Route of the Week:
UTair’s Moscow Vnukovo to Tallinn
UTair’s first passenger on the new route from Moscow Vnukovo to Tallinn, Aavo Koppel, was presented a goody bag by Elena Krylova, Moscow Vnukovo Airport’s press secretary; Gennady Proschikin, Head of Vnukovo Airport terminal complex; Igor Pedan, UTair’s Vnukovo station manager; and Maxim Andreev, Russian Foreign Ministry Consul on duty at Vnukovo Airport. Among the first passengers was also the American band Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg.
UTair was welcomed to Tallinn with a water salute. The following day, the main celebrations took place, including letting passengers indulge in the matryoshka doll cake baked for the occasion.
- UTair expanded its main hub at Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) on 1 August as the airline launched daily flights to Tallinn (TLL), the capital of Estonia. Tallinn is the airline’s 65th destination from its hub at the Russian capital, from where it now serves the capitals of all three Baltic countries. The new route, which is operated with 70-seat ATR72 aircraft, competes indirectly with Estonian Air’s six weekly flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo. In spite of the close historical bond between the two countries, this is the first time a Russian carrier serves Tallinn from Moscow since Aeroflot dropped its services from Sheremetyevo in 2000.