Aeroflot Ends Regional Codeshare

Following the accident on September 14 involving a Boeing 737-500 belonging to its regional subsidiary Aeroflot-Nord, Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has suspended its codeshare with the carrier and its fellow subsidiary Aeroflot-Don. The short-haul aircraft was destroyed when it crashed while on approach to Perm Airport following a scheduled flight from Moscow, killing all of the 88 passengers and crew.
Aeroflot, a 51% shareholder in the company, has terminated the codeshare arrangements so that passengers are aware which airline they are flying with. Aeroflot-Nord is reported to have been stripped of its title and will now be known by its former name of Arkhangelsk Airlines. Similarly, Aeroflot-Don is expected to be renamed Donavia. A senior Aeroflot executive confirmed that it currently had no plans to dispose of its shareholdings in either. However, it wants its regional subsidiaries to operate independently while investigations into the crash continue and while it completes its own technical audits.