Embraer doubles its market share in Russia

Embraer In less than two years, S7 Airlines has managed to carve out full-scale hub operations from its Novosibirsk base using 17 Embraer E170 regional jets (S7 Airlines)

The deployment of Embraer jets operating within Russia doubled last year, when the RPKs covered by the fleet of Brazilian-built regional aircraft more than doubled over 2017, reaching 2.4 million. The type’s share in the collective RPKs of all Russian airlines increased by more than 0.45 percentage points, reaching 0.84 per cent. In terms of the total flight-hours and traffic, the Embraer’s market share exceeded two per cent in 2018.

There are 30 of several variants of the Brazilian-made aircraft in operation in Russia today. S7 Airlines operates 17 E170s, Pegas Fly has six E190s in its fleet, two E145s are still flown by Komiaviatrans and the remaining five Embraers are the E135/145s in the fleets of business aviation operators. The average age of the aircraft in this collective fleet is 13.2 years.

The introduction of the 78-seat regional jets to S7 Airlines, now Russia’s largest operator of the type, has enabled the country’s second biggest airline to significantly increase its passenger flows from its three hub airports, by launching routes that link Russia’s largest airports with regional centres. From Moscow, the E170s fly to the seven Russian cities of St Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Voronezh, Saratov, Belgorod, Lipetsk and Penza. At its home base at Novosibirsk, Russia’s largest private airline has managed to create a full-scale hub operation covering a network of 25 destinations across Russia and another five in Kazakhstan.

Pegas Fly (Ikar Airlines), along with its sister company Nordwind, is part of the Pegas Touristic Group, and operates the bigger Embraer E190 variants for both scheduled and charter programmes. Its Embraers fly passengers from cities in the European part of Russia to leisure destinations both within the country and abroad, as well as between Armenia’s capital of Yerevan and the Russian cities of Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi. In the upcoming winter, one of the aircraft will be based at Khabarovsk and will fly to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Irkutsk and Magadan in the Russian far east.

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