In 2006 six Boeings - 737-300 will be added to Atlant-Soyuz aircraft fleet. According to Eugenyi Marenkin, General Director Deputy in the sphere of charter flights, each Boeing has 120 economy class seats and 8 business class seats. ‘The decision has not been made yet regarding the terms of Boeings delivery to Russia and routs for aircraft. We suppose that they will realize charter flights to Europe and regular flights within Russia. There will be more flights as new aircraft is not going to completely substitute the existing planes’, said Marenkin. At the moment in Atlant-Soyuz European schedule there are flights to Slovakia, Austria, France, Finland, Bulgaria and Luxemburg.
Tour operators point out that it is a right decision to fill the existing air park with foreign aircraft in order to gradually enter international market. However, tour operators will take advantage of additional flights only in case aircraft is allocated to right destinations. Boris Blinov, Director of Altus Travel Company, explained: ‘for example, at the moment there are many flights to Germany by foreign planes realized by Aeroflot, Sibir, Transaero and low-cost airlines’. Furthermore, a lot of charters fly to Spain and Italy, while a shortage of flights to France by foreign planes is pointed out by World Home Travel Company’.
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