Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7803 posts, RR: 54 Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2465 times:
Indeed, there was only one airline in the entire region. Every single airline in the CIS (ie Russia + all the new republics ie all the ...stans + Armenia, Chechnya, Siberia, Ukraine et al) now flying were the part of Aeroflot based in their cities til the Soviet Union broke up. After that, I think it was basically whatever was parked on the tarmac got a new name sprayed on (but keeping the blue Aeroflot cheatline, mainly due to lack of funds). If there was a dozen Il62s in Yerevan, hey presto Armenia Airlines is born. I can't be arsed to do a search but I bet someone who knows what to look for could find photos of 20 different airlines, all with basic (ie fat blue stripe and thin blue stripe) Aeroflot livery.
It's impossible to imagine how big Aeroflot was - imagine every airliner AND every agricultural / research / antarctic / government aircraft in the US all operated by Delta. No wonder the Soviet Union came apart.
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Dexter From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 261 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
This is the ranking of Russian airlines for 2002 by passenger numbers (taken from a German mag):
1. Aeroflot 5,5mlm
2. Sibir (excl. Vnukovo Airlines) 2,6mln
3. Pulkovo 2mln
4. UTair (former Tyumenaviatrans) 1,24mln
5. Kras Air 1,23m
6. Ural Airlines 702.000
7. Domodedovo Airlines 642.000
8. KMV 580.000
9. Dalavia 540.000
10. Kolavia 454.000
I'd also like to find the RPK figures as these tend to seem higher, cause of the long distances in Russia.
I don't think any airline from other FSU countries has the sort of traffic to beat any of the above airlines. Ukraine Int'l Airlines seems the largest to me, but they've carried only 300.000 passengers in 2001 (according to ATW's "World Airline Report 2001").