With 50-seat CRJ200s, Ak Bars Aero now serves Vilnius Airport from St Petersburg – a route that has only briefly been operated since Lithuania’s independence. The crew on the first flight are here seen posing in front of the aircraft parked at the Lithuanian capital airport.
- Ak Bars Aero, the Tatarstan-based Russian airline, launched its first international service out of St Petersburg (LED) on 25 March when the airline launched twice-weekly flights to Lithuania’s capital Vilnius (VNO). The 650-kilometre route is operated with 50-seat CRJ200LR aircraft. This is the fourth Russian route to Vilnius and its only service from Russia from outside Moscow, from where it is (as of this week) also served from all three airports. The last time the route was operated was in 2005, when Lithuanian Airlines briefly served the city pair; however, Vilnius Airport’s Managing Director Tomas Vaišvila pointed out the lack of regular flights: “According to a historically established tradition, a train trip is the most popular way to reach Saint Petersburg from Lithuania – basically, there has been no regular communication by air with this city for 20 years.”