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Name: ATLANT-SOYUZ AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: AXX
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CIS
City: MOSCOW
Country: RUSSIA
Employees 905
Web: atlant-soyuz.ru
Email: info@atlant-soyus.ru
Telephone: +7 495 436 7045
Fax: +7 495 436 7045
Sita: MOWTO3G
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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1993. A K A ATLANT SV AIRLINES. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
TZENTRALNAYA STR 2
STROENIE 2
MOSCOW 119027, RUSSIA

Russia (Russian Federation) was established in 1991, it covers an area of 17,075,400 sq km, its population is 148.4 million, its capital city is Moscow, and its official language is Russian.

DECEMBER 1995: ATLANT-SOYUZ AIRLINES (AXX) IS APPROVED BY THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) FOR CHARTER COMBI SERVICE, RUSSIA TO THE USA. PART OF ATLANT/JOVE IS A USA COMPANY.

PLANS TO ACQUIRE 737 AIRPLANES, AND OPERATES IL-66M FOR COMBI, & IL-76'S FOR CARGO.

425 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 48 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 36 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

OPERATES OUT OF MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, TO EUROPE.

BASE AT SIMFEREPOL, WHICH IS THE CAPITAL OF CRIMEA.

APRIL 1998: THE USA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S COMBI SERVICE CHARTERS TO USA.

425 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 48 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 36 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

APRIL 1999: 425 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1999: ATLANT-SOYUZ AIRLINES (AXX) BECAME AN OFFICIAL AIR CARRIER OF THE MOSCOW CITY GOVERMENT AND WAS ENTITLED TO BEAR THE MOSCOW COAT OF ARMS AND ALL OTHER SYMBOLS OF THE RUSSIAN CAPITAL ON BOARD OF ITS FLEET.

FEBRUARY 2000: 1 IL-76TD (0083485554, RA-76489), RETURNED TO NORTHEAST CARGO.

MARCH 2000: 1 IL-76TD (0063473182, EW-76710) DELIVERY. 1 IL-76MD (0053464934, RA-76666) TRANSFERRED FROM AVIACON ZITOTRANS.

APRIL 2000: 425 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 48 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 36 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 IL-76TD (0043456700, RA-76493), DELIVERY. 1 IL-76TD (0083485554, RA-76489), NORTHERN-EAST CARGO LEASED. 1 IL-76TD (0023441186, RA-76499), RETURNED TO KOSMOS.

JANUARY 2001: FORMS SUBSIDIARY, ATLANT-HUNGARY AIRLINES:

SITA: BUDLR7X.

(atlant_gados@matavnet.hu). 45 EMPLOYEES.

GYORGY GADOS, PRESIDENT, ATLANT-HUNGARY AIRLINES.

1 TU-154M (775, RA-85823), SAMARA (SMR) WET-LEASED FOR (AXX)-HUNGARY OPS.

FEBRUARY 2001: 3 TU-154M'S (905, RA-85732; 913, RA-85731; 976, RA-85792), (SMR) WET-LEASED FOR (AXX)-HUNGARY OPERATIONS, AS (HA-LGB; HA-LGC; HA-LGD).

MARCH 2001: 10 ORDERS (February 2003) IL-96-400T'S (PS-90A), ILYUSHIN 12 YEAR LEASED, WITH RUSSIAN AVIONICS. ALSO, 4 ORDERS TU-204F'S.

APRIL 2001: 425 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 40 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 32 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 108 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAIN BASES: MOSCOW SHEREMETYEVO; & MOSCOW CHKALOVSKY.

SITA: MOWFF3G/MOWTO3G.

CLOSED-TYPE STOCK COMPANY, WHICH ALSO HAS A USA SUBSIDIARY, BASED IN LOS ANGELES. OPERATES DOMESTIC SCHEDULE, AND CHARTERS TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES, INCLUDING BELGIUM, CHINA, EGYPT, GERMANY, ITALY, SPAIN, TURKEY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE), AND THE UK.

1 IL-76MD (0063470112, EW-76711) DELIVERY. 1 IL-76TD (0083485554, RA-76489), RETURNED TO NE CARGO.

MAY 2001: 1 IL-76MD (0083483513, HA-TCH), (HUK) LEASED, TO (AXX) HUNGARY.

MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) WITH ILYUSHIN FINANCE COMPANY FOR 10 IL-96-400T'S, AND 4 TU-204C'S TO MEET ITS RENEWAL AND GROWTH REQUIREMENTS OVER NEXT 12 YEARS.

