S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded May 1957 (as Tolmachevsky squadron)
Commenced operations May 1992 (as Siberia Airlines)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program S7 Priority
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 87[1] (incl subsidiaries)
Destinations 146
Company slogan Freedom to choose
Headquarters Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia
Key people Vladimir Obyedkov, General Director
Employees 3,000[2]
Website s7.ru

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]


Early years

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 2000s

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.

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]


S7 has operated scheduled passenger flights to destinations in Russia, as well as international services to Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, PR China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel,Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Codeshare agreements

S7 codeshares with the following airlines:[19]


Current fleet

As of August 2018, the S7 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1][25]

S7 Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 18 144 144 One in Oneworld livery.[25]
Airbus A320-200 18 8 150 158
Airbus A320neo 6 18[26][27][28] 8 156 164 Russian launch customer.[29]
Airbus A321-200 7 8 189 197
Airbus A321neo 1 3 8 195 203 Russian launch customer.[29]
Boeing 737-800 21 8 168 176 Operated by Globus Airlines.
One in Oneworld livery.[25]
Boeing 737 MAX 8 9 8 168 176 Russian launch customer
Entry into service September 2018.[30]
Planned to be operated by Globus Airlines.
Embraer E-170 17[31] 78 78
Total 88 30

Fleet development

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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

Retired Fleet

At different times, the S7 Airlines fleet has consisted of the following aircraft:[35]

S7 Airlines retired fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A310-200 2004 2010 First aircraft repainted to the S7 2005-2017 livery
Airbus A310-300 2004 2014 Stored since 2010
Antonov An-24 1992 2000 Received from Aeroflot, used for domestic flights
Boeing 737–400 2006 2008 Transferred to Globus Airlines
Boeing 737–500 2005 2009 Replaced Tupolev Tu-154B-2.
3 sold to Air Ivoire and 7 to Aero Contractors
Boeing 767-300ER 2008 2017[36] Replaced Ilyushin Il-86
replaced by Airbus A321neo.
Last wide-body aircraft of the airline's history.[37]
Ilyushin Il-86 1992 2008 1 sold to Ural Airlines, 5 were in the fleet since 1992, other from Vnukovo Airlines.
Replaced by Boeing 767-300ER
Tupolev Tu-154B-2 1992 2004 All written off in 2004
Tupolev Tu-154M 1992 2009 3 transferred to Globus Airlines, 2 written off, 2 stored.
Replaced by Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800
Tupolev Tu-204-100 1992 2005 All incorporated from Vnukovo Airlines, replaced by Airbus A310

Incidents and accidents


Sibir Technics LCC is a subsidiary of S7, located on the grounds of Tolmachevo Airport.[42]


S7 Group has acquired Sea Launch space company in September 2016 and purchased it later on 17 April 2018.[43]

See also


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