Aeroflot low-fare subsidiary Dobrolet completed its first commercial flight from Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea, the Russian flag carrier announced Tuesday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, senior executives from Russia’s transport industry and Aeroflot’s top management attended a ceremony at Sheremetyevo International Airport to mark the maiden flight.
Sheremetyevo International Airport
Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, has a new FBO and by year-end it should have a second. The Pulkovo-3 FBO at Pulkovo International Airport officially opened for business on March 6, initially handling only domestic flights. According to the purpose-built facility’s operator, JetPort SPb, it should be ready to handle international flights as soon as customs and immigration facilities are fully in place.
Russian aircraft interiors specialist AviaPrestige has forged an alliance with business aviation services group Avcom to make cabin refurbishment more readily available to aircraft owners in Russia. At Jet Expo this week in Moscow, the company announced that it has established a facility within the Avcom’s engineering base at Moscow Domodedovo Airport so that interior work can be done while aircraft are undergoing maintenance there.
Avcom, Russia’s oldest dedicated business aviation company, has started establishing badly needed maintenance infrastructure in the Siberian cities of Irkutsk, Omsk and Khabarovsk. The group also has just secured approval from Kazhakstan officials to work on business aircraft registered in the country and now plans to open a technical base there as well.
Russia’s seventh annual Jet Expo show is set to open on September 27, with organizers expecting more than 100 exhibiting companies from 27 countries and up to around 50 business aircraft at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.
Russia’s aviation safety record has been, by all accounts, poor the past few years, with the number of fatal accidents per million flights nearly tripling in 2011 compared with 2010. A recent takeoff crash of a UTair ATR 72-200 from a Siberian airport killed 31 of 43 occupants.
The Russian government intends to combine Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports into a single state-owned entity to renovate them and eventually sell them to private operators, according to plans laid out by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The Russian government owns 100 percent of Sheremetyevo and 75 percent of Vnukovo, with the remaining quarter (worth approximately $1.5 billion, according to reports) owned by the city of Moscow.
Jetalliance East has launched charter operations in Russia and the CIS. Jetalliance East (exhibiting here at the static display) is a joint venture between Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Jetalliance Holding of Austria. The two companies formed the joint venture in July and applied for a Russian air operator's certificate (AOC) under which to fly two new Cessna Citations-a CJ3 and a Sovereign-on Russia and CIS charter flights.
Jetalliance Aviation Group and Aeroflot Russian Airlines have formed a joint-venture company called Jetalliance East to offer charter services within Russia. Yesterday, Cessna Aircraft and Jetalliance signed a leasing agreement for a new Citation CJ3 and a Sovereign for the venture.
Jet Aviation today announced that its maintenance operation at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, one of the largest air transportation hubs in Russia and the closest to the Moscow city center, now offers 24/7 line maintenance services and AOG support. In addition, Jet Aviation Vnukovo provides AOG support at Moscow Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports, as well as at other Russian airports.
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