S7 Airlines Plans Switch to Winter Flight Schedule


What makes this winter season different is that all S7 Airlines flights after November 17 will be operated exclusively on foreign-made Boeing and Airbus airplanes painted in the S7 livery*. This means that all S7 Airlines passengers will soon enjoy the same level of comfort whether on domestic or international flights. Business class passengers will also appreciate the higher level of service.

During the winter season S7 Airlines will continue to operate the flights that were opened during the summer period of 2008 but not operated last winter. These routes are: Moscow-Dublin, Moscow-Krasnoyarsk, Moscow-Yekaterinburg, Moscow-Bratsk and Novosibirsk-Bishkek.

Beginning December 23, 2008, S7 Airlines will begin to operate its own non-stop flight to Thailand on the Moscow-Bangkok route. The flights will be operated on a new type of long-distance airliner—S7’s new Boeing 767-300ER, which it acquired in October 2008. The Boeing 767-300ER has a spacious passenger compartment, which makes long-distance flights as comfortable as can be.

During the winter season, S7 Airlines will increase the frequency of the flights on the following routes: Moscow-Baku, Moscow-Kiev, Moscow-Chisinau, Moscow-Krasnodar, Moscow-Samara, Moscow-St. Petersburg, Moscow-Novy Urengoi, Moscow-Ufa, Moscow-Khabarovsk, Moscow-Vladivostok and Novosibirsk-Dubai (UAE).

S7 Airlines will be cooperating more closely with its foreign partners during the new season. The company has signed a code-sharing agreement with Air Berlin, thereby increasing the frequency of flights to Germany to seven flights a day. The flights will be operated on the Moscow-Frankfurt, Moscow-D?sseldorf, Moscow-Munich and Moscow-Hanover routes. And beginning in December, 2008 S7 Airlines and the Austrian airline Niki will begin joint operation of a Moscow-Vienna flight.

Due to the decommissioning of the Soviet-made Tu-154 and Il-86 airplanes, the airline is cutting some of its flights to some Russian cities whose airports have not been cleared to accept foreign-made aircraft.

The S7 Airlines winter charter flight program includes the traditional routes Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt), Dubai (UAE), Barcelona, Alicante, Tenerife (Spain), Ovda (Israel), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Salzburg (Austria), Larnaca (Cyprus), Chambery and Nantes (France). Already operating flights to Rimini and Ancona, S7 will add a third Italian city—Turin.

* As part of its fleet modernization program, S7 Airlines will decommission all of its Soviet-made airplanes beginning in November 2008.

OAO Sibir Airlines (the S7 Airlines brand) is the largest airline on Russia’s domestic routes and one of the top 50 world air carriers 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.