Performance Indicators for S7 Airlines in July 2006
The main factors in the growth in these performance indicators in July 2006 were:
|»||the expansion of the route network|
|»||the increased frequency of flights on major routes|
|»||the entry into service of a significant number of modern foreign-made aircraft offering a high level of comfort and allowing the company to avoid major fare increases because of their high fuel efficiency|
«Such growth rates show that our strategy of expanding our route network and modernising our fleet was correct. We are also planning to achieve good results in August,» said Anton Eyomin, the Commercial Director of S7 GROUP.
In addition, in July 2006 S7 Airlines bolstered its fleet with four modern A319 Airbuses built in 1999-2000. These have started operating scheduled domestic flights, primarily to cities in Western and Eastern Siberia, as well as a number of international ones. Another 6 A319 Airbuses, also built in 1999-2000, are due to begin operating by the end of 2006.
The A319 airliner, along with the A318, A320 and A321, belongs to the Airbus A320 family of narrow-body aircraft. All the A319 aircraft used by S7 Airlines are painted bright green, in keeping with the company’s new image, and equipped with CFM56-5 engines made by CFM International. Each aircraft has a spacious and comfortable two-class cabin layout and is designed to carry 128 passengers.
In the first half of 2006, S7 Airlines carried out 18,045 flights, a rise of 33% (or 4,464 flights) on the figure for the first half of 2005. The number of passengers it carried was 2,126,000, a rise of 26.8% (or 450,000 passengers) on the figure for the first half of 2005.
One can find out flight times, check seat availability on a particular flight and buy tickets via the airline's website, www.s7.ru, or by telephoning (free for callers within Russia). In 2005, S7 Airlines became the first Russian carrier to give its passengers the chance to buy tickets on the internet right from their own computer.
For the last five years, the company has been one of the biggest Russian domestic airlines in terms of passenger numbers. In 2005, S7 Airlines carried a total of 4,200,000 passengers. At the start of this year, it became Russia’s number one domestic cargo carrier.