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Formed and started operations in 2014. Low cost carrier (LCC), subsidiary of Aeroflot (ARO). Domestic, regional and international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane 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.
October 2014: Aeroflot (ARO) announced that the Aeroflot Group’s new low-cost carrier (LCC) will operate under the name "Pobeda" ("Victory" in Russian) (PBD). (PBD)’s Boeing 737-800NG airplanes will be branded with the new logo of the company, which has already launched a new website at http://www.pobeda.aero.
Pobeda (PBD) will make its maiden flight on November 17th from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to Volgograd. Tickets will be available through the company’s website from November 1st. The company will initially fly from Moscow to Samara, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Kazan, Tyumen, Surgut and Belgorod, and the route network will subsequently expand to other Russian regions as the fleet grows.
As part of Aeroflot Group, (PBD) will adopt a classic (LCC) model with the ambition of delivering low fares for price-sensitive passengers. (PBD)’s core goal is to increase Russian citizens’ transport mobility and enhance transport connections between regions of Russia.
(PBD) will operate new 737-800NG airplanes. The fleet is planned to expand to up to 40 airplanes by 2018, operating 45 routes and carrying >10 million passengers, making it one of Russia’s top 10 carriers.
November 2014: Aeroflot (ARO) announced the launch of the new (LCC) after its previous subsidiary, Dobrolet (DBL), ceased operations over the summer due to European Union (EU) sanctions. In October, the new (LCC) applied for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) and announced its route network. This month, Pobeda (PBD) received its (AOC) and launched ticket sales.
December 2014: News Item A-1: On December 1st, Aeroflot (ARO) announced a net loss of -RUB3.563 billion/-$72.2 million for the 1st 9 months of 2014.
Aeroflot (ARO)’s new low-cost carrier (LCC), Pobeda (PBD), operated its 1st flight December 1st from Moscow Vnukovo to Volgograd. (PBD) faces competition from UTair (TYU)’s daily services. Pobeda (PBD) plans to start flights from Vnukovo to Yekaterinburg, Samara, Perm, Belgorod, Tyumen, and Surgut. By the end of December, (PBD) will have launched 7 domestic routes in Russia.
According to a statement by Vnukovo Airport, Pobeda (PBD)’s fleet will reach 4 Boeing 737-800s before year-end. The 189Y-passenger airplanes are configured in a one-class layout.
News Item A-2: Pobeda (PBD) or ‘Victory’, the new name for Aeroflot (ARO)’s in-house lo0w cost carrier (LCC) that was formerly known as Dobrolet (DBL) (Good flight) before it was forced to temporarily shut down due to (EU) sanctions in August, has started 3 more domestic routes from its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base. Launched on December 2nd, the fledgling carrier will connect to Samara (KUF), with Ekaterinburg ((SVX) – December 3rd) and Belgorod ((EGO) – December 7th) added later. The most comprehensive competition is on the former route, with UTair (TYU) (3x-daily), ORENAIR (ORB) (daily) and Transaero Airlines (TRX) (4x-weekly), providing the alternative offerings. Flights to Ekaterinburg will face ORENAIR (ORB) (daily), UTair (TYU) (daily), Transaero Airlines (TRX) (6x-weekly) and Gazpromavia (GZP) (weekly), while its Belgorod operation will encounter slightly less opposition in the form of UTair (TYU) (daily) and Gazpromavia (GZP) (weekly). All routes will be flown daily by the (PBD)’s 189Y-seat 737-800s.
February 2015: Pobeda (PBD), has started its 12th and 13th domestic destinations from its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base, beginning operations to Nizhnevartovsk (NJC) and Sochi/Adler (AER). The former route will be flown daily and (PBD) will face direct competition from UTair (TYU) (daily) on the 2,330 km sector, whereas the latter route will be flown 2x-weekly (Fridays and Sundays) and it will face direct competition from (TYU) (2x-daily) and Transaero Airlines (TRX) (daily) on the 1,362 km sector. The low cost carrier (LCC), which is wholly-owned by Aeroflot (ARO), did previously operate to Sochi/Adler for a short period over the late-December to early-January holiday season. Both services are flown by Pobeda’s 189Y-seat 737-800s, with Sochi/Adler launched on February 6th and Nizhnevartovsk started on February 7th.
