Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary Dobrolet has received clearance to launch operations next monh.

Russian civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia yesterday issued an AOC to the carrier. While declining to disclose the date, Aeroflot chief Vitaly Saveliev says Dobrolet's launch is scheduled for June.

He adds that the carrier will use two Boeing 737-800s and a Superjet 100, sub-leased by Aeroflot, as a back-up aircraft.

Dobrolet will this year offer services to eight domestic cities within the range of 2,000km from Moscow. It plans to expand this over the following two years to 26 destinations.

Saveliev does not rule out that it could also launch cross-border flights - tentatively to Kiev, Istanbul and Yerevan - in 2016

He expects Dobrolet's fares to be up to 20% lower than economy fares charged by Aeroflot.

Source: Cirium Dashboard