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Russia’s Simferopol Airport set to open new terminal April 16 
Simferopol International Airport in Crimea will open a new terminal April 16, which will be able to handle 3,650 passengers per hour or 6.5 million per year.
Russia to spend $66.4 million for three subsidy programs 
Russian airlines will be able to carry 729,000 passengers within the framework of three subsidy programs through Dec. 1, 2018.
Nordwind Airlines Boeing 737-800
Russia’s Nordwind Airlines expands regional services from Simferopol 
Nordwind Airlines will boost services from Crimea’s Simferopol Airport this summer to include 27 destinations, one more than last summer, creating Russia’s largest seasonal regional network, according to Simferopol general director Yevgeniy Plaksin.
Irkut Corp. assembles second MC-21-300 for test flights 
Russia’s Irkut Corp. has completed the assembly of a second MC-21-300 flight test aircraft at Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
Russia restricts Saratov Airlines’ AOC, grounds An-148 fleet 
Russian authorities have temporarily restricted Saratov Airlines’ air operator’s certificate (AOC) through April 27 and have grounded its Antonov An-148 fleet, following an unscheduled inspection, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, said in a statement.
Russian regional RusLine moves base from Domodedovo to Vnukovo 
Russia’s regional carrier RusLine moved its Moscow base from Domodedovo to Vnukovo March 21.
Aeroflot A320
Aeroflot to resume Moscow-Cairo service in April 
Russia’s Aeroflot Airline plans to resume flights from Moscow to Cairo April 11 with a 3X-weekly Airbus A320 service.
Utair to add routes in the South of Russia, FIFA World Cup 2018 cities 
Russia’s Utair Aviation is developing a network in the South of Russia and adding new routes to cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer.
Aeroflot Boeing 737-800
Aeroflot to cancel premium frequent flyer status of unruly passengers 
Aeroflot Airline will revoke the premium frequent flyer status of unruly passengers, after nine reported cases of intolerable conduct—including physical assault toward employees, flight attendants and airline staff at the airport—since the beginning of 2018.
Aeroflot SSJ100
Aeroflot Group sees January traffic growth 
Aeroflot Group carried 3.7 million passengers in January, up 7.7% year-over-year (YOY). Aeroflot Airline carried 2.5 million passengers, a 6.6% YOY increase.
Aeroflot Boeing 737-800
Higher fuel prices contribute to Aeroflot Group’s 41% net profit loss in 2017 
Aeroflot Group reported a 2017 net income of RUB23 billion ($399 million), down 40.6% from RUB38.8 billion for 2016, which the Russian flag carrier attributed to higher oil prices and foreign exchange losses.
Saratov Airlines resumes An-148 flights following inspections 
Russia’s Saratov Airlines resumed Antonov An-148 operations Feb. 16 after additional technical inspections were completed following the grounding of the fleet.
Russia’s Pobeda boosts network as fleet expands 
Aeroflot LCC Pobeda Airlines plans to increase the number of destinations from its Moscow Vnukovo International base to 44, up 41.9%, for the IATA 2018 summer season.
Azur Air Boeing 767-300
Russia’s Azur Air ordered to repair ‘shortcomings’ or lose AOC 
Russia’s federal air transport agency Rosaviatsia has placed a limit on leisure carrier Azur Air’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) through March 20, according to a Feb. 2 statement by the agency.
SCAC assembles 34 SSJ100s in 2017 
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) produced 34 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100) in 2017 and delivered 30 of the type last year, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement.
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