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|Founded||May 1992 as Siberia Airlines|
|Frequent-flyer program||S7 Priority|
|Company slogan||Freedom to choose|
|Headquarters||Novosibirsk, Russia, Russia|
|Key people||Vladimir Obyedkov, General Director|
OJSC Siberia Airlines (Russian: ОАО «Авиакомпания „Сибирь“» "ОАО Aviakompania Sibir"), operating as S7 Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, with offices in Moscow. As of 2008 it was Russia's biggest domestic airline. Its main bases are Domodedovo International Airport and Tolmachevo Airport.
Siberia Airlines was established in May 1992, in Novosibirsk, Russia. Siberia Airlines has grown mainly through a series of mergers with smaller regional airlines. In 1999, it opened its Moscow branch at Vnukovo Airport and in 2001 the airline absorbed Vnukovo Airlines. The charter flights program from Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport followed in 2000. In 2001, the airline absorbed Baikal Airlines and then in 2004, the airline absorbed Chelyabinsk Airlines and Enkor.
The first western aircraft, Airbus A310, were acquired in 2004. In summer 2004 during the Farnborough Airshow, the company had signed a memorandum of intention to purchase 50 of the new Sukhoi Russian Regional Jet, with the first plane to be delivered in 2007. However, the airline subsequently dropped its plans to order this aircraft, citing that the aircraft's changed specifications no longer met its requirements.
In line with an IATA resolution, from December 2006 the airline began to publish its fares for international destinations originating in Russia in Euros, rather than US dollars. This resulted in a fare increase, as the conversion rate used was 1 Euro = 1 US Dollar. Fuel surcharges were also published in euros. Its domestic fares were still to be shown in the local currency. Also in December 2006, the airline became the second Russian air carrier to complete, and pass, the IATA International Safety Audit (IOSA), which is the first global air safety standard. On 27 September 2007, OAO Sibir Airlines /S7 Airlines/ received an official notice of IATA when the carrier was entered in the register of operators IOSA.
It was announced in April 2007 that a new division had been set up within the airline, called Globus. This division was to focus on charter flights for tourists to foreign holiday destinations. Initially, the aircraft for this division would be used from within the mainstream fleet, but during 2010–2014, 10 Boeing 737–800 aircraft were to be leased with an all-economy layout, followed by an option for a further 10 more after this period.
On 29 May 2007, the airline announced a proposed order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner scheduled for delivery in 2014, with an option for 10 additional aircraft. However, the order was officially canceled on 29 January 2009, with S7 stating that it is considering the possibility of taking the aircraft under a leasing scheme.
As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet.
S7 has operated scheduled passenger flights to destinations in Russia, as well as international services to Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, PR China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.
S7 is a member of the oneworld alliance, with airberlin, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian. S7 Airlines also has additional codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
As of November 2014 the average age of the S7 Airlines Boeing and Airbus fleet was 9.3 years.
At different times, the S7 Airlines fleet has consisted of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A310-200||2004—2010||5 now stored|
|Airbus A310-300||2004—||3 now stored, one written off,|
|Airbus A320-200||2008—||One sold to Armavia, 9 still in operation|
|Boeing 737–400*||2006—2008||To Globus|
|Boeing 737–500*||2005—2009||3 sold to Air Ivoire and 7 to Aero Contractors|
|Tupolev Tu-154B-2||1992—2004||All written off in 2004|
|Tupolev Tu-154M||1992—2009||3 to Globus, 2 written off, 2 stored|
Incidents and accidents
- On 4 October 2001, Siberia Airlines Flight 1812, a Tupolev Tu-154M, registration RA-85693, en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk crashed into the Black Sea off Sochi, after being hit with a S-200V surface-to-air missile fired as part of a Ukrainian Air Defense exercise staged off Cape Onuk (or Chuluk) in Crimea.
- On 24 August 2004, Siberia Airlines Flight 1047, a Tupolev Tu-154B2, registration RA-85556, en route from Moscow to Sochi exploded and crashed due to a terrorist bombing near Rostov-on-Don, Russia, killing all 46 people on board.
- On 9 July 2006, S7 Airlines Flight 778, an Airbus A310 carrying 193 passengers and 10 crew members, suffered a landing accident at the Irkutsk International Airport in Siberia. The jet failed to decelerate on landing, overran the runway and crashed into a concrete barricade. 124 people died.
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