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A third force
01 October 2005
AiRUnion is hoping to become a major competitor to Aeroflot and Sibir, but can the alliance find the funding and the management to become a viable rival? Steve Thomson, editor of Concise Aerospace (www.conciseb2b.com/aerospace), reports.
Over the past year a third force has begun to emerge in the
Russian air transport sector that could challenge the
domination of Aeroflot and Sibir, and which also threatens to
displace the St Petersburg-based Pulkovo Airlines.
The AiRUnion airline alliance, led by the country's
fourth-largest carrier, Krasnoyarsk Airline (KrasAir), is
largely composed of airlines in which KrasAir's senior
management, twin brothers Boris and Alexander Abramovich,
exercise either control or influence.
The alliance comprises KrasAir, Domodedovo Airlines, Samara
Airlines, Omskavia and Sibaviatrans, as well as regional
carriers Bashkir Airlines and Sakhalin Airlines.
The new alliance represents a substantial and growing share
of the Russian airline market - carrying well over 1.25 million
passengers in the first half of 2005 out of the 14.7 million
overall who travelled on Russian carriers.
Russian regional carriers after years of inadequate
investment in both infrastructure and new aircraft cannot
compete with the...
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