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Volga-Dnepr, the Ulyanovsk, Russia-based freight carrier, has introduced its first regular passenger flights, following a request from its home city's council to provide scheduled services after Simbirsk Avia ceased operating.

The airline is operating services between Ulyanovsk and Moscow (twice daily), St. Petersburg (three a week), and Sochi (two a week) in Russia, with a newly acquired fleet of 34-seat Yakovlev Yak-40s. The requirement for the services, from the Ulyanovsk council, followed the closure of the regional carrier, Simbirsk Avia, which operated Yak-40s and Yak-42s from Ulyanovsk.

Volga-Dnepr has acquired six redundant Simbirsk Yak-40s for its new service.

Source: Flight International