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.


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.
Pobeda Airlines Boeing 737-800
Pobeda Airlines to start first international route from Krasnodar
Aeroflot LCC subsidiary Pobeda Airlines has begun selling tickets for Krasnodar-Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen service, which will begin Oct. 30.
United Aircraft Corp. needs $4.8 billion capital injection 
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) will need a RUB300 billion ($4.8 billion) capital injection “to complete the financial restructuring,” Rostec Corp. CEO Sergey Chemezov said in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin July 22.
Qazaq Air grows network out of Kazakhstan capital 
Kazakhstan regional airline Qazaq Air will base one of its newly delivered De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.
Wizz Air A320 at Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg
Wizz Air UK to launch service to Russia 
Wizz Air UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central and Eastern European LCC Wizz Air, will launch daily Airbus A321 flights from London Luton to Moscow Vnukovo and St. Petersburg Pulkovo airports from Oct. 1, becoming the second UK-designated carrier on the routes.
Russia’s Gagarin airport to start operations in August 
Russia’s Gagarin International Airport will begin operations Aug. 20 to serve Saratov, Russian aviation authorities said.
Russia, Switzerland to double frequencies 
Russia and Switzerland aviation authorities have agreed to double the number of frequencies between Moscow and Geneva, according to Russia’s Ministry of Transport.
Aeroflot Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
Russia-Czech Republic route dispute cancels some flights 
Russia’s Aeroflot Airline and Ural Airlines were forced to cancel or delay flights to Prague July 2 because of an unsolved dispute over Trans-Siberian rights between Russia and Czech Republic.
Angara Airlines An-24 skids off runway at Nizhneangarsk, 2 killed 
An Angara Airlines Antonov An-24, en route from Ulan-Ude, skidded off the runway after an emergency landing at Nizhneangarsk Airport (Republic of Buryatia, Russia) at 10:24 a.m. local time June 27.
Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8
Uzbekistan Airways reports passenger traffic up 17% in 2018 
Uzbekistan Airways carried 3.173 million in 2018, up 17% year-over-year (YOY).
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.
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