Pobeda (PBD) continues its unabated growth from its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) hub, adding its 14th service from the Russian capital, this time to Arkhangelsk (ARH) in the north of European Russia. There is no direct competition on this route for Aeroflot’s (ARO)'s in-house low cost carrier (LCC), however, the city pair is served from Moscow Sheremetyevo by Aeroflot (ARO) and Nordavia (AEN) (both 2x-daily). Pobeda (PBD)’s daily service on the airport pair will be flown by its 189Y-seat 737-800s.
March 2015: News Item A-1: The Aeroflot Group reported a full-year net loss of -RUB17.1 billion/-$274.6 million as of December 31, 2014, reversed from a net profit of +RUB7.33 billion in the year-ago period. The results are reported in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). “In the 2nd half of 2014, Russian air carriers faced serious external challenges, the major ones being a significant depreciation of the ruble and the resulting fall in consumer demand and downturn in the international travel market, which affected the annual financial results of the Group,” (ARO) deputy (CEO) Shamil Kurmashov said.
Revenue rose +9.9% year-over-year to RUB319.8 billion. Scheduled flights revenue increased +10% to RUB253.6 billion, while charter flights revenue decreased -12.5% to RUB15.02 billion, due to a decline in international traffic.
In 2014, the Aeroflot Group carried 17.1 million passengers on international routes, down -1.7% from 2013. The number of passengers on domestic routes rose +26% to 17.64 million. The total number of passengers increased +10.7% 34.7 million.
“In particular, in December the Group’s passenger traffic was up by +16% on the back of a +35.5% increase in passengers on domestic flights. Passenger traffic dynamics was the main driver of revenue growth that amounted to 9.9% in 2014,” Kurmashov said.
Operating costs increased +13.8% to RUB308.5 billion. Airplane fuel increased +10.2% year-over-year to RUB87.2 billion. “This increase is driven by the dynamics of oil and jet kerosene prices and weakening of the ruble, as well as an increase in the Group’s traffic volume, fleet expansion and addition of new routes. Airplane servicing and passenger services costs amounted to RUB61 billion, up +15.6% from 2013. This increase is primarily due to the change in the ruble’s exchange rate against foreign currencies (+7.7%), expanded scale of operations and traffic volume (+ 3%), and the change in service rates (+4.9%),” the group said.
The Aeroflot Group includes the biggest Russian carrier (ARO) as well as several subsidiaries including Donavia (DAU), OrenAir (ORB), Rossiya (SDM), Pobeda (PBD), and Aurora (AAZ).
News Item A-2: Pobeda (PBD) has announced plans to open up flights to the Black Sea resort towns of Anapa and Adler/Sochi, its 2 newest focus cities, beginning May 25.
Concerning Sochi, the Aeroflot (ARO) budget subsidiary will offer flights to Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Volgograd, Voronezh Chertovitskoye, Ekaterinburg, Kazan International, Kirov, Magnitogorsk, Makhachkala, Nizhnevartovsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov, Ulyanovsk Baratayevka, and Ufa.
May 2015: News Item A-1: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) sunsidiary Pobeda Airline (PBD) (which began operations in December 2014) has made the top 10 list of Russia’s biggest airlines, according to passengers carried, for the 1st quarter. (PBD) carried 367,143 passengers in January - March, placing 9th.
“Initially we planned Pobeda (PBD) to reach the top 10 in 2018,” (PBD) (CEO) Andrey Kalmykov said. (PBD) expects to carry 3.2 million passengers this year.
In the summer, (PBD) plans to operate flights from 40 cities in Russia with its all Boeing 737-800 fleet; most of the routes are connecting regional cities with destinations in the south of the country. In May, Pobeda (PBD) has taken delivery of its 11th 737. (PBD) plans to increase its fleet to 40 airplanes through 2018 and carry around 10 million passengers. The company is projecting its network to include 45 domestic and international destinations in 2018.