SEPTEMBER 2001: PLANS TO ADD 4 IL-96'S FREIGHTERS, TO FLEET.

OCTOBER 2001: 2 IL-76TD'S (1023414458, RA-76370; 1023413430, RA-76402), GAZPROMAVIA LEASED. 2 IL-76MD'S (0063474193, RA-76713; 93490718, EW-78792) DELIVERIES.

NOVEMBER 2001: TO RETIRE ALL BUT 4 IL-76'S, TO COMPLY WITH (EU) STAGE 3 NOISE STANDARDS IN APRIL 2002. LAST 4 TO BE HUSHKITTED FOR $12 MILLION. IN 2002, TO ACQUIRE 1 IL-96-400, WITH 2ND, IN 2003.

JANUARY 2002: 2 IL-76TD'S (1023410330, RA-76445; 33414474, RA-76367). TU-154M (92A-905, HA-LGB), ATLANT HUNGARY OPERATIONS, RETURNED TO SAMARA (SMR).

July 2002: 5 orders (February 2004) Tu-334's (launch customer). 1 IL-76MD (0093495883, EW-78819), & 1 IL-76TD (1003405159, EW-78848), returned to Trans Avia Export.

October 2002: Il-76TD (0083489662, REW-78779), returned to Trans Avia Export.

November 2002: Launch customer, with 2 IL-96-400T's freighters, leased.

December 2002: Il-76TD (1023409280, HA-TCK) of Atlant Hungary, to Angolan Air Force.

January 2003: Expects to receive it 1st Il-96-400T in July 2003.

July 2003: 110 employees. SITA: MOWTO3G.

August 2003: Plans to add another An-124. 2 orders Il-96-400F's (PS-90A). 5 orders Tu-334's for $12.9 million each with payment over 10 years.

September 2003: Il-76TD (0093495854, RA-76787), Airlines 400 leased.

October 2003: An-124-100 delivery. Will also receive 5 An-124'S from the Russian Air Force before the end of 2003. 2 IL-76TD's (0083489662, EW-78779; 0093493794, EW-78808) returned from East Line (ESL).

May 2004: Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held (75%); & City of Moscow (25%).

Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (AXX) provides regular passenger and freight services to several countries including Belgium, China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, (UAE), and the UK.

(http://www.atlant-soyuz.ru). (info@atlant-soyuz.ru).

Main Bases: Chkalovskij (CKL), & Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO).

Tu-154B2 (456, RA-85456) delivery.

August 2004: Tu-154B-2 (81A-486, RA-85486) delivery.

May 2005: 110 employees.

Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held (75%); & City of Moscow (25%).

Is expected to significantly expand its passenger operations and is considering leasing up to 7 A320's for scheduled and charter services. The airline's current focus is the freight sector, since it recently entered into a partnership with Volga-Dnepr (VDA).

August 2005: New livery shown on attached photo of Tu-154M.

January 2006: Atlant Soyuz (AXX) has picked the 737 and Embraer EMB-120 to modernize its fleet. The airline will take 6 737-300s on operational leases and will buy 6 Embraer EMB-120s. (AXX) hopes to have all or most of these airplane deliveries in March and April. The airline is to use 737s for both regular and charter flights abroad and run Embraer EMB-120s on regional flights in Central Russia.

March 2006: Russian airlines reported a combined -RUB2.2 billion/-$78.7 million drop in net profit in 2005, according to a statement from the Federal Air Transport Agency cited by Russian media. Revenues increased +10% to RUB180 billion against a +20% lift in costs. The number of passengers grew +3.9% to 35.1 million and passenger revenues rose +3.4%.

December 2006: 2 737-247s (23183, VP-BBL; 23442, VP-BBM - see photo), deliveries, BCI Aircraft Leasing leased.

February 2007: The Russian Transport Ministry announced that nine airlines have been banned from operating charter and ad hoc flights to the European Union (EU) countries. It said it barred the carriers following notification by the European Commission (EC)'s Transport Directorate about the lack of control of maintenance and operational procedures. The airlines are Aero Rent, Tatarstan Airlines (TAK), Atlant-Soyuz (AXX), Aviacon Zitotrans, Center Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russkoe Nebo (Russian Sky) (ESL), and UTair (TYU).

March 2007: The European Commission (EC)'s third update of its airline blacklist, features the first removal of airlines that successfully raised their safety standards and has placed new restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

The removal of Thailand's Phuket Air (PHK) and DAS Air Cargo (DAC)/Dairo Air Services (DAR) of Kenya and Uganda, respectively, from the blacklist "shows that our list acts not only as essential protection against unsafe operations but also as a strong and effective incentive for companies who deviate from international safety norms to address their shortcomings," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.

