Russia's Sibir is set to launch the country's first low-fares service on 1 June between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.

Sibir says the 90min service, operating from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, is to gauge market reaction. Sibir chief executive Vladislav Filiov says the average one-way fare will be 600 roubles ($19) - one-third of the standard 2,200 roubles fare - and will start with one daily round trip. If successful, frequency will be doubled.

Services will initially use a 140-seat Tupolev Tu-154M, but the airline is set to introduce smaller Yakovlev Yak-42s.

Source: Flight International