Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Pobeda Airline—which began operations Dec. 1, 2014—carried its one millionth passenger at the beginning of June.
The airline operates flights to 34 destinations in Russia with a fleet of 11 Boeing 737-800s. The carrier was launched at the second half of 2014 after Aeroflot’s first LCC—Dobrolet—was forced to ceased operations due to EU sanctions. Pobeda made the top 10 list of Russia’s biggest airlines, according to passengers carried in the first quarter.
“The airline is growing at an extraordinary rate, as is its home airport, Vnukovo, which is continuing to see rapid increases in passenger volumes. In January-May 2015, passenger numbers rose by 27.9% to 5.668 million. We are pleased to see continued growth on domestic routes, led by Aeroflot Group, which accounts for 27.8% of total passenger volumes at Vnukovo,” Vnukovo board chairman Vitaly Vantsev said. Pobeda is replacing UTair Airline as Vnukovo’s main carrier after UTair’s passenger numbers decreased significantly during the last several months.
In 2014, Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries). During the first four months of 2015, Aeroflot carried 7.5 million passengers; collectively with its subsidiaries, the figure reached 10.9 million passengers, while all Russian airlines (including Aeroflot Group) carried 23.5 million passengers.