Rossiya begins Sukhoi Superjet 100 flights


Rossiya Airlines began operations on a Russian single-aisle Sukhoi Superjet 100 this Friday morning, on two domestic routes connecting Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod and Belgorod. She is expected to operate on 66 by the end of the year.

In accordance with the strategy unveiled last July by the Aeroflot group, the subsidiary based at Saint Petersburg airport launched its first rounds in SSJ100-95 with 98 seats on January 1, 2021. From Moscow-Sheremetyevo airport, where the national company Aeroflot is based (to facilitate connections), Rossiya offers three flights a day to Nizhny Novgorod and one to Belgorod; its next Superjet destinations will be Nizhnekamsk, Magnitogorsk and Chelyabinsk by January 13.

Rossiya is now tasked with focusing on the Russian domestic market, including through fixed tariffs « on socially important routes » (the less popular or those between areas of poverty), as well as the operation of construction aircraft. Russian. By 2028, it should still attract between 20 and 25 million customers per year (against 11.6 in 2019), with a fleet of 250 aircraft, including 235 of Russian manufacture: it would then accommodate all Superjet and MC21 operated or ordered. by the group.

« Sheremetyevo airport with its extensive network of connections becomes as important for Rossiya as Pulkovo in St. Petersburg, where most of the airline’s fleet is concentrated, » Sergey Alexandrovsky, CEO of Rossiya Airlines, said in a statement. . 66 Superjet should be in service at the end of the year: the reinforcement of the fleet “will increase the number of flights from the regions to Moscow, and the high frequency of flights, in turn, will offer the most convenient connections with flights both to major domestic destinations and to international flights of parent company Aeroflot, ”he added.

Rossiya’s current fleet currently comprises twenty Airbus A319s, six A320s, nine Boeing 737-800s, nine 747-400s, ten 777-300ERs – and therefore two SSJ100s.

The Aeroflot group forecasts traffic of 130 million passengers per year by 2028, with a fleet of 600 aircraft. Aeroflot will focus on the development of international long-haul, with the objective of a “five star” classification (Skytrax gives it four). It will have around 170 mainly wide-bodied « Western » planes for this purpose, like the 777-300ER or A350-900 already in service, and should carry between 35 and 40 million passengers per year in 2028 (37 , 2 million last year).

The low-cost subsidiary Pobeda is targeting an annual traffic of between 55 and 65 million passengers, on an all-737 fleet (including those of its parent company). Further development should « help to significantly reduce the average price of economy class tickets and increase the accessibility of air transport in Russia, » the SkyTeam alliance company said in July. This drop in the price of a plane ticket is reported about 30% on average by the local media.

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