Formed in 2017. Domestic, regional services.
Russia (Russian Federation) was established in 1991, it covers an area of 17,075,400 sq km, its population is 148.4 million, its capital city is Moscow, and its official language is Russian.
July 2017: SSJ100 (95129, RA-89080), (GTLK) leased.
August 2017: News Item A-1: Russia's new Platov International Airport, which will serve Rostov-on-Don, will begin aircraft testing from October 16 to November 20, as it prepares for a December 2017 opening.
The new airport will test aircraft handling at the apron, passenger and luggage departure, arrival and transfer. The airport's parking complex will also be tested during that time. The airport expects to complete staff recruitment in the middle of November.
Construction started at the end of 2014 for the new airport, which was previously known as Yuzhny International; it was later renamed Platov.
Renova Group subsidiary, Airports of Regions is leading construction of the new airport, which will have a 50,600 sq m passenger terminal and 3,600 m runway. Platov will be able to handle up to 8 million passengers per year.
Regional carrier Azimuth Airline (AZH) will base its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) fleet at the new airport.
The existing Rostov Airport opened in 1925. Its passenger terminal area is 17,000 sq m and the runway length is 2,600 m. It is surrounded by residential areas and has no space for further development. It is managed by Airports of Regions, which also operates Yekaterinburg's Koltsovo, Kurumoch Airport in Samara and Strigino International Airport in Nizhny Novgorod.
News Item A-2: Russia’s (S7) Engineering (SBR), a Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) member of the (S7) (SBR) Group, will provide maintenance for Azimuth Airline (AZH)’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) fleet, (SBR) said on August 8.
(AZH), The Rostov on Don-based carrier, which is scheduled to start operations in September, will have a fleet of 12 SSJ100s. Azimuth Airline (AZM) took delivery of its 1st SSJ100 on July 7. The SSJ100 is leased by the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC).
(S7) Engineering (SBR) launched a dedicated SSJ100 line station at Rostov on Don in July.
In 2016, (S7) Engineering (SBR) won approval by Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (FAP-285) for all types of SSJ100 line and base maintenance services, as well as component repairs.
Until recently, the company provided SSJ100 maintenance only at its facilities at Moscow Domodedovo and Mineralnye Vody airports. (S7) Engineering (SBR) has performed 24 periodic maintenance checks on SSJ100s for operators including IrAero, Gazprom Avia (GZP) and Yamal (LLM). (SBR), the (MRO) provider has created a pool of spare parts and components to operate maintenance checks independently of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), up to "C" checks. It also has contracts in place with the line up of SSJ100 component suppliers.
September 2017: Azimuth Airline (AZH) began scheduled operations on September 21, linking its base in Rostov-on-Don (ROV) to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) via Omsk (OMS). Flown by (AZH)’s 98Y-seat Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, the daily service from Omsk will face no direct competition, however, on the sector from Rostov-on-Don, the fledgling carrier will encounter opposition from UTair (TYU) (20x-weekly), Aeroflot (ARO) and Pobeda (PBD) (both 2x-daily). Over the next 6 weeks (AZH) will launch a further +6 more Russian domestic services.
October 2017: News Item A-1: Azimuth Airline (AZH), the fledgling Russian regional carrier, has added 2 more routes to its start-up network on October 10, commencing daily services from Rostov-on-Don (ROV) and Krasnodar (KRR) to St Petersburg (LED). Both routes are flown by (AZH)’s 98Y-seat Sukhoi Superjet 100s.
According to airport sources in Russia’s 2nd largest city, both destinations are in the top 10 domestic routes from St Petersburg in terms of passenger figures. From the 9 million passengers using domestic services at the airport so far in 2017, 190,000 have flown to Rostov-on-Don and 180,000 to Krasnodar. The latter sector is also served by Rossiya Airlines (SDM) (13x-weekly), Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) (2x-weekly) and UTair (TYU) (weekly), whereas the former route has Aeroflot (ARO) family incumbents Rossiya (10x-weekly) and Pobeda (PBD) (daily) on the 1,746 km city pair.
News Item A-2: Azimuth Airline (AZH)’s 1st SSJ100 flight hits 100% LF load factor.
November 2017: Russia’s new Platov International Airport, which will serve Rostov-on-Don, will begin operations on November 27, the government said.
The city’s old international airport will close March 1, 2018.
Construction on the new airport started at the end of 2014. It was originally known as Yuzhny International and later renamed Platov.
A Renova Group subsidiary is leading the construction. Platov will have a 50,600 square m passenger terminal and 3,600 m runway. It will be able to handle up to 8 million passengers a year.
New Russian carrier Azimuth Airline (AZH) will be based at Platov.
December 2017: Azimuth Airline (AZH) began operating between Rostov-on-Don (ROV) and Sochi/Adler (AER) on December 22. According to data from Flightradar24.com, (AZH) flew the 447 km sector 3 times during the 1st week of operation, which corresponded with the Christmas holidays. In the week commencing January 2, the service will operate 5x-weekly.
During the Christmas period (AZH) faced direct competition from Utair (TYU) on this airport pair, with (TYU) operating 3 flights during the week commencing January 2. (OAG) Schedules Analyser and Fightradar24.com do not show any direct scheduled services by Utair (TYU) after January 8, indicating that (TYU) may be dropping the airport pair from its network.
Azimuth Airline (AZH) deploys its Sukhoi Superjet 100s between Rostov-on-Don and Sochi/Adler. According to anna.aero’s New Routes Database, this route is (AZH)’s 7th new domestic connection from Rostov-on-Don that launched in 2017 and its 9th new route overall for last year.