S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines
S7 Airlines
Founded May 1992
(founded as Sibir)
Hubs Tolmachevo Airport
Domodedovo International Airport
Focus cities Chelyabinsk Airport
Irkutsk Airport
Khabarovsk Novy Airport
Vladivostok International Airport
Frequent-flyer program S7 Priority
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 35 (+26 orders)
Destinations 87
Headquarters Ob, Russia
Key people Vladimir Obyedkov (General Director)
Website www.s7.ru

OJSC Siberia Airlines (Russian: ОАО «Авиакомпания „Сибирь“» "ОАО Aviakompania Sibir"), operating as S7 Airlines, is an airline headquartered in Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia,[1][2] with offices in Moscow.[3] S7 Airlines is Russia's fastest growing airline and recently passed Aeroflot as Russia's largest domestic airline.[4]

S7 operates scheduled passenger flights to Russian destinations, as well as international services to Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, South Korea, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. Its main bases and hubs are Domodedovo International Airport (DME), Moscow and Tolmachevo Airport (OVB), Novosibirsk, with a further hub at Irkutsk Airport (IKT), Irkutsk. Its the largest domestic route network in Russia.



Ilyushin Il-86 of S7 Airlines in old 'Siberia Airlines' livery at Domodedovo with two Transaero Boeing 747's in the background
S7 Airlines used 10 Boeing 737-500 between 2005-2008

Siberia Airlines was established in May, 1992 in Ob, Russia.

Tolmachevo United Avia Squadron (Russian: Толмачевский объединенный авиаотряд) dates back to 12 July, 1957 when it accomplished the first flight from Moscow to Novosibirsk. Sibir Airlines was formed around this air squadron. Since 2005 Sibir flies under S7 Airlines brand. The first international flight was in 1991 to Harbin, China.

In 1994, the airline joined IATA. Also in 1994, the company became an open joint stock company and started its first international route (as Siber Airlines) from Novosibirsk to Frankfurt, Germany.

In the first half of the 1990s, Siberia Airlines was a medium-size regional airline like many others created from the former Aeroflot. It was mainly focused on domestic flights from Novosibirsk. However, by the end of the decade the airline started aggressive expansion in the Russian domestic market.[citation needed]

Siberia Airlines has grown mainly through a series of mergers with smaller regional airlines. In 1999, it opened its Moscow branch in Vnukovo International Airport. The charter flights program from Sheremetyevo International Airport followed in 2000.

In 2001, the airline acquired one of the major Moscow-market players - Vnukovo Airlines based at Vnukovo International Airport.

Since 2002, all Moscow flights are operated from Domodedovo International Airport which is the biggest hub of the company. The company started a close partnership with Armenian airline Armavia and owned 70% of that company until 2005. Siber Airlines crews operated Armavia A320s on flights from Yerevan to Moscow and Novosibirsk.[citation needed]

In 2004, the airline absorbed Chelyabinsk Airlines.[5]

In March 2005, Siberia Airlines rolled out its new livery featuring a marketing strategy focusing on the brand "S7", its two-letter IATA code designator. Both the branding and livery were created by London-based brand consultancy firm Landor Associates.[6] The airline also embarked on an advertising campaign also with Landor Associates using the slogan "Свобода выбирать" (Freedom to Choose).

The airline has also established a new base in Chelyabinsk, flying to seven scheduled destinations within Russia and the former Soviet Union.[citation needed]

S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-154.

In the aftermath of the S7 Airlines Flight 778 aircrash at Irkutsk in July 2006, it was reported that the Russian Government's 25.5% stake in the airline may be passed to Aeroflot Russian Airlines as part of a consolidation programme within the Russian aviation industry. It is claimed that the above crash may speed up this process.[who?][citation needed]

In December 2006, the airline became the second Russian air carrier to complete, and pass, the IATA International Safety Audit (IOSA) which is the first global air safety standard. On 27 September 2007, OAO Siber Airlines /S7 Airlines/ received an official notice IATA on entry of the Company in the register of operators IOSA,.[7]

It was announced in April 2007 that a new division was set up within the airline, called Globus. This division will concentrate of flying tourist passengers to holiday destinations. Initially, the aircraft for this division will be used from within the mainstream fleet, but during 2010-2014, 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be leased with an all economy layout, followed by an option for a further 10 more after this period.[8]

S7 Airlines Airbus A319. (2008)

On 29 May 2007, the airline announced an order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Dreamliners scheduled for delivery in 2014 with an option for 10 additional aircraft.[9] The order was officially canceled on 29 January 2009, with S7 stating that it is considering the possibility of taking the aircraft under a leasing scheme.[10]

On 16 December 2008, S7 Airlines sold Globus to East Line Group, the owner of Domodedovo International Airport. All 4 Boeing 737-400 were sold with Globus and 4 Boeing 737-800's were returned to S7 Airlines.

It ranked second in Russian international flights market and first in the domestic market. The airline carried 5.6 million of passengers in 2009, including 3.5 million passengers on flights in Russia.

Airline alliance

It was announced on May 26, 2009 that S7 Airlines would be joining the Oneworld alliance in 2010, sponsored by British Airways. S7 became a member of Oneworld on 15 November 2010 as the first Russian airline to join Oneworld and second to join an alliance, after Aeroflot entering SkyTeam in 2006.


S7 Airlines destinations.
  S7 Destinations

Codeshare agreements

S7 Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Frequent flyer partners


In line with an IATA resolution, from December 2006 the airline began to publish its fares for international destinations originating in Russia in Euros, rather than US dollars. This resulted in a fare increase as the conversion rate is 1 Euro = 1 US Dollar. Fuel surcharges are also published in euros. Its domestic fares are still shown in the local currency.[13]


Two S7 Airlines planes in Domodedovo one Boeing 737-400 in new livery and a Airbus A310 in old livery.


