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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.

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.
Aeroflot Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Russia-Czech Republic route dispute cancels some flights
Russia’s Aeroflot Airline and Ural Airlines were forced to cancel or delay flights to Prague July 2 because of an unsolved dispute over Trans-Siberian rights between Russia and Czech Republic.
Angara Airlines An-24 skids off runway at Nizhneangarsk, 2 killed
An Angara Airlines Antonov An-24, en route from Ulan-Ude, skidded off the runway after an emergency landing at Nizhneangarsk Airport (Republic of Buryatia, Russia) at 10:24 a.m. local time June 27.
Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8
Uzbekistan Airways reports passenger traffic up 17% in 2018
Uzbekistan Airways carried 3.173 million in 2018, up 17% year-over-year (YOY).
Russia proposes zero percent VAT for locally registered aircraft 
The Russian government’s legislative commission has proposed setting a zero percent value-added tax (VAT) for aircraft registered in Russia to boost civil aviation development.
Aeroflot, Vietnam Airlines codeshare set to begin 
Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines are set to begin codesharing on routes in Russia and Vietnam, Aeroflot said June 11.
Russia eliminates VAT on non-Moscow domestic flights 
Amendments to the Russian tax code that set a 0% value-added tax (VAT) on domestic flights, excluding those to and from Moscow, were signed by President Vladimir Putin June 6.
Azur Air Boeing 767-300
Russia’s Azur Air launches flights to Turkey 
Russia’s Azur Air has launched scheduled services to Turkey from 23 Russian cities.
Aeroflot Boeing 777-300ER
Aeroflot offers hand luggage-only fares on medium-haul routes 
Russia’s Aeroflot Group has extended its hand luggage-only fares to medium-haul routes operated by Aeroflot Airline and subsidiaries Rossiya Airlines and Aurora Airlines, the group said June 4.
Aeroflot Airbus A330-200
Aeroflot Group widens 1Q loss on foreign exchange swings, fuel costs 
Aeroflot Group reported a 2019 1Q net loss of RUB15.7 billion ($242.5 million), deepened from a RUB11.5 billion loss in the year-ago period.
Russia allows foreign carriers to fly domestic routes 
The Russian government has allowed non-Russian airlines to operate individual charter flights on domestic routes, according to a decree signed May 24.
Russia’s IrAero boosts transit traffic at Moscow Zhukovsky 
IrAero Airline plans to increase transit traffic at Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport, the carrier said May 22.
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Jun 27, 2019

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Jun 25, 2019

US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More
Jun 20, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

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