Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot has launched a new low-cost carrier, to be named Dobrolet.
Based in the Moscow, the new budget airline will use a fleet of all-economy Boeing 737-800s to operate flights to “popular destinations in the European part of Russia”, according to Aeroflot.
Services are expected to commence in spring 2014, however Aeroflot’s CEO, Vitaly Saveliev, said there were some legislative hurdles to overcome before the launch.
“A low-cost carrier in Russia will not fly unless we harmonise our legislation with the existing norms of the global industry, such as non-refundable tickets, meals on board for a fee, baggage fees, the ability to hire pilot,” said Saveliev. “We expect the appropriate legislative decisions to be taken by the end of this year.”
Aeroflot will own 100% of the new carrier, and will invest approximately US$100 million in Dobrolet over the next two years. This will include increasing the airline’s fleet to eight aircraft in the first year, with eight more expected to be added each year.