S7 Airlines operates Embraer E170 regional airliner

S7 Airlines has positioned itself to become a Russian operator of the Embraer E170 regional airliner, under an agreement signed with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the company said.

S7 said it plans to lease 17 pre-owned E170 jets, with delivery scheduled to begin in early 2017.

The company said the E170s will be used to help expand regional air transportation in Russia, helping passengers avoid the need for connecting flights in Moscow to travel to destinations in the Asia Pacific region.

The E-Jets are already established in several countries in the region, including Poland, Finland, Bulgaria and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries where Embraer customers operate E-Jets in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.

S7 Airlines (PJSC Siberia Airlines) is an airline headquartered in Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, with offices in Moscow.