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Aeroflot resumes service to Cairo

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VQ-BRW (msn 5974) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 940530.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines on April 11 resumed regular flights between Moscow and Cairo. Flights are scheduled three times per week on Airbus A320 aircraft, and will depart/arrive at Sheremetyevo Airport’s Terminal F.

Even though air service between Russia and Egypt has been interrupted for such a long time, the load factor on upcoming flights is more than 85%.

Flights between Moscow and Cairo will be operated on the following schedules (all local times):

Flight SU 400 will be operated weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Moscow at 20:50 and arriving in Cairo at 00:25.

Flight SU 401 will be operated weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cairo at 01:25 and arriving in Moscow at 06:50.

Flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals will operate daily from  June 12 to July 2. This is due to the increased demand for air transportation during this period.

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Aeroflot launches its summer timetable

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 VP-BDK (msn 2106) (SkyTeam) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 926327.

On March 25, 2018, Aeroflot will launch its summer timetable, which runs through October 27, 2018.

This summer, Aeroflot will fly to 146 destinations in 52 countries, including Russia.

Six new routes from Moscow will be introduced: to Cairo, Burgas, Naples, Verona, Kyzylorda, Saransk.

The Russian flag carrier’s route network covers 52 routes within Russia, 16 points in seven other CIS countries and 78 other international destinations (55 to Europe, 13 to Asia, five to America, four to the Middle East and one to Africa).

The main news regarding international flights is the resumption of regular flights to Egypt. From April 11, Aeroflot will re-open the Moscow-Cairo route. Flights are scheduled three times per week on Airbus A320 aircraft. From June 12 to July 2 this will increase to daily flights to respond to high demand.

Aeroflot will boost its presence in the Italian market, which is ever-popular with travellers. From July 1, Russia’s leading airline will open two new routes: Moscow-Verona and Moscow-Naples. Flights on each of these routes will operate daily on aircraft of the A320 family. In addition, the new season will see an increase in the number of flights between Moscow and Bologna (from 14 to 21 flights per week).

Aeroflot’s route network will expand to include one more European destination: from July 2 daily flights will begin from Moscow to Burgas, the famous Bulgarian resort.

In the coming season, Aeroflot plans to expand its presence in Kazakhstan. From July 15, flights will begin between Moscow and Kyzylorda. Flights between the Russian capital and this major center of oil and gas production in Kazakhstan will operate four times a week on aircraft of the A320 family. With the opening of this new route, the Aeroflot network will cover nine destinations across Kazakhstan. Additionally, the frequency of flights to current destinations will increase: from Moscow to Astana (from nine to 12 flights per week) and Aktobe (from four to seven flights per week).

From May 1, Aeroflot will begin direct flights from Moscow to Saransk, the capital of Mordovia. The service will operate twice daily.

Aeroflot’s summer schedule will see a significant increase in the frequency of flights across a number of routes in comparison with the winter season.

Aeroflot flights from Moscow to the following destinations will increase: Kaliningrad (from 28 to 42 flights per week), Kazan (from 47 to 49 flights per week), Nizhny Novgorod (from 35 to 42 flights per week ), Samara (from 42 to 49 flights per week), Krasnoyarsk (from 21 to 28 flights per week), Murmansk (from 21 to 28 flights per week), Novosibirsk (from 21 to 28 flights per week), Novy Urengoy (from seven to 13 flights per week), Perm (from 37 to 42 flights per week), Saratov (from 14 to 21 flights per week), Syktyvkar (from 14 to 21 flights per week), Ufa (from 35 to 42 flights per week), and Khanty-Mansiysk (from seven to 14 flights per week).

In line with seasonal demand, the airline will also increase the frequency of flights to international resorts: Antalya (from seven to 21 flights per week), Athens (from 14 to 21 flights per week), and Barcelona (from 23 to 29 flights per week).

Compared to the winter 2017/2018 season, Aeroflot will fly more frequently from Moscow to capital cities across Europe: Athens (from 14 to 21 flights per week),  Budapest (from 21 to 28 flights per week), Bucharest (from seven to 14 flights per week), Vilnius (from 14 to 21 flights per week), Madrid (from 14 to 21 flights per week), Prague (from 35 to 42 flights per week), and Tallinn (from 14 to 21 flights per week).

Aeroflot’s route network will be complemented by the extensive geography of its subsidiary airlines.

Rossiya Airlines Airbus A319-111 VP-BQK (msn 3179) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938024.

Above Copyright Photo: Rossiya Airlines Airbus A319-111 VP-BQK (msn 3179) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938024.

Rossiya Airlines will operate flights from St. Petersburg to more than 40 domestic and foreign destinations. The highlight of the upcoming season will be a daily scheduled flight from Russia’s northern capital to London’s Gatwick airport. Rossiya’s network also includes more than two dozen routes from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Rostov and Orenburg to destinations in Russia’s Far East. In addition, the upcoming summer season will see an extensive program of flights from Simferopol to 12 destinations in Russia: Volgograd, Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Orenburg, Perm, Rostov, Tyumen, Ufa and Chelyabinsk.

