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FORMED IN 1945 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1946. FORMERLY THE AEROFLOT KALININGRAD DIVISION, LATER BECOMING KALININGRAD AVIA. A K A KALININGRADSKI OAO, KALININGRAD AIR, AND KD-AVIA. DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
KHRABROVO TOWN AIRPORT
KALININGRAD REGION, GURLEVSKLY DISTRICT
KHRABROVO, GURLEV REGION, 238315, 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.
MAY 1997: TO THE BALTIC RUSSIAN REGION OF KALININGRAD WITH REGIONAL TRUNK ROUTES.
STATE OWNS 51%, EMPLOYEES 40%.
ALLIANCE WITH AEROFLOT (ARO) & SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS).
1,036 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 171 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
APRIL 1998: 1,036 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 171 MT).
APRIL 1999: 1,036 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 171 MT).
APRIL 2000: 1,036 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 171 MT).
SCHEDULED SERVICES TO BISHKEK, EKATERINBURG, KRASNODAR, MINERALNYE VODY, MOSCOW, MURMANSK, NOVOSIBIRSK, ROSTOV, ST PETERSBURG, AND TASHKENT.
April 2002: (TELEPHONE: +7 (0112) 459 411).
(FAX: +7 (0112) 459 580).
Owners/Shareholders: Government (51%); Employees (40%).
September 2004: (email@example.com).
Plans to lease 5 737-400/-500's, & 4 Dash 500's, ex-Aer Lingus (ARL) starting this fall. Plans to operate as many as 19 737's from Kaliningrad (designated a free economic zone) to international destinations.
January 2005: 737-382 (24365), (ILF) leased. Plans to introduce up to 19 737's over the next 4 years.
The service to the Russian capital Moscow (3/day) accounts for almost 70% of the carrier's revenues.
May 2005: 737-317 (23177, EI-CHH), GECAS (GEF) leased.
June 2005: 2 737-3YO's (23927, EI-DJR; 23926, EI-DJS), ex-EasyJet (EZY)/Go Fly (GFL), (GEF) leased.
November 2005: 737-33A (24092, EI-DMM), ex-easyJet (EZY), BBAM (BBB) leased.
December 2005: Kaliningradavia (KGD) will start Kaliningrad - Berlin Tegel service Dec 28. The airline will operate 2 flights a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a 737-300.
737-3K2 (23411, EI-DMN), ex-Falcon Air Express (FAX), Pegasus Aviation (PSS) leased.
January 2006: Kaliningradavia (KGD) leased a sixth 737-300.
1 737-35B (23971), ex-Delta Airlines (DAL), CIT Leasing (TCI) leased.
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%.
April 2006: Kaliningradavia (KGD) plans to more than double its fleet of 737-300s this year. Currently, the airline leases 6 from Babcock & Brown (BBB), GECAS (GEF), ILFC (ILF), and Pegasus (PSS). (KGD) will lease 7 additional airplanes from ILFC (ILF) and 3 from CIT Aerospace (TCI).
August 2006: Sabre Airline Solutions signed a five-year contract with Russian airline Kaliningrad Avia (KD-Avia) (KGD) to upgrade the carrier's operational and decision-support technology.
May 2007: Starting June 15th, Kaliningrad - Amsterdam, - Dusseldorf, - Hamburg, - Hannover, - Milan (MXP), - Munich, using 737-300s.
Kaliningrad-based, KD-Avia (KGD is seeking at least 20 airplanes with options, which will not necessarily be Boeing (TBC) types despite the carrier's reliance on leased 737s so far. The well-financed airline was touring European capitals last week presenting its business case and negotiating airport access. It is based in what is effectively a Russian exclave between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea.
A source in a major Western supplier who was invited to one of the briefings, says KD-Avia (KDA)'s concept is to offer travellers to secondary Russian cities, an alternative to Moscow as a transit hub - particularly to avoid Aeroflot (ARO)'s notorious Sheremetyevo base. The airline is promising connections shorter than 20 minutes. The source says: "It's a good plan and they are well-funded. We were impressed."
Domestically, the airline serves Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Omsk, Ufa, Kazan, and Yekaterinburg, each having population of more than a million. Planned Western destinations are Barcelona, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, London, Milan, Munich, Prague and Rome. Paris is missing, because of a lack of satisfactory slots.
