Newly-rebranded operator Smartavia, formerly Nordavia, has shown off the first aircraft to carry the airline’s revised colour scheme.
The Boeing 737-800 (VP-BEV) arrived at St Petersburg following a service from Arkhangelsk on 10 April.
Smartavia will have seven Boeing jets by mid-summer, says chief executive Sergei Savostin.
The airline will use St Petersburg as a base airport, operating to 18 Russian and international destinations.
These will include cities in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. It will also offer charter services to Italy. Savostin says the airline intends to transform into a “modern, efficient carrier”. The 737-800 is fitted with an all-economy layout with 189 seats.
Smartavia has emerged from Arkhangelsk-based Nordavia, which uses a fleet of 12 aircraft including 737-500s, -700s and -800s.