Rosavia (Moscow) will not fly as Russia’s second big state airline according to Reuters. The Russian government reversed its previous policy and announced today (February 2) that six airlines which were to due to be merged under the Rosavia name will be privatised this year in order for the assets to be merged into Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow). The government previously wanted to combine bankrupt state aviation assets under the state corporation Russian Technologies and set up a new subsidiary named Rosavia to merge six state airlines, namely Rossiya Russian Airlines, KMV Avia (Kavminvodyavia), Vladivostok Air (Vladivostock Avia), Orenair (Orenburg Airlines), Saratov Airlines and SAT Airlines (Sakhalinskie Aviatrassy) (Sakhalin Airlines) under the Rosavia name and compete against Aeroflot. These airlines are now expected to become history. Is Aeroflot headed back to its Soviet size where it was once the world’s largest airline?
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