MOSCOW, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Aeroflot Group now includes a budget
airline named Dobrolet. Originally, it was the name of the joint-stock
company established in 1923, a predecessor of today's Aeroflot.
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Dobrolet will be based in the Moscow region. The fleet of the new
airline will consist of Boeing- 737-800NGs in one class configuration.
It is assumed that the low-cost carrier will start operating in spring
of 2014. At the initial stage the airline will fly to the most popular
destinations in the European part of Russia.
The reduction of transportation cost up to 40 % compared to the
"traditional" carriers will be achieved in several ways. Among them
are: the increase of the number of seats in the cabin of an aircraft by
reducing the pitch between the seats and fixed backrests; only direct
ticket sales; an additional payment for a comfort seat, checked
baggage, priority boarding, and meals on board; a possibility to book
and sell additional services online at the company's web site.
JSC "Aeroflot" owns 100% of shares in the new company. An estimated
investment in the project will be around $100 million over the first
two years. The airline will operate 8 aircraft in the year of the
launch; the annual fleet growth is planned as an average of 8 aircraft
per year. Vladimir Gorbunov is appointed the Director General of
"A low-cost carrier in Russia will not fly unless we harmonize our
legislation with the existing norms of the global industry, such as
non-refundable tickets, meals on board for a fee, baggage fees, the
ability to hire pilots - residents of foreign countries, primarily to
reduce the shortage of aircraft captains," - said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly
Saveliev. - We expect the appropriate legislative decisions to be taken
by the end of this year. By doing so, the state will contribute
greatly to the launch of the project of such huge importance for
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