S7's Achievements in the First Quarter of 2007
In the first quarter of 2007 our fleet modernisation programme continued. We signed agreements with the leasing company ILFC, for 4 new Airbus А320 aircraft (a strict contract, with delivery in 2008), and with the leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. for 15 Tu-204SM aircraft (an MOU is at the signing stage). We have also decided to withdraw all our 9 Il-86 aircraft from service in 2009, as a result of their low fuel efficiency and the tighter environmental regulations on the popular tourist routes for which the Il-86 is our main type of aircraft.
S7's flight network has expanded with extra flights between Moscow and Perm. We have launched services between Moscow and Kurgan, Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Tivat (Montenegro), and Podgorica (Montenegro)We are actively developing our network of flights from Perm. At the start of 2007 S7 became the city's main carrier. As part of our summer schedule, which came into force at the end of March this year, S7 plans to operate more than 50 flights a week (including 28 to Moscow) during peak periods.
Our programme to introduce e-tickets has also moved on apace. In March all the systems involved were tested and worked, and in April we began to sell e-tickets for numerous routes through our own S7 ticket offices and our website, www.s7.ru.
S7 Airlines is Russia’s largest domestic carrier and one of the world’s top 50 domestic airlines. In terms of passenger numbers, S7 is Russia’s second-biggest airline overall. In 2006, S7 made more than 40,000 flights, carrying 4,900,000 passengers and more than 28,000 tonnes of cargo and post.