Irkutsk
Ulan-Ude

Blagoveshchensk
Chita
Yakutsk

Birobidzhan
Vladivostok
Khabarovsk

Magadan
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Anadyr
Petropavlovsk-
Kamchatsky
Moscow

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"Aeroflot", leaving, did not break anything

FAS found no violations in the substitution of Aeroflot in the Far Eastern direction of its ships for the ships of "Russia"

As EastRussia has learned, the FAS believes that the replacement of Aeroflot on its Far Eastern trips of ships to the more spacious ships of Russia fully complies with market demands - thanks to this, the volume of traffic to the Far East can grow by 2019 by 10% without increasing the frequency of flights . At the same time, the service aboard the "Russia" has traditionally been lower than the Aeroflot service, which is important for many passengers during long flights. EastRussia tried to understand why no one is embarrassed by the fact that the direct transport market from the Far East to Moscow and back is actually monopolized, and passengers in these areas are simply doomed to agree with any Aeroflot policy.

Photo: AK "Russia"
The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia does not see violations of antimonopoly legislation in the actions of PJSC Aeroflot, from October-December of this year, gradually replacing aircraft from Russia with its own ships on Far Eastern flights. This was reported to EastRussia by State Duma deputy from the Khabarovsk Territory Boris Gladkikh, who asked about the legality of the air carrier’s actions to various departments - the relevant committees of both chambers of the Federal Assembly, the Ministry of Transport, Rosturizm and FAS. 

Aeroflot announced the decision, we recall, this summer, explaining that it does so to reduce costs. Far Eastern flights are partially subsidized by the state - carriers, receiving subsidies for flights from Moscow to the administrative centers of the Far East from Rosaviatsia, pledge to reserve at least 30% economy-class seats for sale at a "flat rate". In 2018, Aeroflot flew to Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

In the official response of the head of the FAS Igor Artemyev (EastRussia has a copy), it is reported that Aeroflot in the Far East uses ships such as Airbus A-330 (for 302 seats) and Boeing B777-300ER (for 402 seats), Russia - B -777-300 (373 seats), B-747 (447 seats) and B777-300ER (457 seats). 

Thus, the ships of "Russia" have a significantly greater passenger capacity, including for economy-class seats. When replacing flights and maintaining their total number, "the overall growth of transportation capacity of economy class in the direction of the Far East in 2019 could be up to 10%, which meets the demands of the transportation market," the letter says. Therefore, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, Igor Artemyev concludes, has no reason to consider the actions of Aeroflot PJSC to replace the company's public flights on Rossiya airlines that violate antitrust laws.

EastRussia help. As of November 2018, the airline "Russia", according to the carrier’s own data, operated by 19 long-range Boeing 777 and Boeing 747. Aeroflot Group as a whole, which includes Rossiya, operated 31 long-haul Airbus A2017s, Boeing 52s and Boeing 330s as of December 747, 777. In 2018, 12 airlines operated special-fare flights to the cities of the Far East, Simferopol and Kaliningrad. From March to September, 346 thousand passengers were transported from the Far East at "flat rates"; in October, the government allocated the Federal Air Transport Agency an additional subsidy of 100 million rubles. for transportation in these directions at least 15 thousand more people. In October, the Federal Air Transport Agency announced that from 2019, the "flat tariffs" will be extended for the whole year. 

New flight schedule to the Far East from 10 December 2018
Flight
Day of the week
Aircraft
Airline
Moscow - Vladivostok
Mon, Tues
Boeing 777
"Russia"

Mon, Tues
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"

Thu, Fri
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"

Wed, Sat, Sun
Boeing 777
"Russia"


Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"
Vladivostok - Moscow
Mon, Thu, Sun
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"


Boeing 777
"Russia"

Fri, Sat
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"

W, Wed
Boeing 777
"Russia"


Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"
Moscow - Khabarovsk
Daily
Boeing 777
"Russia"

Mon - Fri
Boeing 747
"Russia"
Khabarovsk - Moscow
Daily
Boeing 777
"Russia"

W - Sat
Boeing 747
"Russia"
Moscow - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - Moscow
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"
Moscow - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk-Moscow
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"


The Far East's dissatisfaction with the replacement of Aeroflot aircraft with Russian aircraft is primarily due to the lower flight comfort on the latter. Due to the denser layout, the distance between the seats in the aircraft of "Russia" is less, the onboard entertainment system does not work in any class of service (a 7-8-hour flight passes faster while watching movies), and the airline flies from Sheremetyevo not from the new terminal B like Aeroflot, but from the old terminal D. In addition, the Aeroflot group's monopolization of transportation in the Far East has led to the fact that passengers cannot maneuver in any way in response to the deterioration of air transportation service - an alternative to direct Aeroflot flights at the moment just doesn't exist. 
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