Russia’s Nordwind Airlines has taken delivery its first two A330s, which it plans to operate on domestic long-haul routes, connecting the capital with Siberian regions and Far East.

Nordwind, which launched operations in 2008, initially performed charter flights but later began scheduled services.

From January-June, the Moscow Sheremetyevo-based carrier transported 1 million passengers on scheduled flights. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, from January-May the airline carried 788,923 passengers, more than double year-over-year (YOY). Nordwind said it operates around 500 flights weekly from 33 destinations in Russia; more than 75% of its services are scheduled.

In 2015, Nordwind decreased operations and fleet size as traffic was down 40.4% YOY to 2.7 million because of the decline in the travel and charter market. In 2016, traffic decreased 32.9% YOY to 1.8 million. However, in 2017 the number of passengers started to grow. Since the beginning of the year, Nordwind added seven aircraft to its fleet. Before the A330 delivery, its fleet consisted of 18 aircraft, including Airbus A321s, Boeing 737s and 777s. 

Polina Montag-Girmes