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Above Copyright Photo: Aurora (Russia) Airbus A319-111 VP-BWL (msn 2243) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 932471.

Regional carrier Aurora will also provide passengers with ample opportunities for travel in the Far East. The company will operate flights from Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as well as flights within the Far Eastern Federal District.

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Above Copyright Photo: Pobeda Boeing 737-8LJ WL VQ-BWH (msn 41206) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926604.

Low-budget airline Pobeda traditionally develops its own unique flight network of 61 destinations in Russia and abroad.

In total, Aeroflot Group will operate regular flights to 305 destinations in 53 countries throughout summer 2018.

The geography of the Group’s network will be supplemented by 186 unique destinations, which will be operated by partner airlines under code-sharing agreements. Thanks to this cooperation, a further 19 countries will appear in Aeroflot’s route network: Australia, Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Indonesia, Cambodia, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

In total, including cooperation with partners, Aeroflot Group will fly to 72 countries, including Russia, in the summer 2018 season. Flights are planned across 491 routes, 449 of which are unique.

Above Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 VP-BDK (msn 2106) (SkyTeam) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 926327.

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Aeroflot to resume service to Cairo

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VP-BAD (msn 7240) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938023.

From April 11, 2018 Aeroflot will resume regular flights from Moscow to Cairo. Flights will operate three times per week on Airbus A320 aircraft to and from Sheremetyevo Terminal F. Ticket sales will launch on 13 March 2018.

Flights between Moscow and Cairo will operate on the following schedules (all times local):

Flight SU 400 will depart weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Moscow at 20:50 and arriving in Cairo at 00:25.

Flight SU 401 will depart weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cairo at 01:25 and arriving in Moscow at 06:50.

From June 12 to July 2 flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals will operate daily. This is due to increased demand for air transportation during the World Cup.

Aeroflot stopped operating flights to Cairo in late 2015, when air links between Russia and Egypt were interrupted. A significant increase in security measures was required to reinstate flights between the two countries. This requirement has been met on the Egyptian side, and on 4 January 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree permitting the resumption of regular air traffic.

Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VP-BAD (msn 7240) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938023.

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Aeroflot signs a firm order with Rostec for 50 Russian-built MC-21 aircraft

Aeroflot will become the largest customer for the latest Russian-built medium-range aircraft, the MC-21. The landmark contract for 50 of the state-of-the-art passenger aircraft was signed on February 1, 2018 between Aeroflot and Rostec.

Under the firm order, Rostec leasing subsidiary Aviacapital-Service will supply Aeroflot with 50 MC-21-300 aircraft on operating leases. Aeroflot will thus become the largest Russian leasor of the latest Russian-built aircraft. The leasing payments and reserves for maintenance will total more than $5 billion.

The aircraft will be configured for Aeroflot to carry 169 passengers, with 16 business-class and 153 economy-class seats. In the first phase of the contract the aircraft will be delivered with engines produced outside Russia. From the 26th aircraft Aeroflot has the option to receive aircraft with new Russian-built PD-14 engines, which are currently undergoing certification testing.

The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Aeroflot in the first quarter of 2020, with the order planned to be completely fulfilled by 2026. Each aircraft will be leased for a term of 12 years, with the option of two-year extensions on the lease no more than three times. Aeroflot plans to operate the aircraft on both domestic and international routes.

Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, said:

“This agreement underscores that Russia’s civil aviation industry is making a comeback and taking its place among leading global manufacturers. The MC-21 represents a genuine breakthrough achievement for the aviation industry. The aircraft uses cutting-edge materials and the latest generation of systems, created by leading Russian companies. Elements of the MC-21 that Rostec produces include titanium and composite parts, on-board electronics, chassis components, other systems, and the ‘heart’ of the aircraft – the PD-14 engine. We believe that this engine will be selected by Aeroflot as the primary power plant for the MC-21.”

Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot, said:

“The signing of a firm order for 50 MC-21 aircraft is a landmark event not just for our two companies, but for our country. Russian manufacturers have created the first next-generation passenger aircraft, marking Russia’s return as a global leader in the aviation industry. It is noteworthy that the signing of a firm order between Aeroflot and Rostec coincides with a no less significant achievement, namely Aeroflot’s return to the global aviation elite, as one of the top 20 largest airlines in the world. In today’s geopolitical context we believe it is essential that there is competitive Russian-made technology, and that it is of the highest quality and competitively priced. For this reason our partnership with Rostec, our largest partner and a shareholder of Aeroflot, is of critical importance.”

The MC-21 is a medium-haul, narrow-body aircraft produced by Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corp., UAC) in cooperation with leading Russian manufacturers. Rostec subsidiaries involved in the production of the aircraft were VSMPO-AVISMA, United Engine Corporation, Technodinamika, Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, and RT-Chemcomposite.

The MC-21 boasts an innovative ergonomic cabin for pilots and improved capabilities thanks to the unique engineering solutions deployed. It is the first aircraft of its type in the world to make use of polymer composites in the construction of the wings. Composites account for more than 30% of the MC-21, which significantly increases the useful load.

