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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.

Nordwind Airlines 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, Nordwind Airlines took on 18 new aircraft.





Free baggage allowance and hand baggage

Norms of transportation of luggage
- at domestic and international destinations from 12/04/17, 
and carry-on luggage
- on domestic routes from 12/04/17, 
- to international destinations from 4/25/17


    Hand luggage
Rank 1 55x40x20 = 115 cm
1 place least 203 cm
promotional   10 kg 5 kg 10 kg 20 kg
Standard   10 kg 5 kg 20 kg 20 kg
plus standard   10 kg 5 kg 20 kg 20 kg
Comfort   10 kg 5 kg 32 kg 32 kg
Business   10 kg 5 kg 32 kg 32 kg


In certain areas and for different fees may be exceptions to the standard conditions of the free baggage allowance. 

The passenger will be informed about them with transportation reservations.

Free baggage allowance and hand baggage apply to: 
- adult passengers; 
- children from 2 to 12 years; 
- children up to 2 years with a seat.


For children under the age of 2 years following no seat is only permitted free baggage allowance -. 1 place weighing less than 10 kg and the sum of the three dimensions not exceeding 203 cm Hand baggage for them is not provided.





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.



23rd April 2018

Nordwind Airlines to add more A330s, phase out its B767-300ERs and acquire A321neos

Nordwind Airlines is planning to lease four more A330 in 2019, ideally with Rolls-Royce-Royce Trent 700-powered A330s, but the airline is open to Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines depending on market availability. Further A330s will be added to the fleet from 2020, when the group's six B767s are phased out, beginning from 2018.

Nordwind's two in-service A330-200s, which are dry-leased from Turkish Airlines under short-term contracts, will be returned and replaced with two long-term leased units, which are powered by PW4000 engines.

The carrier also plans to add A321neos to its fleet in 2019 and 2020 -- with an order for 35 in total. Today, Nordwind has eight A321s.

The introduction of A330 and A321neos also constitute a key part of the airline's fleet renewal plans. It is intended that the A330s will homogenize the fleet and replace the airline's B767-300ERs; two of which are already will be phase out this year. The airline's renewed objectives center on the commonality, efficiency and modernity of its fleet, which currently fly across Europe, South America, Asia and domestically.



4th April 2018

NordWind and Pegas Fly to add collectively 20 aircraft

NordWind took delivery of two Boeing 737s in 2017 (NordWind)

NordWind and Pegas Fly, the two airline subsidiaries of Russian leisure operator Pegas Group, intend to bring their collective fleet to 50 aircraft before the end of this year, a spokesperson for NordWind told Russian Aviation Insider. Last May, NordWind was planning to expand its fleet alone to anywhere between 50 and 55 aircraf.

According to Federal Air Transport Agency’s records, NordWind currently operates 20 aircraft, whereas Pegas Fly (the brand name for Ikar Airlines) has 10 aircraft in its fleet.

NordWind pursued an aggressive expansion strategy throughout last year, having added two Airbus А330-200s, two Boeing 777-300ERs, two Boeing 737-800s, a Boeing 777-200 and an Airbus A321. The airline reported that it had contracted 15 aircraft with different lessors – five Airbus 321s and Boeing 737s each, three Boeing 777s and two Airbus А330 – which was aimed at providing capacity for expanding NordWind’s scheduled flight program.

Pegas Fly in its turn is getting ready to take delivery of Embraer E190 regional jets this spring.

Pegas Fly operates a fleet of 10 airliners (Pegas Fly)

NordWind, which features the widest route network from Simferopol (27 destinations) intends to base two of its Boeing 737-800s there, the spokesperson said. It has already applied to FATA for subsidies for flights from mainland Russia to Crimea.

In 2017 NordWind ranked Russia’s ninth largest airline by traffic. It carried 3.5 million passengers, up 96.5% on 2016. Pegas Fly was the 16th with 1.38 million passengers (up by 38.9%)


12th December 2017

Nordwind Airlines begins flying from Moscow to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City

The airline Nordwind Airlines began regular flights from Moscow to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City . Earlier, the carrier often flew on these routes in a charter format, recalls own corr.

