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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 60 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.

Baggage Policy

Smartavia offers a different baggage allowance for each fare that it sells.

Carry-on Baggage

When flying with Smartavia, 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").

Checked Baggage

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").

Cabin Classes

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.

Want to know what airline has the best economy class? Find out more here.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

There's no in-flight entertainment or WIFI on any of Smartavia's flights.

Food & Drink

Passengers can order a range of food once in-flight or pre-order food online beforehand. Smartavia 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.


Smartavia passengers can choose to check in online and at the airport.

Online Check-in

Smartavia's online check-in is available 24 hours prior to your flight departure time up until 3 hours before your flight. You can check in for your Smartavia flight via 'Manage my Booking' at the top of the page. Once you've checked in, you can print your boarding pass or save it onto your mobile wallet. We advise that you check in for your Smartavia flight online to avoid long queues at the airport.

Airport Check-in

If you're unable to check in online you can check in at the airport 3 hours before your flight departure time for international flights and 2 hours before for domestic flights.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Smartavia Rewards Program

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.

Airline Alliance

Smartavia isn't a member of any airline alliance. Find out more about airline alliances here.

Codeshare Agreements

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's Special Services

Smartavia offers a number of various special services for its passengers.

Travelling With a Pet

Smartavia allow you to bring your pet in the cabin as long as it doesn't exceed the weight and size limitations. Any animals that exceed the cabin weight must be transported in the hold of the aircraft.

Wheelchair Assistance

If you or a member of your booking requires wheelchair assistance, please Contact Us as soon as possible. We'll inform Smartavia that you'll require a wheelchair for your airport journey. You can also request a wheelchair at the airport.

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Destinations that Smartavia flies to

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.

Alternatives to Smartavia

Looking for airlines similar to Smartavia? Why not check out Red Wings Airlines and Aeroflot?

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Hub Airport

Talagi Airport

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.

Seat Selection

With Smartavia you can pre-select your seat before your flight - whether you love sitting by the window seat or need extra leg room you can pre-book your seat. You can pre-select your seat at the time of booking or after.


Smartavia has a fleet of Airbus and Boeing planes, with models from the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families.