Russian Airways Set for November Launch

A major new Russian grouping, formed via a merger of some of the partners of the now defunct AirUnion alliance and various state-controlled ventures, is due to be established on November 11. Tentatively dubbed Russian Airways, the venture brings together nine operators under a dual ownership structure between state-owned holding company Rostechnologies (51%) and the Moscow city administration (49%).
Russian Airways will be a major rival to the country’s flag-carrier Aeroflot Russian Airlines, with a strong presence in domestic and international markets. It has been established around the former AirUnion members of Domodedovo Airlines, KrasAir and Samara Airlines, but will also include Atlant-Soyuz Airlines, Dalavia, Kavminvodyavia, Orenair, Rossiya Airlines, Saratov Airlines and Vladivostok Avia – all carriers in which the state currently holds nominal stakes. The new venture will operate initially from a base at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, but there are already plans to establish a smaller regional hub at St Petersburg, followed by similar facilities at Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk.