Captured in front of the airport building in Samara was Pobeda’s new daily domestic service from Moscow Vnukovo on 2 December. This was Aeroflot’s freshly-branded LCC‘s second new route, following the start of operations to Volgograd last week.
The following day, on 3 December, the fledgling LCC showed up in a chilly Ekaterinburg to begin its third daily domestic route.
- Pobeda or ‘Victory’, the new name for Aeroflot’s in-house LCC that was formerly known as Dobrolet (Good flight) before it was forced to temporarily shut down due to EU sanctions in August, has started three more domestic routes this week from its Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) base. Launched on 2 December, the fledgling carrier will connect to Samara (KUF), with Ekaterinburg (SVX – 3 December) and Belgorod (EGO – 7 December) added later in the week. The most comprehensive competition is on the former route, with UTair (thrice-daily), ORENAIR (daily) and Transaero Airlines (four times weekly), providing the alternative offerings. Flights to Ekaterinburg will face ORENAIR (daily), UTair (daily), Transaero Airlines (six times weekly) and Gazpromavia (weekly), while its Belgorod operation will encounter slightly less opposition in the form of UTair (daily) and Gazpromavia (weekly). All routes will be flown daily by the airline’s 189-seat 737-800s. For further information, check out our recent start-up analysis on Pobeda.