Russia's disaster-plagued Aeroflot eyes launch of budget carrier

Aeroflot hopes to mirror the success of European low-cost carriers easyJet (top) and Ryanair. Photos: AFP, Bloomberg

A Russian budget airline? The thought may fill some travellers with dread, but flag carrier Aeroflot is taking serious steps to launch the country's first sustainable low-cost airline.

Monday, 12 August, 2013, 4:41am

on this day ...

1 In 1956, which country became the world's first Islamic republic?

2 In 1994, Aeroflot flight 593 bound for Hong Kong crashed in Siberia killing all 75 of those on board. Unbeknown to the flight crew, the autopilot had been turned off. By who?

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Enemy of the state

Every tsar has his personal demon, goes an old Russian saying. If so, the fiend stalking President Vladimir Putin is almost certainly Boris Berezovsky, the former Kremlin insider who claims to have placed Mr Putin on his throne and now publicly threatens to overthrow him.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Russian rights to boost HK flights

Overflight deal opens door to more US, Europe services as Russian freight rises

Hong Kong and Russian negotiators have agreed to a big expansion of passenger and cargo services in their latest bilateral talks but no progress was made on Cathay Pacific Airways' troubled bid to launch services to Manchester through Moscow.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In a report on Page 1 yesterday, the photographs used to show the type of aircraft involved in the Russian plane crash were carrying the Aeroflot livery. We wish to clarify that the crashed planes were from two other Russian airlines, as identified in the report, and were not associated with Aeroflot.

27 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

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Class of its own

So, Cathay Pacific wants to fly to Moscow. According to chief executive David Turnbull, flights to the Russian capital will start in July next year. Cargo and 'front-end' demand (the latter being industry-speak for first-class and business passengers) is expected to be strong.

13 May 2004 - 12:00am

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The column for anyone fed up with bureaucracy, frustrated with delays or furious with poor service. Tell us your complaint and we will try to fix it.

Clocked by a cold one

Sean Philip Stevens of Sha Tin had a Pabst beer bottle explode in his face and has been trying to seek compensation without much success.

26 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Aeroflot top of the flops

Lunar New Year is a busy time for travelling, but that does not mean we can't be choosy.

According to SmartTravel's 'Asia's favourite airline' online poll (which ran from October to Christmas), Cathay Pacific was voted the best, just ahead of Singapore Airlines, while both airlines tied in the best economy class category.

20 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Aeroflot eyes all-cargo flight this winter

Aeroflot, the Russian national airline, is considering an all-cargo flight between Moscow and Hong Kong to take advantage of the growing trade with southern China.

The service would supplement Aeroflot's existing mainland cargo services and be its first freight-only foray into the southern part of the country.

23 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Today in history

In Hong Kong

1961: Lam Wong-choi, who dove into the sea at the height of Typhoon Mary in June 1960 to save 30 people off Cheung Chau, was presented with an award for 'conspicuous valour'.

1965: The Government restricted withdrawals from all bank accounts to $100 in a bid to ease a critical shortage of bank notes caused by hysteria at several Chinese banks.

9 Feb 2001 - 12:00am