Using Airbus A220 - Red Wings gets authorisation to fly from St. Petersburg to Brussels three times a week from Summer 2019
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July 16, 2018 - By André Orban for Aviation24.be
The airline Red Wings (owned by lessor "Ilyushin Finance Co.", IFC) received Rosaviatsia's authorisation to fly between Brussels and St. Petersburg. Direct flights from Pulkovo to the Belgian capital are now carried out only by foreign airlines: Brussels Airlines (non-stop) at an average ticket price of 25,000 rubles, KLM (via Amsterdam) at 20,300 rubles and airBaltic (via Riga) at 16,300 rubles. However, the Russian airline will only be ready to start this route by the summer of 2019, when six mid-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft (now called Airbus A220-300) join the carrier's fleet. These aeroplanes are more economical to operate and will allow Red Wings to compete in price on the route.
Red Wings Airlines (a 100% subsidiary of Red Wings, owned by the leasing company IFC) has received authorisation for flights to Brussels from St. Petersburg, according to information published on the website of the Federal Air Transport Administration (Rosaviatsia). The carrier requested flights from Pulkovo to the Belgian capital three times a week. Red Wings explained to newspaper Kommersant that obtaining the authorisation to fly the route was linked to the acquisition of the medium-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft (now Airbus A220-300) in 2019. The airline expects the delivery of six Bombardier CS300 aircraft, which will enter the fleet starting in May 2019. The airline currently operates five Tu-204s, eight A321s and four A320s. The CS300 is characterised by a high fuel efficiency (up to 20% savings per seat compared to similar aircraft), which will allow Red Wings airlines to compete on price on this route. The CS300 aircraft will be delivered with a single-class economy configuration of 145 seats.
Earlier, the adviser to the company's CEO Nikolai Dadonov told ATO.ru that the CS300 aircraft does not...