In addition, 49 airlines included on the previous list have ceased operating either on their own volition or because they lost their air operating certificates (AOC)s. Ten carriers from Kyrgyzstan, Equatorial Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo were added, and a partial ban on Sudan's Air West (AWT) was made total.

(PIA)'s appearance on the list, uncommon for a larger flag carrier, is a blow to an airline that suffered a fatal F27 crash and a $150 million loss in 2006. The ban extends to all (PIA) airplanes, save its six 777s. It also operates 14 A310s, nine 747s, seven 737s, three ATR72s, two A321s and one L-1011.

Anticipating the result following the (EC)'s October revelation that it was paying close attention to (PIA)'s activities, the airline said late last month that the (EU)'s Air Safety (EASA) Committee "expressed its satisfaction" following consultations with (PIA) management in early February, and that its Engineering department consistently had passed semiannual (EASA) audits.

The (EC) noted that Bulgaria and Russia took the initiative to prohibit airlines registered in their respective countries, from operating into the (EU). Bulgaria banned Air Sofia, Bright Aviation Services, Heli Air Services, Skorpion Air and Vega Airlines from (EU) activities, while Russia barred Aero Rent, Tatarstan (TAK), Atlant-Soyuz (AXX), Aviakon Zitotrans, Centre Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russian Sky (ESL) and Utair (TYU).

August 2007: At Moscow Air Show, Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (AXX) announced 4 orders 737-700s with winglets.

September 2007: IL-96-400T (102, RA-96102), delivery.

October 2007: 4 orders 737-700s with winglets to make it the largest charter carrier in Russia, with domestic and international operations from its Moscow Vnukovo airport base.

Is setting up a new Russian cargo airline with Evergreen International (EVR), using (EVR) 747-200Fs. Atlant-Soyuz (AXX) will provide Il-96-400Ts for delivery in 2008 to 2011.

Regional operations to use 10 orders EMB-120s leased.

June 2008: Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (AXX) provides passenger and freight jet airplane services to countries including Belgium, China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the UK.

Employees = 905.

(IATA) Code: 3G - 411. (ICAO) Code: AYZ (Callsign - ATLANT-SOYUZ).

Parent organization/shareholders: City of Moscow (51%); & privately held (49%).

Main Base: Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO); & Moscow Vnukovo Airport (VKO).

All (AXX) airplanes are based and perform flights from Moscow Vnukovo Airport for passenger service and Moscow Domodedovo and Moscow Vnukovo Airports for cargo operations. The major destinations of scheduled flights are as follows: Minsk, Pskov, Brno (Czech Republic). The destinations of its charter flights include: Spain (Reus, Barcelona), Greece (Kos, Iraclion), Croatia (Zadar, Pula), Egypt (Hurgada, Sharm el-Cheikh), Turkey (Antalya, Dalaman, Istanbul, Izmir), Malta, Bulgaria (Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv), Tunisia (Monastir), Montenegro (Tivat), Czech Republic (Pardubice), Thailand (Phuket), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Verona), Austria (Salzburg), Slovakia (Poprad), and Finland (Rovaniemi).

Cargo operations have the following destinations:
* Canada
* Venezuela, Cuba
* Norway, Holland, Latvia, Bulgaria, France, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Netherlands, Turkey, Sweden
* UAE, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Saudi Arabia
* Malaysia, Cambodia, China, South Korea, Papua New Guinea
* Kenya, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Congo, Libya, Algeria, Chad, Morocco, Tanzania, Gabon, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Eritrea, Mauritania, Niger.

September 2008: Russian alliance AiRUnion (ZXD)/(DOD)/(OMK)/(SMR), which is run jointly by the government; CEO, Boris Abramovich, and President, Alexander Abramovich, is facing significant financial troubles and requires an immediate restructuring, COO, Gustav Baldauf said. A plan to save the near-bankrupt alliance comprising KrasAir (ZXD), Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), Samara Airlines (SMR), Omskavia (OMK), and Sibaviatrans will be formulated by the state-owned Russian Technologies investment fund, which holds 51% of AiRUnion. One potential solution that has grained traction is the merger of the alliance with Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (AXX), which is controlled by the Moscow city government. "We hope to find a plan which is good for the Russian market. It is a positive sign that actions have been implemented. But time is running and a solution is needed urgently," Baldauf said. He revealed that AiRUnion's complexity has proven to be its undoing. "The problem within AiRUnion is not fuel prices alone. It is the complex system of this airline cluster on which the alliance is built." The operation started to decay three weeks ago, with delays and fuel shortages resulting from unpaid bills. A government pledge to provide fuel has failed to solve the company's myriad financial problems that include RUB1.53 billion/$60.4 million in back tax claims and a bankruptcy suit against KrasAir (ZXD), according to the "Vedomosti" business daily. That pressure also is being felt at Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA), which was sold to KrasAir (ZXD) affiliate, AirBridge last year.

