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Azimuth Airline SSJ100
Azimuth Airline’s first SSJ100 flight hits 100% load factor
Russian startup Azimuth Airline, which began operations Sept. 21 with Rostov-on-Don to Moscow Vnukovo service, operated its first flight with a 100% seat load factor, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) said.
Russia, China to develop new engine for long-range, widebody aircraft 
Russia’s United Engine Corp. (UEC), a part of Rostec Corp., has agreed with China’s AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co. (AECC CAE) to develop a gas turbine engine for a prospective long-range, widebody aircraft (LRWBA/C929).
Azimuth Airline SSJ100
Russia’s Azimuth Airline to launch first flight Sept. 21
Russian startup Azimuth Airline will begin operations Sept. 21 with daily services to Moscow Vnukovo and Omsk Tsentralny airports after receiving an air operator’s certificate at the end of August.
Russia’s northern airport completes runway reconstruction
Russia’s Norilsk Alykel Airport, which completed runway reconstruction Sept. 15, can handle passenger aircraft using the entire l 3,430-meter (8.4-mile) runway length.
Transaero Boeing 767-300
Russian court declares Transaero Airline bankrupt
Transaero Airline has been declared bankrupt by the Commercial Court of Saint Petersburg and Leningrad region, Russia’s TASS agency reported Sept. 13.
MC-21-300
Irkut Corp. begins MC-21 second stage tests 
Russia’s Irkut Corp. has started the second stage of in-plant development tests for the MC-21-300, the manufacturer said Sept. 13.
Russia’s regional airport increases Moscow frequencies 
Samara’s Kurumoch International Airport has reported growing frequencies on Samara-Moscow services for the IATA 2017-18 winter season.
International consortium acquires 25% of Pulkovo airport
A consortium of international investors has acquired a 25% stake in Thalita Trading, the holding company of the Northern Capital Gateway that manages Pulkovo International Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Russia and Kazakhstan increase route frequencies
Russia and Kazakhstan have agreed to increase the number of frequencies on several routes between the two countries.
Renova Group to build new terminal at Kamchatka airport
Russia’s Renova Group, a subsidiary Airports of Regions, has been chosen by the Kamchatka region as an investor to renovate the new terminal at the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yelizovo Airport.
Russia authorizes electronic boarding passes
Russia’s Ministry of Transport enacted a decree Sept. 5 allowing local carriers to use electronic boarding passes.
UTair Boeing 767-300
Russia’s UTair widens net loss in 1H
Russia’s UTair Aviation reported a 2017 first-half net loss of RUB3.7 billion ($62.6 million), widened from RUB684.9 million in the year-ago period.
United Aircraft Corp. narrows net loss in 1H
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) has reported a 1H 2017 net loss of RUB6.6 billion ($111.7 million), narrowed from a net loss of RUB7.3 billion in 1H 2016.
Buta Airways Embraer E190
Azerbaijan LCC Buta Airways launches first E190 service 
New Azerbaijan LCC Buta Airways launched its first scheduled Embraer E190 flight from Baku to Tbilisi Sept. 1.
S7 Airlines buys Embraer E170 full-flight simulator
Russia’s S7 Airlines has ordered a full-flight simulator (FFS) for the Embraer E170 from FlightSafety International.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 21, 2017
blog

FedEx’s Fred Smith puts e-commerce in perspective

The notion that there is an inexorable march toward e-commerce dominating retail is not borne out by analysis, Smith says....More
Sep 20, 2017
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Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions

Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could potentially add more names to fear. I’d like to recognize here the ongoing dedication by the people of the commercial aviation industry who continue to support relief and aid efforts across all the regions affected....More
Sep 19, 2017
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O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

Who thought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...More
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