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Climb a volcano.

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And that's just on your first day....

 

Kamchatka, Summer 2012.

 

LEARN ABOUT KAMCHATKA at the
NEW YORK TIMES TRAVEL SHOW
KAMCHATKA'S MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND SPORT will be
hosting aGerb Kamchatki booth at the New York Times Travel Show March 2-4 in New York City. Ministry representative Svetlana Pegova looks forward to showing Americans what Kamchatka has to offer. "Our region is right next door to Alaska, but virtually unknown to Americans. We believe the time has come for our closest neighbors to take in our spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife, and experience our culture and hospitality," she says. Outfitters Travers Tour and Foresteam Travel from Kamchatka will and Vladivostok Air's US office will also be represented. 

Kamchatka will also be represented at ITB Berlin, March 7-11. Meet Ministry representatives, outfitters and tour operators, including Irina Sedova from travel partner Kamchatintour.  Find them at the Russia Pavilion.

 
 
Introducing...
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YAKUTIA AIR
 

MEET OUR NEWEST AIRLINE PARTNER, YAKUTIA AIR. Operating out of hubs in Moscow and the central Siberian city of Yakutsk, the airline operates Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft on routes serving more than 30 destinations throughout Russia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Europe. Commencing in the summer of 2012, Yakutia Air will inaugurate service to the US under a code-sharing arrangement with Vladivostok Air. The seasonal service between Anchorage and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky will operate weekly from July 12 to September 13 under the following schedule:  

 

Depart Petropavlovsk: Thursday, 9:30 PM

Arrive Anchorage: Thursday, 5:50 AM

Depart Anchorage: Thursday, 7:30 AM

Arrive Petropavlovsk: Friday, 8:00 AM

 

The early arrival in Petropavlovsk will allow for travelers to make same-day connections to Yakutsk, Khabarovsk and other cities in Eastern Russia.  Ticket sales will commence upon receipt by Yakutia Air of US DOT authorization to service the route, expected in April 2012. (See next article.)

  
IMPORTANT SERVICE UPDATE:
AEROFLOT - VLADIVOSTOK AIR MERGER
 

The acquisition of Vladivostok Air by Aeroflot Russian Airlines last  

year initiated the process of merging the companies' operations and service.  The transition will complete on March 27th when Aeroflot takes over the sales and marketing of most ofSU XF FA Vladivostok Air's established flights.  All flights will continue to be operated with Vladivostok Air crew and aircraft. However, in reservations computers, you'll see Aeroflot flight numbers on such traditional Vladivostok Air routings as Vladivostok to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Khabarovsk, and from Tokyo to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. Also as a result of the merger, Vladivostok Air's popular route Tokyo (Narita) - Kamchatka, will not operate in 2012. Vladivostok Air tickets will not be valid for travel on Aeroflot after the transition date. 

 

WHEN WILL TICKETS TO KAMCHATKA GO ON SALE?

The Aeroflot-Vladivostok Air merger has necessitated some operational changes in this summer's Alaska-Kamchatka service. The flights will be operated by Yakutia Air under a code-sharing agreement with Vladivostok Air, and are subject to Yakutia Air receiving US Department of Transportation authorization to serve the route. This is expected to come in April, 2012.  Tickets will only go on sale following approval, though it will be possible to make reservations earlier through ticketing reservations systems - look for the Yakutia Air (R3) designator. Contact our office to learn about promotional fares.  Discounts will be available for groups of 12 or more, and for transit travelers

 

InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc. is the designated US representative for Yakutia Air. Facilitating Yakutia Air's DoT approval and expediting the commencement of ticket sales is our highest priority.  We are further dedicated to expanding the range of travel options for business and leisure travelers who need to get to Eastern Russia from North America through our growing alliance of Russian airlines and agents. Look for more information soon at our new travel portal. Details will be available soon.

 
 
TRAVEL AGENT CORNER
FAM TRIP: Kamchatintour, Kamchatka's premier service provider, will host travel agents on the inaugural Vladivostok Air/Yakutia Air fight July 12. If you're a licensed travel agent and would like to experience Kamchatka, drop us a note and we'll get back to you when FAM trip details are finalized later in the month. We're confident you'll want to return with your clients.
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Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, is renowned for excellent bear viewing.                Photo: Kamchatintour
 
 
InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc. is the authorized representatives and sales agents of Yakutia Airlines and Vladivostok Air in North America. Copyright InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc., 2012.