On flights that are scheduled until the end of March, Airbus A330-200 (sometimes Boeing 777) is used. Flights to Bangkok are made thrice a week. Departure from Moscow (Sheremetyevo airport) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:50 or 20:55, arrival in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport) at 9:50 or 9:55. Return items on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:25, 12:50 or 12:55, arriving in Moscow at 18:30, 19:00 or 19:05.

Tariffs with included luggage start from 17391 rubles to one side and 40144 rubles back and forth. However, such prices are available mainly in the second half of January, all other flights are much more expensive. Bagless tariff (from 14801 and 34964 rubles, respectively) provides only 5 kilograms of hand luggage plus a briefcase or a handbag and in this form very few people need on the Thai direction.

Departures to Ho Chi Minh City are made from Moscow on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 19:55, arrivals at 9:45. Return departure on Wednesdays and Sundays at 12:00, arrival in Moscow at 18:30. Tariffs with luggage at the end of January start from 12959 rubles to one side and 26764 rubles back and forth, prices are higher for other months. Bagless tickets cost from 11419 to one side and 23684 round-trip.


29th August 2017

Nordwind Airlines opens winter season flights for 200 destinations

For the first time Nordwind Airlines realized feeder transport strategy based on wave schedule, connecting 50 points of its own route network which increased a lot by opening of new daily flights. Moreover, 7 cities doubled flights from Moscow: flights from Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Simferopol and Sochi will operate twice a day.

Using daily regular flights departing in the morning from cities of Russia to Moscow on modern aircrafts Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A321, passengers will be able to continue their flight on comfortable wide-body aircrafts Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 to favorite foreign resorts. 20 aircrafts allow transporting up to 100,000 passengers weekly. «Opening of sales for autumn-winter season allows our passengers plan their trips in advance and book tickets by minimal fares. Due to new connection flights’ strategy of Nordwind Airlines citizens of 30 Russia cities get high-quality flight in any day of the week and, most importantly, at an attractive price. The widest itinerary network of popular touristic destinations by Nordwind Airlines from Moscow is available now for tourists from other Russia cities, beginning from winter season» – mentioned Mr. Imran Nazarov, commercial director of Nordwind Airlines.


20th July 2017

Nordwind Airlines to start A330 operations shortly

Russia’s Nordwind Airlines will put its two recently received Airbus A330-200 widebodies into revenue operation by the end of next week. The airliners’ first flights will be to Irkutsk and Khabarovsk.

The addition of the two aircraft (VP-BYU and VP-BYV) is part of Nordwind’s fleet and route network expansion strategy. Fitted with 279 seats in two-class cabin configuration, the six-year-old aircraft were both previously operated by TAM Linhas Aereas and Turkish Airlines.

Nordwind says it offers the widest route network from Simferopol in Crimea, with flights to 25 destinations across Russia. After the end of the seasonal flights to Crimea the airline plans to start routing its scheduled flights through Moscow to provide connections with popular leisure destinations abroad for passengers traveling from Russian regions. 

Speaking of the possibility of code-share agreements with international carriers, Nordwind Commercial Director Imran Nazarov said that several options are being considered: “We are primarily focused on tourist traffic. Our main traffic figures are for Thailand and Vietnam in the winter time. So we are looking to provide convenient connections for our passengers within Thailand, so they can fly to their destinations after arriving at Bangkok. We are looking at two carriers; it’s likely to be Bangkok Airways, but we have not made a final decision yet.”

The Airbus A330 is the fourth type of aircraft in the carrier’s fleet after the Boeing 737, Boeing 777, and Airbus A321.

Nordwind is one of Russia’s 10 largest airlines by traffic.

In the first five months of 2017 it carried 518,800 passengers, up 112.6% on the same period last year. The carrier’s route network comprises over 85 destinations across Russia and beyond.



12th July 2017

Nordwind Airlines has taken delivery of its maiden A330-200 with VP-BYU (msn 1213) arriving at Moscow Sheremetyevo from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen on Friday, July 7. 

The aircraft is one of two ex-Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) machines the Russian leisure specialist is leasing from AerCap. Sistership msn 1221 is still in Turkey awaiting onward transmission to Russia.

Nordwind Airlines also operates a fleet of nine A321-200s, seven B737-800s, one B767-300(ER), and four B777-200(ER)s. It operates scheduled passenger flights throughout Russia with scheduled charters offered to destinations in Central America, the Caribbean, North Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Mauritius, India and Sri Lanka, China, and Southeast Asia.


Source: ch-aviation



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