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For the sake of the market - and even less comfort: FAS did not find any irregularities in the substitution of Aeroflot in the Far Eastern direction of its ships for ships of “Russia” - EastRussia | Analytics of the East of Russia

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"Aeroflot", leaving, did not break anything

FAS found no violations in the substitution of Aeroflot in the Far Eastern direction of its ships for the ships of "Russia"

As EastRussia has learned, the FAS believes that the replacement of Aeroflot on its Far Eastern trips of ships to the more spacious ships of Russia fully complies with market demands - thanks to this, the volume of traffic to the Far East can grow by 2019 by 10% without increasing the frequency of flights . At the same time, the service aboard the "Russia" has traditionally been lower than the Aeroflot service, which is important for many passengers during long flights. EastRussia tried to understand why no one is embarrassed by the fact that the direct transport market from the Far East to Moscow and back is actually monopolized, and passengers in these areas are simply doomed to agree with any Aeroflot policy.

Photo: AK "Russia"
The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia does not see violations of antimonopoly legislation in the actions of PJSC Aeroflot, from October-December of this year, gradually replacing aircraft from Russia with its own ships on Far Eastern flights. This was reported to EastRussia by State Duma deputy from the Khabarovsk Territory Boris Gladkikh, who asked about the legality of the air carrier’s actions to various departments - the relevant committees of both chambers of the Federal Assembly, the Ministry of Transport, Rosturizm and FAS.

Aeroflot announced the decision, we recall, this summer, explaining that it does so to reduce costs. Far Eastern flights are partially subsidized by the state - carriers, receiving subsidies for flights from Moscow to the administrative centers of the Far East from Rosaviatsia, pledge to reserve at least 30% economy-class seats for sale at a "flat rate". In 2018, Aeroflot flew to Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

The official response of the head of FAS Igor Artemyev (EastRussia has a copy) states that Aeroflot in the Far East is using Airbus A-330 (302 chairs) and Boeing B777-300ER vessels (402 chairs), “Russia” - B -777-300 (on 373 chairs), B-747 (on 447 chairs) and B777-300ER (on 457 chairs).

Thus, the ships of "Russia" have a significantly greater passenger capacity, including for economy-class seats. When replacing flights and maintaining their total number, "the overall growth of transportation capacity of economy class in the direction of the Far East in 2019 could be up to 10%, which meets the demands of the transportation market," the letter says. Therefore, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, Igor Artemyev concludes, has no reason to consider the actions of Aeroflot PJSC to replace the company's public flights on Rossiya airlines that violate antitrust laws.

EastRussia help. As of November 2018, the airline "Russia", according to the carrier’s own data, operated by 19 long-range Boeing 777 and Boeing 747. Aeroflot Group as a wholewhich includes Russia, on 31 December 2017, the 52 operated on the long-haul Airbus A330, Boeing 747 and Boeing 777. In 2018, special flights to the cities of the Far East, Simferopol and Kaliningrad were operated by 12 airlines. From March to September, 346 thousand passengers were transported from the Far East on “flat fares”; in October, the government allocated an additional subsidy of Rosaviation to 100 million rubles. for transportation in these areas yet no less than 15 thousand people. In October, the Federal Air Transport Agency announced that from 2019, the effect of the "flat tariffs" will be extended for the whole year.

New flight schedule to the Far East from 10 December 2018
Flight
Day of the week
Aircraft
Airline
Moscow - Vladivostok
Mon, Tues
Boeing 777


"Russia"

Mon, Tues
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"

Thu, Fri
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"

Wed, Sat, Sun
Boeing 777
"Russia"


Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"
Vladivostok - Moscow
Mon, Thu, Sun
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"


Boeing 777
"Russia"

Fri, Sat
Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"

W, Wed
Boeing 777
"Russia"


Airbus A330-300
"Aeroflot"
Moscow - Khabarovsk
Daily
Boeing 777
"Russia"

Mon - Fri
Boeing 747
"Russia"
Khabarovsk - Moscow
Daily
Boeing 777
"Russia"

W - Sat
Boeing 747
"Russia"
Moscow - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - Moscow
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"
Moscow - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk-Moscow
Daily
Boeing 777-300ER
"Russia"


Dissatisfaction with the Far East over the replacement of Aeroflot airplanes with Russia’s airplanes is primarily due to the lower flight comfort in the latter. Due to the more dense layout of the “Russia” planes, there is less distance between the seats, the on-board entertainment system does not work in any class of service (the 7-8-hour flight goes faster while watching movies), and the airline from Sheremetyevo not from the new terminal B flies , as Aeroflot, and from the old terminal D. In addition, the Aeroflot group's monopolization of traffic to the Far Eastern directions led to the fact that passengers could not maneuver in response to the deterioration of the air transportation service - an alternative to direct flights “A roflota "at the moment does not exist.
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