The MC-21 will provide passengers with a new level of comfort thanks to the widest fuselage in its class of narrow-body aircraft (at a diameter of 4.06 metres). The cabin has an expanded aisle and tilt-forward stowage bins with expanded capacity. The manufacturer plans to equip Aeroflot’s entire order of MC-21-300s for WiFi service to allow passengers internet access.

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Japan Airlines and Aeroflot launch a comprehensive partnership

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 909162.

Japan Airlines (JAL) Aeroflot Russian Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation agreement to pursue commercial opportunities which will greatly benefit the customers of both airlines by providing more options for travel between Russia and Japan.

Since the relaxation of visa requirements to the nationals of Japan and Russia from January 1, 2017, the demand between the two countries has been steadily increasing and the two airlines have agreed to work together to further stimulate travel between the two countries.

As a first step, JAL and Aeroflot have agreed to start codeshare cooperation between Japan and Russia as well as Aeroflot’s domestic flights, and JAL’s domestic and international flights. The first stage of the codeshare cooperation is planned to be implemented after fiscal year 2018.

In addition to the codeshare cooperation, JAL and Aeroflot will pursue the development of the partnership in various areas, including frequent flyer programs, airport relocation, while considering a joint business in the future.

Japan Airlines currently operates four weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport from Tokyo Narita Airport using Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Between July to October 2017, the frequency had temporarily increased to seven flights per week to accommodate the demand during the peak summer season in 2017.

Aeroflot operates daily nonstop flights year-round from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport to Tokyo Narita Airport. Flights from Moscow are operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 909162.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCV (msn 1072) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 911403.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCV (msn 1072) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 911403.

Transaero Airlines ends all operations, Aeroflot to carry Transaero passengers until December 15

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has announced Transaero Airlines (Moscow) ended all operations last night at midnight (October 25) after losing its AOC effective today. Aeroflot will continue to fly passengers with Transaero tickets until December 15. According to Aeroflot; “Of the 1.93 million Transaero tickets sold for flights before December 15, 2015, 1.83 million passengers — or 94.8% of the total — have already been flown under Aeroflot’s operational management.”

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Aeroflot outlines its winter schedule, will not fly to Kiev and Odessa due to the ban

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has outlined the changes with its new winter schedule:

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From October 25, 2015, Aeroflot will move to its winter flight schedule, which will be in place through March 26, 2016.

Flights to 51 countries are planned for winter 2015-2016. Aeroflot will fly from 119 points of origin, among these 43 in Russia and eight in the CIS. In light of Ukraine’s introduction of a ban on Aeroflot flights from October 25, there will be no more flights to Kiev and Odessa.

Aeroflot will fly to 68 destinations further afield, including 45 in Europe, 13 in Asia, five in America and five in the Middle East and Africa.

The winter timetable continues to place emphasis on growth of Aeroflot’s route network within Russia. The company is launching a new route between Moscow and Stavropol. It is also examining the possibility of introducing service to Saratov. Flights between Moscow and Voronezh, which began in June, will continue.

Aeroflot will fly to destinations across Russia that have strong passenger demand: Abakan, Adler/Sochi, Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Barnaul, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Magadan, Magnitogorsk, Mineralnye Vody, Murmansk, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Samara, St. Petersburg, Nizhnevartovsk, Novokuznetsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Perm, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol, Stavropol, Surgut, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Khabarovsk, Chelyabinsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Yakutsk.

The number of flights on high-demand routes will increase. Flight frequencies per week from Moscow to the following domestic destinations will increase: St. Petersburg (from 107 to 112), Nizhny Novgorod (from 35 to 42), Sochi/Adler (from 35 to 42), Rostov-on Don (from 21 to 42), Mineralnye Vody (from 21 to 35), Arkhangelsk (from 14 to 21), Murmansk (from 14 to 21) and Tomsk (from 7 to 14).

The weekly frequency of flights to Minsk has also increased significantly (from 28 to 35). Among European destination, flight frequencies to Berlin and Prague will increase, as will flights to Munich (from 21 to 28), Riga (from 21 to 28) and Warsaw (from 14 to 21).

The needs of tourists who prefer beach holidays have been taken into account. For Winter 2015/2016 there will be a greater number of flights to destinations in South East Asia and the Caribbean, including daily flights to Phuket, Havana and Hanoi. The number of daily flights to Cairo has doubled (from 2 to 4). At the same time, over the winter period flights to Heraklion and Split traditionally stop, consolidating their status as purely summer resorts.

Other Aeroflot Group airlines will carry passengers on an additional 70 routes. Including low-cost carrier Pobeda, Aeroflot Group unique routes will total 200.

An additional 125 unique routes will be offered to our customers via code sharing agreements with partner airlines. Code-sharing agreements expand Aeroflot’s reach to 17 additional countries: Albania, Algieria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Cambodia, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Morocco, Myanmar, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

In total, including through agreements with partner airlines, flights on 325 routes across 68 countries will be operated under Aeroflot’s “SU” code.

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