Azimuth (A4, Rostov Platov) has been awarded an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) as it gears up for its commercial launch.

The carrier said in a statement it would offer charter services initially before starting scheduled passenger flights in September of this year.

As it stands, Azimuth plans to operate a fleet of twelve SSJ 100/95s during its first year of service transporting approximately two million passengers.

The airline will focus on serving the Southern and Northern Caucuses, connecting Krasnodar, Rostov Platov, Adler/Sochi, Mineralnye Vody to the Volga and Ural regions as well as Siberia. Initial routes will cover Rostov-Moscow, Rostov-Simferopol, and Krasnodar-Simferopol. In the medium-term, it aims to offer transit services through major CIS hub airports to Europe.