Thursday, 31 December 2020

Rossiya’s Superjet 100 will operate the first passenger flight on January 1

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The Russian airline Rossiya has now confirmed it is completely ready to operate flights on Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100, which is the latest addition to the fleet from parent airline Aeroflot.

The start of operations of Superjet SSJ100 is part of a major new strategy of The Aeroflot Group, which according to Rossiya, will see the carrier focus on the implementation of mainline and regional air transportation within Russia.  Its main function will be to provide convenient connections, both with its own flights and with Aeroflot flights at new base of  Sheremetyevo International Airport.

It is this new strategy that will see the vast bulk of Aeroflot's SSJ100s passed to Rossiya, which should see around 66 of the jets eventually fly in Rossiya's colours by the end of 2021.   

Nizhny Novgorod and Belgorod will be the first destinations in Rossiya’s route network, which will begin to operate flights on Superjet 100 from 1st January.

The first flights for the Rossiya Superjet SSJ100 aircraft will start from 1st January, with four flights scheduled to Nizhny Novgorod. The flights from Moscow are scheduled at 9:30, 13:10, 18:15 and 23:35. Arrival at Strigino airport is at 10:55, 14:30, 19:35 and 00:55, respectively. Return flights from Nizhny Novgorod are scheduled at 11:40, 15:15 and 20:35 with arrival times in Moscow scheduled to be 12:55, 16:35 and 21:55.

The departure of the aircraft to Belgorod from Sheremetyevo International Airport is scheduled at 16:30, arrival - at 18:05. Return flight from Belgorod is scheduled at 19:00, arrival in Sheremetyevo – at 20:50.

The carrier then plans to operate SSJ100s on flights from Moscow to Nizhnekamsk - from January 11, Magnitogorsk and Chelyabinsk - from January 13.  As more and more SSJ100s are moved between the airlines, Rossiya will gradually expand the number of destinations on the SSJ100 rosta. 

According to the new strategy, Rossiya will still continue to operate regular and tourist flights with western aircraft.  The company has a number of Airbus A320, Boeing 737, Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 to use on such flights. 

Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport with its extensive route network is becoming as important for Rossiya as Saint Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport, where the main part of the airline's fleet is concentrated. The additions to the fleet will increase the number of flights from regions to Moscow as well as the high frequency of flights will boost both local, national and international travel. 


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