June 2007: Starts Kaliningrad - Astana, - Barcelona, - Helsinki, - Kazan, - London Gatwick (LGW), - Nizhniy Novgorod, - Omsk, - Rome (FCO), - Samara, - Tyumen, - Ufa, - Volgograd, using 737-300s.
July 2007: KD-Avia (KGD) launched thrice-weekly, Kaliningrad - London Gatwick service aboard 737-300s.
737-3Q8 (23507, VP-BJV), PK AirFinance leased.
August 2007: 3 737-301s (23261, VP-BDB; 23551, VP-BJW; 23557, VP-BJX), PK AirFinance leased.
October 2007: Snecma Services, Brussels entered into a three-year time-and-materials engine Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement with KD-Avia (KGD) based in Kaliningrad, covering the (CFM56-3)s powering the airline's seven 737 Classics. Under the agreement, Snecma also will ensure the availability of a replacement engine.
June 2008: KD Avia (KGD) operates scheduled and charter services within Russia and the (CIS).
(IATA) Code: KD. (ICAO) Code: KNI (Callsign - KALININGRAD AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government (51%); employees (40%); & others (9%).
Main Base: Kaliningrad Khrabrovo airport (KGD).
KD-Avia (KGD)'s network includes: Astana; Barcelona; Berlin; Chelyabinsk; Dusseldorf; Hannover; Kaliningrad; Kazan; Kiev; London; Milan; Moscow; Munich; Nizhny Novgorod; Odessa; Omsk; Paris; Perm; Prague; Rome; Rostov; Samara; Sofia; St Petersburg; Tel Aviv; Ufa; Vienna; & Volgograd.
Russia's KD Avia (KGD) signed a commitment with Airbus (EDS) for 25 A319s, the manufacturer announced in Berlin. "The A319 will contribute to the strengthening of Kaliningrad's position as an important Russian transit hub and at the same time will enable us to further develop our route network," (KGD) Chairman, Sergey Grishchenko said. It is a new Airbus (EDS) customer that currently operates an all-737-300 fleet. "RIA Novosti" reported that deliveries will begin in 2014, citing Airbus (EDS) COO Customers, John Leahy, and that the order is worth $1.7 billion.
(KGD) also announced the launch of six-times-weekly, Kaliningrad - Yekaterinburg service on October 26. It currently flies to 28 destinations in Russia, Europe, and Israel.
August 2008: Domodedovo (DOD) Technique was granted (EASA) certification for heavy maintenance services including "C" checks on 737-300/-400/-500 airplanes. (DOD) already has signed agreements of intent with KD avia (KGD), Orenair (ORB), and Transaero Airlines (TRX) for heavy maintenance work on 737s.
September 2008: KD Avia (KGD) is the top airline at Kaliningrad Airport, which in January through July 2008, handled 0.7 million domestic passengers and 0.3 million international passengers, for a total 1.0 million. This gave the airport a ranking of 7th highest in Russia, with the others (in millions) being: 1. Moscow (DME) 11.9; 2 Moscow (SVO) 8.6; 3. Moscow (VKO) 4.6; 4. St Petersburg 4.0; 5. Yekaterinburg 1.4; 6. Novosibirsk 1.1; 8. Sochi 0.9; 8. Krasnodar 0.9; 10.0 Samara 0.8.
October 2008: INCDT: A KD Avia (KGD) 737-300, en route from Barcelona landed on its belly at Kaliningrad on October 1, although none of the 138 passengers and six crew (FC)/(CA) were hurt, according to press reports, and Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network (ASN). (KGD) Executive Director, Leonid Itskov told Interfax that the fuselage was not destroyed and that passengers evacuated with slides. According to (ASN), the crew (FC) declared an emergency following an unsafe gear indication, and confirmed that the gear did not deploy following a low pass. The crew (FC) landed the airplane with its gear up on its second approach.
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."
March 2009: Struggling KD Avia (KGD) says cost-cutting measures and Russian government help have cleared the way for new (financial) arrangements that have stabilized (KGD) and allowed resumption of normal service. Leasing companies had placed restrictions on (KGD)'s fleet of 16 737s.
April 2009: KD avia (KGD) is set to receive a RUB4 billion/$119 million capital injection from the Russian government, Kaliningrad Region Governor, Georgy Boos told "Prime-Tass." Kaliningrad holds 9.5% of the carrier. The amount matches that which (KGD) Director Business Development, Mikhail Baskov revealed four months ago. (KGD) is more than >RUB10 billion in debt, according to the news agency.
