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Japan Airlines announces relocation plans to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport

Japan Airlines (JAL) revealed upcoming plans to relocate services to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport. The carrier has operated flights from Tokyo to Moscow consecutively since 1967.

JAL announced a comprehensive business partnership with Aeroflot Russian Airlines (SU) in 2017. Aeroflot’s gateway hub is located at Sheremetyevo airport. Aeroflot has the largest network in Russia, allowing customers to conveniently travel to numerous destinations from Sheremetyevo airport.

Once the relocation is completed in 2020, JAL plans to start a codeshare partnership with Aeroflot, strengthening the relationship between the two carriers. Additionally, JAL will operate a new route between Tokyo Narita and Vladivostokduring the summer schedule of 2020. This enables JAL continued contributions to the economic development and cultural exchange between Japan and Russia.

Easily accessible from Moscow’s city center, Sheremetyevo airport’s modern infrastructure provides a high level of service for passengers. Sheremetyevo airport has been recognized for its high level of customer service by ACI’s global Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program for 2018. 2018 saw Sheremetyevo named to the ACI Director General’s Roll of Excellence. This prestigious list features airports that have been ranked the best in the ACI’s ASQ customer service quality ratings at least five times within the last 10 years.

 

Aeroflot assigns an Orenair Boeing 777-200 to fly Transaero’s passengers for Biblio Globus

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has issued this statement:

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Aeroflot, tour operator Biblio Globus and Transaero Airlines (Moscow) have reached agreement on transportation of Transaero passengers through December 15, 2015.

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Aeroflot has made available a long-range Boeing 777-200 from the fleet of its Orenair (Orenburg Airlines) (Orenburg) subsidiary to the tour operator in fulfilment of obligations between Biblio Globus and Transaero to carry tourists through December 15. The decision was taken due to Transaero’s inability to operate its own planes on the tour operator’s routes and the cancellation by Transaero of all charter flights after October 25.

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Biblio Globus thanks the management of Aeroflot and Transaero for its assistance in resolving the challenge of carrying Transaero passengers. The airplane will be made available for two months, from October 15 to December 15.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Orenair (Orenburg Airlines) Boeing 777-2Q8 ER VQ-BNU (msn 29908) departs from Moscow’s Shermetyevo Airport.

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Transaero unveils its Boeing 747-400 Siberian Tiger livery on EI-XLN in support of the Amur Tiger Center

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Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of the new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme is designed to “draw attention of the international and Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued:

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The project, called “Striped Flight”, has acquired the characteristics and features of the tiger with the nose of the aircraft adorned in the image of the head of the Amur tiger.

According to surveys conducted in 2015, the Amur tiger population in Russia in the wild has stabilized at around 510-540 individuals.

In the coming decade, the fate of tigers and the whole natural complex will largely depend on the concerted action of the international community. The airline and the Amur Tiger Center have joined forces under the motto: “Let’s save nature together.”

In flight, Transaero passengers on “Striped flight” will be able to view the documentaries produced by the Center under the “Siberian Tiger” project.

The Amur Tiger Center, located in Moscow and Vladivostok, specializes in the protection of Siberian Tigers.

All photos by Transaero Airlines.

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Aeroflot adds a second daily flight to Hamburg

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has increased the flight frequency on the Moscow-Hamburg route. The airline has added a second daily flight. This addition bucks the trend of other airlines which have been dropping some routes between Europe and Russia.

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On June 1, 2015, in a festive atmosphere, Aeroflot performed its first additional flight on the Moscow — Hamburg route. According to the airline, “The flight was warmly welcomed by Aeroflot German office in Hamburg and airport staff with the water salute and a celebratory cake.”

An additional flight to Hamburg will be operated on a daily basis from Sheremetyevo Airport (Terminal D) in Moscow on Airbus А320 family aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 VP-BDK (msn 2106) taxies at Zurich in the SkyTeam livery.

