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 proposes zero percent VAT for locally registered aircraft
The Russian government’s legislative commission has proposed setting a zero percent value-added tax (VAT) for aircraft registered in Russia to boost civil aviation development.
Aeroflot, Vietnam Airlines codeshare set to begin
Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines are set to begin codesharing on routes in Russia and Vietnam, Aeroflot said June 11.
Russia eliminates VAT on non-Moscow domestic flights
Amendments to the Russian tax code that set a 0% value-added tax (VAT) on domestic flights, excluding those to and from Moscow, were signed by President Vladimir Putin June 6.
Azur Air Boeing 767-300
Russia’s Azur Air launches flights to Turkey
Russia’s Azur Air has launched scheduled services to Turkey from 23 Russian cities.
Aeroflot Boeing 777-300ER
Aeroflot offers hand luggage-only fares on medium-haul routes
Russia’s Aeroflot Group has extended its hand luggage-only fares to medium-haul routes operated by Aeroflot Airline and subsidiaries Rossiya Airlines and Aurora Airlines, the group said June 4.
Aeroflot Airbus A330-200
Aeroflot Group widens 1Q loss on foreign exchange swings, fuel costs
Aeroflot Group reported a 2019 1Q net loss of RUB15.7 billion ($242.5 million), deepened from a RUB11.5 billion loss in the year-ago period.
Russia allows foreign carriers to fly domestic routes
The Russian government has allowed non-Russian airlines to operate individual charter flights on domestic routes, according to a decree signed May 24.
Russia’s IrAero boosts transit traffic at Moscow Zhukovsky
IrAero Airline plans to increase transit traffic at Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport, the carrier said May 22.
Alrosa Airline Tupolev Tu-134B
Russian carrier operates last commercial Tu-134 flight
Russia’s Alrosa Airline on May 20 operated its final flight using the Tupolev Tu-134B, the last of the type used in Russia for scheduled commercial passenger service.
Ural Airlines cancels Paris, Nice routes after French ruling
Russia´s Ural Airlines ceased flights from Moscow Zhukovsky to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Nice from May 18 after French civil aviation authorities determined the services breached an agreement between the two nations.
Russia’s Utair launches regional feeder flights 
Utair Aviation has launched feeder routes, connecting regional points in the Tyumen region and the Khanty-Mansi autonomous republic.
Yakutia Airline adds SSJ100 crew training after Aeroflot crash 
Russia’s Yakutia Airline called for additional crew training for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) following the May 5 crash landing of an Aeroflot SSJ100-95 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
Russia’s Utair reports 2018 net loss on fuel costs, staff shortages 
Russia’s Utair Aviation posted a net loss of RUB22 billion ($316.7 million) for 2018, reversed from a RUB2.4 billion net profit in the previous year.
Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport reports 28% regional traffic growth 
Regional traffic from Russia’s Platov airport in Rostov-on-Don has doubled within the last two years.
Belavia receives two E-Jets for fleet renewal 
Belavia Belarusian Airlines took delivery of two Embraer E-Jets, an E195 and an E175, on April 20 and 21.
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