Recently, Baldauf revealed that just 40 of AiRUnion's approximately 100 airplanes are operating and that some Western-built planes will be transferred back to lessors. "We are just operating a trunk schedule with a few airplanes in order to transport stranded passengers and run a few routes," he said.

It is unclear if the AiRUnion brand will survive the restructuring. The future of its cooperation with Lufthansa (DLH) and Austrian Airlines (AUL) also is unknown. Just a few months ago, it was planning to operate under one Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and to join the Star Alliance (SAL). It currently is Russia's third-largest carrier. It transported 3.7 million passengers in 2007, and held a market share of 12%.

The Russian government confirmed that it plans to create a new state-owned airline company intended to rescue the cash-strapped AiRUnion alliance (ZXD)/(DOD)/(OMK)/(SMR). The holding company will rival Aeroflot (ARO) in size, and be controlled by the Russian Technologies investment fund, according to Russian press reports. "The crisis at AiRUnion is over," Deputy Finance Minister, Andrei Nedosekov told media. "The state understands that the crisis of one company could lead to the collapse of the whole sector. The state is ready to support the company and has the resources to do this."
Russian Technologies said it will take at least nine months to create the new company, which will comprise KrasAir (ZXD), GTK Russia, Kavminvodyavia, Orenburg Airlines (OMK), Saratov Airlines, Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), Samara Airlines (SMR), and Vladivostok Airlines. Russian officials patched together a deal whereby AiRUnion's assets will be folded into the new company, along with (AXX), which is controlled by the Moscow city government, and several regional carriers. It was not immediately clear how AiRUnion's debts, which Russian Technologies said amount to $800 million, would be paid off. Sources close to the alliance, said part of the debt is secured by stakes owned by AiRUnion CEO, Boris Abramovich and President, Alexander Abramovich.

Later, KrasAir (ZXD) was forced to shut down and transfer its assets to Moscow-based (AXX).

AiRUnion, consisting of KrasAir (ZXD), GTK Russia, Kavminvodyavia, Orenburg Airlines (OMK), Saratov Airlines, Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), Samara Airlines (SMR), and Vladivostok Airlines, the failed Russian airline alliance that comprised five carriers, ceased to exist as the management company shut down.

The Russian government intended to replace AiRUnion with a state-owned grouping of nine airlines, but AiRUnion COO, Gustav Baldauf said that "we are still working on a concept for a follow-up company" and that decisions on how the replacement alliance would function "will take some time."

Talks with the government are on hold and (AXX), the carrier that was supposed to take over AiRUnion's flights still is awaiting certification to do so.

October 2008: The Russian Finance Ministry is "ready" to issue RUB30 billion/$1.1 billion in loans to airlines to cover fuel purchases, Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov told "RIA Novosti." He also revealed that in the next couple of weeks, the government will propose six-month deferments of payment of taxes and duties on foreign-made airplanes, engines and training equipment.

The Russian government is moving ahead with forging a state-owned airline alliance to replace defunct AiRUnion , with the first board meeting of the new nine-carrier grouping scheduled for November 11. The company will be 51% owned by Russian Technology Corp, a source close to the negotiations confirmed, with "Russia Airlines" (or some derivative thereof) reportedly the preferred name. "RIA Novosti" reported that the Moscow city government will hold the remaining 49%.

Russian Technology head, Sergei Chemezov told reporters that the new alliance "could announce its registration and establishment" at the November 11 meeting. Moscow Mayor, Yury Luzhkov said the carrier will be based in the capital. City-owned airline Atlant-Soyuz (AXX) will be a key constituent of the new group. KrasAir (ZXD), Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), and Rossiya (SDM) are other potential members.

