Rossiya (airline)
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Rossiya Airline
Rossiya Airlines
« ,,"»  (Russian)
Rossiya Airline.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded24 June 1932
Commenced operations1992
as Rossiya Airlines
Frequent-flyer programAeroflot Bonus
Fleet size62[1]
Parent companyAeroflot
Key people[3]
Employees7,100 (2017)

Rossiya Airlines OJSC[2] (Russian: « ,,"», tr. AO «Aviakompaniya ,,Rossiya"»), sometimes branded as Rossiya--Russian Airlines (Russian: « -- ? », tr. «Rossiya -- Rossyskiye avialinii»), is a Russian airline headquartered in Saint Petersburg[4] with its hub at Pulkovo Airport with an additional hub at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Rossiya is majority (75%) owned by Aeroflot.[5]


Pulkovo Airlines

24 June 1932 is considered to be the birthday of Pulkovo Airlines. It was on that day that its first facility, the Shosseynaya airfield was commissioned, with the first two airplanes with passengers and mail from Moscow landing on its ground. By 1941 Moscow-Leningrad became a regular passenger line, previously being a mail/passenger line. After the war, operations started in January 1948. In January 1963 all sub-units of Leningrad's airmen were united into Leningrad United Air Unit. By the order of the Director, Air Transport Dept. of the RF Ministry of Transport, the Leningrad United Air Unit was renamed Pulkovo Airlines in 1992.[6]

Airline Rossiya and merger with Pulkovo Airlines

A now-retired Rossiya Tu-134A-3 in the old livery at Pulkovo Airport

The airline Rossiya was established in 1992, was wholly owned by the Russian government. In early 2000's the Russian government decided to merge Rossiya Airlines with Pulkovo Airlines. The merger process began in December 2004.[7] In November 2006 it was announced that the merger had been completed and Rossiya Airlines was registered in Saint Petersburg on 9 October 2006 and has a branch in Moscow and 54 offices in Russia and abroad.[8]

Merger with Aeroflot

The current head office of Rossiya Airlines

In February 2010, the Russian government announced that all regional airlines owned by the state through the holding company Rostec would be consolidated with the national carrier Aeroflot in order to increase the airlines' financial viability.[9] On 28 January 2011 "Rossiya ?irlines" open joint stock company was established in St. Petersburg. The airline has operated flights under Aeroflot's ICAO code designation "SUxxxx" since 30 March 2014.[10]

Merger with Donavia and Orenair

In December 2015 Aeroflot Group announced the unification of its regional airline affiliates Rossiya, Donavia (based at Rostov-on-Don Airport[11]) and Orenair (with hubs at Orenburg Tsentralny Airport and Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport[12]) under the name Rossiya (the name of the largest of the three). The consolidation excluded Aurora, a small airline headquartered in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.[13] Rossiya, Donavia and Orenair served 48 domestic and 42 international destinations; the new Rossiya will add some destinations served by Transaero Airlines prior to its collapse in October.[14] As of end of February 2016 the merger of the three airlines was completed and joined flights of three airlines started on 27 March of the same year.[15]


A Rossiya Airlines Boeing 777-300

Arising from the merger with Pulkovo Airlines, the bulk of the scheduled service operation is from Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, where Pulkovo was the dominant airline, and Rossiya continues to be. Operations based in Moscow are predominantly non-scheduled ones for state organisations, or flights operated on behalf of Aeroflot; Rossiya continues Pulkovo's lead role on the Moscow-St Petersburg route.


One of Rossiya's Boeing 747-400s (named "Tigrolet", registered as EI-XLD; pictured here at Vladivostok International Airport) is painted a special tiger livery as part of the "Caring for Tigers together" campaign of saving the Siberian tiger subspecies
Rossiya painted one of their Airbus A319-100s in a special FC Zenit livery (aircraft photographed at Pulkovo Airport)

As of July 2019, the Rossiya Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1]

Rossiya Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F B E Total
Airbus A319-100 20 8 120 128[16]
1 12 116 132[16]
Airbus A320-200 6 12 156 168[17]
Boeing 737-800 3 12 162 174[18]
13 189 189[18]
Boeing 747-400 1 12 26 411 449[19] EI-XLD painted in a special tiger livery
5 12 510 522[19]
3 12 525 537[19]
Boeing 777-300 5 18 355 373[20] EI-UNP painted in a special Far Eastern leopard livery
Boeing 777-300ER 5 21 436 457[20]
Total 62


  • The airline is an official carrier of FC Zenit.


  1. ^ a b "Aircraft". Rossiya. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b - About us retrieved 2016-09-19
  3. ^ (in Russian) Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 1 June 2007, p. 370
  4. ^ "STC Russia." Rossiya. Retrieved on 29 June 2010. "Rossiya is located in St. Petersburg..." and "Petersburg: Pilotov str., 18/4." - " ""." - Address in Russian?-?. ?, 18/4
  5. ^ "Aeroflot Annual Report 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "History of Pulkovo". Rossiya Airlines press.
  7. ^ Flight International 12-18 April 2005
  8. ^ UzReport Archived 2006-11-25 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 25 November 2006
  9. ^ "Russia to corporatize Rossiya air carrier, merge with Aeroflot | Business | RIA Novosti". 2010-02-02. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Rossiya Airlines to operate flights under Aeroflot's SU code". Air Transport World. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 20 February 2007, p. 122
  12. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 59.
  13. ^ "Contacts." Aurora. Retrieved on 16 July 2016. "693023, Russia, Sakhalin, Yuzhno-Sakhalisnk, Gorkogo Str. 50-?" - Address in Russian: "693023, , ?, ?. ?-, . ?. 50-?"
  14. ^ "". Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ ? Orenair ? ? ?
  16. ^ a b "Airbus A319" (PDF). Rossiya. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "Airbus A320" (PDF). Rossiya. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Boeing 737-800" (PDF). Rossiya. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "Boeing 747-400" (PDF). Rossiya. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Boeing 777-300" (PDF). Rossiya. Retrieved 2019.

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