S7 Airlines expands fleet with six Boeing 737-800s

S7's new 737s feature Sky Interior cabins S7's new 737s feature Sky Interior cabins (Photo by Fyodor Borisov / transport-phto.com)

S7 Group, made up of S7 Airlines and Globus, has announced a fleet expansion of six Boeing 737-800s. The new aircraft will be operated by Globus. The airline has recently taken delivery of the first four aircraft, while the other two are currently being painted at S7 Engineering’s facility in Mineralnye Vody. All of the aircraft have been acquired on the terms of operational leasing, and will enter service in April.

The aircraft are equipped with 172 seats in two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 164 in economy class). The cabins feature Sky Interior lighting.

S7 Group’s director for strategy Igor Veretennikov explained that the fleet expansion was required to support the airline’s growing route network and increasing frequencies on routes to over 40 destinations. “Within the summer schedule we are starting flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Malaga, Rhodes and other destinations. We are also launching direct connections between Novosibirsk and major cities in Siberia, the Far East and the south of Russia. S7 Airlines is also increasing frequencies on a number of routes from Moscow. We’ll be operating 12 daily flights to St. Petersburg and seven to Simferopol.”

The aircraft cabin configuration presumes that the new Boeing 737-800s will be operated mainly on the most profitable international routes. At the end of February, S7’s international traffic grew 5.3% YOY to 184,700 passengers, whereas Russian carriers’ cumulative international traffic declined 18.9%. S7’s domestic traffic grew 25.2% to 582,200 passengers, against the average domestic traffic growth of 15.3%.

With the new aircraft, S7 Airlines’ fleet consists of 64 aircraft: 19 Boeing 737-800s and 43 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

 

 

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