Russian carrier Nordwind Airlines (N4, Moscow Sheremetyevo) will provide Surat Thani, in southern Thailand, with its first intercontinental service from December 28, as it commences flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo. The airline will operate seven charter flights from next month until March 21, 2020 with its B777-200(ER) aircraft.

Currently, Surat Thani only offers domestic scheduled flights to Bangkok Don Mueang, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, as well as regional international services to Chengdu Shuangliu and Kuala Lumpur Int'l. Of the six airlines using the Thai airport, the two biggest serving carriers are Thai AirAsia (FD, Bangkok Don Mueang) (41% share of seats) and Thai Lion Air (SL, Bangkok Don Mueang) (27% share of seats).

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Nordwind has a fleet of six B777-200(ER)s, as well as three B777-300(ER)s. Other scheduled and charter routes that the carrier uses its B777-200(ER) fleet on flights from Sheremetyevo including Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Camagüey, Montego Bay, Nha Trang Cam Ranh, Phuket, Punta Cana, and Santa Clara de Cuba.

Nordwind is the second-largest seat provider at Sheremetyevo, controlling 6.5% of weekly capacity, behind Aeroflot (SU, Moscow Sheremetyevo) which commands 84% of the near-550,000 weekly seats provided at the airport.