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Formed and started operations in 1995. Formerly Gromov Air (GAI). Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Lll im M M Gromova
Moscow, 140182, 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 1995: Founded as the commercial subsidiary of the Gromov Flight Research Institute, named after M M Gromov.
February 2006: Rebranded as Moskovia Airlines (GAI).
January 2008: Name change to Moskovia Airlines (GAI) became official.
May 2009: ACCDT: A Moskovia Airlines (GAI) An-12 cargo airplane crashed near Chelyabinsk, Russia killing all nine flight crew members. It departed Perm and then turned back and crashed near the airfield.
April 2009: Accepts delivery of its first Western-built airplane, 737-73A (28497, VQ-BDI), ex-Sterling (STR), (AWAS) (AWW) leased, ex-(N497TF).
August 2009: 737-7L9 (28006, VQ-BER), delivery, ex-(N280AG).
December 2009: 2 737-883s (30467, VQ-BFU - - SEE PHOTO - - "GAI-737-800-2009-12;" 30468), ex-Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), deliveries.
August 2010: Moskovia Airlines (GAI) operates domestic and international, jet airplane, passenger and cargo charters.
Employees = 368.
(IATA) Code: 3R - 520. (ICAO) Code: GAI (Callsign - GROMOV AIRLINE).
Parent organization/shareholders: Rosoboronexport (51%); Flight Research Institute (49%).
Main Base: Moscow Zhukovsky airport (MOW).
Hubs: Moscow Domodedovo International airport (DME), & Moscow Bykovo airport (BKA).
Moskovia Airlines (GAI) has been taken to court by some of its airplane lessors that have requested for (GAI) to be declared bankrupt as a result of arguments over unpaid airplane leasing rates.
December 2010: Moskovia Airlines (GAI) has commissioned Lufthansa (DLH) Consulting to assist with assessing its current compliance with European Union (EU) Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) requirements as well as to complete the remaining necessary steps.
January 2012: Moskovia Airlines (GAI) has dry-leased a 737-800 from Transavia Airlines (TAV) for the winter charter season.
December 2012: Moskovia Airlines (GAI) has taken delivery of a first ex-Olympic Airlines ((IATA) Code: OP, based at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International airport (ATH)) (OLY) 737-484 registered (27149, VQ-BNX). The new airplane complements its existing fleet of two 737-700s based at Moscow Domodedovo International airport (DME) and mainly used on charter flights and scheduled services to Azerbaijan, Montenegro, and Uzbekistan.
May 2013: Moskovia Airlines ((IATA Code: 3R, based at Moscow Zhukovsky airport (UUBW)) (GAI) has set Moscow Domodedovo International (DME) to Podgorica (TGD) in Montenegro as its maiden SSJ100-95B operated route. Flights, operated each Saturday, will début from June 1. (GAI) took delivery of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (based at Moscow Zhukovsky (UUBW) airport) (SSJ) jet from defunct Armenian carrier, Armavia (ARZ).
SSJ100-95B (95021, RA-89021), ex-(EK-95016) has already been painted into (GAI) full livery.
(GAI) currently serves 4 countries, 9 destinations and 8 routes.
December 2013: Royal Air Maroc ((IATA) Code: AT, based at Casablanca International) (RAM) has wet-leased an SSJ100-95 (95021, RA-89021), from Moskovia Airlines ((IATA) Code: 3R, based at Moscow Zhukovsky) (GAI) for the duration of winter. According to Skyliner Aviation, the airplane was ferried from Moscow Domodedovo to Casablanca International via Podgorica on December 19. Earlier this year, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced plans to evaluate various 100-seater airplanes, including the Bombardier (BMB) CS100, the Embraer (EMB) EMB-190, and the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Superjet SSJ100 prior to placing an order for between twelve and fifteen of the jets later in 2014. (RAM) had wet-leased two Denim Air EMB-190s for the duration of Summer 2013.
May 2014: Moskovia (GAI) has begun its first domestic operations from the city of Astrakhan (ASF), the Russian city which sits astride of the mouth of the Volga River on the Caspian Sea. On April 22nd, (GAI) began thrice-weekly services to Moscow Domodedovo (DME), utilizing its 95Y-seat Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s. The 1,233 km sector will face direct competition from S7 Airlines (SBR)ís existing daily operation. Using the same airplanes, Moskovia (GAI) commenced twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) services to St Petersburg (LED) on April 24th. However this route will encounter no competition on the city pair.
