Enjoying a glass of new route fizz, before cutting the ceremonial ribbon and listening to the folk music duo Tulitsa were (left) Finavia SVP Marketing and Sales Joni Sundelin and (right) S7 Airlines VP Sales and Customer Relationship Andrey Larchenko.
- S7 Airlines, the oneworld carrier, has further strengthened its ties within the alliance, following the start of daily services between Moscow Domodedovo (DME) and Helsinki (HEL) on 26 April. The A319-operated route will face no direct competition, though alliance partner Finnair operates (nine times weekly) from the Finnish capital into Moscow Sheremetyevo, with Aeroflot additionally linking the same airport pair on a daily basis. S7 also commenced two new routes to Cyprus from Domodedovo, beginning daily services to Larnaca (LCA) on 25 April and thrice-weekly services to Paphos (PFO) on 26 April. While both services will be flown by the airline’s 166-seat 737-800s, only the 2,335-kilometre sector to Paphos will endure direct competition, provided by Transaero Airlines, with its own six times weekly operations.