Pobeda (PBD) has carried 600,000 passengers since December 1, 2014, when it launched operations. Aeroflot (ARO) launched the new (LCC) after its previous subsidiary, Dobrolet (DBL), ceased operations over the summer due to European Union (EU) sanctions.
News Item A-2: Aeroflot (ARO) received a Boeing 737-8LJ (41207, VQ-BWA "V. DAHL") from airplane lessor Avolon (AZV), which will be operated by its Pobeda (PBD) subsidiary. This is Avolon (AZV)’s sixth airplane on lease to Aeroflot (ARO).
June 2015: News Item A-1: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airline (PBD) (which began operations December 1, 2014) carried its one millionth passenger at the beginning of June.
(PBD) operates flights to 34 destinations in Russia with a fleet of 11 Boeing 737-800s. (PBD) was launched at the 2nd half of 2014 after (ARO)’s 1st (LCC) Dobrolet (DBL) (was forced to cease operations due to (EU) sanctions). Pobeda (PBD) made the top 10 list of Russia’s biggest airlines, according to passengers carried in the 1st quarter.
“(PBD) is growing at an extraordinary rate, as is its home airport, Vnukovo, which is continuing to see rapid increases in passenger volumes. In January - May 2015, passenger numbers rose by +27.9% to 5.668 million. We are pleased to see continued growth on domestic routes, led by the Aeroflot Group, which accounts for 27.8% of total passenger volumes at Vnukovo,” Vnukovo Board Chairman Vitaly Vantsev said. Pobeda (PBD) is replacing UTair Airline (TYU) as Vnukovo’s main carrier after UTair (TYU)’s passenger numbers decreased significantly during the last several months.
In 2014, Aeroflot (ARO) carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries). During the 1st 4 months of 2015, (ARO) carried 7.5 million passengers; collectively with its subsidiaries, the figure reached 10.9 million passengers, while all Russian airlines (including the Aeroflot Group) carried 23.5 million passengers.
News Item A-2: Pobeda (PBD) eyes international flights this autumn.
August 2015: Pobeda ((IATA) Code: DP, based at Moscow Vnukovo) (PBD) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrey Kalmykov has outlined his airline's international service plans, which are set to roll out later this winter.
September 2015: News Item A-1: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airline (PBD), which carried its 2-millionth passenger on September 10, predicts it will carry >3 million passengers in 2015.
(PBD), which began operations December 1, 2014, carried its millionth passenger on June 3.
(PBD)’s fleet includes 12 189-seat Boeing 737-800s. Its route network consists of nearly 40 destinations (>15 of them connect Moscow with cities in the regions).
On October 25, (PBD) will begin 2x-daily, Moscow - Samara service. (PBD) operates up to 70 daily flights in the 2015 (IATA) summer season; in the winter, it expects the number of daily flights to decrease to 60.
In May, (PBD) announced it had made the top 10 list of Russia’s biggest airlines.
News Item A-2: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has refused permission for Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airlines (PBD) to operate international flights.
Pobeda (PBD) had requested to fly from Russia to Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, France, and Belarus. Rosaviatsia denied the request, saying (PBD) does not match Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). According to Russian regulations and requirements, an airline is obligated to perform domestic scheduled services for two years before applying for international scheduled flights.
The rules had been expected to be amended to state that subsidiaries of airlines (already performing domestic flights for >2 years) can apply for international flights designations even if their own domestic flight experience is <2 years. However, the amendments have not yet been made. (PBD) did not comment on the situation, but it is understood that the rule changes could be in effect before the end of the year.
In March, (PBD) applied for the Moscow - Heraklion route, but authorities denied the request.
News Item A-3: The new low-cost carrier (LCC) airport at Ramenskoye Airfield, near Moscow, is expected to open at the beginning of 2016. Design and construction of the airfield’s infrastructure for commercial flights are finished, and the 60,000 sq m passenger terminal will be complete in November, Rostec Deputy (CEO), Dmitriy Shugaev said.
