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.


Russia, Germany agree to fifth freedom cargo rights 
Russian and German aviation authorities have agreed to grant fifth freedom rights to one designated Russian all-cargo carrier on routes via Leipzig and to the US.
Atran Boeing 737-800BCF
Russia’s Atran boosts China-Russia cargo traffic
Russia’s Atran Airlines, an air express subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group, has reported increased traffic growth from China to Russia while taking delivery of its second Boeing 737-800BCF on Oct. 10.
Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12 crash kills five
Five people were reported killed and three injured when a Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12 freighter crashed Oct. 4 in the Sokilnyky Village, near Lviv, Ukraine.
Uzbekistan implements Open Skies at several airports
The Uzbekistan government has introduced Open Skies at several of the country’s airports from Oct. 1.
Three Russia airlines vie for Moscow-London route
Three Russian carriers—Aeroflot LCC Pobeda Airlines, Ural Airlines and Nordwind Airlines—have applied to operate between Moscow and London.
Russia, Japan increase flight frequencies 
Russian and Japanese aviation authorities have agreed to raise the number of frequencies for carriers operating flights between the two countries.
Moscow Sheremetyevo opens third runway 
Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) opened a third runway Sept. 19, which will nearly double the number of possible takeoffs and landings from 55 to 90.
Aeroflot Airbus A330-200
Russia-Czech Republic solve Prague, Seoul route dispute
Russian and Czech aviation authorities have reached an agreement on Zhukovsky-Prague and Prague-Seoul routes, the Czech Transport Ministry said Sept. 13.
Russia’s S7 Airlines appoints new CEO, unites Globus and Sibir 
Russia’s S7 Airlines has named Vadim Klebanov as CEO to succeed Vladimir Obyedkov, who has stepped down from the position.
Greece’s Ellinair to increase presence at Moscow Vnukovo 
Greek airline Ellinair will increase the number of aircraft based at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport under a partnership between the airport and Ellinair parent Mouzenidis Group.
Russia’s Polar Airlines orders 10 L-610 regional aircraft 
Russia’s Polar Airlines has placed an order for 10 L-610 regional aircraft from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA), the company said Sept. 2
Gagarin airport operator certificated; to open Aug. 20 
Aeroflot LCC Pobeda Airlines performed a Boeing 737-800 test flight from Moscow Vnukovo to the new Gagarin International Airport in Saratov, southwestern Russia, Aug. 18.
FlyArystan to set up first regional base in 2020 
Kazakhstan LCC FlyArystan will open a base in 2Q 2020 at Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport, the first regional base for the Almaty-based carrier.
Tajikistan to improve air navigation control system 
Tajikistan will upgrade its air navigation system to bring the local service into compliance with ICAO standards.
Rossiya Airlines A319
St. Petersburg government to sell part of Rossiya Airlines 
The St. Petersburg government plans to sell 25%, plus one share, of Rossiya Airlines.
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