The new alliance created and controlled by the state and Russian Technologies (RT) to replace AiRUnion will comprise 10 regional airlines, be registered as a public corporation and eventually be called something other than "Russia Airlines" (a working name), (RT) head Sergei Chemezov told journalists, "The Moscow Times" reported. Moscow Vnukovo will be the carrier's principal base, with the Moscow city government holding the remaining 49% of the new company. It also will have bases in St Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, and Khabarovsk. According to Kommersant, the 10 carriers are Atlant-Soyuz (AXX), Rossiya (SDM), Kavminvodyavia (KMV), Orenburg Airlines (ORB), Saratov Airlines (SOV), Vladivostok Avia (VLK), Dalavia (KHV), and former AiRUnion members KrasAir (ZXD), Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), and Samara (SMR). Director General nominee, Vitaly Vantsev said the airlines will begin codesharing in the upcoming winter schedule. He also said Atlant-Soyuz (AXX) and Vnukovo are negotiating with the government on reimbursement of RUB2 billion/$74.3 million spent transporting AiRUnion passengers, "Kommersant" reported.

Director General nominee, Vitaly Vantsev, a Vnukovo International Airport executive, told "RIA" that the company will operate a fleet of 150 airplanes and plans to buy up to 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100s.

November 2008: "Rosavia" is the official name of the new state-owned, Moscow-based airline, comprising 10 regional carriers (AXX), (SDM), (KMV), (ORB), (SOV), (VLK), (KHV), (ZXD), (DOD), (OMK), & (SMR), including the remnants of the AiRUnion alliance. Moscow Mayor, Yury Luzhkov said "Rosavia" "will be a large, serious company with a powerful potential and will rival Aeroflot (ARO)," "Interfax" reported.

737-81Q (29052, VP-BMI), ex-XL Airways (SBE), ex-(G-XLAD), Babcock (BBB) leased. - - SEE PHOTOS - - "AXX-737-81Q-NOV08"

December 2008: Russia's treasury is set to provide RUB30 billion/$1.08 billion in soft loans to the air transport industry to help it through the current credit squeeze. Last month, the government established a state-backed dedicated relief facility to finance the working capital needs of a few major airlines. According to sources, the five carriers that transport more than >1 million passengers per year, with at least half on scheduled flights, are eligible to receive funds. The recipients identified to date by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov are Aeroflot (ARO), newly formed "Rosavia" ((AXX)/(SDM)/(ZXD)), and Transaero (TRX), a private operator of Russia's largest long-haul fleet. KD avia (KGD) Director Business Development, Mikhail Baskov said that his airline also is on the list given its role in serving the Kaliningrad exclave. "We firmly count on receiving up to RUB4 billion at an affordable interest rate," he said.

"Rosavia," the successor to the defunct KrasAir (ZXD)-led AiRUnion alliance, has applied for RUB5 billion to carry it through its formation and allow it to maintain operability and meet growth rate targets in 2009.

The government made a decision in principle to subsidize carriers that provide domestic air services to remote regions, with particular recipients still to be selected. At the same time, civil aviation agency, Rosaviatsiya plans to tighten supervision over airlines' financial and operational performance. "We'll request them to report results before each summer and winter season," Deputy Chief, Vladimir Chertok said. "If results worsen grossly, we'll consider suspending or annulling air licenses."

February 2009: Russia's Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) is intent on abolishing overflight fees charged to foreign airlines, which traditionally benefit Aeroflot (ARO). (FAS) Director, Igor Artemyev told reporters that his agency has prepared a relevant draft decree to be submitted for government approval shortly. Since the late 1970s, foreign operators have been paying pro-rate charges for transiting airspace over Siberia on routes between Europe or North America and Asia. Under this practice, Aeroflot (ARO) receives substantial additional revenue, which industry experts estimate at $200 to $400 million per year. "We don't mean to harm Aeroflot (ARO) in any way, but that system of imposing feudal royalties is an absurdity and should be eliminated," Artemyev said.

Discussing the matter with Russian counterparts in 2005, European aviation authorities claimed that payments for rights to fly on trans-siberian routes cost (EU)-based carriers more than >€250 million annually. Founders of newly formed aviation holding, "Rosavia" also are lobbying against overflight charges, citing the advantage gained by Aeroflot (ARO), which "Rosavia" is designed to rival. The Transport Ministry, however, is opposed to scrapping the charges in the short term. Minister, Igor Levitin told reporters that the fees should remain in place at least until after 2014, when Russia will host the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

March 2009: Reports from Russian media sources say the new mega-airline called "Rosavia" won’t take flight until after the summer at the earliest. "Rosavia" is being cobbled together from a slew of bankrupt, ill-financed or otherwise unstable outfits from throughout Russia’s highly fragmented airline industry.

April 2009: Russian Technologies (RT), the state-owned controller of the newly established, Moscow Vnukovo-based "Russia Airlines" (or "Rosavia") plans to order 150 to 200 airplanes starting next year, (RT) head, Sergei Chemezov said, according to "Reuters." According to Chemezov, "Boeing (TBC) has promised to help us find credit in the USA. From next year, we would like to start buying airplanes . . . The most important question is where [we can] get the money."

