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Not to be confused with SF Airlines.
S7 Airlines
S7 new logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded May 1957 (as Tolmachevsky squadron)
Commenced operations May 1992 (as Siberia Airlines)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program S7 Priority
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 65[1] (incl subsidiaries)
Destinations 87
Company slogan Freedom to choose
Headquarters Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia
Key people Vladimir Obyedkov, General Director
Employees 3,000[2]
Website s7.ru

S7 Airlines, legally PJSC Siberia Airlines (Russian: ПАО «Авиакомпания "Сибирь"» "PАО Aviakompania Sibir"), is a lowcost airline headquartered in Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia,[3][4] with offices in Moscow.[5] As of 2008, it was Russia's biggest domestic airline.[6] Its main bases are Domodedovo International Airport and Tolmachevo Airport.


Early years[edit]

What is now S7 Airlines started in 1957 as "the Tolmachevo united squadron" of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the USSR. After the Soviet Union disintegration and during 1990's Russian economic reforms a state-run "Siberia Airlines" was created based on the squadron in 1992 and later privatized in 1994. The same year Siberia was assigned an IATA airline code. Siberia Airlines was rebranded S7 Airlines in 2006.

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 its next main hub, but this didn't eventuate.[citation needed]

After the 1998 Russian financial crisis, Vnukovo Airlines was heading towards bankruptcy, and Siberia Airlines advised it to merge, but Vnukovo refused. In 1999, Siberia Airlines signed a document for the Vnukovo Airlines take-over, in the event the airline ceased operations due to insolvency.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

S7 Airlines began merging with Vnukovo Airlines in 2001. S7 Airlines had acquired all the aircraft from Vnukovo Airlines including Tupolev Tu-154, Tupolev Tu-204-100 and Ilyushin Il-86.[citation needed]

In 2001, the airline absorbed Baikal Airlines and then in 2004, the airline absorbed Chelyabinsk Airlines and Enkor.[7] In 2002, S7 Airlines (then known as Siberia Airlines) painted all Vnukovo Airlines fleet with Siberia Airlines livery and the airline began its service from Moscow-Vnukovo, but after some time 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 understanding 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet.[1]

S7 joined the Oneworld alliance in 2010.[14]

In November 2015, S7 Airlines made an offer to acquire a majority stake in bankrupt Transaero. However, the proposal was rejected by shareholders.[15]

In 2016, American band OK Go partnered with S7 to film a "zero-g" music video, Upside Down & Inside Out, aboard a reduced gravity aircraft.[16][17]


S7 Airlines Airbus A320-200 cabin

S7 has operated scheduled passenger flights to destinations in Russia, as well as international services to Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, PR China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

S7 codeshares with the following airlines:[14]


Current fleet[edit]

S7 Airlines Airbus A320-200
S7 Airlines Airbus A319 in Oneworld Alliance livery
An S7 Airlines Boeing aircraft with wheels down on final approach to land
S7 Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

As of March 2017, the S7 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[20][21][1]

S7 Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 19 144 144 One in oneworld livery[21]
Airbus A320-200 19 8 150 158
Airbus A320neo 18[22] 8 156 164 Russian launch customer; entry into service 2017[23]
Airbus A321-200 6 8 189 197
Airbus A321neo 3 8 195 203 Russian launch customer; entry into service 2017[23]
Boeing 737-800 19 12 154 166 Operated by Globus Airlines
One in oneworld livery[21]
8 168 176
Boeing 737 MAX 8 9 TBA Russian launch customer; entry into service September 2018.[24]
Boeing 767-300ER 2 18 222 240 To be phased out in 2017
To be replaced by Airbus A321neo[25]
12 240 252
Embraer E-170 17 78 78 Entry into service 2017[26]
To be delivered in revised livery[27]
Total 65 47

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:[28]

