Russia based S7 Airlines expects to take delivery of its first Airbus A320neo in the coming weeks, making S7 the first A320neo family operator in Russia.
S7 Airlines CEO Anton Eremin said the airline plans to operate only narrowbody and regional aircraft in the future and will phase out its last remaining widebody aircraft, two Boeing 767-300ERs.
“In the future, the A321 will be the largest aircraft in our fleet,” he said.
S7 also has nine Boeing 737 MAX on order. “Our first 737 MAX is expected for delivery in September 2018,” Eremin said.
Eremin noted that historically S7 has always had relationships with both Boeing and Airbus. “Also the aircraft are different in terms of range,” he said. “It gives us some benefit” to have ties to both Airbus and Boeing.
S7 is the second largest airline in Russia behind Aeroflot. “75% of our business is domestic,” Eremin said. “However, our international business is expanding. After the bankruptcy of Transaero, a bloody price war has ended.
I believe there will be fewer airlines in the future in Russia. There are still too many small carriers.”