Siberia Airlines makes transition to winter schedule
The new schedule will be mainly based on the summer-time flight network except for seasonal flights to Southern resorts. 27 flights to various destinations will be made from Moscow (9 of them—overseas), 21—from Novosibirsk (10 overseas) and 6—from Irkutsk (1 overseas). Compared to the previous year, the number of regular winter flights will grow by 18%. The flight geography will expand both through new routes and the flights that had been formerly made only in summer-time. An important innovation of the forthcoming season will consist in regular flights on popular winter tourist routes (Novosibirsk — Bangkok, Moscow — Dubai). Today these flights are basically provided by travel agencies that include air tickets in their package tours. However these tickets are also available for free sale. As early as in September, apart from the Dubai (UAE) flight from Moscow, Siberia Airlines has launched regular flights to Vladikavkaz and an additional flight to Nizhniy Novgorod. Most of the Moscow flights are operated on a daily basis. Plans are made to start a new flight: Novosibirsk — Ulan-Ude — Vladivostok and to make Novosibirsk — Bangkok (Thailand) a regular flight. Unlike last year, the Novosibirsk — Norilsk flight will be operated under the winter schedule as well. The traditional winter set of flights to Germany operated from Moscow, Novosibirsk and Omsk will be complemented with a new one—Moscow — Frankfurt-on-Maine. This flight was launched in summer and will be continued under the winter schedule. With the view to Christmas holidays, the company will provide for additional flights to Germany from mid-December to mid-January. The Siberia aircraft fleet operates 47 air aircrafts, including: ?U-204-100—2 aircrafts; IL-86—11 aircrafts; ?U-154?—25 aircrafts; ?U-154?—9 aircrafts. Within 9 months of 2003, Siberia Airlines has carried 2,642,000 passengers (23.1% more than last year). The passenger turnover has grown by 18.0% and now amounts to 7.181 billion scat-kilometers, the tonne-kilometer index has gone up by 17.5% and amounted to 692.3 mln. tonne-kilometers. Passenger seat turnover is 80.3%, with enplane traffic—75.8% (74.2% and 70.4%—in 2002, respectively). According to the data provided by the Transport Clearing Organization as per the end-of-first-half year of 2003, Siberia Airlines was ranked first among Russian airlines in passenger traffic on domestic flights and second—on international flights. In June 2003 Siberia Airlines became the first Russian company declared the winner of Flight International Aerospace Awards under «Corporative Strategy» nomination.