Russian Low Cost Carrier Pobeda Eyes Dubai Flights

Russian low-cost carrier Pobeda has decided to launch a new service between their hub airport Moscow Vnukovo and Dubai. An additional service to the city of Eilat, Israel is also planned.

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A Boeing 737-800 in Pobeda livery. Photo: Wikimedia

Who is Pobeda?

Pobeda is a low-cost carrier that is a 100% owned subsidiary of the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot, much like Jetstar is to Qantas or Joon was to Air France. “Pobeda” is the Russian word for victory. The carrier flies to 67 destinations inside and outside of Russia. It has a focus on holiday destinations which, knowing how harsh the Russian winter can be, is incredibly lucrative for the airline.

The interesting point of difference of this airline is that similar airline Ryanair doesn’t have permission to operate to Russia, thus freeing up the market for Pobeda.

They have a large fleet of thirty Boeing 737-800s, and actually planned to operate the Boeing 737 MAX 8 later this year (they have 20 on order). Obviously, due to the groundings, this aircraft delivery is delayed.

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What are the details of these new routes?

The new route from Moscow Vnukovo – Dubai will start from the fourth of October this year.

Moscow VKO to Dubai DXB. Photo: GC Mapper

The service will run four times a week on a Boeing 737-800.  Specifically, the aircraft will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.

DP887 departs Moscow Vnukovo 0800 and lands at 1405 in Dubai. The return flight (DP888) leaves an hour later from Dubai at 1505 and lands at 1935 back in Moscow.

The other new route, Moscow Vnukovo – Eilat, Israel will start operation on the 22 of October this year.

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Moscow Vnukovo VKO to Eilat ETM

The route will operate four times a week every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Flight DP969 will leave Moscow at 0750 and land at 1130 in Israel. Returning flight DP970 will leave the same day at 1220 landing just over five hours later at 1755.

Likewise, this other route will be flown by a Boeing 737-800.

What is the service like onboard?

As both routes are pushing five hours, that is a lot of time to spend onboard a Boeing 737, even more so as its with a low-cost carrier.

“Their B737-800 aircraft have 158 seats, including 20 seats containing extra legroom. The airline does not offer onboard refreshment services.”Simple Flying back in 2018. 

Pobeda Boeing 737-800. Photo: Wikimedia

In a similar pricing model to Ryanair, Pobeda offers three pricing tiers:

  • Standard: Includes the flight and a cabin bag
  • Plus: flight, cabin bag, 1 piece of checked luggage (20kg), and seat selection (not rows 1,2,15, or 16)
  • Premium: Flight, cabin bag, 2 pieces of checked luggage (20kg & 10kg), and selection of any seat

Additionally, Pobeda also offers a bus ticket included in the bundle, allowing passengers to arrive at an airport and have transport organized to the city center (as opposed to finding their way from remote far away low-cost carrier airports).

What do you think of these new routes? Will they be popular for the carrier? Let us know in the comments.

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