August 2009: Rosavia, the Moscow-based airline comprising the remnants of 10 regional carriers including former members of the AiRUnion alliance, is soliciting proposals from Airbus (EDS), Boeing (TBC) and Irkut for 50 narrow body airplanes plus 15 options with deliveries targeted to begin next year.

The carrier, which still is endeavoring to get off the ground, is majority owned by state-controlled Russian Technologies (RT). (RT) head, Sergei Chemezov said that the new narrow bodies will serve as the foundation for a fleet that will require 120 new airplanes by 2017, according to "The Moscow Times." Rossavia owns around 200 airplanes inherited from the regional airlines it took over, but Chemezov said most of those are old and need to be grounded in coming years.

It is unclear whether the airline could split the narrow body order. Chemezov said he hoped to sign a deal by year end for 50 firm airplanes with deliveries to range from 2010 to 2016. The manufacturers' proposals are expected to be submitted to (RT) by October 17. A follow-on tender for regional and wide body airplanes will be issued by year end, he said. He did not say when Rossavia will begin operations.

2 737-8ASs (32778, VQ-BBR; 32779, VQ-BBS), deliveries.

December 2009: 4 more orders Il-96-400T for a total six.

February 2010: The Russian government announced plans to merge a series of smaller airlines, including St Petersburg-based Rossiya (SDM), into Aeroflot (ARO). Russian Transport Minister, Igor Levitin said the consolidation would lift (ARO)'s domestic market share to 30% to 35% from 15% to 20%, according to "RIA Novosti." Other carriers involved are Kavminvodyavia (KMV), Orenburg Airlines (ORB), Vladivostokavia (VLK), Saratov Airlines, and Sakhalin Airlines (SKH), according to "ITAR TASS." They originally were to be combined in a new state-owned carrier called Rosavia, plans for which now have been shelved.

Rossiya (SDM), Kavminvodyavia (KMV) and Orenburg Airlines (ORB), three of the six airlines scheduled to be combined with Aeroflot (ARO) under a Russian government plan announced this month, will be transitioned from state-owned enterprises into joint stock companies prior to the merger, "The Moscow Times" reported. The other three, Vladivostokavia (VLK), Saratov Airlines and Sakhalin Airlines (SKH), already are joint stock companies. Transport Minister, Igor Levitin said the stake sales will occur this year. He said the move is "compatible with the anti-monopoly regulations."

April 2010: 2 737-8ASs (29936, VQ-BDU; 29937, VQ-BDV), ex-Chateauroux after storage.

August 2010: Atlant-Soyuz Airlines (AXX) is expected to be re-branded later this year with "Moscow Airlines" supposedly being one of the proposed names. It has announced several new scheduled services previously operated as charters:
Moscow Vnukovo - Antalya: up to 3x daily seasonal Il-86 service started on June 8;
Moscow Vnukovo - Dalaman: weekly seasonal Il-86 service started on June 5;
Moscow Vnukovo - Hurghada: 5x weekly, 737-800 service (already launched);
Moscow Vnukovo - Nakhichevan: weekly 737-800 service started on July 27;
Moscow Vnukovo - Sharm el Sheikh: 3x weekly, 737-800 service (already launched);
Moscow Vnukovo - Simferopol: daily seasonal, 737-300/Il-86 service between June 18 and September 15.

Its Moscow Vnukovo - Istanbul Ataturk route was cut as of March 26.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
AXX-1
AXX-737-347 VP-MMB
AXX-737-700
AXX-737-81Q-NOV08
AXX-EMB-120-OCT09
AXX-IL-96-400T
AXX-TU-154M JUL07
AXX-TU-154M-AUG05

March 2011:

6 737-347 (CFM56-3B1) (1087-23181, /85 N3301; 1106-23182, /85 N302WA; 1108-23183, /85 VP-BBL, 2006-12; 1218-23440, /86 N307WA; 1220-23441, /86 N308WA; 1239-23442, VP-BBM - SEE PHOTO, 2006-12), EX-(DAL), BCI ACFT LSD. 8C, 120Y.

4 ORDERS 737-700 (CFM56-7B):

2 737-8AS (CFM56-7B) (29936, VQ-BDU; 29937, VQ-BDV), EX-CHATEAUROUX 2010-04.

2 737-8AS (CFM56-7B) (32778, VQ-BBR; 32779, VQ-BBS), 2009-08.

