S7 Airlines

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Not to be confused with SF Airlines.
S7 Airlines
S7 new logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
S7 SBI SIBERIAN AIRLINES
Founded May 1992 as Siberia Airlines
Hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program S7 Priority
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 58 (incl Globus Airlines)
Destinations 87
Company slogan Freedom to choose
Headquarters Novosibirsk, Russia, Russia
Key people Vladimir Obyedkov, General Director
Employees 3,000 [1]
Website s7.ru

PJSC Siberia Airlines (Russian: ПАО «Авиакомпания „Сибирь"» "PАО Aviakompania Sibir"), operating as S7 Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia,[2][3] with offices in Moscow.[4] As of 2008 it was Russia's biggest domestic airline.[5] Its main bases are Domodedovo International Airport and Tolmachevo Airport.

History[edit]

S7 Airlines Ilyushin Il-86 formerly operated by Vnukovo Airlines
Previous S7 Airlines logo used from 2005 until 2015

In 1997, Siberia Airlines tried to buy Vnukovo Airlines, to make Moscow as the next main hub, but it brought no outcome.

After the 1998 Russian financial crisis, Vnukovo Airlines was moving to the bankruptcy, and Siberia Airlines advised to merge, but the airline was refusing. In 1999, Siberia Airlines signed a document of the Vnukovo Airlines take-over, in case the airline ceases its operations. S7 Airlines had began merging Vnukovo Airlines in 2001, where S7 Airlines had taken all the aircraft from Vnukovo Airlines including Tupolev Tu-154, Tupolev Tu-204-100 and Ilyushin Il-86.

In 2001, the airline absorbed Baikal Airlines and then in 2004, the airline absorbed Chelyabinsk Airlines and Enkor.[6] In 2002, S7 Airlines (that time Siberia Airlines) painted all Vnukovo Airlines fleet to Siberia Airlines livery and the airline had began its service from Moscow-Vnukovo, but after sometime it shifted all the flights, including the charters, from Moscow-Sheremetyevo, to Moscow-Domodedovo.

The first western aircraft, Airbus A310s, were acquired in 2004. In summer 2004 during the Farnborough Airshow, the company 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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 drawn from the mainline fleet, but during 2010–2014, 10 Boeing 737–800 aircraft were leased with an all-economy layout, with the option for a further 10 aircraft.[10]

On 29 May 2007, the airline announced a proposed order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery in 2014, with an option for 10 additional aircraft.[11] However, the order was officially cancelled on 29 January 2009, with S7 stating that it was considering the possibility of taking the aircraft under a leasing scheme.[12]

As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet.[13]

In November 2015, S7 Airlines made an offer to acquire a majority stake in bankrupt Transaero. However, the proposal was rejected by shareholders.[14]

Destinations[edit]

S7 Airlines destinations.
  Russia
  S7 Destinations
S7 Airlines Airbus A320-200 cabin

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.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

S7 is a member of the oneworld alliance, with airberlin, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian.[15] S7 Airlines also has additional codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[15]

Oneworld Alliance members
Other airlines

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

S7 Airlines Airbus A320-200
S7 Airlines Airbus A319 in Oneworld Alliance livery

As of December 2015, the S7 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[28]

S7 Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 20 8 128 136 VP-BTN in oneworld livery[29]
Airbus A320-200 19 4[30] 8 150 158
Airbus A321-200 4 4 8 189 197
Boeing 767-300ER 2 18 222 240
12 240 252
Total 45 8

An additional fleet of Boeing 737-800s is operated for S7 Airlines by Globus Airlines.

Fleet history[edit]

A former S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-204 in old livery
A former S7 Airlines Boeing 737-400

At different times, the S7 Airlines fleet has consisted of the following aircraft:[31]

