SINGAPORE: Aeroflot aims for LCC launch in Q2

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Russian flag carrier Aeroflot is on track to launch its new low-fare subsidiary Dobrolet in the second quarter of this year, Giorgio Callegari, deputy director general for strategy and alliances, tells Flightglobal at the Singapore Aviation Leadership Summit.

By the end of its first year of operation Dobrolet will have eight Boeing 737-800s in operation, says Callegari. The aircraft will all be sourced from operating lessors and will be new.

Callegari would not be drawn on when a decision will be made about a precise start-up date or whether the carrier will be based at Moscow’s Domodedevo or Vnukovo airports. The airline is in discussions with both airports. Aeroflot’s main base is at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.

“We do expect some cannibalisation of traffic from [Aeroflot’s] services at Sheremetyevo,” says Callegari, but this effect has been factored into Dobrolet’s business plan. “The overall net benefits are much bigger than expected cannibalisation,” he says.