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Name: RUSSIAN SKY
7JetSet7 Code: ESL
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CIS
City: MOSCOW
Country: RUSSIA
Employees 500
Web: rusky.ru
Email: akochnev@rusky.ru
Telephone: +7 (095) 795 34 89
Fax: +7 (095) 795 34 90
Sita: MOWTOP7
Background
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ESL-AUG05-A
ESL-JUL05-A
ESL-JUL05-B

Established in 1995. A K A Aviakompania Russkoe Nebo. Formerly East Line Airlines. Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional, & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Domodedovo Airport
142015 Domodedovo, (Moscow Region), 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.

April 2002: Passenger services from Domodedovo Airport, Moscow.

International, scheduled destinations: Cologne, Hanover, Karaganda, Stuttgart, and Ust-Kamenogors.

Scheduled cargo services to Belgium, China, Greece, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Turkey and UAE, plus charter cargo services, to Pakistan, and Greece.

SITA: MOWTOP7.

(http://www.eastline.ru).

Owners/Shareholders: East Line Group (100%).

July 2002: 1 YAK-42D (4520424410016, RA-42432), Saravia leased. 1 IL-76MD (0093495883, EW-78819), ex-Atlant Soyuz (AXX), Trans Avia Export leased.

October 2002: 1 Il-76TD (1033414480, RA-76369), and 1 Tu-154M (94A-983, RA-85799), deliveries. 1 Il-76TD (0083489662, EW-78779), ex-Atlant-Soyuz (AXX), Trans Avia Export leased.

January 2003: Moscow - La Romana (Il-62).

1 TU-154M (93A-972, RA-85788), leased to Eurasia Air Company.

April 2003: East Line Airlines (ESL) is a major Russian airline operating scheduled and charter cargo, jet airplane flights to Europe, the Middle East, and Far East. It also undertakes passenger flights and VIP transport from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport (DME), which it manages and operates.

Parent organization/shareholders: East Line Group (100%).

International Scheduled Destinations: Cologne; Hanover; Karagander; Stuttgart; & Ust-Kamenogorsk.

June 2003: 500 employees. (est@eastline.ru).

1 IL-76MD (1103403056, RA-78840), 223rd Flight Unit leased.

July 2003: British Airways (BAB) and several international airlines have shifted airports in Moscow from the dismal, government-owned Sheremetyevo-2 International passenger terminal to the more modern, well-equipped Domodedovo (owned and operated by Russia's East Line Airlines (ESL), which although farther from Moscow, does offer 45-minute rail service to the city center. Domodedovo is clean and airy, and provides higher levels of passenger comfort and services.

August 2003: The airline is being offered for sale to enable the parent company - who also manages Domodedovo International Airport - to concentrate on airport activities and the railroad business. The airline operates mainly cargo and passenger charter flights, and has the status of a regular airline cargo carrier to China.

September 2003: IL-76TD (10034303121, RA-76806), Domodedovo (DOD) leased (again). IL-76TD (0033448407, RA-76474), leased from Ilavia. IL-76TD (101308269, RA-76814) leased from Aviast.

October 2003: 2 IL-76TD's (0083489662, EW-78779; 0093493794, EW-78808) returned to Atlant-Soyuz (AXX). Yak-42D (4520424402154, RA-42326) returned to Saravia.

November 2003: IL-76TD (1023414454, UK-76353) returned to Uzbekistan (UZB).

January 2004: Tu-154M (93A-982, RA-85625), Tatneftaero leased.

June 2004: East Line Group, who manage Moscow Domodedovo International Airport (DME), stated it is in the final stage of negotiation of an agreement to sell East Line Airlines. the decision to dispose of the small carrier, who operates a fleet of 27 Russian-built airplanes including Il-62, Il-76, Il-86, & Tu-154 types, is in keeping with the group's strategic plan "to concentrate on transforming its airport business and the further development of Domodedovo into the gateway of Russia." East Line Group claims Domodedovo has a 40% share of Moscow passenger traffic and a better-than-50% share of cargo traffic into and out of the Russian city.

July 2004: 2003 = 2 Billion (RPK) passenger traffic (+174.6%); 414,000 passengers (PAX) (+49.8%).

August 2004: East Line (ESL) Technik has contracts for technical maintenance on Vim Avia (VIM)'s 757's, KrasAir (ZXD)'s 767's, Air Moldova (MOL)'s A320's, and SunExpress (SNS)'s 737-800's that operate to Moscow Domodedovo.

January 2005: IL-76TD (73479367), from Aviast.

October 2005: "East Line Airlines" (ESL) merger with Tesis resulted in changing its name to "Russian Sky."

(IATA) Code: P7 - 215. (ICAO) Code: ESL.

