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Russia's Aeroflot defies sanctions to create new low-cost airline Dobrolyot

Published on Aug 24, 2014 9:18 PM
 
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (top) inspects a Boeing 737-800 NG, owned by Dobrolyot airline, with Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov (right, bottom) and Aeroflot CEO and director-general Vitaly Savelyev (second right, bottom), at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow on June 10, 2014. Aeroflot will create a new low-cost unit after Western sanctions grounded its first effort to enter the market, the airline's chief executive said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian flag carrier Aeroflot will create a new low-cost unit after Western sanctions grounded its first effort to enter the market, the airline's chief executive said on Sunday.

"We will after all register a new airline," Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Savelyev was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

He said the company's low-cost carrier, Dobrolyot, had worked well during the six weeks it was allowed to operate.

Dobrolyot was forced to shut down because it flew to Russian-annexed Crimea and was therefore hit by EU sanctions imposed over the Kremlin's alleged support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, including the cancellation of the leasing contracts for its Boeing aircraft.

 
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