Smartavia is a Russian airline that flies scheduled passenger flights, mainly within Russia but also to other destinations within Europe. Altogether, it flies to more than 30 destinations. Smartavia is a rebrand from several different names. Most recently, it rebranded from Nordavia in 2019.
The airline is mainly based at Talagi Airport (ARH) but it also has secondary bases at Pulkovo Airport (LED) and Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME).
Smartavia launched flights in 1963 under the name AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines, which was chosen as a name because the airline flew out of Arkhangelsk. In the mid-2000s, Aeroflot acquired a share in the airline and rebranded it as a regional carrier for Aeroflot, named Aeroflot-Nord. By the end of the 2000s, the contract for Aeroflot's ownership of Smartavia had expired, so the airline began operating again independently. This time, it adopted the name and brand, Nordavia.
In 2017, the airline merged with another Russian airline, Red Wings Airlines. Not long after the merger, Nordavia rebranded as Smartavia, which is the name that it flies as today. It flew its first flight as Smartavia in 2019 but uses its 50+ years of flying experience to offer its passengers a safe, reliable and convenient way to fly around Russia and beyond.
Smartavia flies to several destinations within Russia, including Arkhangelsk, Moscow, Koltas, Omsk, Ufa, Usinsk, Volgograd, Voronezh, Kazan, as well as flights to Oslo — Norway and Yerevan — Armenia.
|Armenia||Yerevan||Zvartnots International Airport|
|Georgia||Batumi||Alexander Kartveli Batumi International Airport|
|Tbilisi||Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport|
|Norway||Oslo||Oslo Airport, Gardermoen|
|Belgorod||Belgorod International Airport|
|Cheboksary||Cheboksary International Airport|
|Irkutsk||International Airport Irkutsk|
|Ivanovo||Ivanovo Yuzhny Airport|
|Kazan||Kazan International Airport|
|Mineralnye Vody||Mineralnye Vody Airport|
|Moscow||Domodedovo International Airport|
|Nizhny Novgorod||Strigino International Airport|
|Omsk||Omsk Tsentralny Airport|
|Orenburg||Orenburg Tsentralny Airport|
|Rostov-on-Don||Platov International Airport|
|Saint Petersburg||Pulkovo Airport|
|Samara||Kurumoch International Airport|
|Simferopol||Simferopol International Airport|
|Sochi||Adler-Sochi International Airport|
|Ufa||Ufa International Airport|
|Ulan-Ude||Baikal International Airport|
|Volgograd||Volgograd International Airport|
|Voronezh||Voronezh International Airport|
Smartavia offers a different baggage allowance for each fare that it sells.
All passengers are given a free carry-on baggage allowance of 10kg, regardless of which fare they purchase. Carry-on baggage is limited to 1 piece per person.
If passengers purchase the Smart Lite or Smart fare, this is 1 piece of baggage per person and that baggage must not exceed the dimensions of 40 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm (15.7" x 11.8" x 7.8").
If passengers purchase the Smart Pro fare, the maximum dimensions for the baggage are increased to 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm (21.6" x 15.7" x 7.8").
Passengers that purchase the Smart Lite fare are not given a free checked baggage allowance.
Passengers that purchase the Smart or Smart Pro fare are given a free checked baggage allowance of 23 kg. This bag must not exceed the overall sum of 203 cm (79.9").
As a low-cost airline, Smartavia flies with an Economy Class cabin and no other cabins. Although the airline doesn't offer any premium cabins on its flights, it does put comfort first with a clean and spacious cabin on every flight and a friendly cabin crew ready to assist on each flight.
There are 3 different fares that Smartavia sell — the Smart Lite, Smart and Smart Pro. Each fare gives passengers the same service.
Passengers can pre-order meals and arrange special 'congratulations' services for special occasions.
The airline sets out seats in a 3 x 3 configuration.
Passengers can order a range of food once in-flight or pre-order food online beforehand. The airline offers a range of sandwiches, with different bread types and fillings.
In terms of drinks, the airline offers both still and sparkling water with each meal. Or, available to order separately.
There's no in-flight entertainment or WIFI on any of Smartavia's flights.
Smartavia's frequent flyer program is named the Smartavia Rewards Program. It rewards passengers with points each time that they fly with the airline and allows them to spend those points on future flights.
The more passengers fly, the higher their Smartavia Rewards Program status is. Passengers with higher statuses are rewarded with special flight extras, such as additional baggage, bonus miles and even airport lounge access.
The airline isn't a member of any airline alliance.
Smartavia currently has a codeshare agreement with Red Wings Airlines, which has existed since the two airlines merged. Under the current agreement, the codeshare agreement will exist for as long as the airlines operate as separate brands.
Smartavia has a fleet of Airbus and Boeing planes, with models from the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families.
Talagi Airport (ARH), also known as Arkhangelsk Airport is an airport in Arkhangelsk, Russia and the hub airport for Smartavia. The airline has used Talagi Airport since it first started flying in the 1960s. In fact, the airline's old name AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines was chosen because the airline was based out of Arkhangelsk at Talagi Airport. Talagi Airport only has one terminal and one runway and serves around 1 million passengers each year, when demand is at regular levels. As well as Talagi Airport, Smartavia also uses Moscow Domodedovo (DME) and Pulkovo Airport (LED) as secondary hubs.
Smartavia is the only airline that uses Talagi Airport as a hub. Other airlines that use the airport include Aeroflot, Komiaviatrans, RusLine and Ural Airlines.
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