S7 Airlines Fleet history
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A310-200 2004 2010
Airbus A310-300 2004 2014 One written off
Airbus A319-100 2006
Airbus A320-200 2008 One sold to Armavia
Airbus A320neo 2017
Airbus A321-200 2013
Airbus A321neo 2017
Antonov An-24 1992 2000 Received from Aeroflot, used for domestic flights
Boeing 737–400 2006 2008 Transferred to Globus Airlines
Boeing 737–500 2005 2009 Replaced Tupolev Tu-154B-2.
3 sold to Air Ivoire and 7 to Aero Contractors
Boeing 737–800 2008 All operated by Globus Airlines.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2018
Boeing 767-300ER 2008 2017[29] Replaced Ilyushin Il-86
Planned to be replaced in 2017 by Airbus A321neo.
Embraer E-170 2017
Ilyushin Il-86 1992 2008 1 sold to Ural Airlines, 5 were in the fleet since 1992, other from Vnukovo Airlines.
Replaced by Boeing 767-300ER
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]


Sibir Technics LCC is a subsidiary of S7, located on the grounds of Tolmachevo Airport.[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "S7 - Siberia Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. 
  2. ^ "Network and Operations - Marketing, Financial, Corporate". www.oneworld.com. oneworld Alliance, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Talk to Us." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "Legal Department, S7 AIRLINES, Ob-2, Novosibirsk Region, 633102, Russia "[dead link]
  4. ^ Головной офис Россия 633104 Обь-4 Новосибирская обл (in Russian). S7 Airlines. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Headquarters." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 4 October 2009. Archived 2 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Artem Fetisov On the Mend, November 1, 2006, Air Transport World (subscription required)
  8. ^ Flight Global, 7 February 2006
  9. ^ "IATA converts fares to euros" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 17 November 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "S7 Airlines Successfully Completed IATA Operational Safety Audit and was Awarded IOSA Certificate" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "S7 Сharter начнёт эксплуатацию самолётов нового поколения Boeing 737–800" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Announcement by Boeing of Dreamliner order 29 May 2007.
  13. ^ Zaitsev, Tom (2009-01-29). "S7 confirms 787 cancellation but considers lease instead". Flight Global. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Profile on S7 Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  15. ^ ch-aviation.com - S7's Filev fails in bid to acquire control of Transaero 4 November 2015
  16. ^ Sage, Alyssa (2016-02-11). "Watch: OK Go Filmed a Music Video Entirely in Zero Gravity". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  17. ^ "Upside Down and Inside Out FAQ & Credits". 
  18. ^ Liu, Jim (22 March 2017). "Emirates / S7 Airlines boosts codeshare routes from March 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  19. ^ Liu, Jim (16 February 2017). "JAL enlarges S7 Airlines Russia codeshares from Feb 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  20. ^ ch-aviation.com - S7 Airlines retrieved 7 December 2015
  21. ^ a b c "Our Fleet". s7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "Russia's S7 Airlines to lease sixteen A320neo". ch-aviation. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "Russia's S7 Airlines to lease A321neo, A320neo from ALC". ch-aviation. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "S7 Group станет первым российским покупателем лайнеров Boeing нового поколения". «Ведомости» (Vedomosti). 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "S7 Airlines расширила парк узкофюзеляжных самолетов А321". ATO.ru. Авиатранспортное обозрение. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  26. ^ "Компания S7 купит у Embraer на поставку 17 самолетов". Interfax. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  27. ^ Varley, Matt. "N816MA S7 - Siberia Airlines Embraer ERJ-170SU (ERJ-170-100 SU)". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  28. ^ Sibir Airlines S7 Fleet | Airfleets aviation. Airfleets.net. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  29. ^ "Russia's S7 Airlines set to conclude widebody ops in summer". ch-aviation. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  30. ^ "Aircraft accident Tupolev 154M RA-85693 Adler, Russia [Black Sea]". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "BBC NEWS | Europe | Bomb traces in both Russian jets". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  32. ^ Passenger plane crashes in Russia BBC News 9 July 2006
  33. ^ '150 dead' in Russian jet crash CNN, 8 July 2006
  34. ^ "Sibir Technics." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. Archived 5 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

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