Yakutia Airlines will fly three Bombardier Q400 turboprops, all acquired used. It has already taken delivery of the first. The Q400 is the largest Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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The carrier’s flights to the major Siberian industrial and transportation center will be operated by 50-seat Fokker 50 turboprops twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Two more weekly frequencies, operated by Embraer 190 jets on Thursdays and Sundays, will begin from September 1.

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Marriott International has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center.

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