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Bottom Photo: Aeroflot. On May 15 Aeroflot celebrated 85 Years of flight attendants. This photo shows some of the various uniforms over the years.

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Lufthansa to drop three Russian destinations

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) according to TASS, will drop three Russian destinations from Frankfurt as the Russian routes have become unprofitable. Moscow (Vnukovo) will be dropped on August 31, Nizhny Novgorod on September 7 and Samara on September 6.

Read the full report from LNR Media quoting TASS: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 D-ALD (msn 623) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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Pobeda reaches the one million passenger milestone

Pobeda (Moscow-Vnukovo), the low-cost carrier subsidiary of Aeroflot Group, yesterday (June 3) carried its millionth passenger.

Anna Bryk, a student at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, bought a ticket for the Moscow-Sochi flight departing at 1:00 pm.

A ceremony to celebrate the landmark was held at Pobeda’s home airport of Vnukovo in Moscow. Participants included Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vnukovo airport Vitaly Vantsev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pobeda and CEO of Aeroflot Vitaly Saveliev, and CEO of Pobeda Andrei Kalmykov.

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Pobeda made its first flight on December 1, 2014 and currently operates flights to 34 destinations in Russia with a fleet of 11 brand-new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. In the first three months of 2015, it became one of Russia’s 10 largest airlines.

In January to May 2015, passenger numbers rose by 27.9% to 5.668 million.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Pobeda Boeing 737-8LJ WL VQ-BTC (msn 41203) arrives at the Vnukovo Airport base.

Transaero Airlines takes delivery of new Boeing 737-800 EI-RUR painted in the new livery

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Transaero Airlines (Moscow) on May 22 took delivery of this new Boeing-direct delivery 737-800. The airliner, painted in the new livery, arrived at the Domodedovo Airport base in Moscow.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing delivered on May 22 Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

Transaero’s newest 737 has a recognizable radome “bump” on top of the fuselage just behind the wings. The dome-shaped radome covers a Ku-band satellite antenna system that enables broadband passenger connectivity all over the world — even over oceans. The Ku-band range of microwave frequencies is used primarily for satellite communications.

Transaero’s 737-800 is the first in the 737 family to have the system installed during production. In-line installation can save airlines days of lost revenue previously experienced when retrofitting the radome after delivery.

Transaero was the first private airline in Russia, established in 1991. It also was the first Russian airline to introduce a Boeing airplane to its fleet in 1993 when it began operating the 737. Today, Transaero is the second-largest airline in Russia and operates 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.

Transaero Airlines issued this statement:

On May 22, 2015, a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft joined Transaero Airlines’ fleet. The aircraft was delivered to the airline from the aircraft manufacturer in accordance with the operating leasing agreement concluded in 2013 with Sberbank Leasing.

Transaero has received the aircraft within the implementation of its aircraft fleet renewal plan. The airline successfully operates the Boeing 737NG aircraft on the highest-demand medium-haul domestic and international routes. The aircraft will be configured in two class configuration with business and economy cabins.This is Transaero’s first narrow-body aircraft, which provides not only access to high-speed broadband Internet onboard, but also mobile communications (this service used to be only provided on the airline’s widebody aircraft earlier). These services have become available due to the installation of the latest Panasonic GCS satellite system. All seats have power outlets and USB-ports for charging portable electronic devices. The aircraft features a Sky Interior cabin.

The Boeing 737-800 is the first aircraft to appear in Transaero’s renewed corporate identity. The airline plans to use this style for all the new aircraft joining the airline’s fleet. This will be the first step in enhancing Transaero’s corporate identity that has remained unchanged for more than two decades and has received wide recognition both in Russia and abroad following the active development of Transaero Airlines and strengthening of its position in the international transportation market.

The decision on the visual brand renewal was made at the end of 2013, stimulated by the expected start of new aircraft deliveries in 2015, in accordance with the signed contracts.

