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Nordwind to acquire four new Boeing 737-800s

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Nordwind Airlines (Moscow) has announced a long term lease agreement for four new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2015.

Nordwind’s fleet is 51 aircraft today, including Boeing 777-200 ERs, 767-300 ERs, 757-200s, 737-800s and Airbus A321s.

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Nordwind says it has been able to successfully operate a mixed fleet of aircraft despite difficulties because of its keen understanding of the environment it operates in. The airline has been able to maintain profitability with modern aircraft and technology.

According to the airline, “the company is focusing on running the airline efficiently, reducing inefficient flying and implementing strong capacity discipline by “matching” the right size aircraft with each market, while improving customer satisfaction.”

Further from the company, “According to 2013 statistics, Nordwind transported 3.7 million passengers (up 69% from 2012). Among the top-ten Russian airlines, Nordwind is the fastest growing, having a 4.8 times higher rate than the industry average. In 2014 the company plans to scale new heights – begin scheduled flights and expand its fleet even more to reach 6 million passengers”.

“With this brand new aircraft commitments, Nordwind will continue to gradually grow and modernize its operating fleet with more frequencies and destinations for the convenience of our passengers. It provides best-in-class efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort that Nordwind needs for its fleet renewal initiative.” said Oguz Senol Yuce, a Member of Board of Directors. He added  ”Nordwind expects to finalize more brand new 737-800s for 2015.”

Passenger traffic carried by Nordwind grew 38.7% in January 2014 compared with January 2013 with a 93.8% load factor. This is the highest load factor in the country.

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Nordwind Airlines takes delivery of its 8th Airbus A321

Nordwind Airlines (Moscow) of Russia successfully took delivery of its eighth Airbus A321-200 aircraft as part of its on-going fleet and network expansion. Airbus A321-232 VQ-BRU (msn 2933) was ferried to Nordwind’s main base at Sheremetyevo Airport on the north side of Moscow on December 29. This is the ninth Airbus aircraft received by Nordwind.

Nordwind’s Airbus fleet now consists of eight A321-200s and the one A320-232 delivered between December 2011 and December 2013.

The new A321, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a comfortable two class cabin. The new aircraft will be used to increase frequencies to existing destinations on short- and medium-haul routes.

Nordwind Airlines is still expecting to receive two additional A321s by the end of 2014 and will continue to add more in 2015 per its expansion plans.

Currently Nordwind has the fleet of 41 aircraft – 3 Boeing 777-200 ERs, 16 Boeing 767-300 ERs, 8 Boeing 757-200s, 1 Airbus A320-200, 8 Airbus A321-200s and 5 Boeing 737-800s and expects to end 2014 with a consolidated fleet of 50 aircraft.

“With this eighth Airbus 321 aircraft, Nordwind  will continue to expand the fleet with more frequencies and destinations for the convenience of our passengers,” said Oguz Senol Yuce, Deputy General Director, Head of Fleet, of Nordwind Airlines. “Along with two expected deliveries in 2014, we plan to operate 10 A321 in total in 2014 which will allow us to continue our capacity growth at a time when we see positive demand trends. It provides best-in-class efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort that Nordwind needs for its fleet renewal initiative.”

Copyright Photo: Nordwind Airlines. A beautiful capture of the new addition, namely the former Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A321-232 VQ-BRU (msn 2933, ex N933AG and VT-KFR). The airliner is being leased from ACG.

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Nordwind Airlines becomes a new Boeing 737 operator, expects to operate 50 aircraft in 2014

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Nordwind Airlines (Moscow). The airline has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800. It is the first of five aircraft to be added to the growing fleet. The charter airline unveiled the new type to the airline’s customers, employees and partners in the region in celebration of its fifth anniversary of service (the airline was established in December 2008). The pictured former ATA Airlines (N318TZ) and Orenair Boeing 737-83N VP-BPY (msn 28244) landed at the Moscow base from Shannon and will start operations shortly.

By mid 2015 Nordwind expects to have 10 Boeing 737-800s in service. The company is focusing on reducing inefficient flying and implementing strong capacity discipline by matching the right size aircraft with each market, while improving customer satisfaction.

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Nordwind currently serves 26 countries and 97 cities through an extensive charter program. It is considering scheduled operations in 2014. The airline expects to carry 3.2 million passengers in 2013 with 24 aircraft. However the entire group will close out this year with 6.2 million passengers.

Nordwind 2013 Destinations

However by 2014, the Russian carrier expects to be operating almost 50 airplanes and a minimum of 5.5 million passengers.

Nordwind currently operates three Boeing 777-200 ERs, 16 Boeing 767-300 ERs, eight Boeing 757-200 ER, one Airbus A320-200, eight Airbus A321-200s and soon the five mentioned Boeing 737-800s (41 in total as of today).

Nordwind has two subsidiary airlines, Kharkiv Airlines of the Ukraine and IKAR Airlines of Russia, based in Krasnoyarsk.

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Nordwind departs from 46 Russian airports:

Nordwind Russian Originating Cities 12.2013


Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 31, 2013

Nordwind Airlines Boeing 767-3G5 ER VP-BOY (msn 29435) SNN (Malcolm Nason). Image: 912356.

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Nordwind Airlines gets ready to add its first Airbus

Nordwind Airlines (Moscow) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A321.

Nordwind was established as a cooperative venture between Pegas and Russian tour operators in September 2008. Scheduled operations began in December 2008 with an initial fleet of three Boeing 757-200s. Boeing 767-300s have also been added. Today the fleet is eight Boeing 757-200s and six 767-300s.

The company is based at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow.

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Routes: Nordwind serves most holiday destinations in warm locations from all major Russian cities. For example here are the routes from Novosibirsk in Siberia: