S7 Airlines and S7 Tour Announce Joint Regional Initiatives for Summer Tourism Season
With the goal of optimizing its regional tourism route network, S7 Airlines is strengthening its positions in the most popular international directions—Turkey and Bulgaria—by adding regular transfer flights through Moscow to its traditional direct routes from the regions. S7 Airlines’ summer flight schedule in the tourism directions was specially developed using convenient regular connecting flights from the regions to Moscow and thereafter in all the international tourism directions. Special transfer fares that are lower than the combined fares of the two segments separately are applied to the connecting flights.
“Regular flights as part of travel packages give passengers from the regions wishing to travel to Montenegro, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Greece and other countries the maximum level of service and ideal connections. From Moscow it is possible to travel to practically anywhere in the world. Passengers can choose S7 Airlines business class for their leisure travel,” says Svetlana Antoshkina, S7 Tour’s Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.
During the summer season of 2008, S7 Airlines has increased its transport capacity on flights to the most popular tourism routes: to Turkey by 15% and to Bulgaria by 36%. The increase in the transport capacity is achieved by increasing the frequency of flights and changing the types of airplanes.
Anther important line of business for S7 Tour and S7 Airlines is the expansion of domestic tourism. On 12 May 2008 S7 Airlines introduced an additional evening Moscow-Barnaul flight. Barnaul is the capital of Altai Region. As part of a federal program, it will be the site of a year-round tourism complex equipped with the necessary infrastructure that will be able to provide the entire spectrum of tourism services. It is a special economic zone (SEZ) for tourism and recreation called “Biryuzovaya Katun” (Altai Kray).
In May 2008 S7 Airlines introduced a third daily Moscow-Irkutsk flight. This is associated with the creation of another special SEZ and the expansion of recreational tourism on the coast of Lake Baikal.
S7 Airlines is the largest airline on Russia’s domestic market and one of the world’s top 50 in this segment.
In 2007 the company received an official notification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) about the airline’s certification in that organization, becoming the second carrier in Russia to successfully pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit.
S7 Airlines is one of Russia’s most stable airlines, incorporating the latest achievements of the world industry in the servicing of passengers and actively expanding its service. S7 Airlines won the annual national “People’s Brand / Brand No.1 in Russia” Prize in 2007.
S7 Tour Company is the tour operator of S7 Airlines, with fourteen years of experience on the international market.
In 2007, S7 Tour provided services to more than 115,000 tourists, and the company’s income for 2007 amounted to 407.8 million USD.
S7 Tour’s main specialization is international tourism to and from Germany, Bulgaria, Egypt, the UAE, Oman, Turkey, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, the exotic Seychelles, Maldives, and Mariana islands, as well as two new tourism directions: Vietnam and Montenegro.
S7 Tour has an expansive affiliate network. It has offices in 17 cities of Russia: Moscow, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Chelyabinsk, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul, Tomsk, Omsk, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, Khabarovsk and others. Based on the results of the sixth annual ranking of major Russian tour operators by Kommersant and Turinfo Information Agency, the S7 tourism arm took fourth place among Russia’s largest tour operators for 2007.
In April 2008, S7 Tour was awarded the Gold Medal of the TurSib exhibition as Best Operator for Outbound Tourism.