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Russias First Low-Coster Gets Operators Certificate

Published: May 23, 2014 (Issue # 1812)



  • Russia's first budget airline may be able to offer charter flights as early as next month.
    Photo: Andrei Makhonin / Vedomosti

The Russian aviation watchdog has granted an operators certificate to Russias first low-cost airline, Dobrolyot, bringing the country a step closer to being able to provide budget air travel.

In its first year of operations Dobrolyot plans to offer flights from Moscow to eight Russian cities, including St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Makhachkala, Ufa, Kaliningrad and Novy Urengoy, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday, citing the Federal Air Transportation Agency, or Rosaviation.

A subsidiary of Russian flagship airline Aeroflot, Dobrolyot plans to expand its destinations to 19 cities in 2015, and 26 cities in 2016, while also adding international flights to Kiev, Yerevan and Istanbul that year.

The head of Aeroflot, Vitaly Savelyov, said he expects Dobrolyots first flight to go ahead in June, but declined to give an exact date, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday. For that to happen, Dobrolyot must first obtain either a charter license or a license for regular flights. To get a charter license the airline needs to have at least three aircraft in its fleet, but for regular flights eight would be needed.

Savelyov said Tuesday that Dobrolyot currently has two Boeing 737-800s in its fleet and that Aeroflot has set aside a SuperJet 100 for it to use, RIA Novosti reported. He said that it will have eight aircraft by the end of the year.

Rosaviation recommended that carrier apply for a charter license and said that they can start inspecting its facilities this month, Itar-Tass reported, citing an unidentified Dobrolyot official.

Once the inspection is under way, the watchdog can start formulating the license a process that takes about a month meaning that a first flight in May is possible, the report said.





 


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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of todays seminar is Grammar Practice.


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at Professional Growth, a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmChams Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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