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Nordwind Airlines is a Russian low-cost scheduled and charter airline. Nordwind Airlines is headquartered in Moscow and its hub is at Sheremetyevo international Airport. The airline primarily provides links to airports within Russia, around the Mediterranean and as well holiday destinations in the Indian Ocean. Nordwind Airlines flies to to a total number of 97 destinations. The airline travels to 8 countries and 22 cities in the middle East, Europe and Africa as well as 3 cities in the South America and 6 countries and 14 cities I Asia. Altogether, Nordwind Airlines fly to 26 countries and 97 cities.

The airline was founded in August 2008 by the Russian and Turkish affiliates of the tour operator Pegas Touristik, and initially operated 3 Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The fleet has expanded since then, by adding an Airbus A321 and Boeing 767-300. By 2012, the airline had taken on 18 new aircraft.

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Baggage Policy

Nordwind Airlines has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage.

Carry-on Baggage

Any piece of hand luggage must fit the dimensions of 55x40x20cm = 115cm. Hand luggage allowance depends on the class flying in.

Passengers in economy are permitted 1 x 5kg bag for their hand luggage.

Passengers in business are permitted 2 x 5kg bag for their hand luggage.

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage for flights with this airline is dependent on the class and fare purchased:

Economy - Light: no free checked baggage

Economy - Optimum: 1 x 15kg

Economy - Premium 1 x 20kg

Business - Optimum OR Premium: 1 x 30kg

Cabin Classes

Nordwind Airlines passengers can either fly in economy class or business class.

Economy Class

The Economy Class service is the airline's more basic cabin, that offers a simple service for an affordable price.

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers can order food and drink from the airline's in-flight menu, with different meals served depending on the route flown and the length of the journey.

Economy Class Seats

Economy Class seats are set out in a 3 x 4 x 3 or 2 x 4 x 2 on long-haul flights and 3 x 3 on short-haul flights, with each seat giving around 29 inches of pitch and 18 inches of width.

Business Class

Business Class passengers can enjoy a bespoke service in an exclusive cabin at the front of the aircraft. The Business Class cabin is available on long, international flights.

Business Class Facilities

Business Class passengers are given priority check-in and boarding at the airport.

In-flight passengers can indulge in delicious Business Class meals, with a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the airline's in-flight menu.

Each passenger is given a Business Class amenity kit, which includes a toiletry set, sleep mask, a pillow, a blanket and more.

Passengers are given a selection of newspapers to read during the flight.

What are Nord Wind Business Class Seats Like?

Business Class seats are set out in a 2 x 2 x 2 formation and are made from genuine leather.

There are angle-flat seats on the more modern aircraft, these seats have between 50–61 inches of pitch and 19–21 inches of width.

On the less-modern aircraft, seats are reclinable and have 38 inches of pitch and 20 inches of width.


Nord Wind passengers can check in online or at the airport kiosk desk.

Online Check-in

Passengers can check in online from 24 hours and up to one hour prior to their flight departure. Passengers brining animals or weapons must check-in at the airport. All passengers requiring special assistance at the airport must check in in person.

Airport Check-in

Passengers checking in at the airport should go to the Nord Wind check-in desks.

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Destinations that Nordwind Airlines flies to

Nord Wind flies to a number of destinations in Russia, Europe and Asia. In 2019, the airline announced a new route between Moscow Sheremetyeo and Hannover in Germany. Nord Wind will also launch a Moscow- Reus service from April 2019.

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3rd May 2018

Russia’s Pegas Fly takes delivery of its maiden Embraer

Fleet expansion should help it reach its goal of becoming one of Russia’s 10 biggest airlines (Embraer)

Russian leisure airline Pegas Fly (brand name of the Ikar Airlines) has started taking deliveries of a string of E-Jets, with the arrival of its first Embraer E190 (MSN 19000461), leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the Danish lessor has confirmed.

The E-190 is the Krasnoyarsk-based carrier’s latest choice of aircraft, of which it is eventually planning to operate seven: four standard ARs and three longer range LRs.

The fleet expansion programme should help the airline reach its goal of entering Russia’s top-10 league table of biggest airlines.

This will be achieved in 2018 when the airline implements its strategic development plan of expanding its route network capabilities by launching new regular international services, optimising its fleet and adding more aircraft.

“2018 is the year of expansion and development of our fleet,” stresses Oguz Senol Yuce, vice-chairman of Ikar Airlines. “Pegas Fly has successfully managed all the challenges confronting Russian airlines over the past few years – and is now aiming for continued success,” he adds.

The carrier began the process of acceptance of its latest fleet additions in March. The E-Jets are to be based at Zhukovsky airport, near Moscow, and are expected to be operated primarily on international routes.

The new arrival is a seven-year-old Embraer ERJ-190AR (production serial number MSN 19000461), is powered by GE CF34 engines, and was previously operated by American regional airline Frontier. The aircraft has been given the registration number VP-BZC.

Pegas Fly and NordWind, the two airline subsidiaries of Russian-Turkish travel operator Pegas Touristik, intend to expand their collective fleet to 50 aircraft by the end of this year. Krasnoyarsk-headquartered Pegas Fly currently operates six Boeing 767-300s and four Boeing 737s and carried some 300,000 passengers in the first quarter of 2018, a figure which moved it up to 13th in the passenger traffic ranking of Russian airlines.

Pegas Fly has been given the new IATA code of EO, the adoption of which, it says, “will help to expand our geography of regular, international flying.”

Together, Pegas Fly and Nordwind Airlines offer domestic and international scheduled and charter flights to more than 200 destinations. Regular Pegas Fly services from its two bases at Moscow and Krasnoyarsk, and from over 30 other Russian cities, currently make up 75 per cent of the group’s daily flight services to destinations in Russia, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.