Posted on: 20 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Although no official update has yet been made on Aeroflot’s website, Ria Novosti has reported that the Russian carrier plans to introduce a low-fare subsidiary, currently identified as ‘Byudzhetniy Perevozchik’ (Budget Carrier), to replace Dobrolet, Aeroflot’s previous subsidiary which ceased operations in August citing sanctions from the European Union after it began flights to Simferopol, Crimea in July.
The new airline is expected to fly from Moscow to Russian cities including Surgut, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Samara, Kazan, Volgograd, Belgorod, and Tyumen.
Ria Novosti claims that Byudzhetniy Perevozchik will begin operations in late October, with a fleet of four Boeing 737-800s.
Other civil aviation developments underway in Russia include increased production of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the introduction of a long-haul, widebody airliner to be co-developed with China.