The S7 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 16 May 2010):[14][15][16]

S7 Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A310-300 1 14 241 255 To exit service Q4 2011
Airbus A319-100 19 8 120 128
Airbus A319LR 1
Airbus A320-200 9 20 8 150 158
Boeing 737-800 6 8[17] 10 12 148 160 4 operated for Globus
Boeing 767-300ER 2 1 18 222 240
12 240 252
Total 40 29 10

At March 2011, the average age of the S7 Airlines Boeing and Airbus fleet is 9.5 years.[18]

The first western aircraft, Airbus A310, were acquired in 2004. In summer 2004 during the Farnborough Airshow the company signed a memorandum of intention to purchase 50 of new Sukhoi Russian Regional Jet with the first plane to be delivered in 2007. However, the airline subsequently dropped its plans to order this aircraft, citing that the aircraft's changed specifications no longer met its requirements.[19]

The 16 leased Airbus A319 aircraft were previously operating for Northwest Airlines, they are in service for S7 since summer 2006.[20]

The airline is in discussions to acquire the new version of the Tupolev Tu-204, the Tupolev Tu-204SM. S7 has agreed to a memorandum of understanding with lessor Ilyushin-Finance for 15 of the new aircraft, with five to be delivered each in 2009, 2010 and 2012.[21]

As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft have left the fleet.[22]

Historical fleet

At different times, the S7 Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[23]

S7 Airlines Fleet history
Aircraft Years Of Operation Notes
Airbus A310-200 2004—2010 5 now stored
Airbus A310-300 2004— 2 now stored, one written off, one still in operation
Airbus A319-100 2006—
Airbus A320-200 2008— One sold to Armavia, 9 still in operation
Boeing 737-400* 2006—2008 To Globus
Boeing 737-500* 2005—2009 3 sold to Air Ivoire and 7 to Aero Contractors
Boeing 737-800 2008—
Boeing 767-300ER 2008—
Ilyushin Il-86 ????—2008
Tupolev Tu-154 ????—2008 3 to Globus, 2 written off.
Tupolev Tu-204 1992—2005

Incidents and accidents

As Siberia Airlines

As S7 Airlines

  • On 9 July 2006, S7 Airlines Flight 778, an Airbus A310 carrying 193 passengers and 10 crew members, suffered a landing accident at the Irkutsk International Airport in Siberia. The jet failed to decelerate on landing, overran the runway and crashed into a concrete barricade. 124 people died.[24][25]


Sibir Technics LCC is a subsidiary of S7, located on the grounds of Tolmachevo Airport.[26]

See also

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  1. ^ "Talk to Us." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "Legal Department, S7 AIRLINES, Ob-2, Novosibirsk Region, 633102, Russia "
  2. ^ "Головной офис Россия 633104 Обь-4 Новосибирская обл" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. http://www.s7.ru/ru/contact_us/headquarters/headquarters.html. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Headquarters." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 4 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Russian airline growth slows from over 20% to under 5%; S7 extends lead over Aeroflot in domestic market". anna.aero. 2008-10-03. http://www.anna.aero/2008/10/03/russian-airline-growth-slows-from-over-20-percent-to-under-5/. 
  5. ^ Artem Fetisov On the Mend, November 1, 2006, Air Transport World
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "S7 Airlines Successfully Completed IATA Operational Safety Audit and was Awarded IOSA Certificate" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2 October 2007. http://www.s7.ru/en/about_us/news/2007/10/2007_10_02_IOSA.html. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "S7 Сharter начнёт эксплуатацию самолётов нового поколения Boeing 737-800" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. http://www.s7.ru/ru/about_us/news/2007/04/2007_04_26_S7Charter_Boeing.html. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Announcement by Boeing of Dreamliner order 29th May 2007
  10. ^ Zaitsev, Tom (2009-01-29). "S7 confirms 787 cancellation but considers lease instead". Flight Global. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/01/29/321816/s7-confirms-787-cancellation-but-considers-lease-instead.html. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Aviation Photos & Video". USA Today. http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/02/british-airways-s7-codeshare/141032/1?csp=34travel. 
  12. ^ "El Al signs code-share agreement with S7 Siberian Airlines". Port2Port. 2010-11-15. http://www.port2port.com/Index.asp?CategoryID=44&ArticleID=2662. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "IATA converts fares to euros" (Press release). S7 Airlines. 2006-11-15. http://www.s7.ru/en/about_us/news/2006/11/2006_11_15_euro.html. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  14. ^ S7 Airlines fleet information - Official Site
  15. ^ S7 Airlines fleet information - CH Aviation
  16. ^ "Парк S7 пополнился двумя новыми Airbus A320" (in Russian) (Press release). S7 Airlines. http://www.s7.ru/ru/about_us/news/2009/12/2009_12_25_New_Airbus_A320.html. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  17. ^ Boeing orders and deliveries report for S7 airlines
  18. ^ Airline Fleet Age S7 Airlines
  19. ^ Flight Global 7 February 2006
  20. ^ Flight Global 28 March 2006
  21. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  22. ^ "Флот S7" (in Russian). S7 Airlines. http://www.s7.ru/ru/flight_info/our_fleet/our_fleet.html. 
  23. ^ Sibir Airlines S7 Fleet | Airfleets aviation. Airfleets.net. Retrieved on 2010-11-16.
  24. ^ Passenger plane crashes in Russia BBC News 9 July 2006
  25. ^ '150 dead' in Russian jet crash CNN, 8 July 2006
  26. ^ "Sibir Technics." S7 Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010.

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