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S7 Airlines A320neo
Russia’s S7 Technics increases MRO training capacity
Russia’s S7 Technics, the maintenance arm of S7 Group, is expanding its MRO training facilities as it responds to growing demand for maintenance staff training for Western-built aircraft such as the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX, the company said Jan. 14.
Smart Wings 737 skids off runway at Moscow Sheremetyevo; no injuries
A Smart Wings Boeing 737, en route from Moscow to Prague, skidded off the runway while taking off at Moscow Sheremetyevo International airport (SVO) Jan. 13, at 2:16 p.m. local time, the airport said.
Russia signs concession agreement with Sheremetyevo operator
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has signed a 49-year concession agreement with Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), giving the airport management company the right to invest in the state-owned airfield infrastructure.
Russia’s passenger traffic up 10.6% from January-November 2018
Russian airlines carried 107.7 million passengers in the first 11 months of 2018, up 10.6% year-over-year (YOY).
Russia’s Severstal takes first SSJ100
Russian regional Severstal Aircompany received its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) on Dec. 26, 2018.
Aeroflot Group makes management changes 
Aeroflot Airline named Russia’s Minister of Transport Evgeny Ditrich as board chairman Dec. 11.
Russia’s Platov airport handles 3.2 million passengers in first year 
Russia’s new Platov International Airport, which serves Rostov-on-Don, has handled 3.2 million passengers within the first year after its launch in November 2017.
Cost controls boost Aeroflot Group’s 3Q revenue, net profit 
Aeroflot Group’s net profit for the third quarter (3Q) reached RUB27.7 billion ($422.4 million), up 14.2% as the airline group implemented cost controls in the wake of high fuel costs and currency pressure seen through the year.
Russian passenger traffic climbs over 10% in first 10 months 
Russian airlines carried 99.2 million passengers in the January-October period, up 10.4% year-over-year (YOY).
Russia’s S7 Training introduces Embraer E170 simulator 
Russia’s S7 Training, a part of S7 Group, has introduced an Embraer E170 full flight simulator (FFS) from FlightSafety International, the company said Nov. 27.
Russia’s state lessor has two new SSJ100 agreements 
Russia’s State Transport Leasing Co. (STLC) has signed letters of intent (LOI) with Mirny-based Alrosa Airline and RusLine regional airline to lease two Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) to each carrier for 12-years.
Utair Boeing 737-500
Russia’s Utair traffic up 5.3% in January-October period 
Russia’s Utair Aviation carried 6.4 million passengers from January-October 2018, up 5.3% year-over-year (YOY).
Yakutia eyes IL-114-300 for fleet renewal 
Yakutia Airlines is considering modernizing the Russian carrier’s regional fleet with Ilyushin IL-114-300 aircraft as the company plans to retire the Antonov An-24RV.
Yakutia lines up carriers for international flights after suspension 
Yakutia Airlines has negotiated with several carriers to perform international flights for the company after Russian authorities suspended the airline’s international operations.
Russia’s passenger traffic up 10.1% in first nine months 
Russian airlines carried 89.2 million passengers in the January-September period, up 10.1% year-over-year (YOY).
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