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Ukrainian airlines report passenger traffic down 8.5% in 1H
Airlines in the Ukraine carried 2.73 million passengers in the first half, down 8.5% year-over-year, according to the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine.
Rossiya Airlines A319
Russia’s Rossiya Airlines names new chairman
Aeroflot subsidiary Rossiya Airlines has appointed Aeroflot deputy CEO Vadim Zingman as board chairman.
Russia cancels AOCs for UTair Express, Tomsk Avia
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has canceled the air operator’s certificates (AOCs) for Syktyvkar-based UTair Express and Tomsk-based Tomsk Avia airlines.
Spring Airlines A320
Spring Airlines receives designation for China-Russia routes
Chinese aviation authorities have designated Shanghai-based Spring Airlines on routes between China and Russia, though the Russia’s Federal Air Transport, Rosaviatsia, did not identify the specific routes.
Aurora A319
Russia’s Aurora Airline to get five Bombardier Q400s
Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline plans to take delivery of five new Bombardier Q400s and one DHC-8 300.
Russia’s RusLine to double routes in Yekaterinburg
Russia’s RusLine Airline will double the number of routes from Yekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport to 10 destinations.
Russia’s Volga region subsidy program grows in 1H
Russian airlines carried 46,400 passengers in the first half through the regional routes subsidy program in the Volga region.
Red Wings SSJ100
Ilyushin Finance mulls 74% stake in Red Wings
Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) is considering taking a 74% stake in Red Wings Airlines, IFC CEO Alexander Roubtsov confirmed, adding the lessor will make a final decision at a board meeting at the end of July.
Russia amends airspace rules to increase flight safety
The Russian government has made several amendments to its airspace use rules, which will increase flight safety and conform to ICAO standards and recommendations.
Russia grants AOC to new regional carrier
Russian aviation authorities have granted an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to regional carrier YuVT-Aero, which will be based in two cities in the Tatarstan republic—Kazan and Bugulma.
Russia designates several carriers for Georgian routes
Russian aviation authorities have designated several carriers on routes between Russia and Georgia.
Russian airlines: Keep existing agreements with Cyprus
Russian airlines want to keep existing bilateral agreements with Cyprus as a new round of talks is set to begin on air service development between the countries.
Russian government reduces VAT to 10%
The Russian government has reduced value-added tax (VAT) from 18% to 10%, from July 1, for Russian airlines operating domestic flights.
Russia’s Ministry of Transport may legalize overbooking
Russia’s Ministry of Transport has announced proposed changes to the Air Code that would allow local airlines to overbook flights.
PD-14 engine for the Irkut MC-21
Irkut MC-21’s PD-14 engine to start testing in 3Q
Russia’s Aviadvigatel Co. and Perm Engine Co., which are developing a PD-14 engine for the Irkut MC-21 aircraft, plans to start testing the engine in its flying laboratory in the third quarter.

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