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20 february 2021

Plane with special Pearl of the Baltic livery received at airport

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo) Airport held a solemn reception for a Pobeda Airlines plane ordained with a special livery. 

Lowcoster airline Pobeda branded the plane's fuselage as part of a collaboration between the government of Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo) Airport to promote Russian holiday destinations. The plane's livery includes an azure wave on its tail end of the fuselage with "Pearl of the Baltic" inscribed in amber, a key symbol of the region.

The Pobeda flight arrived from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Khrabrovo Airport at 08:42 AM. The plane was solemnly greeted with a water ark. After taxiing and coming to a complete stop, media representatives held interviews with A. V. Ermak, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Kaliningrad Region, A. S. Korytniy, Director General of Khrabrovo Airport, and representatives of Pobeda airlines. The interviewees elaborated on their development plans, gave predictions regarding passenger flows, and promoted Kaliningrad region as a promising toursit destination.

The livery of the Pobeda aircraft was painted using the modern Baza-Lak technology, which improves the plane's aerodynamic properties and increases fuel efficiency by at least 2% thanks to paint's unique pigment bonding structure and higher density, which makes the side of the aircraft perfectly smooth. In addition, this modern painting technique reduces the weight of the aircraft. It is also more environmentally friendly: no harmful chromium compounds are used during the paint's production, and it significantly increases fuel efficiency due to a reduction of combustion residue emissions and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo) International Airport named after Empress Elizabeth of Russia is located 20 km north-east of downtown Kaliningrad. Kaliningrad International Airport (Khrabrovo) is an airport of federal importance. It offers regular air traffic to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Cherepovets, Perm, Pskov, Arkhangelsk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaluga, Krasnodar, Chelyabinsk, Mineralnye Vody, Kazan, and Antalya. Total passenger traffic of the airport totaled 2.3 million passengers in 2019.

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The lowcoster airline Pobeda is a part of Aeroflot Group, one of Russia's most prominent airlines. The company's goal is to improve air travel of the Russian population as well as transport availability to Russia's regions. In July 2020, Pobeda was the only airline in Europe to increase passenger traffic, according to Centre for Aviation (CAPA), a leading global analytical centers. Pobeda also managed to retain its status as the world leader in the number of flights on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, according to a study by the Boeing Corporation. In December 2020, the authoritative American industry magazine Aviation Week reported that Pobeda entered among the world's TOP-5 fastest growing airlines.

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