A step closer to launch for Russian carrier Azimuth Airlines

Russian start-up Azimuth Airlines is now a step closer to launching services after receiving its first two aircraft, both of which are Sukhoi Superjet 100s.

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The airline’s second SSJ 100, RA-89080 ©Alexey Demin

Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B RA-89079 (MSN 95128) was delivered on the 30th of June, while Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR RA-89080 (MSN 95129) was delivered on the 6th of July.

The Rostov-on-Don based carrier is due to start operations in September later this year. The airline has secured a 12-year leasing agreement with GTLK (State Transport Leasing Company).

Most of Azimuth’s crew will be from former Russian Airline and Aeroflot subsidiary Donavia, which merged with Rossiya Airlines, another Aeroflot Subsidiary, in 2016.

Services flown by the new carrier are expected to be on many of Donavia’s old routes, which include links to Dubai, Istanbul and Yerevan. The first flew flights operated by the carrier are likely to be on regional routes.

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