|Founded||24 June 1932 |
|Commenced operations||1992 |
as Rossiya Airlines
|Frequent-flyer program||Aeroflot Bonus|
Rossiya Airlines OJSC (Russian: « ,,"», tr. AO «Aviakompaniya ,,Rossiya"»), sometimes branded as Rossiya--Russian Airlines (Russian: « -- ? », tr. «Rossiya -- Rossyskiye avialinii»), is a Russian airline headquartered in Saint Petersburg with its hub at Pulkovo Airport with an additional hub at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Rossiya is majority (75%) owned by Aeroflot.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
In December 2015 Aeroflot Group announced the unification of its regional airline affiliates Rossiya, Donavia (based at Rostov-on-Don Airport) and Orenair (with hubs at Orenburg Tsentralny Airport and Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport) under the name Rossiya (the name of the largest of the three). The consolidation excluded Aurora, a small airline headquartered in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. 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. 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.
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.
As of July 2019, the Rossiya Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Boeing 747-400||1||—||12||26||411||449||EI-XLD painted in a special tiger livery|
|Boeing 777-300||5||—||—||18||355||373||EI-UNP painted in a special Far Eastern leopard livery|
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