August 2014: Moskovia Airlines (GAI) will 'likely' suspend operations outright with effect from September 1, Russia's "Interfax" news agency has reported. Quoting Irina Turina, the press liaison officer for Russia tourism council (Rustourunion), the newswire said fears over (GAI)'s future have led many passengers to cancel their bookings, with Tivat charter flights among those most affected. The subsequent surge in requests for refunds has exacerbated (GAI)'s ability to maintain operations, the report added.
Following a surprise audit of Moskovia Airlines (GAI)'s books in early July, Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) ordered (GAI) to cease selling tickets for scheduled flights effective July 29. (GAI) was then to have become a charter carrier with effect from September 1.
Russian tourists have grown weary of local operators after the recent tightening of European and US sanctions on Russia resulted in the collapse of four Russian tour operators. This in turn led to over 50,000 tourists being stranded outside the country.
Later, Russiaís Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, suspended Moskovia Airline (GAI)ís air operatorís certificate (AOC), effective August 29, after (CEO), Mikhail Alexeev revealed (GAI) could no longer operate flights, due to financial problems.
Rosaviatsia banned ticket sales from July 29 after numerous flights delays.
In August, Moskovia (GAI) decreased its scheduled flights network to only one destination, Moscow - Tivat. Alexeev had hoped (GAI) would return to full operations by the end of the year, but plans were not successful.
The Zhukovsky, Moscow-based carrier was founded in 1994. Its fleet included three Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, one Boeing 737 and two cargo Antonov An-12s.
December 2014: Russiaís Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has canceled air operatorís certificates (AOCs) for Bylina Airline and Moskovia Airline (GAI). The (AOC)s were canceled after three months after their suspension, according to Russian regulations.
Moskovia (GAI)ís (AOC) was suspended August 29 after (CEO), Mikhail Alexeev revealed (GAI) could no longer operate flights due to financial problems. Rosaviatsia banned ticket sales from July 29 after numerous flights delays.
Bylinaís (AOC) was suspended September 1 after the carrierís management disclosed the airline could no longer operate due to financial problems.
Moskovia (GAI) was founded in 1994. Its fleet included three Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s, one Boeing 737 and two cargo Antonov An-12s. The SSJ100s will be transferred to Red Wings airline (RWZ).
Bylina Airline was founded in 1992; its fleet included Yakovlev Yak-40s and Tupolev Tu-134s. The airplanes were based in several Russian cities, including Moscow, Perm, Ufa, and Samara. The carrier operated charter flights as well as scheduled flights from Ivanovo, Perm and Chelyabinsk to the South of Russia.
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GAI-737-73A - 2014-08
1 737-484 (CFM56-3C1) (2471-27149 /93 VQ-BNX), EX-(SX-BKG), EX-(OLY), 2012-12. 150Y.
1 737-7L9 (CFM56-7B22) (26-28006, /97 VQ-BER), EX-(N280AG) 2009-08. WITH WINGLETS. (CGP) LSD 2009-08. 126Y.
1 737-73A (CFM56-7B24) (216-28497, /99 VQ-BDI - - SEE PHOTO - - "GAI-737-73A-2009-08"), EX-(STR), (AWW) LSD 2009-04. 148Y.
1 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27), (TAV) WET-LSD FOR WINTER CHARTER SEASON. 186Y.
2 737-883 (CFM56-7B26) (634-30467, /00 VQ-BFU- - SEE PHOTO - - "GAI-737-800-2009-12;" 668-30468, VQ-BFR), EX-(SAS) 2009-12. 12C, 174Y.
2 ANTONOV AN-12BP (AI-20M) (00347510, /70 RA-11309; 3341509, /63 RA-12162; 4342601, /64 RA-11310), FREIGHTER.
3 SUKHOI SSJ100-95B (95010, RA-89002 "FYODOR BURTSEV;" 95021, RA-89021), EX-(RK-95016) 2013-06. 95021; WET-LST (RAM) (2013-12). 95Y.
1 TU-134A-3M (D-30-III) (66130, /84 RA-65721), 18F, VIP.
0 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (918, /92 RA-85736 "YURI MOROZOV;" 926, /92 RA-85743 "YURI SHEFFER"), LAST TWO RETIRED 2009-12. 164Y.
MIKHAIL ALEXEEV, GENERAL DIRECTOR.
SERGEY BELOV, DIRECTOR FLIGHT DEPARTMENT.
IGOR FEDOSOV, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.