StartJG, a UK agency specializing in brand development and interactive design, was invited to work on the project. The new visual identity of Transaero’s aircraft was designed in the summer of 2014. The designers have preserved the colors of the well-known Transaero’s logo with a view to retain the identity of the brand, which has obtained strong value.

“Our company cares for its traditions and professional values,” said Olga Pleshakova, CEO of Transaero Airlines. “This attitude contributed to building up true team- and family-spirit in the company. We believe that our family is the key to the future. We want passengers who choose Transaero to feel truly surrounded by family care. While we adhere to our traditions, we modernize the image of the company. That’s why our new slogan is ‘To the future together.'”

Copyright Photo below: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8MC WL N1782B (EI-RUR) (msn 44435) taxies at Boeing Field in Seattle prior to the handover.

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AirBridgeCargo launches a Boeing 747 around-the-world cargo route

AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC (Volga-Dnepr Group) (Moscow) on April 2 launched an around-the-world route with twice-weekly cargo service on the Moscow (Sheremetyevo) – Shanghai (Pudong) – Anchorage – Los Angeles – Chicago (O’Hare) – Amsterdam route per Airline Route.

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In other news, AirBridgeCargo reported a 20% increase in tonnage for the first quarter of 2015, continuing the trend set by previous years.

According to the airline, “In the January 1-March 31 period this year, ABC carried 103,816 tons across its international route network connecting customers in Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific through its hub in Moscow.

At present the airline operates scheduled flights to 26 destinations in 14 countries using its enlarged fleet of 14 Boeing 747 family aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-867F VQ-BVR (msn 60687) passes through Amsterdam on the special long-range route.

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Cathay Pacific to drop Moscow due to high operating costs

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is planning to drop the Hong Kong – Moscow (Domodedovo) route after June 1. The airline cited high operating costs.

Cathay Pacific launched flights to Moscow in July 2010. It currently serves the route three days a week with Airbus A340-300s.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 B-HXO (msn 128) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Aeroflot celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the WWII victory with a special logo on RA-89047

 

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) on March 21 put into service its new Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B RA-89047 (msn 95047) on the Moscow (Sheremetyevo) – Minsk route. The pictured new SSJ100 carries a special emblem celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Russian victory in World War II. The airline issued this statement and photos:

An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 with livery commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War on Saturday (March 21) completed its first flight on the Moscow-Minsk-Moscow route.

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The aircraft, the newest SSJ-100 in Aeroflot’s fleet, is named after Alexander Gruzdin, one of the Soviet Union’s leading wartime pilots. Minsk was chosen as the destination for the first flight because of its particular symbolism and importance in the Victory.

All of Aeroflot’s Russian-built planes will be emblazoned with the Victory livery as part of the Company’s commemorations of this landmark date. The key elements of the design are a white dove on a blue background and a ribbon of the Order of St George.

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Aeroflot is preparing an extensive slate of events to mark the Anniversary. The centrepiece is the annual programme of free tickets for military veterans and those injured during the Great Patriotic War, as well as those accompanying them, on routes to cities that played a key role during the War from 3-12 May. Citizens of other former Soviet countries will also be eligible. This year Aeroflot will for the first time cover all travel costs including tickets and taxes, while the cap on the total number of tickets available has also been lifted. The programme covers flights operated under the SU code by Aeroflot Group on domestic routes and flights to selected destinations across Europe and the CIS.

Aeroflot was the first Russian airline to introduce free tickets for war veterans as part of the Victory Day celebrations. In 2014 Aeroflot carried about 3,600 passengers under the programme, which has benefited about 50,000 passengers in its 15-year history.

Aeroflot also plans to create a section of its website dedicated to the wartime contribution of civil aviation. The Aeroflot Museum at Sheremetyevo International Airport will also host an exhibition entitled «The Unknown Soldier» to showcase materials from the family archives of Aeroflot employees. The airline will also plant a number of trees along the Aeroflot Walk of Fame.

Top Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. RA-89047 arrives at Moscow (Sheremetyevo) yesterday (March 23). All other photos by Aeroflot.

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