Russian airline Dobrolet, which was forced to suspend flights due to sanctions imposed by EU, signed an agreement with Boeing for delivery of 16 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Interfax reports with reference to the carrier’s representative.
The deliveries are scheduled for 2017-2018. The company paid the deposit on Monday.
"This agreement once again confirms our development strategy. The management team is doing its best to resume flights as soon as possible", - the carrier’s representative told Interfax.
On Sunday August 3rd 2014 it was stated that Dobrolet would suspend flights since August 4th due to sanctions against Russian companies imposed by EU in connection with the situation in Ukraine. A number of European counterparties notified the carrier of their refusal to fulfill their obligations to the Russian airline and terminated lease agreements as well as maintenance agreements and insurance contracts for the company’s aircraft. Moreover, they refused to provide aeronautical information to the carrier.
Passengers with tickets for flights to Simferopol (for September 15th or earlier) and flights to Volgograd (for August 20th or earlier) will be transported by Orenair - Orenburg Airlines (subsidiary of Aeroflot).
On Monday August 4th a source close to Aeroflot said that two Boeing 737 aircraft previously operated by Dobrolet may join the fleet of Orenair.
Dobrolet (the 100%-owned subsidiary of Aeroflot) is a low-cost carrier offering relatively cheap tickets. The airline performed its first commercial flight on June 10th 2014. 1,5 months ago Dobrolet was performing flights only to Simferopol; on August 1st 2014 the carrier launched flights to Volgograd. As of August 4th the airline was selling tickets for flights to six more destinations: Samara, Ufa, Kazan, Perm, Yekaterinburg and Surgut. The flights on these destinations should have been launched in the near-term.
According to the website of Dobrolet, the carrier’s fleet should comprise 40 aircraft by 2018 and its passenger traffic should reach 10 million passengers per year. Upon reaching these milestones the carrier will be one of the Russia’s 10 largest carriers. Dobrolet seeks to expand its route network – in future it will comprise up to 40 destinations. The carrier should have launched international flights in 2016.