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Polina Montag-Girmes


Polina joined the Air Transport World team in 2011, covering Russian and the Commonwealth of Independent States. She studied journalism at Moscow State University and worked as a journalist for Russian business and airline publications since 2000. She has previously worked for Russky Telegraf 1997-1998, Russia Journal 1999-2000, the Vremya Novostei newspaper 2000-2001, the Russky Focus business weekly 2001-2004 and the Kompania business weekly in 2004-2005.

Starting as a journalist for Air Transport Observer Magazine in 2005, she had become deputy editor by the time she left in 2014, moving to Germany.

She has also written and edited a number of surveys and editorial on airline, aircraft and travel issues for a number of Russian and international publications.

She lives with her husband, twins, and a dog and cat in Cyprus.

Moscow Sheremetyevo opens third runway 
Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) opened a third runway Sept. 19, which will nearly double the number of possible takeoffs and landings from 55 to 90.
Aeroflot Airbus A330-200
Russia-Czech Republic solve Prague, Seoul route dispute
Russian and Czech aviation authorities have reached an agreement on Zhukovsky-Prague and Prague-Seoul routes, the Czech Transport Ministry said Sept. 13.
Russia’s S7 Airlines appoints new CEO, unites Globus and Sibir
Russia’s S7 Airlines has named Vadim Klebanov as CEO to succeed Vladimir Obyedkov, who has stepped down from the position.
Greece’s Ellinair to increase presence at Moscow Vnukovo
Greek airline Ellinair will increase the number of aircraft based at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport under a partnership between the airport and Ellinair parent Mouzenidis Group.
Russia’s Polar Airlines orders 10 L-610 regional aircraft
Russia’s Polar Airlines has placed an order for 10 L-610 regional aircraft from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA), the company said Sept. 2
Gagarin airport operator certificated; to open Aug. 20 
Aeroflot LCC Pobeda Airlines performed a Boeing 737-800 test flight from Moscow Vnukovo to the new Gagarin International Airport in Saratov, southwestern Russia, Aug. 18.
FlyArystan to set up first regional base in 2020 
Kazakhstan LCC FlyArystan will open a base in 2Q 2020 at Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport, the first regional base for the Almaty-based carrier.
Tajikistan to improve air navigation control system 
Tajikistan will upgrade its air navigation system to bring the local service into compliance with ICAO standards.
Rossiya Airlines A319
St. Petersburg government to sell part of Rossiya Airlines 
The St. Petersburg government plans to sell 25%, plus one share, of Rossiya Airlines.
Pobeda Airlines Boeing 737-800
Pobeda Airlines to start first international route from Krasnodar 
Aeroflot LCC subsidiary Pobeda Airlines has begun selling tickets for Krasnodar-Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen service, which will begin Oct. 30.
United Aircraft Corp. needs $4.8 billion capital injection 
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) will need a RUB300 billion ($4.8 billion) capital injection “to complete the financial restructuring,” Rostec Corp. CEO Sergey Chemezov said in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin July 22.
Qazaq Air grows network out of Kazakhstan capital 
Kazakhstan regional airline Qazaq Air will base one of its newly delivered De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.
Wizz Air A320 at Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg
Wizz Air UK to launch service to Russia 
Wizz Air UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air, will launch daily Airbus A321 flights from London Luton to Moscow Vnukovo and St. Petersburg Pulkovo airports from Oct. 1, becoming the second UK-designated carrier on the routes.
Russia’s Gagarin airport to start operations in August 
Russia’s Gagarin International Airport will begin operations Aug. 20 to serve Saratov, Russian aviation authorities said.
Russia, Switzerland to double frequencies 
Russia and Switzerland aviation authorities have agreed to double the number of frequencies between Moscow and Geneva, according to Russia’s Ministry of Transport.
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