The airport reached agreements with several carriers at the 2015 (MAKS) Air Show held in August, Shugaev added, declining to disclose details.
When the airport opens, it will be able to handle 2,500 passengers per day. In 2016, the airport is expected to handle up to 2 million passengers annually. By 2021, it is predicted it will handle 12 million passengers per year.
In January 2014, Lithuanian Avia Solutions Group won an investment contest to develop the airport. In August 2014, the Rostekhnologii (Rostec) and Lithuanian Avia Solutions Group created a joint venture (JV), Ramport Aero, to turn Ramenskoye Airfield into a (LCC) airport.
However, some agreements still need to be resolved for the former airfield to be converted into a (LCC) airport. Ramenskoye Airfield is currently used as a major aircraft testing facility and is a part of Gromov Flight Research Institute. It also hosts the (MAKS) Air Show every 2 years. Institute representatives say the airfield is occupied for test flights from 10 am to 5 pm.
In addition, it is still necessary to terminate a 2001 Ministry of Transport decree prohibiting commercial aircraft handling at Ramenskoye.
October 2015: News Item A-1: Russia’s Ministry of Justice has amended Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) allowing airlines to launch international flights without waiting 2 years after operating domestic services.
The changes will permit Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airlines (PBD), which began service December 1, 2014, to launch international flights.
(PBD) applied for the international permissions several times during the last year, but in September, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, denied (PBD)’s request to operate international flights.
The rules have now reportedly been amended, allowing international service for subsidiaries of airlines that are already performing domestic flights for >2 years.
Moscow Vnukovo-based Pobeda (PBD) plans to carry nearly 3 million passengers in 2015. (PBD)’s fleet comprises 12 189Y-seat Boeing 737-800s. Its route network includes nearly 40 destinations (>15 of them connect Moscow with cities in the regions. On October 25, it will begin 2x-daily, Moscow - Samara service. (PBD) operates up to 70 daily flights in the 2015 (IATA) summer season; in the winter, it expects the number of daily flights to decrease to 60.
In May, Pobeda (PBD) announced it had made the top 10 list of Russia’s biggest airlines.
News Item A-2: "Aeroflot (LCC) Subsidiary, Pobeda Gains International Status" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, October 23, 2015.
Russian authorities have now granted permission for Aeroflot (ARO) low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airlines (PBD) to operate international flights. As a result, (PBD) will launch 14x-weekly, Moscow - Minsk 737 service; 7x-weekly, Moscow - Cologne, and Moscow - Dresden service; 10x-weekly, Moscow - Bratislava service; and 17x- Moscow - Chamberi flights from December 12 through March 26, 2016.
The inter-departmental transport commission also said Pobeda (PBD) will be able to start international service as soon as federal aviation regulation amendments come into force. The legislation had stipulated that new airlines must operate domestic flights for a minimum 2 years before applying for international service. However, recent regulatory changes now permit established airlines subsidiaries to bypass the 2-year domestic condition.
News Item A-3: Pobeda (PBD) began daily, Saint Petersburg - Krasnodar and - Yekaterinburg 737-800 service on October 23.
November 2015: Pobeda Airlines (PBD) will launch daily, Boeing 737-800 Moscow Vnukovo - Bratislava (Slovakia) on December 19, its 1st international route.
(PBD) began ticket sales November 12. The airline also plans to provide bus transportation from Bratislava to the Vienna railroad station as the European cities are one-hour’s drive from each other.
(PBD) plans to add at least 2 more international destinations before the end of the year, which have not yet been firmed as negotiations are ongoing.
Russian authorities granted permission for (PBD) to operate international flights after amendments were made to Russia’s legislation, which had originally stipulated that new airlines must operate domestic flights for a minimum of 2 years before applying for international service. However, recent regulatory changes now permit established airline subsidiaries to bypass the 2-year domestic condition.
Pobeda (PBD) expects to carry >3 million passengers in 2015.
December 2015: On December 20, Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda (PBD) began daily, Boeing 737-800 Moscow Vnukovo - Milan Bergamo (BGY) service, its 2nd international service. The inaugural flight was celebrated as it arrived at Milan Bergamo by government, airport and airline dignitaries.
