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S7 Airlines, legally PJSC Siberia Airlines (Russian: ПАО «Авиакомпания "Сибирь"» "PАО Aviakompania Sibir"), is an airline headquartered in Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia,[3][4] with offices in Moscow.[5] As of 2008, it is Russia's biggest domestic airline, with its main bases at Domodedovo International Airport and Tolmachevo Airport.[6]

S7 Airlines
S7 new logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedMay 1957 (as Tolmachevsky squadron)
Commenced operationsMay 1992 (as Siberia Airlines)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programS7 Priority
Fleet size95[1] (incl subsidiaries)
Company sloganFreedom to choose
HeadquartersOb, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia
Key peopleVladimir Obyedkov, General Director



Early yearsEdit

S7 Airlines Ilyushin Il-86 formerly operated by Vnukovo Airlines

What is now S7 Airlines started in 1957 as "the Tolmachevo united squadron" of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the USSR. After the Soviet Union disintegration and during 1990's Russian economic reforms a state-run Siberia Airlines was created based on the squadron in 1992 and later privatized in 1994. The same year Siberia was assigned an IATA airline code.[7]

In 1997, Siberia Airlines tried to buy Vnukovo Airlines, to make Moscow its next main hub, but this didn't eventuate. After the 1998 Russian financial crisis, Vnukovo Airlines was heading towards bankruptcy, and Siberia Airlines advised it to merge, but Vnukovo refused. In 1999, Siberia Airlines signed a document for the Vnukovo Airlines take-over, in the event the airline ceased operations due to insolvency.[8]

Development since the 2000sEdit

Previous S7 Airlines logo, used from 2005 until 2015

Siberia Airlines began merging with Vnukovo Airlines in 2001. Siberia Airlines had acquired all the aircraft from Vnukovo Airlines including Tupolev Tu-154, Tupolev Tu-204-100 and Ilyushin Il-86.[citation needed]

In 2001, the airline absorbed Baikal Airlines and then in 2004, the airline absorbed Chelyabinsk Airlines and Enkor.[9] In 2002, Siberia Airlines painted all Vnukovo Airlines fleet with its own livery and the airline began its service from Moscow-Vnukovo, but after some time it shifted all the flights, including the charter flights from Moscow-Sheremetyevo, to Moscow-Domodedovo.

The first western aircraft, Airbus A310s, were acquired in 2004. In summer 2004, during the Farnborough Airshow, the company signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase 50 of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, with the first plane to be delivered in 2007. However, the airline subsequently dropped its plans to order this aircraft, citing that the aircraft's changed specifications no longer met its requirements.[10]

Siberia Airlines rebranded itself as S7 Airlines in 2005.[7]

In line with an IATA resolution, from December 2006 the airline began to publish its fares for international destinations originating in Russia in euros, rather than US dollars. This resulted in a fare increase, as the conversion rate used was 1 euro = 1 US dollar. Fuel surcharges were also published in euros. Its domestic fares were still to be shown in the local currency.[11] Also in December 2006, the airline became the second Russian air carrier to complete, and pass, the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which is the first global air safety standard. On 27 September 2007, OAO Sibir Airlines /S7 Airlines/ received an official notice of IATA when the carrier was entered in the register of operators IOSA.[12]

It was announced in April 2007 that a new division had been set up within the airline, called Globus. This division was to focus on charter flights for tourists to foreign holiday destinations. Initially, the aircraft for this division would be drawn from the mainline fleet, but during 2010–2014, 10 Boeing 737–800 aircraft were leased with an all-economy layout, with the option for a further 10 aircraft.[13]

S7 joined the Oneworld alliance in 2010.[14]

In November 2015, S7 Airlines made an offer to acquire a majority stake in bankrupt Transaero. However, the proposal was rejected by shareholders.[15]

In 2016, American band OK Go partnered with S7 to film a "zero-g" music video, Upside Down & Inside Out, aboard a reduced gravity aircraft.[16][17]

On August 28, 2018, S7 announced the investment of $192.87 million for a new manufacturing plant of its business plan "Victory" in Moscow. The investment is expected to produce 1000 jobs.[18]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), in 2019 S7 ranked the 6th in the top 10 most punctual European airlines in the ranking of Punctuality League 2019[19].

