Pobeda (airline)

Pobeda LCC, (Russian: Победа, lit.'Victory', branding itself as pobeda...), is an ultra low-cost airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, the flag carrier and largest airline of Russia.[5] It operates scheduled services to domestic and international destinations mainly from its airline hub of Vnukovo International Airport.[6]

Pobeda
Logo-pobeda-en.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
DP PBD POBEDA
Founded16 September 2014; 8 years ago (2014-09-16)
Commenced operations1 December 2014 (2014-12-01)
Hubs
Focus cities
Fleet size41
Destinations67
Parent companyAeroflot
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Key peopleAndrey Yurikov, interim CEO.[2]
RevenueIncrease RUB 20.6 billion[3][4] (FY 2017)
Net incomeDecrease RUB 2.8 billion[3][4] (FY 2017)
Websitewww.pobeda.aero

Since operations commenced in late 2014, Pobeda is considered to be one of the fastest-growing airlines in Russia and Europe in 2019,[7][8] becoming the 3rd largest airline in Russia in February 2019,[9] carrying 689,100 passengers in January 2019,[10] a 43.7 percent improvement from the month of last year, and having a claimed value of US$800 million.[11]

HistoryEdit

The company Budget Carrier, LLC was registered on 16 September 2014 with Aeroflot as the only shareholder. It is the second attempt of Aeroflot to form a low-cost carrier, after Dobrolet, which ceased operation in August 2014.[citation needed] Pobeda received an air operator's certificate on 11 November 2014, and commerced its maiden flight on 1 December of the same year,[12] from Moscow-Vnukovo to Volgograd. The carrier surpassed 2 million passengers in September 2015, after nine months of operation.[13]

The airline had hoped to introduce a Moscow to Bratislava service in October 2015,[14] but the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency turned down an application to operate international flights as the airline has to operate internally for at least two years first.[15] Bratislava Airport and Pobeda, however, announced the launch of first international flight to Bratislava, to be commenced on 19 December 2015. Pobeda also market their service from Moscow to Vienna, Austria via a fly-and-ride scheme, with a bus trip from Bratislava to Vienna included as part of the service.[13]

In December 2015, Pobeda cancelled their planned route to Salzburg after only 34 tickets were sold.[16]

In August 2018, Pobeda announced that registration of passengers at foreign airports will be charged a fee of 25 euros per person.[17] This caused a wide public outcry, and in December 2018 the Moscow Interregional Transport Prosecutor's Office filed a lawsuit against such a decision of the airline.[18]

In October 2019, the court ruled that the airline should cancel the registration fee for passengers at foreign airports.[19] In response, Pobeda announced an increase in ticket prices from abroad by 40%.[20]

In August 2021, Andrey Kalmykov, CEO of Pobeda, delivered a skeptical point of view of state aid to Russian airline companies, describing any cancellations and bans of air routes and destinations as commercial risks.[21] Following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine Andrey Kalmykov left the company.[22]

DestinationsEdit

FleetEdit

The Pobeda Airlines fleet included the following aircraft as of September 2022:[23]

Pobeda fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 41 [24] 189 Overall 48 aircraft to be taken-over from Aeroflot[24]
Total 41 -

Corporate affairsEdit

Business trendsEdit

The key trends for Pobeda since 2014 are:

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Turnover ( bln) 0.11 11.3 18.7 20.6 35.5
Number of passengers (m) 0.11 3.1 4.3 4.6 7.2 10.3
Passenger load factor (%) 78 81.2 88.3 94.2 94.1 94
Number of aircraft (at year end) 3 12 12 16 30
Notes/sources [25]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 11 November 2016 – A Boeing 737-800 rolled off the runway by almost 20 metres (66 ft) at Cheboksary after landing. There were no injuries and the plane sustained little damage.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "В Шереметьево празднуют "Победу"". kommersant. 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Глава Победы ушёл в отставку" (in Russian). РБК. 4 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b ""Победа" пошла на снижение". 3 January 2018 – via Kommersant.
  4. ^ a b "Глава "Победы" — РБК: Вся отрасль знала про грядущий коллапс "ВИМ-Авиа"". РБК.
  5. ^ Blachly, Linda (1 September 2015). "Russia's Aeroflot to acquire Transaero Airlines". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ Расписание полетов [Timetables] (in Russian). Победа. 1 November 2014. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  7. ^ Morris, Hugh (15 October 2019). "Revealed: Europe's fastest growing airline (and you've probably never heard of it)". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  8. ^ Times, The Moscow (16 October 2019). "Russia's Pobeda Named Europe's Fastest-Growing Airline". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  9. ^ ES (15 February 2019). "Moscow's Vnukovo demonstrated 11.6% traffic growth in January". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  10. ^ ES (27 February 2019). "Aeroflot Group's January passenger traffic up by 14.5 per cent". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  11. ^ ES (21 November 2019). "The value of Russia LCC Pobeda is now US$800 million, Aeroflot boss claims". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  12. ^ Авиакомпания "Победа" запускает продажу авиабилетов по шести направлениям (Press release) (in Russian). Pobeda. 11 November 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Победа" открыла продажу билетов на первые международные рейсы (Press release) (in Russian). Pobeda. 12 November 2015. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Crossing Borders?". Airliner World: 10. October 2015.
  15. ^ "Red Light for Pobeda". Airliner World: 10. November 2015.
  16. ^ austrianaviation.net – "Salzburg: Only 34 Pobeda bookings" Archived 15 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine (German) 14 December 2015
  17. ^ Ведомости (8 August 2018). ""Победа" будет брать 25 евро за регистрацию в зарубежных аэропортах". www.vedomosti.ru. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  18. ^ "На авиакомпанию "Победа" подали в суд из-за платной регистрации на рейсы". snob.ru. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Прокуратура через суд добилась отмены платной регистрации для пассажиров "Победы"". 8 October 2019.
  20. ^ Ведомости (15 October 2019). ""Победа" поднимает в среднем на 40% цены на рейсы в Россию". www.vedomosti.ru. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Глава Победы выступил против господдержки авиакомпаний" (in Russian). RBK Group. 15 August 2021.
  22. ^ Curran, Andrew (2 June 2022). "Reputation Damage: Aeroflot's Unexpected Start To 2022".
  23. ^ "Pobeda Fleet Detail and History". Planespotters.net. 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  24. ^ a b "Rossiya To Take All Of Aeroflot's Sukhoi SJ100s By 2022". Simple Flying. 30 November 2020.
  25. ^ Перевозки пассажиров и пассажирооборот за январь-декабрь 2018–2019 гг.
  26. ^ "Самолет авиакомпании "Победа" выкатился за пределы ВПП в аэропорту Чебоксар". Interfax. 11 November 2016.

External linksEdit

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