S7 Airlines Fleet history
Aircraft Years of
Operation
Notes
Airbus A310-200 2004—2010 5 now stored
Airbus A310-300 2004— 3 now stored, one written off
Airbus A319-100 2006—
Airbus A320-200 2008— One sold to Armavia, 9 still in operation
Currently, the youngest aircraft in the fleet.
Antonov An-24 1992—2000 Received from Aeroflot, used for domestic flights
Boeing 737–400 2006<—2008 (In S7)
—2015 (in Globus
transferred to Globus Airlines, then retired.
Boeing 737–500 2005—2009 3 sold to Air Ivoire and 7 to Aero Contractors
Boeing 737–800 2008— Currently, all operated by Globus Airlines.
Boeing 767-300ER 2008— Currently, the oldest aircraft in the fleet
Ilyushin Il-86 1992—2008 1 sold to Ural Airlines, 5 were in the fleet since 1992, other from Vnukovo Airlines. Replaced by Boeing 767
Tupolev Tu-154B-2 1992—2004 All written off in 2004
Tupolev Tu-154M 1992—2009 3 transferred to Globus Airlines, 2 written off, 2 stored. Replaced by Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800
Tupolev Tu-204-100 1992—2005 All incorporated from Vnukovo Airlines, replaced by Airbus A310

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Sibir Technics LCC is a subsidiary of S7, located on the grounds of Tolmachevo Airport.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.oneworld.com/news-information/oneworld-fact-sheets/oneworld-at-a-glance/
  2. ^ "Talk to Us." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "Legal Department, S7 AIRLINES, Ob-2, Novosibirsk Region, 633102, Russia "[dead link]
  3. ^ Головной офис Россия 633104 Обь-4 Новосибирская обл (in Russian). S7 Airlines. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Headquarters." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 4 October 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Artem Fetisov On the Mend, November 1, 2006, Air Transport World (subscription required)
  7. ^ Flight Global, 7 February 2006
  8. ^ "IATA converts fares to euros" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 17 November 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "S7 Airlines Successfully Completed IATA Operational Safety Audit and was Awarded IOSA Certificate" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "S7 Сharter начнёт эксплуатацию самолётов нового поколения Boeing 737–800" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Announcement by Boeing of Dreamliner order 29 May 2007.
  12. ^ Zaitsev, Tom (2009-01-29). "S7 confirms 787 cancellation but considers lease instead". Flight Global. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Флот S7" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. 
  14. ^ ch-aviation.com - S7's Filev fails in bid to acquire control of Transaero 4 November 2015
  15. ^ a b "S7 Airlines". oneworld Alliance. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Cathay Pacific offers the best of Russia coast-to-coast through new codeshare agreement with oneworld partner S7 Airlines". 20 June 2013. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Retrieved 20 June 2013. [dead link]
  17. ^ Smith, Graham (3 March 2014). "Finnair and S7 sign codeshare agreement". Business Traveller. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  18. ^ L, J (6 October 2014). "QATAR Airways / S7 Airlines Begins Codeshare Service from Oct 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  19. ^ L, J (24 March 2015). "QATAR Airways Expands Russia via Expanded S7 Airlines Codeshare Service in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "SriLankan expands in Central Asia with Siberian Airlines". Daily News Sri Lanka. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  21. ^ L, J (24 March 2015). "ASIANA AIRLINES / S7 Airlines Expands Codeshare Service in S15". Ailine Route. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "El Al signs code-share agreement with S7 Siberian Airlines". Port2Port. 2010-11-15. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  23. ^ L, J (1 December 2015). "ETIHAD Expands S7 Airlines Codeshare Routes from Jan 2016". Airline Route. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  24. ^ L, J (26 March 2014). "S7 Airlines / Hainan Airlines Expands Codeshare Service from late-March 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "S7 Airlines and Meridiana Fly open a new flight to Italy". s7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  26. ^ L, J (18 December 2014). "S7 Airlines / Montenegro Airlines to Start Codeshare Partnership from Jan 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  27. ^ L, J (6 April 2015). "Nordavia Expands Moscow Domodedovo Service in S15; New Codeshare Partnership with S7 Airlines". Airline Route. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  28. ^ ch-aviation.com - S7 Airlines retrieved 7 December 2015
  29. ^ http://www.s7.ru/about/ourfleet.dot
  30. ^ airbus.com - Orders & deliveries retrieved 7 December 2015
  31. ^ Sibir Airlines S7 Fleet | Airfleets aviation. Airfleets.net. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  32. ^ "Aircraft accident Tupolev 154M RA-85693 Adler, Russia [Black Sea]". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  33. ^ Passenger plane crashes in Russia BBC News 9 July 2006
  34. ^ '150 dead' in Russian jet crash CNN, 8 July 2006
  35. ^ "Sibir Technics." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010.[dead link]

External links[edit]

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