Aeroflot Potential Belavia Buyer: Moscow Times

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Russia
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[The Moscow Times] Belarus is beginning to privatize Belavia, its national airline, with Aeroflot as  a possible buyer.

Only Russian companies expressed interest in the Belarusian national carier

Only Russian companies expressed interest in the Belarusian national carier

Belarussian Transportation Minister Ivan Sherbo said the privatization  of the airline would most likely happen in 2013, Gazeta.ru reported  Tuesday.

“Airlines are included in the plan for privatization,” he said.  “The only thing we are planning to do is buy more aircraft to have  a larger presence on the air carrier market.”

An unidentified source at Belavia told Gazeta.ru that only Russian  companies have expressed interest so far, and Aviaport analysts said  Aeroflot is the most likely candidate.

This comes after a spat between Russian and Belarussian air  authorities and airlines over which country should carry out more flights  between Moscow and Minsk each day, in which Belavia threw particular  vitriol at Aeroflot. Flights were briefly stopped between the cities  in a standoff over the issue, and a Belavia spokesman criticized  Aeroflot for trying to “eliminate” Belavia as a competitor  by taking its flights.

The dispute was eventually resolved April 11, with the countries  deciding to…..

Read the full story at The Moscow Times…..


24 April 2012
The Moscow Times


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