RusLine become Russia’s 12th IATA airline

The regional airline expects to benefit from the global association’s best practices

RusLine RusLine operates CRJ200s across a network of regional routes (RusLine)

Russian regional airline RusLine has been welcomed as a new member of global airline body the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Vnukovo, Moscow airport-based RusLine, which is a regional specialist that also serves as a feeder carrier for Utair, Russia’s sixth largest airline, expects its IATA membership will provide access to the global association’s best practices and will benefit from partnerships with international airlines.

“It is an honour for us to be admitted to IATA. We have really waited so long for this important milestone both for the airline and for our passengers,” says RusLine’s general director Alexander Gorodilov. “Membership of such a global association is proof of endorsement and trust, so it may be regarded as a seal of excellence for an airline. Besides, being part of IATA means we’ll be able to adopt the best of global experience in air travel and enjoy new opportunities from international partnerships,” he concludes.

RusLine joins 11 other Russian airlines that are members of IATA, including flag carrier Aeroflot and its subsidiary Rossiya Airlines, as well as Nordavia (Smartavia), NordStar, Nordwind Airlines, Pegas Fly (Ikar Airlines), S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines and Utair – and which also includes the two specialist cargo carriers of Volga-Dnepr and its subsidiary AirBridgeCargo as fellow members.

The Russian regional airline operates a fleet of 18 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100/200 jets on scheduled and charter flights across a network of regional routes. It mainly concentrates on supplying feeder passenger flows from smaller towns to large regional centres.

RusLine, which currently ranks at 21st in the list of top Russian airlines, carried 635,400 passengers in 2019, three per cent less than in 2018, with a 69.4 seat load factor. Its RPKs grew by 14.8 per cent in the period.

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