The two routes include the first low-cost flights from Russia to the Nordics and a red-eye from Sweden.
Pobeda, which means ‘victory’ in Russian, will be the first low-cost carrier from Russia to fly to the Nordic countries when it opens a new route to Helsinki in October.
A subsidiary of the Russian carrier Aeroflot, Pobeda will launch the route from Moscow Vnukovo on October 5, once daily with a Boeing 737-800 with seating for up to 189 passengers, Routes writes.
Pobeda says it has opened reservations for tickets on the route. Departure is at 08:40 on route DP881 from Moscow for arrival in Helsinki at 10:40. The return flight on route DP882 is at 11:20, with arrival in the Russian capital at 13:15.
The Russian budget airline is based in Vnukovo International Airport, its first commercial flight taking place on December 1, 2014. After nine months it had handled two million passengers.
Today it has a fleet of 20 aircraft, all of them Boeing 737-800s, with four more on order. In addition, it will receive the first of a total of 15 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the end of 2019. Pobeda currently has routes to around 25 different airports.
Red-eye to Russia
There are also reports that Aeroflot itself will start a new Nordic route, between Moscow and Gothenburg from the end of October. It will be a daily operation with Superjet aircraft, according to the Norwegian forum Flyprat. The return schedule promises to be a red-eye for passengers.
Flights from Moscow will depart at 21:05, arriving in Gothenburg at 21:40 local time. The return flight departs Gothenburg at 00:20, arriving in the Russian capital at 04:45.
It will be the first route from Russia to a Scandinavian airport that is not one of the Nordic capitals.