Pobeda will initially fly four times a week to Ireland

Pobeda, Aeroflot’s budget airline, will initially fly four times a week from the Russian capital to Dublin, according to filings published yesterday on the regulator’s website.

In March, The Irish Times reported that Dublin Airport had met with senior Aeroflot management in Moscow and had agreed on a deal to commence a regular service.

Government agencies in Ireland have been lobbying hard in recent years to secure a direct flight to Moscow and are hoping it will boost tourism and trade with Russia, which was badly hit by sanctions over the Kremlin’s interference in the Ukraine conflict. Industry sources indicated that Pobeda may start its service in spring next year.

Aeroflot’s press service declined to comment on its subsidiary’s activities while Elena Selivanova, a Pobeda spokeswoman, didn’t reply to emails. A spokeswoman for Dublin Airport declined to comment.

Pobeda, wholly-owned by state-controlled Aeroflot, flies single-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which are leased from Singapore-based BOC Aviation and SB Leasing, the Irish-based subsidiary of Russia’s largest lender Sberbank.

The airline, which carried 4.6 million passengers in 2017, became more widely known internationally during the recent World Cup as football fans used its service to transit between host cities

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