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.
September 2009: KD Avia (KGD) suspended ticket sales and Russia's federal air transport agency Rosaviatsiya plans to revoke the Kaliningrad-based airline's air operating certificate (AOC) on September 14. Rosaviatsiya head, Gennady Kurzenkov told "ITAR-Tass" that (KGD) "has been notified in advance its certificate will be revoked. (KGD) has a chance to inform its passengers, personnel and agents about that." Russian media was reporting that (KGD) faces heavy debts, is having difficulty making lease payments on its 15 737s and suffered a -35.5% drop in passenger numbers in the first half of 2009.
December 2009: Russian airport operator Navfaport has acquired a minority interest in Khrabrovo Airport, in the Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. Navaport, which already controls six facilities in the country, has acquired a 25% stake for a reported $7 million and expects to increase this to a controlling shareholding in the future.
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1 737-3G7 (CFM56-3B2) (1608-24011, /88 EI-DOM "SERGEY PRISEKIN"), (TCI) LSD 2006-04. 144Y.
1 737-3K2 (CFM56-3B2) (1195-23411, /86 EI-DMN "ILDAR SANIEV"), EX-(FAX), (PSS) LSD 2005-12. 144Y.
1 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3) (1252-23507, VP-BJV "MIKHAIL KUZOVLEV" 2007-07), PK AIRFINANCE LSD. 144Y.
0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1580-23927, /88 EI-DJR "ALEXANDER MARINESKO;" 1562-23926, /88 EI-DJS "VIKTOR GREASCHENKO"), EX-(EZY)/(GFL), (GEF) LSD 2005-06. RTND. 144Y.
4 737-301 (CFM56-3B2) (1157-23261, /85 VP-BDB "MIKAEL TARIVERDIEV" 2007-08; 1380-23551, VP-BJW "MITROPOLIT KIRILL" 2007-08; 1437-23557, VP-BJX "ELDAR RYAZANOV" 2007-08; 1451-23559, VP-BJY, 2007-07), PK AIRFINANCE LSD.
1 737-317 (CFM56-3B1) (1216-23177, /86 EI-CHH "ALEXANDER KRASNENKER"), (GEF) LSD 2005-05. 144Y.
1 737-33A (CFM56-3) (1669-24092, /89 EI-DMM "VALERY GERGIEV"), EX-(EZY)/(GFL)/(BMA), (BBB) LSD 2005-11. 144Y.
1 737-35B (CFM56-3B2) (1482-23971, /87 EI-DOO "YURIY ANTONOV"), EX-(DAL), (TCI) LSD 2007-01. 144Y.
1 737-382 (CFM56-3B2) (1695-24365, /89 EI-DJK "YURI TEMIRKANOV"), (ILF) LSD 2005-01. 144Y.
3 737-300 (CFM56-3B2) (23543, /06 "RENAT LAISHEV;" 23546, /06 "EVGENY GRISCHENKO;" 25017, /07 "PETR GRISHCHENKO"), 144Y.
4 ORDERS 737-300 (CFM56-3), (ILF) LSD:
2 ORDERS 737-300 (CFM56-3), (TCI) LSD:
1 +4/14 ORDERS 737-400/-500, EX-(ARL).
1 737-42C (CFM56-3C1) (1871-24231, /90 VP-BTN), (GEF) LSD 2006.
25 ORDERS (2014-02) A319:
1 TU-134A (D-30-II) (48485, /76 RA-65027), 76Y.
0 TU-134A-3 (D-30-III) (46140, /76 RA-65011; 09074, /74 RA-65834; 28310, /75 RA-65870), ALL 3 RETIRED. 76Y.
0 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (972, /93 RA-85788; 973, /93 RA-85789), ALL 2 RETIRED. 166Y.
SERGEY GRISHENKO, CHAIRMAN.
VALERIY MIKHAJLOV, GENERAL DIRECTOR (T: 7-0112) 460-828).
LEONID ITSKOV, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
GENNADIY SCHCHERBAKOV, FIRST DEPUTY DIRECTOR.
IGOR SHISHOV, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
MIKHAIL BASKOV, DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.
VIKTOR KRISKOVETS, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR.
MR VASIUKOVA, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.
MR LAVVINOVICH, MARKETING DIRECTOR.