In December 2018, a few months after the closing of Sea Launch purchase[20] the parent holding company was renamed from S7 Group to S7 AirSpace Corporation to reflect transition from aviation only business.[21]



Current fleetEdit

S7 Airlines Airbus A320neo in revised livery

As of December 2018, the S7 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1][28]

S7 Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 18 144 144 One in Oneworld livery.[28]
Airbus A320-200 18 8 150 158
Airbus A320neo 9 8[29][30][31] 8 156 164 Russian launch customer.[32]
Airbus A321-200 4 8 189 197
3 8 190 198
Airbus A321neo 3 1 8 195 203 Russian launch customer.[32]
Boeing 737-800 21 8 168 176 Operated by Globus Airlines.
One in Oneworld livery.[28]
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 9 8 168 176 Russian launch customer[33]
Operated by Globus Airlines.
Embraer E-170 17[34] 78 78
Total 95 18

Fleet developmentEdit

On 29 May 2007, the airline announced a proposed order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery in 2014, with an option for 10 additional aircraft.[35] However, the order was officially cancelled on 29 January 2009, with S7 stating that it was considering the possibility of taking the aircraft under a leasing scheme.[36] As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet.[1]

In April 2018, S7 renewed interest in the Sukhoi Superjet by planning to purchase 25 Sukhoi Superjet 75 aircraft, with an option of 50 more for the new modification of the Superjet family, and become the launch customer. This choice is explained by replacing Embraer E-170 aircraft, due to their age. The airline plans to commence operations on this aircraft from 2023.[37]

In October 2018, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 and became the Russian launch customer of the aircraft type.[38]

Retired FleetEdit

At different times, the S7 Airlines fleet has consisted of the following aircraft:[39]

S7 Airlines retired fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Replacement Notes
Airbus A310-200 2004 2010 Boeing 767-300ER First aircraft repainted the S7 2005-2017 livery
Airbus A310-300 2004 2014 Boeing 767-300ER One was crashed as S7 Airlines Flight 778.
Antonov An-24 1992 2000 Boeing 737 Classic Received from Aeroflot for domestic flights
Boeing 737-400 2006 2008 Boeing 737-800 Transferred to subsidiary Globus Airlines
Boeing 737-500 2005 2009 Boeing 737-800 Three aircraft were disposed to Air Ivoire
Seven aircraft were disposed to Aero Contractors
Boeing 767-300ER 2008 2017[40] Airbus A321neo Last wide-body aircraft of the airline's history.[41]
Ilyushin Il-86 1992 2008 Boeing 767-300ER One aircraft were disposed to Ural Airlines
5 were in the fleet since 1992, other from Vnukovo Airlines.
Tupolev Tu-154B-2 1992 2004 Boeing 737-500 One was crashed as Siberia Airlines Flight 1047
Tupolev Tu-154M 1992 2009 Airbus A320 family
Boeing 737-800
Three aircraft were transferred to subsidiary Globus Airlines.
One was crashed as Siberia Airlines Flight 1812.
Two aircraft were stored.
Tupolev Tu-204-100 1992 2005 Airbus A310 All taken over from Vnukovo Airlines.

Incidents and accidentsEdit


S7 Technics is a subsidiary of S7, located on the grounds of Tolmachevo Airport.[46]

See alsoEdit


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  17. ^ "Upside Down and Inside Out FAQ & Credits".
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  19. ^ Punctuality League 2019.
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  35. ^ Announcement by Boeing of Dreamliner order 29 May 2007.
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  37. ^ "S7 до конца года может подписать твердый контракт на 50 SSJ 75". 26 April 2017.
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