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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.

New Siberian airport set to begin scheduled operations in 2021
A new Russian airport being developed in the Western Siberian city of Tobolsk is planned to open in 2020 and begin accepting scheduled flights in 2021.
Russia’s Utair to replace MAX capacity with 737NGs
Russia’s Utair Aviation will lease two additional 186-seat Boeing 737NGs from Carlyle Aviation in 2020 while the Boeing 737 MAX grounding drags on.
Kazakhstan introduces Open Skies at 11 airports
Kazakhstan has implemented Open Skies at 11 airports as of Nov. 1.
Russian regional KrasAvia to lease three ATR 72s
Russian regional airline KrasAvia will lease its first three ATR 72s next year to replace aging Antonov An-24 and An-26 turboprops.
Russian state lessor to receive funds for aircraft purchases
The Russian government intends to provide a RUB4.9 billion ($76.6 million) subsidy to the State Transport Leasing Co. (STLC) for the acquisition of additional aircraft.
Uzbekistan Airways launches initial pilot training program
Uzbekistan Airways has begun an initial pilot training program at its in-house training center.
Russia, Germany agree to fifth freedom cargo rights 
Russian and German aviation authorities have agreed to grant fifth freedom rights to one designated Russian all-cargo carrier on routes via Leipzig and to the US.
Atran Boeing 737-800BCF
Russia’s Atran boosts China-Russia cargo traffic 
Russia’s Atran Airlines, an air express subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group, has reported increased traffic growth from China to Russia while taking delivery of its second Boeing 737-800BCF on Oct. 10.
Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12 crash kills five 
Five people were reported killed and three injured when a Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12 freighter crashed Oct. 4 in the Sokilnyky Village, near Lviv, Ukraine.
Uzbekistan implements Open Skies at several airports 
The Uzbekistan government has introduced Open Skies at several of the country’s airports from Oct. 1.
Three Russia airlines vie for Moscow-London route 
Three Russian carriers—Aeroflot LCC Pobeda Airlines, Ural Airlines and Nordwind Airlines—have applied to operate between Moscow and London.
Russia, Japan increase flight frequencies 
Russian and Japanese aviation authorities have agreed to raise the number of frequencies for carriers operating flights between the two countries.
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.
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Nov 14, 2019

Wizz CEO’s attack on premium cabins is a sustainability red herring

The CEO and co-founder of Budapest LCC Wizz Air has issued a statement calling for all airlines to ban premium cabins on flights of less than five hours....More
Nov 4, 2019

Korean goes K-pop in its safety video

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Oct 30, 2019

Boeing scrutiny by lawmakers tough but necessary

While Boeing employees—and particularly CEO Dennis Muilenburg—have endured an awful two days at the US Senate and House hearings into the 737 MAX crashes today and yesterday, these hearings were necessary, and the questions posed by lawmakers were fair if often tough....More

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