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On December 21, (PBD) operated Moscow Vukovo (VKO) to Bratislava (BTS) operating a 737-800. Neither route faces any direct competition.
January 2016: Aeroflot (ARO), which is combining 3 of its regional subsidiaries (Rossiya Airlines (SDM), Donavia (DAU), and Orenair (ORB)) into 1 company under the Rossiya Airlines (SDM) brand, said the fleet of the renewed carrier will reach 74 airplanes and will carry up to 10 million passengers per year.
After the merger, which is expected to be finalized in 2016, the subsidiary will concentrate on regional markets.
According to Aeroflot (ARO), the new Rossiya (SDM) will employ 1,500 of 2,060 OrenAir (ORB)’s staff.
(ARO) also plans to develop the premium segment, while its Pobeda (PBD) subsidiary will remain in the low-cost carrier (LCC) segment. Russia’s Far East based Aurora Airline (AAZ) will be a separate regional subsidiary developing the network in the eastern part of the country.
February 2016: Pobeda (PBD) started its third international route on February 15, with daily services from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) launched to Cologne Bonn (CGN). The 737-800-operated sector joins (PBD)’s existing overseas sectors to Milan/Bergamo and Bratislava, which both launched in December. The 2,054 km route will face no direct competition on the airport pair, although Germanwings (RFG)/Eurowings (EWG) intends to launch services from the German airport to Moscow Domodedovo in June, having served Vnukovo in the past.
March 2016: Pobeda (PBD) started its second German service on March 3, commencing daily services from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Memmingen (FMM), following last month’s introduction of Cologne Bonn daily operations. Flown by (PBD)’s 180-seat 737-800s, the airport pair faces no direct competition. However, Lufthansa (DLH), (S7) Airlines (SBR) and Ural Airlines (URL) offer a combined 30 weekly frequencies between nearby Munich and Moscow Domodedovo, with Aeroflot (ARO) flying 4x-daily from Moscow Sheremetyevo to the German hub.
May 2016: Aeroflot (ARO) plans to carry 30 million passengers in 2016, (ARO) (CEO), Vitaly Savelyev told Russia’s TV Rossiya 24. The whole Aeroflot Group is expected to handle 40 million passengers.
The Aeroflot Group includes low-cost Pobeda Airline (PBD), which more than doubled traffic in the 1st quarter to 950,794 passengers. Saint Petersburg-based Rossiya Airlines (SDM), Rostov-on-Don-based Donavia (DAU), and Orenburg-based Orenair (ORB) are now combining into 1 airline operating under the Rossiya Airlines brand.
In the first quarter, Orenair (ORB) carried 491,346 passengers, up +8.1% year-over-year (YOY). Rossiya (SDM) carried 862,617 passengers, down -21.2%. Donavia (DAU) carried 209,116 passengers, down 35.8%. Aurora Airline (AAZ), which serves Russia’s Far East, carried 276,827 passengers, up +21.5% (YOY).
In 2015, Aeroflot (ARO) carried 26.1 million passengers, up +10.6% (YOY). The group’s traffic reached 39.4 million passengers, up +13.4%.
July 2016: The Aeroflot Group carried 15.8 million passengers from January to May, up +11.5% year-over-year (YOY).
The Aeroflot Group includes Aeroflot Airline (ARO), the low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airline (PBD), Far East subsidiary Aurora Airline (AAZ), as well as Rossiya Airline (SDM), Orenburg-based OrenAir (ORB) and Rostov-on-Don-based Donavia (DAU).
Moscow-based, Aeroflot Airline (ARO) carried 10.9 million out of the total traffic, up +13.6% (YOY). Group (RPK)s grew +13.2% to 35.3 billion and load factor reached 77.4% LF, up +3 points (YOY).
Aeroflot Airlines (ARO)’s load factor was up +2 points to 77.7% LF during the period.