1 737-81Q (CFM56-7B) (557-29052, BP-BMI - - SEE PHOTOS - - "AXX-737-81Q-2008-11"), EX-(SBE), EX-(G-XLAD), (BBB) LSD 2008-11.

0 ORDER 767-300ER, 1 CANCELED.

2 AN-12B (01347908; 00347109).

4 AN-12BP (401905; 5342708; 7345206; 8346109).

1 AN-124-100 (3459147, RA-82075). +5 ORDERS, EX-RUSSIAN AIR FORCE.

1 AN-32B (AI-20D-5) (3009, /92 HA-TCL), FREIGHTER.

3 IL-76MD (0053464934, RA-76666), EX-AVIACON ZITOTRANS 2000-03 0063470112, EW-76711, 2001-04. 0083483513, HA-TCH, HUK LSD 2001-05 FOR (AXX) HUNGARY OPS. (1023414458, RA-76370; 3430, 402; GAZ LSD 2001-09). RETIRE 5 BY 2002-04. 4 TO BE HUSHKITTED. 0093495883, EW-78819 RTND 2002-07. 0053464934, RA-76666 RTT AVIACON ZITOTRANS 2002-11.

1 IL-76T (D-30KP) (0013428831, /81 RA-78731), FREIGHTER.

3 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (0023437090, /82 RA-76464; 0023438101; 0033446350, /83 RA-76472; 0053465956, /85 RA-76494; 0053464934, /85 RA-76666; 0083489662, /88 EW-78779; 0093495854, /89 RA-76787; 1003401010; 1013405196; 1023412399, /92 RA-76401; 1023410355, /92 RA-76409; 1003405167, /90 RA-76425), (0083485554, RA-76489, RTND NE CARGO 2001-04) (0063473182, EW-76710) (0043456700, RA-76493, 2000-09) (0023441186, RA-76499, RTND TO KOSMOS, 2000-09) (0063474193, RA-76713; 93480718, EW-78792; 2001-09). 1003403063, RA-76798, (SMR) LSD 2001-10. RA-76402. (1023410330, RA-76445; 33414474, 367; 2002-01). (1003405159, EW-78848 RTND 2002-07 TO TRANS AVIA EXPORT); (0083489662, EW-78779), RTT TRANS AVIA EXPORT 2002-10). 0063473182, RA-76710, RTT TRANS AVIA EXPORT 2002-11. 0023436048, /82 HA-TCK; ATLANT-HUNGARY OPS; 1013409280, /91 HA-TCK, TO ANGOLAN AIR FORCE 2002-12. 1023410355, RA-76409 RTND 2004-07. FREIGHTER.

9 IL-86 (51483203029, /84 RA-86062; 51483210093, /92 RA-86125), 350Y.

1 IL 96-300 (7439201001, /90 RA-96002),

2 +4 ORDERS IL-96-400T (PS-90A) (102, RA-96102, 2007-09), ILYUSHIN 12 YR LSD. FREIGHTER.

4 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U) (456, /80 RA-85456, 2004-05; 81A-486, /81 RA-85486, 2004-08; 534, 534; 568, /83 RA-85568; 571, 71), 164Y.

2 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (704, RA-85609; 775, /88 RA-85823, (SMR) WET-LSD 2001-01; 884, /91 RA-85709; 918, /92 RA-85736). 775, OPS AS ATLANT-HUNGARY (HA-LGA). 92A-905, /92 HA-LGB RTND (SMR) 2002-01. 164Y.

4 ORDERS TU-204C.

5 ORDERS TU-334-100 (LAUNCH CSTMR).

6 +4 ORDERS EMBRAER EMB-120 BRASILIA (PW118) (125, /89 RA-02851; 128, /89 RA-02852; 133, /89 RA-02853; 136, /89 RA-02854; 172, /90 RA-02855; 240, /91 RA-02856 - - SEE PHOTO - - "AXX-EMB-120-2009-10"), (TBC) LSD. 30Y.

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EVGENY FILATOV, GENERAL DIRECTOR, EX-(VDA) (2007-09).
Filatov Evgeny Vyacheslavovich was born in 1960 in Dushanbe. In 1982, he graduated from the Red Banner Leninsky Komsomol Civil Aviation Engineering Institute, Riga. Upon graduation, he was assigned to start his career in the airport of Dushanbe. In 1993, he took employment in “Volga - Dnepr” Airline (VDA), where he moved from the Flight Regulation & Flight Service Manager up to a Deputy Commercial Director. In 2001, he was appointed Managing Director of (VDA) UK (Great Britain). In November 2005, he took employment in the Air Company of the Moscow City Government “Atlant - Soyuz” (AXX). On September 24, 2007, the Board of Directors appointed him as Acting Director General of Open Joint Stock Company (AXX).

