Aeroflot to take commercial control of Rossiya in March

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Aeroflot is to assume full commercial control of Rossiya Airlines from the end of March, as it continues to integrate the subsidiaries acquired from the Rostec in 2011.

It means that from 30 March all flights operated by the St Petersburg-based carrier will be designated Aeroflot flights and Rossiya Airlines FV flight code will cease to be used.

"The assumption of commercial control marks a key step toward the full integration of Rossiya into the Aeroflot Group, and is expected to generate additional revenues through the sale of flights operated by Aeroflot subsidiaries through the Group’s more than 200 interline e-ticket agreements," the SkyTeam carrier says in a statement.

Rossiya Airlines carried 4.2 million passengers in 2012 operating from its main hub of St Petersburg. Flightglobal's Ascend Online fleets database shows the airline operates a 51-strong fleet, more than half of which are Airbus narrowbodies.

Aeroflot acquired a majority of Rossiva in 2011 as part of deals which also saw it take majority holdings in Vladivostok Air, SAT Airlines and Orenair..