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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vnukovo Shrugs At Strike Threat

A strike threatened by Vnukovo Airlines' cabin crews would not keep the carrier from flying, a senior airline official said Friday.

"I don't expect the strike to actually take place, but we are prepared if it does," Vnukovo's Technical Director Yury Sytnik said. Vnukovo is one of Russia's largest domestic airlines.

"We've been in touch with other airlines and people - call them strikebreakers if you will - are ready and will be in the air tomorrow if they have to be."

Vnukovo's 300 flight attendants had vowed to walk out on Friday morning but did not and late in the day representatives of their union were still in negotiations with company officials.

Flight attendants are demanding four months worth of back wages, part of 30 million rubles ($1.24 million) of back wages the airline owes its 3,000 employees.

They also want Vnukovo to increase salaries, which Sytnik said were now between 2,500 and 4,000 rubles a month and more than double Russia's average.