His education included attending the Institute of Managers and specialists of the Academy of Civil Aviation industry, training program for airline’s foreign representatives. FGOU VPO “State University of Civil Aviation, Saint - Petersburg” “Air transportation and work regulation, airports’ management," 2006. “Training program for Flight Safety Personnel of Civil Aviation”, 2006. All-Russian Scientific Studies Institute, certification “System of quality management, ISO standard 9001:2000”, 2006. Certificate “Time management” (Great Britain).

He is married with 2 children. Hobbies: swimming and model airplane flying.

ANDREY KOZHANOV, FIRST DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & PLANNING, EX-VDA)/(ABC) (2007-10).
Kozhanov Andrey Vladimirovich was born on February 28, 1966. He
graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electrical Engineering and Communications, majoring in Engineering Economics. In 2001, he graduated from the Harvard Business School, taking a course in “Modern Management Engineering.” From 1993 till 1997, he worked in the company “Oriflame Cosmetics” (Russia and the CIS) as a Chief Accountant. In 1998, he took employment in the agency “McCann Erickson” as a Financial Director. In 2000, he headed the Finance department of the company “Pecheraneft.” From 2003 till 2004, he was Financial Director of the “Volga - Dnepr” airline (VDA). He took an active part in the development of its cargo transportation business in the (VDA) integrated company “Air Bridge Cargo (ABC).”
In 2004, he founded his own company AVK. On October 1, 2007, he was appointed First Deputy Director General of Strategic Management & Planning of “Atlant - Soyuz” airline (AXX).

He is married with 2 children (a son and a daughter). Interests: tourism.

VADIM INDERYAKIN, FIRST DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR OPERATIONS, EX-(VDA).
Inderyakin Vadim Evgenyevich was born in 1958 in Elizovo, Elizovskiy district, in the Kamchatka region. In 1981, he graduated from Kazan State Technical University (named after Tupolev), majoring in Aircraft Engines. From 1981 until 1987, he was employed at “Astrakhanskoe” Incorporated Company of Civil Aviation having moved up from an engineer in the Quality Control Department up to the Workshop Chief.
In 1987, he switched to work in the Aviation Industry Complex, Ulyanovsk, for a position of a Deputy Workshop Chief. From 1992 until 2004, he was employed with “Volga - Dnepr” Airlines (VDA). He left when holding a position of Project Manager of “IL-76 development.”
In 2005, he switched to work in “Atlant - Soyuz” Airline (AXX) of the Moscow Government for a position of a Deputy General Director of the Engineering division – Technical Director. He has a memorable anniversary medal “80-year-anniversary of the Russian Civil Aviation – 2003."

He is married with three children. Hobby – cars.

ANDREY SITNIANSKI, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

ALEXEY MENITSKY, FIRST DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR (2008-03).
Menitsky Alexey Valerevich was born on August 17, 1969 in Moscow in the family of the Soviet Union Hero, Honored test pilot of the USSR, chief pilot of the MiG Design Bureau, Valery Evgenyevich Menitsky. In
1987 and 1989, he served in the Air Force of the USSR. Since 1990, he has occupied various positions in the Civil Aviation system of the country. He moved up from the support staff of the “Domodedovo Production Association of Civil Aviation” up to the Head of the Procurement Department of Atlant-Soyuz Airline (AXX). In 2004, he was appointed acting Director of the non-profit organization “Fund of the national Russian aviation and space museum”. Under the direct leadership of Mr Alexey Menitsky, this Fund prepared and commenced practical realization of the project of the National Aviation Museum creation on the Khodynskoe pole (field) in Moscow. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy General Director of Planning, Purchase Control & Aircraft Repair of (AXX) airline of the Moscow Government. In 2006, by shareholders’ decision, he switched over to the position of a Deputy General Director of Economic Security, Audit & Control of JSC “Vnukovo Aircraft Repair Plant No 400.” In 2007, he was appointed First Deputy General Director – Executive Director of JSC “Vnukovo Aircraft Repair Plant No 400.” In March 2008, he was appointed First Deputy General Director of Air Company “Atlant-Soyuz” Incorporated (AXX).

Hobbies: lawn tennis, and swimming.

MS DRAGICA MALES, GENERAL MANAGER.

E B URIS, VP MAINTENANCE.

 
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