RadarBox: S7 Airlines Remaining Consistent Despite Aviation Pressures in Russia

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LONDON – S7 Airlines is remaining consistent in its numbers despite the continued aviation pressures ongoing in Russia caused by the Ukraine Crisis.

Based on data from RadarBox.com, the airline has remained very steady, and in some cases, the airline has nearly exceeded pre-pandemic & pre-crisis levels.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

For this week, the airline is expected to achieve 291 movements, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents a 2.83% increase compared to last year, when 283 movements were recorded.

S7 is only 40 movements from achieving pre-pandemic levels, which is not a bad statistic in the context of the Ukraine Crisis.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data from the carrier:

Date2019 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)
November 5-12323 movements319 movements296 movements-7.21%
November 12-19324 movements284 movements298 movements+4.93%
November 19-26328 movements288 movements299 movements+3.82%
November 26-December 3337 movements280 movements293 movements+4.64%

What we can see in this data backs up how close the airline is getting to achieving such pre-pandemic numbers.

Events Affecting S7 During the Ukraine Crisis…

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The Ukraine Crisis saw three major announcements regarding S7 Airlines, which has, of course, hindered any form of revenue generation internationally.

The first news came at the start of March when Alaska Airlines announced the suspension of its partnerships with the Russian carrier as well as Aeroflot.

By March 4, the airline then announced the suspension of all international flights due to sanctions not allowing the aircraft into respective airspaces and FIRs, as well as the risk that the aircraft would be repossessed.

Such repossession attempts had been made already, especially with the chaos that emerged in Colombo, Sri Lanka when an Aeroflot Airbus A330 was grounded due to court orders.

The ban was later lifted, but it most definitely put into perspective the hesitancy of Russian carriers surrounding operating into international destinations.

Finally, the airline was then suspended by the oneworld Alliance in April, which would have reduced the revenue capture of the airline, in alignment with posted sanctions by the West.


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It remains clear that S7 Airlines does seem to be upward for some form of recovery, although this will not be a complete one due to the international sanctions not allowing flights into the respective destinations.

Looking ahead, it remains clear that the vast majority of success will have to stem from the airline’s domestic flights, and that is something they will have to bank on as long as the Ukraine conflict continues to unfold.

Even so, the airline has the route infrastructure to make this happen, and it will be interesting to see what happens looking ahead and whether S7 can make any successes internationally in destinations where they know they are safe to operate.

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