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.


Aeroflot 3Q net profit up 125% on financial initiatives
Russia´s Aeroflot Group reported a third-quarter net income of RUB29 billion ($450 million), more than doubled from RUB12.9 billion in the same period last year.
Russia´s Polar Airlines adds six regional aircraft
Russia´s Polar Airlines has received six additional Antonov An-24 aircraft from Yakutia Airlines, doubling the number of the type in its fleet.
New Siberian airport set to begin scheduled operations in 2021
A new Russian airport being developed in the Western Siberian city of Tobolsk is planned to open in 2020 and begin accepting scheduled flights in 2021.
Russia’s Utair to replace MAX capacity with 737NGs
Russia’s Utair Aviation will lease two additional 186-seat Boeing 737NGs from Carlyle Aviation in 2020 while the Boeing 737 MAX grounding drags on.
Kazakhstan introduces Open Skies at 11 airports 
Kazakhstan has implemented Open Skies at 11 airports as of Nov. 1.
Russian regional KrasAvia to lease three ATR 72s 
Russian regional airline KrasAvia will lease its first three ATR 72s next year to replace aging Antonov An-24 and An-26 turboprops.
Russian state lessor to receive funds for aircraft purchases 
The Russian government intends to provide a RUB4.9 billion ($76.6 million) subsidy to the State Transport Leasing Co. (STLC) for the acquisition of additional aircraft.
Uzbekistan Airways launches initial pilot training program 
Uzbekistan Airways has begun an initial pilot training program at its in-house training center.
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.
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