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Russia’s First Low-Coster Gets Operator’s 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 operator’s certificate to Russia’s 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 Dobrolyot’s 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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Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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