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(founded as Siberia Airlines)
(renamed to S7 Airlines)
|Frequent-flyer program||S7 Priority|
|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 airline, based on number of domestic passengers.
S7 has operated scheduled passenger flights to destinations in Russia, as well as international services to Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, PR China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Korea (South), Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. Its main bases and hubs have included Moscow Domodedovo International Airport (DME) and Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport (OVB), with a further hub at Irkutsk Airport (IKT), Irkutsk. After 2004, it became the largest domestic route airline network in Russia.
Siberia Airlines was established in May 1992, in Novosibirsk, Russia. The Aeroflot Tolmachevo United Avia Squadron (Russian: Толмачевский объединенный авиаотряд) dates back to 12 July 1957 when it accomplished the first flight from Moscow to Novosibirsk. Sibir Airlines was formed around this air squadron. Since 2005 Sibir flies under the S7 Airlines brand. The first international flight was in 1991 to Harbin, PR China.
In the first half of the 1990s, Siberia Airlines was a medium-sized regional airline, like many others created from former Aeroflot divisions. Operations were mainly focused on domestic flights from Novosibirsk.
Siberia Airlines has grown mainly through a series of mergers with smaller regional airlines. In 1999, it opened its Moscow branch at Vnukovo Airport. The charter flights program from Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport followed in 2000.
In March 2005, Siberia Airlines rolled out its new livery featuring a marketing strategy focusing on the brand name "S7", its two-letter IATA code designator. Both the branding and livery were created by London-based brand consultancy firm Landor Associates. The airline also embarked on an advertising campaign, also with Landor Associates, using the slogan "Свобода выбирать" (Freedom to Choose).
In the aftermath of the S7 Airlines Flight 778 air crash at Irkutsk in July 2006, it was reported that the Russian Government's 25.5% stake in the airline may be passed to Aeroflot Russian Airlines, as part of a consolidation programme within the Russian aviation industry. It is claimed that the above crash may speed up this process.[who?]
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.
Airline alliance 
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.
Current fleet 
|Boeing 737–400||4||—||—||8||141||149||all operated for Globus|
|Boeing 737–800 NG||9||8||10||12||148||160||4 operated for Globus|
At March 2011, the average age of the S7 Airlines Boeing and Airbus fleet was 9.5 years.
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.
The airline is in discussions to acquire the new version of the Tupolev Tu-204, the Tupolev Tu-204SM. S7 has agreed to a memorandum of understanding with lessor Ilyushin-Finance, for 15 of the new aircraft, with five to be delivered each in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet.
Historical fleet 
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—2008||3 to Globus, 2 written off.|
Incidents and accidents 
- As Siberia Airlines
- 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 an unexplained midair self-destruction.
- 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.
- As S7 Airlines
- 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.
See also 
- "Talk to Us." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "Legal Department, S7 AIRLINES, Ob-2, Novosibirsk Region, 633102, Russia "
- "Головной офис Россия 633104 Обь-4 Новосибирская обл" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- "Headquarters." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 4 October 2009.
- "Russian airline growth slows from over 20% to under 5%; S7 extends lead over Aeroflot in domestic market". anna.aero. PPS Publications. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- Artem Fetisov On the Mend, November 1, 2006, Air Transport World (subscription required)
- "S7 Airlines Successfully Completed IATA Operational Safety Audit and was Awarded IOSA Certificate" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- "S7 Сharter начнёт эксплуатацию самолётов нового поколения Boeing 737–800" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- Announcement by Boeing of Dreamliner order 29th May 2007.
- Zaitsev, Tom (2009-01-29). "S7 confirms 787 cancellation but considers lease instead". Flight Global. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- "S7 Airlines". oneworld. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- "Код-шеринговые соглашения". S7 Airlines.
- "Авиакомпании S7 Airlines и Asiana Airlines открывают совместные рейсы в Сеул". Aviation Explorer. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- Mutzabaugh, Ben (1 February 2011). "Aviation Photos & Video". USA Today.
- "El Al signs code-share agreement with S7 Siberian Airlines". Port2Port. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "JAL and Russia’s S7 Airlines Launch Codeshare Cooperation". Press Release. Japan Airlines. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "IATA converts fares to euros" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 17 November 2010.[dead link]
- "Our Fleet". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "Авиакомпания S7 Airlines рассказала, куда полетит этой зимой". «Турбизнес». 23 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- Boeing orders and deliveries report for S7 Airlines
- Airline Fleet Age S7 Airlines
- Flight Global 7 February 2006
- Flight Global 28 March 2006
- Flight International 27 March 2007
- "Флот S7" (in Russian). S7 Airlines.
- Sibir Airlines S7 Fleet | Airfleets aviation. Airfleets.net. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
- Passenger plane crashes in Russia BBC News 9 July 2006
- '150 dead' in Russian jet crash CNN, 8 July 2006
- "Sibir Technics." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010.
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