Rossiya Airlines

Rossiya Airlines
АО «Авиакомпания «Россия»
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 24 June 1932 as Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise/ 1992 as Rossiya Airlines
Frequent-flyer program Aeroflot Bonus
Fleet size 61
Destinations 58
Parent company Aeroflot
Headquarters Saint Petersburg, Russia
Key people Dmitrii Saprykin, CEO[1]

Rossiya Airlines OJSC[2] (Russian: АО «Авиакомпания „Россия“», AO Aviakompaniya "Rossiya"), sometimes branded as Rossiya - Russian Airlines (Russian: «Россия — Российские авиалинии», Rossiya — Rossiyskie avialinii), is a Russian airline headquartered in Saint Petersburg[3] with its hub at Pulkovo Airport. It is based in Saint Petersburg, there are branches in Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, Rostov-on-Don Airport and Orenburg Tsentralny Airport. Rossiya is a fully owned subsidiary of Aeroflot.[4]


Historical Rossiya Tu-134A-3 in the old livery at Pulkovo Airport
Head office of Rossiya Airlines

Pulkovo Airlines

24 June 1932 is considered to be the birthday of Pulkovo Airlines. It was on that day that its first facility, the Shosseynaya airfield was commissioned, with the first two airplanes with passengers and mail from Moscow landing on its ground. By 1941 Moscow-Leningrad became a regular passenger line, previously being a mail/passenger line. After the war, operations started in January 1948. In January 1963 all sub-units of Leningrad’s airmen were united into Leningrad United Air Unit. By the order of the Director, Air Transport Dept. of the RF Ministry of Transport, the Leningrad United Air Unit was renamed Pulkovo Airlines in 1992.[5]

Airline Rossiya and merger with Pulkovo Airlines

The airline Rossiya was established in 1992, wholly owned by the Russian government. In early 2000's the Russian government decided to merge Rossiya Airlines with Pulkovo Airlines. The merger process began in December 2004.[6] In November 2006 it was announced that the merger had been completed and Rossiya Airlines was registered in Saint Petersburg on 9 October 2006 and has a branch in Moscow and 54 offices in Russia and abroad.[7]

Merger with Aeroflot

In February 2010, the Russian government announced that all regional airlines owned by the state through the holding company Rostec would be consolidated with the national carrier Aeroflot in order to increase the airlines' financial viability.[8] On 28 January 2011 "Rossiya Аirlines" open joint stock company was established in St.Petersburg. The airline has operated flights under Aeroflot's ICAO code designation "SUxxxx" since 30 March 2014.[9]

Merger with Donavia and Orenair

In December 2015 Aeroflot Group announced the unification of its regional airline affiliates Rossiya, Donavia (based at Rostov-on-Don Airport[10]) and Orenair (with hubs at Orenburg Tsentralny Airport and Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport[11]) under the name Rossiya (the name of the largest of the three). The consolidation excluded Aurora, a small airline headquartered in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.[12] Rossiya, Donavia and Orenair served 48 domestic and 42 international destinations; the new Rossiya will add some destinations served by Transaero Airlines prior to its collapse in October.[13] As of end of February 2016 the merger of the three airlines was completed and joined flights of three airlines started on 27 March of the same year.[14]


Main article: Rossiya destinations

Arising from the merger with Pulkovo Airlines, the bulk of the scheduled service operation is from Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, where Pulkovo was the dominant airline, and Rossiya continues to be. Operations based in Moscow are predominantly non-scheduled ones for state organisations, or flights operated on behalf of Aeroflot; Rossiya continues Pulkovo's lead role on the Moscow-St Petersburg route.

Codeshare agreements

Rossiya has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Rossiya Boeing 777-300 wearing the new livery
Former Rossiya 767-300ER in the livery used until 2016

As of October 2016, the Rossiya commercial fleet consists of the following aircraft:[15][16][17]

Rossiya Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 26 20 96 116 Older aircraft to be replaced by Sukhoi Superjet 100[18]
8 120 128
Airbus A320-200 5 12 156 168
Boeing 737-800 17 1 189 189
Boeing 747-400 7 2 38 409 447 Taken over from Transaero
12 510 522
Boeing 777-200ER 1 14 350 364 Ex-Orenair, being phased out.
Boeing 777-300 5 18 355 373
Boeing 777-300ER 5 18 355 373 All 5 are to be transferred from Emirates[19]
Sukhoi Superjet 100 20 12 75 87 To be leased from VEB Leasing[20]
Total 62 28



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  2. - About us retrieved 2016-09-19
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  14. Все московские рейсы Orenair и Донавиа переводятся во Внуково
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  17. "Россия – российские авиалинии". 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2013-02-04.

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