Pobeda inaugurated flights between Moscow Vnukovo and Helsinki on 5 October. Pictured at the launch celebrations in the Finnish capital are: Petri Vuori, VP Route Development, Finavia; Alina Martyanova, Head of Ground Operations Overseas, Pobeda; and Aimo Rantanen, Route Development Manager, Finavia. A cake was also made by Helsinki Airport to welcome its newest airline, with the LCC planning to operate the route daily using 737-800s.
- Pobeda, the wholly owned LCC subsidiary of Aeroflot, has added Finland to its expanding international network. Launched 5 October, the airline will offer a daily service between Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and Helsinki (HEL). The airline will operate the 893-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737-800s. While no direct competition is provided on the airport pair, it should be noted that Aeroflot itself and Finnair each offer a three times daily service between the Finish capital and Moscow Sheremetyevo. “We are delighted to open our first daily connection to Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow,” commented Petri Vuori, VP Route Development, Finavia. “Pobeda offers Finnish passengers over 20 destinations in Russia and connections across the Mediterranean.” Along with this new international route, Pobeda also launched its newest domestic sector this week. Inaugurated on 2 October, the LCC will offer a three times weekly operation on the 723-kilometre city pairing of Makhachkala (MCX) and Krasnodar (KRR), a route that is already flown by Azimuth Airline three times weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Like its Helsinki service, flights between Makhachkala and Krasnodar will be flown using 737-800s. See how Helsinki Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.