In May, the Group carried 3.5 million passengers, up +8.8% year-over-year (YOY), while (ARO) carried 2.4 million, up +12.4%. Domestic traffic for the Group grew +8.5% in May compared to the year-ago period, while international traffic increased +9.2%.
Aeroflot (ARO) said it experienced increases in international traffic despite a flight ban to Ukraine, Egypt and a charter flight ban to Turkey.
August 2016: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airlines (PBD) plans to double its network at Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport for the 2016/2017 winter schedule.
(PBD) has announced it will begin 2x-weekly Volgograd and Vladikavkaz Boeing 737-800 service from November 1, and weekly Saint Petersburg - Nalchik service from November 3.
Pobeda (PBD) currently operates 4x-weekly Saint Petersburg - Makhachkala 737-800 service, daily Saint Petersburg - Yekaterinburg service, and 2x-weekly Saint Petersburg - Kirov service.
Since launching flights from Saint Petersburg on October 23, 2015, (PBD) has operated >1,000 flights and carried up to 170,000 passengers from Pulkovo.
Pobeda (PBD) was launched in December 2014, operates domestic and international flights. (PBD)’s fleet includes 12 Boeing 737-800s and carried 1.99 million passengers in (1H) 2016, up +80.7% year-over-year.
October 2016: News Item A-1: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Pobeda Airlines (PBD) has opened an Operations Control Center at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, which will allow flights to maintain a 30-minute turnaround time.
Visual observations enable Flight Operations to decrease delays caused by ground handling services, improving punctuality by +10% ro +15%. Pobeda (PBD) operates up to daily 70 flights, carrying 12,000 passengers from its main base in Vnukovo as well as from other airports in Russia.
The Aeroflot (ARO) subsidiary, which was launched in December 2014, operates domestic and international flights. Pobeda (PBD)'s fleet includes 12 Boeing 737-800s. In January - August, (PBD) carried 2.8 million passengers, up +58.2% year-over-year.
News Item A-2: Moscow Domodedovo International Airport has reported a 2016 1st-half net income of +RUB3.7 billion/+$57.1 million, up +4% year-over-year (YOY). The 1st-half reporting period ended June 30.
The airport also disclosed never-before-published financial results for 2014 and 2015. In 2015, net income was RUB8.15 billion, down -28.5% from RUB11.4 billion in 2014.
1st-half 2016 revenue was RUB17.8 billion, down -4.3% (YOY). Passenger traffic for the (1H) was down -8.3% (YOY) to 12.6 million. Of that figure, domestic traffic was 7.5 million, up +2.5% (YOY), while international traffic was 5.1 million, down -20.6% (YOY).
The airport said the decreased results were because of the Egypt and Turkey charter flights ban, economic turbulence and airline closures, which included the bankruptcy of Transaero Airlines (TRX) at the end of 2015 and the grounding of Metrojet-branded Kogalymavia Airlines from March 15, 2016 because of debt violations.
Despite the traffic and revenue downturn in 2015 and (1H) 2016, Domodedovo Director for External Relations Denis Nuzhdin said the airport sees conditions for traffic growth as it continues to increase capacity.
In September, airport owner and Chairman Dmitry Kamenshchik clarified Domodedovo’s development plans after authorities dropped all criminal charges against him. Kamenshchik was accused of establishing inappropriate security measures at the airport that led to the terrorist attack that occurred on January 24, 2011, when 37 people were killed and 172 were injured. He was detained in February 2016.
November 2016: Pobeda Airlines (PBD) began 3x-weekly Rostov - Tbilisi Boeing 737-800 service on November 1.
January 2017: Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Pobeda Airlines (PBD) carried 4.3 million passengers in 2016, up +38.7% year-over-year (YOY).
According to (PBD)’s statement, 12% of its passengers in 2016 used the airline transportation for the 1st time, up from 15% in 2015. Steady customers made up 37.6% of its passengers carried for the year, the statement added.
Pobeda (PBD), which was launched in December 2014, operates domestic and international flights with a fleet that includes 17 Boeing 737-800s, with an average age of 1.5 years.
