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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft appoints new president
Russian manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) appointed Vladislav Masalov as president on Feb. 22.
Russia’s Kaliningrad region eyes new carrier
The Kaliningrad region of Russia wants to establish a regional airline.
Russian commuter Aurora increases frequencies
Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline, which serves Russia’s far eastern regions, has increased commuter flights frequencies in Primorsky Krai.
Russian airport reports international traffic up 70% in January
Samara’s Kurumoch International Airport in the Russian Volga region reported handling 28,000 international passengers in January, up 70% year-over-year (YOY).
Ilyushin Il-114-100
Russia’s United Engine Corp. to provide relaunched Il-114’s engine
Russia’s United Engine Corp. (UEC), a part of state-owned Rostec, is ready to equip Ilyushin Il-114-300 aircraft with turboprop engine TV7-117ST, UEC said in a statement Feb. 16.
Russia lifts AOC restrictions for Pskovavia
Russian authorities have removed temporary restrictions on the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of Pskov-based regional carrier Pskovavia.
Russian manufacturer to modernize the Ilyushin Il-96
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) has signed an agreement with Ilyushin Aviation Complex to modernize the Ilyushin Il-96.
Russia suspends AOCs of two regional carriers
Russia’s federal air transport agency, Rosaviatsia, has suspended the air operator’s certificates (AOCs) for two regional carriers—Buryat Airlines and Pioneer Airlines—effective Feb. 7, following unscheduled inspections.
Russia and Bulgaria to add designated carriers, frequencies
Russian and Bulgarian aviation authorities have agreed to add second designated carriers for routes connecting Moscow with Sofia, Varna and Burgas.
Perm Engine Co.
Russia’s Rostec aims to increase aviation market share
Russia’s state-owned Rostec Corp. has approved a strategy to develop an aviation cluster—comprising manufacturers of engines, helicopters, avionics and accessories—to increase their global market share to 5% and Russian aircraft market share to 75% by 2025.
UTair Boeing 767-200
UTair’s domestic traffic grew 25.5% in 2016
UTair Aviation carried 5.6 million domestic passengers in 2016, up 25.5% year-over-year (YOY), according to the Russian carrier.
Pulkovo airport added 15 destinations in 2016
Russia’s Pulkovo International Airport added 15 new destinations in 2016, comprising six domestic and nine international routes.
Russian carriers see 3.8% passenger traffic decline in 2016
Traffic for Russian airlines was down 3.8% year-over-year (YOY) to 88.6 million in 2016, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia.
VIM Avia Boeing 777-200ER
Russia’s VIM Avia traffic up 30% in 2016 
Russia’s VIM Avia reported its passenger traffic exceeded 2 million passengers in 2016 for the first time since the airline was launched in 2000.
S7 Airlines A320
Russia’s S7 Airlines traffic up 24% in 2016
Russia’s S7 Airlines carried 13.15 million passengers in 2016, up 24% year-over-year (YOY).
Blogs & Commentary
Feb 16, 2017

Not all US domestic routes are created equal

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Jan 30, 2017

Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

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Jan 24, 2017

Alitalia, the airline that broke the camel’s back?

Can Alitalia ever be a good-news story? It appears not for Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline that has become the latest in a line of companies to see potential in the Italian flag carrier but for whom good news seems an increasingly distant prospect....More
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