AZUR air is now operating another Boeing 767-300, the eleventh aircraft of this type in the fleet. This brings the carrier's current fleet — replete with five different Boeing models — to 27 aircraft, an increase of 12.5% from the beginning of the year.
This summer the company is using Boeing 767-300 aircraft for touristic hotspots — Turkey, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Dominican Republic, and others. The airline also deploys this model to service its Taiyuan – Moscow flight for incoming tourists from China.
In 2019, AZUR air is continuing to expand its fleet by adding more Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The expansion program is intended to strengthen the carrier's position among charter operators and meet the growing demand of travel companies. In the first five months of 2019, this program allowed AZUR air to serve 1.7 million passengers, a 21.4% year-on-year increase.
June 11, 2019
Vnukovo International Airport held the first "On-time Airline Performance Rating" ceremony based on the results of the fall–winter season 2018–2019. The awards took place at DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow – Vnukovo Airport.
Winners were announced in 10 nominations. AZUR air won "The Most Successful Development of Travel Destinations" category.
AZUR air is always expanding the volumes of its current tourist destinations and opening new routes, including flights from Vnukovo International Airport. During the spring–summer period, AZUR air operates flights from Vnukovo to 21 international destinations. The most popular destinations in summer are Turkey (Antalya, Alanya, Bodrum), Barcelona (Spain), Djerba (Tunisia).
For those who enjoy Greece, AZUR air is planning to open flights this May from Moscow to Rhodes, in addition to the flights to Crete. Starting from June, Vnukovo will increase the number of flights to the airports of Barcelona (Spain), Larnaca (Cyprus), Palma (Spain), Enfidha and Djerba (Tunisia), Tivat (Montenegro), Sanya (China). Also from June, the Boeing 767-300 on flights to La Romana (Dominican Republic) will be joined by the long-range wide-body Boeing 777-300.
This May, AZUR air started working on developing inbound tourism in Russia and opened regular flights from Vnukovo International Airport to Taiyuan (Shanxi province, China).
The active development of travel destinations with flights from Moscow and other cities of Russia has become possible due to an increased number of aircraft and broader cooperation with travel agencies.
May 27, 2019
AZUR air airline announced it is now operating regular flights from Vnukovo International Airport to Taiyuan (Shanxi Province, China) once a week on Friday by Boeing 767-300. The flight program is designed for Chinese tourists visiting Russia. The first 328 customers arrived in Moscow on Saturday, May 18. Until recently, AZUR air only handled outbound tourist flows, operating flights of Russian citizens from 42 Russian regions to 27 international tourist destinations.
Tickets for the new destination are available as part of integrated travel products now offered in cooperation with Chinese partners. They are currently available for purchase on the airline's website: www.azurair.com.
“The airline is branching out to a new business area. Inbound tourism is now considered one of the top priorities in the Russian tourist industry. Recent years have seen dynamic growth of Chinese tourist flow ahead of other countries. According to our projections, it will continue growing in the long-term. Almost 1.7 million Chinese tourists visited Russia in 2018, which is 13.4% more than in 2017. More and more Chinese citizens are discovering Russia, and we are glad to help them visit our country and get to know its rich history and culture,” says Yury Stogny, Director General of AZUR air. “Given the growing interest in Russian tourist centers, we are planning to start regular flights soon to another Chinese province from Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg,” adds Mr. Stogny.
The tourist inflow from the Chinese People's Republic to Russia is also supported by the relaxed visa regime between the two countries. Thanks to an intergovernmental agreement, organized tourist groups from China can stay in Russia visa-free for up to 30 days.
All AZUR air departments involved in direct customer interactions are prepped to service Chinese tourists. The official airline website is also available in Chinese. Vnukovo International Airport likewise provides guests from China with a comfortable environment. The Airport is certified by the China Friendly program established by the World Without Borders tourist association. When dining and shopping in the airport, tourists can use UnionPay, while restaurants and cafés also offer menus in Chinese.
May 20, 2019
As of June 1, 2019, meal service will be discontinued on AZUR air flights of less than 5 hours. Instead, customers will be offered hot beverages and water. That said, full meal service will still be available to business class passengers on flights of less than 5 hours.
The decision comes in the wake of the changing air travel market conditions, which are affected by a number of factors. One is the spike in jet fuel prices, which soared at least 30% in 2018. Another important factor is the increase in airport fees, as airport operators strive to renovate terminals, improve airport infrastructure, and boost customer service through large-scale investment programs.
Since AZUR air's mission is to provide customers with safe air travel to the top world resorts while keeping it low-cost, the carrier is adamant about counteracting the price hikes. By cancelling economy-class meals on short-haul flights, the company will at least be able to maintain current prices or even reduce them wherever macroeconomic conditions are favorable.
Importantly, passengers departing from Saint Petersburg are invited to take advantage of the Restaurant on Board service to order additional meals. This service is relatively new for Russian airlines. Currently, it is being adapted for flights departing from the company's hub, Vnukovo International Airport. Its launch is scheduled for the upcoming summer season.
Please note that the airline is making no changes to standard meal service on flights of over 5 hours. On flights with a duration of 5–6 hours, customers will be offered a selection of hot and cold beverages, as well as hot meals. Flights lasting more than 6 hours will feature a wide range of hot and cold beverages, hot rations, and snacks.
On long-haul flights, the airline also provides the AZUR Delish meal selection service, which means customers can order a vegetarian or children's menu option instead of the standard ration.
May 17, 2019