June 2017: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Pobeda Airline (PBD), which began operations in December 2014, has carried the 10 millionth passenger.
Between January and May, (PBD) carried 1.7 million people, up +6% year-over-year. In 2016, it carried 4.3 million passengers, up +38.7% over 2015.
(PBD), the Moscow Vnukovo-based carrier is the 6th largest in Russia. (PBD) (CEO) Andrey Kalmykov said up to 10% of (PBD)´s passengers are 1st-time fliers.
Pobeda (PBD) operates domestic and international flights with a fleet that includes 12 Boeing 737-800s, with an average age of 1.5 years.
August 2017: Pobeda Airline (PBD) will launch 3x-weekly Moscow Vnukovo - Baden-Baden Boeing 737-800 service from October 19, 2017.
October 2017: News Item A-1: Aeroflot (ARO) low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Pobeda Airlines (PBD) has taken delivery of the 1st of 8 Boeing 737-800s leased by Singapore-based lessor (BOC) Aviation (SIL).
Before the end of the year, (PBD) will take delivery of 3 more of the type. In 2018 it will add 8 more 737-800s; in 2019, it will take 6 more from other lessors. The new airplane is the 1st in the fleet that is equipped with Split Scimitar Winglets, which (PBD) said will decrease fuel consumption by 1.6%.
(PBD) began operations in December 2014; in June 2017 (PBD) carried its 10 millionth passenger. Between January and May 2017, (PBD) carried 1.7 million passengers, up +6% year-over-year. In 2016, (PBD) carried 4.3 million passengers, up +38.7% over 2015.
February 2018: Pobeda (PBD), the Russian low-cost carrier (LCC), used the last 7 days to launch 4 new routes, 2 from its main Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base, and 2 from St Petersburg (LED), its 2nd biggest operation in terms of weekly seats. The average sector length of the 4 new city pairs is 1,607 km, with the longest being the 2,235 km route from St Petersburg to Pisa (PSA), while the shortest service is the 715 km domestic airport pair from Vnukovo to Ulyanovsk (ULV).
In 2018, (PBD) will continue to expand the geography of its flights from St Petersburg. In Summer 2018, (PBD) will start flights to Gyumri (Armenia), Girona (Spain), Tbilisi (Georgia), as well to the Russian cities of Kaliningrad, Nizhnekamsk, and Ulyanovsk.
Routes as follows:
Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Karlovy Vary (KLV), 737-800 2x-; to Ulyanovsk (ULV), 737-800 8x-.
St Petersburg (LED) to Colgne Bonn (CGN), 737-800 2x-; to Pisa 737-800 2x-.
April 2018: Pobeda Airlines (PBD) started daily Moscow Vnukovo to Mineralnye Vody Boeing 737-800 service on April 5; (PBD) launched 2x-weekly St Petersburg to Mineralnye Vody 737-800 service on April 7.
May 2018: Aeroflot (ARO) (LCC) Pobeda Airlines (PBD) started 6x-weekly Boeing 737-800 Moscow Vnukovo to Varna service on May 29.
June 2018: Pobeda Airlines (PBD) launched 2 new connections on the same day on June 2, commencing services from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Bordeaux (BOD) and from St Petersburg (LED) to Girona (GRO). The former 2,906 km route and the latter 2,733 km link will both be operated 2x-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with 737-800s. Neither route faces any direct competition.
The Vnukovo link is the only route (PBD) is currently scheduled to operate to Bordeaux in the summer 2018. It will serve Girona from both Vnukovo and St Petersburg this summer.
October 2018: Pobeda Airlines (PBD) will lease up to 15 Boeing 737 MAXs with (LEAP-1B) engines from (SMBC) Aviation Capital (SBC) for 10 years. (PBD) can convert the order for 7 airplanes into 737 MAX 8-200s in 2020. The disclosed contract value is $1.1 billion. The delivery is scheduled for 2019 to 2021. (PBD) will also lease up to 5 737 MAXs with (LEAP-1B) engines from (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF) for 9 years. The contract is valued at $375 million. Delivery is scheduled for the 1st half of 2020.