April 2006: East Line Group (ESL), which manages Moscow Domodedovo airport, plans to invest $180 million in expansion, renovations and upgrades to its passenger terminal this year. Among new security measures, starting from July, the airport is introducing the GK-1 Voice Recognition System, which will ask selected passengers a series of questions and determine whether they should be cleared or subjected to additional screening based on the voice characteristics of their answers. Domodedovo also is installing a new Hold Baggage Screening system, SafeDock docking system and building management system.

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).

July 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Moscow Domodedovo (DME) operator East Line Group (ESL) to transfer its 61 weekly flights to the Russian capital to (DME) from Sheremetyevo (SVO), beginning with the summer 2008 schedule. (DLH) is the largest foreign airline at (SVO), but next year will head south to (DME), where it will become the airport's seventh Star Alliance (SAL) carrier. The move represents another blow for (SVO), which lost Austrian Airlines (AUL) the prior month.

In conjunction with the airport announcement, (DLH) announced a partnership with Russian airline conglomerate AiRUnion (ZXD)/(DOD)/(OMK)/(SMR) under which the companies would start next summer with "the reciprocal sale of tickets" and eventually move into codesharing and linked loyalty programs. AiRUnion (ZXD)/(DOD)/(OMK)/(SMR) struck a similar accord with Austrian (AUL), when (AUL) switched to (DME), which along with its new pact with (DLH) may signal the Russian entity's interest in joining Star (SAL). Alliance CEO, Jaan Albrecht said last December that the group was interested in recruiting a Russian member.

(DLH) will join Star (SAL) partners (AUL), Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), bmi (BMA), Spanair (SPP), Singapore Airlines (SIA), and Thai Airways (TII) at (DME). Its current Moscow operation comprises five-times-daily service to Frankfurt, thrice-daily flights to Munich, a daily to Dusseldorf, four-times-weekly flights to Hamburg and a weekly to Berlin that will increase to twice-weekly in September.

Domodedovo (DME) Director Business Development & International Relations, Daniel Burkard said that if (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines and (LOT) Polish Airlines - - the remaining Star carriers at (SVO) - - switch to (DME), "and if the Star Alliance (SAL) wishes to do so, we can offer them a dedicated terminal. Our new Terminal 2 will go into operation by 2010." The facility will be designed to connect passengers within 25 minutes, he said, adding that (DME) has enough capacity to handle the additional (DLH) flights easily. While Aeroflot (ARO) and its SkyTeam (STM) partners account for around 82% of (SVO)'s 12 million annual passengers, (DME) is handling approximately 16 million per year and is expecting a +20% annual increase, Burkard said.

Fleet:
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February 2007:

1 AN-12.

1 AN-74.

7 IL-62M (D-30KU) (4256314, /93 RA-86567; 3139956, /81 RA-868518; 1241314, /82 RA-86520; 2241647, /82 RA-86523; 4243111, /82 RA-88532; 1343123, /83 RA-86533; 1545951, /85 RA-96935), LSD. 4256314; TO INTERAVIA. 168Y.

2 IL-76MD (0093495883, EW-78819), EX-(AXX), TRANS AVIA EXPORT LSD 2002-07. (1103403056, RA-78840), 223RD FLT UNIT LSD 2003-06.

0 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (1023413443, UK-76448) RT (UZB) 2002-05.

1 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2)(1013407230, RA-76812), (DOD) LSD 2003-08.

6 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (1033418596, /94 RA-76381; 2003-09:

4 Il-76TD (100308269, RA-76806) (DOD) leased 2003-09, (0033448407, RA-76474), ILAVIA LSD 2003-09. (101308269, RA-76814) AVIAST LSD 2003-09. 1023414454, UK-76353 RTND (UZB) 2003-11. FREIGHTER.

1 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (0083489662, EW-78779, EX-(AXX), TRANS AVIA EXPORT LSD 2002-10, RTND (AXX) 2003-10; 1033414480, RA-76369, 2002-10).

1 IL-76TD (73479367), EX-AVIAST 2005-01.

4 IL-86 (NK-86) (51483210094, /92 RA-86136; 51483210098, /93 RA-86139; 51483210097, /93 RA-86142; 51483204035, /84 RA-86144), 350Y.

1 TU-134A-3 (D-30-III) (63179, /80 RA-65798), 40C.

1 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U) (551, /82 RA-85551), 164Y.

2 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (94A-983, RA-85799, 10/02; 86A-745, RA-85827, ENKOR LSD 2002-11) (93A-972, RA-85788 LST EURASIA 2003-01; 93A-982, /93 RA-85625, RATNEFTAERO LSD 2004-01), 166Y.

1 YAK-42.

4 YAK-42D (4520424410016, /85 RA-42432), SARAVIA LSD 2002-07. (4520424402154, RA-42326) TO SARAVIA 2003-10. 120Y.

Management:
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DIMITRY KAMENSHCHIK, CHAIRMAN.

AMIRAN KURTANIDZE, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

ANDREI A KONSTANTINOV, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

 
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