Baltia Air Lines
Baltia, "America's newest airline," plans to fly 747s from the U.S. to Russia and other nearby countries. First flights are planned between New York JFK and St. Petersburg, starting late this year. No specific schedules or fares are available, but Baltia promises some consumer-friendly policies: discounts for seniors, youths, students of any age, and groups; reduced bereavement fares; full cash refunds for unused tickets and therefore no charges for ticket exchange; and a frequent-flyer program. The website mentions three classes—Voyager (economy), business, and first class—but so far, it shows no information on seating arrangements or features. According to the company, its first 747 is now undergoing maintenance requisite to initial flights.
Prognosis: It's hard to say. Preparations seem to be ahead of several other start-ups, but, in the counterpart to the classic Yogi-ism, "It ain't started 'til it's started."