The new Rossiya Airlines takes off
This is not a "new" airline in the strict sense of the word, but the materialization of Aeroflot's new strategy, that has merged its Orenair and Donavia subsidiaries with, also 100%-owned St.Petersburg-based Rossiya.
The first flight of the new amalgamated airline took place already on the 27th of this month, coinciding with the start of the summer season. The network will include some 81 destinations, 54 of them domestic. Although Rossiya will be based in St.Petersburg and its focus will be on routes out of the Neva capital and other Russian regional cities, it is remarkable that it will also operate some flights out of Moscow Vnukovo, complementing Aeroflot's own mainline operation at Sheremetyevo.