Russia’s UTair Aviation forecasts it will carry 7 million passengers in 2017, up 6.7% year-over-year (YOY), with a 3.9% increase in cargo volume to 20,146 tonnes. Load factor is projected to grow 2 percentage points to 72%. The carrier predicts the Russian airline market will deteriorate in 2017, citing traffic stagnation and fleet increases as main challenges. UTair’s fleet includes 32 Boeing 737-500s, nine 737-800s, six 737-400s, three 767-200s and 15 ATR 72s. According to a ...

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