Aeroflot has unveiled its new subsidiary, Aurora Airlines, which is modelled on SAT Airlines and Vladivostok Avia, both part of the Aeroflot group. The new carrier was established under order of Russia’s Prime Minister in order to boost accessibility in the area. The airline plans to build its flights from 172 this year to 534 in 2018. The number of destinations will increase from 30 to 128 during this time. Annual traffic is expected to reach 2.4 million passengers. Aurora currently flies 737s and will take delivery of three A319s by the end of this year. It will then take a further seven by the end of 2014. The regional fleet will include turboprop aircraft with a capacity of between 50 and 78 seats. The fleet’s total size should reach up to 40 aircraft by 2018. “The consolidated Far Eastern airline was a strategic idea for a long time, from now on it is a reality,” said Vitaly Saveliev, director general of JSC Aeroflot. “Aurora Airlines will help to enhance the economic potential of the Far East, increase the mobility of its population and contribute to the growth and reinforcement of local aviation personnel.” Aeroflot’s share in the new company will be no less than 51 per cent. The rest of the shares will be gradually transferred to the Far Eastern Federal District governments. Konstantin Sukhorebrik was appointed Director General of Aurora.