S7 Airlines will fly to Beijing from the new terminal
The new terminal will be built by the start of the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the words of the project architect, Foster&Partners, this will be the world’s biggest and most advanced airport building in the world — not only in terms of ground-breaking construction technology and operational efficiency but also in terms of passenger service. The terminal will be perfectly integrated with other types of public transportation so passengers will not have to walk long distances and the time of transfer connections will be minimized.
The terminal will occupy an area more than one million square metres and will be located between the third runway under construction and existing eastern one. Its capacity will total around 43 million passengers per annum, and by 2015, their numbers will increase up to 53 million.
Currently, S7 Airlines make 5 flights a week between Novosibirsk and Beijing и 3 flights between Irkutsk and Beijing. There will be flights to other cities of China, including 2 flights a week on each of the following destinations: Novosibirsk — Urumchi, Irkutsk — Shenyang and Irkutsk — Dalian. In order to extend an array of flight offers for its passengers, S7 Airlines works based on interline agreements together with China’s largest air companies Hainan Airlines и China Southern. In addition, S7 Tour participates in the visa-free exchange programme between Russia and China, it has reliable partners in Beijing and other cities and also has Russian-speaking certified guides.
In the summer of 2007, S7 Tour jointly with S7 Airlines developed a new tourist package for all Russian fans willing to visit the Summer Olympics in Beijing on 8-24 August 2008 . Anyone may use two basic offers or with the help of S7 Tour manager develop and individual “Olympic” programme. All these factors make S7 Tour attractive for fans and other travelers willing to visit Olympic Beijing next year or make a business trip to the capital of the People’s Republic of China.
In September 2007, S7 Airlines was officially notified that it had been included IATA into the operators’ register IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) thus becoming the second-largest carrier in Russia which successfully passed the international audit procedure for compliance with operational safety standards. Inclusion into the register operators that have passed IOSA means recognition of S7 Airlines within global aviation community as a safe carrier matching the strictest international requirements.
In 2007, S7 Airlines continued to implement its revamp programme of its air fleet which will run for the next 7 years. Within this programme, a number of large-scale contracts were signed with the world’s leading global civil aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus in order to purchase new planes:
|»||25 Airbus А320, delivery will start in 2009;|
|»||10 Boeing 737-800, delivery will start in 2010;|
|»||15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner, delivery will start in 2014 (the airline will become Russia’s first operator of these cutting-edge aircraft).|
Also operational leasing agreements were signed with ILFC company for 4 new Airbus А320 (delivery will start in the beginning of 2008) and with leasing company Cramington for 9 aircraft Airbus А319. The first four А319 aircraft have already arrived and started commercial flights.
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