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Nordica Bombardier CRJ900
Nordica to launch St. Petersburg service
Estonian flag carrier Nordica will begin scheduled Tallinn-St. Petersburg Bombardier CRJ900 service on May 15.
Russian regional carrier opens secondary base
Russia’s Orenburg Airport Airlines, operating under the Orenburzhye brand, will expand domestic services from Samara Kurumoch International Airport for the IATA 2017 summer season.
S7 Airlines to begin St. Petersburg Embraer E170LR service
Russia’s S7 Airlines will start Embraer E170LR service from St. Petersburg to Yaroslavl and Kaluga.
Air Serbia Airbus A319
Air Serbia to launch third direct destination in Russia
Russian authorities have permitted Belgrade-based Air Serbia to add Krasnodar as a third destination in Russia.
Russia’s S7 Engineering to boost A320, 737 engine repair capacity
Russia’s Engineering Holding, an MRO member of the S7 Group, will increase its engine repair capacity for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft families by opening a CFM56-5B/7B maintenance facility at Mineralnye Vody Airport by the end of 2017.
CEO: Rostec, United Aircraft ‘could probably’ merge
A merger between Russia’s state-owned Rostec and United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) “could probably be appropriate, but not today,” Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov told Russia 24 TV channel March 14.
Russia to spend $49 million for Far East subsidy program in 2017
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has set a budget of RUB2.9 billion ($49 million) for 10 carriers to take part in a government-subsidized program on flights between Russia’s Far East and other parts of the country this year.
Russia’s Nordavia to boost domestic network from St. Petersburg
Russia’s Arkhangelsk-based Nordavia regional airlines plans to develop its domestic network from St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport with Boeing 737-500 service to Anapa, Volgograd, Voronezh, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Samara and Chelyabinsk during the IATA 2017 summer season.
Ilyushin Il-114
Russian government to invest in Ilyushin aircraft
The Russian government plans to invest RUB20.4 billion ($350 million) in Ilyushin Il-114-300 aircraft and RUB17.2 billion in long-haul, widebody Il-96-400 aircraft in 2018-2019.
UTair Aviation Boeing 737-800
Russia’s UTair boosts international network
Russia’s UTair Aviation plans to launch daily Boeing 737 service from Moscow Vnukovo to Berlin, Munich and Vienna this spring and summer.
Aeroflot A330-200
Aeroflot reports $640 million net profit for 2016
Russia’s Aeroflot Group reported a 2016 net income of RUB38.8 billion ($640 million), reversing a RUB6.5 billion net loss in 2015.
S7 Airlines to boost Saint Petersburg service
Russia’s S7 Airlines will begin Embraer E170LR service from Saint Petersburg to Bryansk and Kaliningrad on May 7.
Russia’s passenger traffic up 20.2% in January
Russian airlines carried 6.6 million passengers in January, up 20.2% year-over-year (YOY).
Aeroflot A320
Aeroflot Group international traffic up 25.6% in January
Russia’s Aeroflot Group carried 1.5 million international passengers in January, up 25.6% year-over-year (YOY). Domestic traffic grew 10.1% to 1.9 million.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft appoints new president 
Russian manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) appointed Vladislav Masalov as president on Feb. 22.