Saturday, August 19, 2017

Aerflot subsidiary Dobrolet to offer flights from Moscow to eight Russian cities, international flights

Low-cost airline carrier Dobrolet will offer flights from Moscow to eight other Russian cities next year, with new international flights being carried out in 2016.

Aeroflot took control of subsidiary Dobrolet and owns a 100 percent stake in the project, ITAR-TASS reports.

The low-cost carrier will operate flights from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Makhachkala, Krasnodar, Ufa, Kaliningrad and Novy Urengoy in its first year of operations. In the next two years, it will expand its flight map to include 19 routes and then 26, leading to international flights to Kiev, Istanbul and Yerevan by 2016.

The carrier will use eight Boeing-737 jetliners in the first year of business and expects to grow its fleet to 40 planes, according to ITAR-TASS.

The jets do not include reclining seats, personal entertainment systems or business class seats, and cabin cleaning will be done once a day. Ticket prices will be discounted by 40 percent, compared with traditional air carriers.

Total investment in the program will be around $100 million for the upcoming two years. Inauguration of the air carrier will be possible only after amendments to Russia's Airline Code, to permit the sale of non-returnable tickets, the cancellation of free onboard snacks, luggage fees and to hire non-resident pilots, ITAR-TASS reports.