi.

This after being hit with a S-200V surface-to-air missile fired as part of a Ukrainian Air Defense exercise staged off Cape Opuk or Chuluk in Crimea.

All 78 people on board were killed.

On 24 August 2004, Siberia Airlines Flight 1047, a Tupolev Tu-154B2, registration RA-85556, en route from Moscow to Sochi exploded and crashed due to a terrorist bombing near Rostov-on-Don, Russia, killing all 46 people on board.

On 9 July 2006, S7 Airlines Flight 778, an Airbus A310 carrying 193 passengers and 10 crew members, suffered a landing accident at the Irkutsk International Airport in Siberia.

The jet failed to decelerate on landing, overran the runway and crashed into a concrete barricade. 125 people died.

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