Aeroflot low-cost arm Dobrolet nears launch of services

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Russian low-cost start-up Dobrolet has edged toward starting flights with the selection of domestic line maintenance providers.

The operator says Orenair’s in-house MRO division will cater to its Boeing 737-800s at Ufa airport.

Line maintenance at Ekaterinburg and Samara airports is to be carried out by UTair-affiliated Ural Aviation Services.

Dobrolet also intends to finalise an agreement with an as-yet-undisclosed Perm-based provider shortly.

The Aeroflot subsidiary has identified these four cities plus St Petersburg as its initial destinations to be served from Moscow.

Its first leased 737 with a single-class cabin layout is due to arrive by May, says a company source.

But he adds that the jury is still out on whether Vnukovo or Domodedovo airport will be chosen as its Moscow base.