Siberia Airlines Chronicle of Events for 2003

06.01.2002

February
The company started hiring of 300 new stewards throughout Russia to meet the new summer season demand.
The company's Kemerovo affiliate branch received the Journalists Recognition Award "For the Contribution to the Development of Siberia - 2002" under nomination "For Export of "Siberia" Trademark Outside the Region".
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 146.1 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 88.2 thousand).
March
Free transportation to and from the airport was introduced in Barnaul for the Siberia's passengers on its Moscow flights.
New regular Moscow - Dusseldorf and Novosibirsk - Surgut flights were started by Siberia Airlines.
The war in Iraq resulted in a dramatic boost of fuel cost, both in Russia and abroad. Quite a number of scheduled charter flights from Moscow were cancelled.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 174.7 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 120.9 thousand).
April
The company started direct sale of tickets in Kiev.
The first edition log-book for passengers was issued.
The first A-Check maintenance service was provided for A320 aircraft in Novosibirsk.
A new regular flight Moscow - Tbilisi was introduced.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 198.0 thousand of passangers (in 2002 - 165.0 thousand).
May
Flights to China were suspended due to the outburst of atypical pneumonia.
The first anniversary of transition of all the Siberia Airlines' Moscow flights to Domodedovo airport.
First time in Novosibirsk the company carried out loading works on domestic flights using its own capacities.
Siberia Airlines began using SITA program for on-line control of its air fleet Fleetwatch. One of the main reasons for it was the increased regularity of its flights.
The official site of Siberia Airlines www.s7.ru took the first place in international internet contest "Golden site" under "Brand - Trademark of Russian Company" nomination.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 261.4 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 229.9 thousand).
June
The company's Regional representative office for the Southern Russia was set up in Krasnodar.
A new regular flight Moscow - Nizniy Novgorod was introduced. It was the first flight with super-low tariffs. At the same time the Siberia's Representative office was set up in Nizniy Novgorod.
The company started to operate new regular flights: Irkutsk - Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk - Rostov and Novosibirsk - Minvody.
In the framework of the International aviation salon in Le Burge (France) Siberia Airlines was the first Russian Airlines to win the Flight International Award under "Corporative Strategy" nomination.
The company's Kemerovo affiliate branch celebrated its fifth anniversary.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 341.8 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 283.4 thousand).
July
Introduction of a new bonus program "Sky 7" for regular passengers.
First time in its history the company started credit sale of tickets in Tomsk.
The company started to operate new regular flights Moscow - Frankfurt and Irkutsk - Seoul, and an evening flight Novokuznetsk - Moscow.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 448.1 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 348.6 thousand).
August
The company started booking freight services.
Siberia Airlines presented its achievements at MAKS-2003 International Aviation and Space Salon.
The second aircraft A-320 arrived in Yerevan.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 524.3 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 401.9 thousand).
September
A new regular flight Moscow - Vladikabkaz was introduced.
Siberia Airlines took the 4th place among the world airlines in dynamics of production indicators growth.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 386.2 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 311.6 thousand).
October
Siberia Airlines resumed its regular flights from Vnukovo airport.
The contract for Siberia Airlines' rebranding was signed in London with Landor company.
A new regular flight Novosibirsk - Ulan-Ude - Vladikavkaz was introduced.
The Siberia Airlines' delegation took part in the International Congress "Japan Association of Travel Agents" in Iokogama. This meeting prepared the foundation for the company to introduce a new regular flight Irkutsk - Niigata in 2004.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 312.9 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 224.2 thousand).
November
Siberia gained the status of an official carrier for the Murmansk region government.
First time in its history the company had carried over three million passengers during the year.
The flight Novosibirsk - Bangkok that was previously operated as a charter flight was started to be made on a regular basis.
An independent air squadron and a group of stewards were formed in Omsk.
Tomsk affiliate branch of the company celebrated its fifth anniversary.
Within the month Siberia Airlines carried 239.8 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 165.4 thousand).
December
Traditional Siberia Airlines' tickets sale at low rates was conducted. More than 11 000 tickets were sold within the 11 days of the campaign.
The company's flight geography covered about 80 cities throughout Russia and overseas within the year.
The company's personnel at the beginning of the month were 5100 people.
The East-Siberia affiliate branch of Siberia Airlines in Irkutsk celebrated its third anniversary.
According to the preliminary data, within the month Siberia Airlines carried 200.9 thousand passengers (in 2002 - 165.5 thousand). Provisionally, it carried 3.4 million people within the year.


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