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Founded as Katekavia in May 1995. Azur Air formed and started operations in 2015, when Russia's airline UTair (TYU) completed the sale of its subsidiary, Katekavia, which was re-branded as Azur Air (KKV). Domestic, regional, & scheduled, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Surgut, 628422, Russia
Russia (Russian Federation) was established in 1991, it covers an area of 17,098,242 sq km/6,601,665 sq mi, its population is 142.5 million, its capital city is Moscow, and its official language is Russian.
December 2015: UTair (TYU) has completed the sale of its Katekavia subsidiary. Katekavia was re-branded to Azur Air (KKV) as a result of the deal, but continues using an air operator’s certificate (AOC) with the Katekavia (KKV) name.
According to Russia’s Federal Tax Service registry, 100% of (KKV) is owned by One2fly. The register states 80% of One2fly belongs to businessman Ibragim Nurmanov, while a 20% share is owned by Rustem Kockar.
(KKV) operates charter flights for travel company Anex Tour, which is a member of Turkish Anex Tourism Group (ATG). Russian media outlets have reported Azur Air (KKV) joined (ATG) through the carrier, but representatives do not confirm that. According to Russian legislation, foreign investors cannot own >49% of a Russian airline.
UTair (TYU)’s Ukrainian subsidiary (UTN) was also sold and has been re-branded as Azur Air Ukraine (UTN). Turkish travel company Anex Tour, which is a member of Turkish Anex Tourism Group (ATG) bought Azur Air Ukraine (UTN).
Russia’s Azur Air (KKV) fleet comprises 9 Boeing 757-200s and 5 767-300s, which may increase next year.
Azur Air (KKV) continues to operate leisure routes despite the closure of Egypt and Turkey markets. Azur Air (KKV) has launched flights to Israel and Dubai in the (IATA) 2015/2016 winter season. In addition, it started flights to Cambodia and the Dominican Republic.
According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, in January - October 2015, Azur Air (KKV) carried 2.06 million passengers, up +11.7% year-over-year. Azur Air (KKV)’s load factor reached 94% LF, up from 70.6% LF in the year-ago period.
(IATA) Code: ZF. (ICAO) Code: KTK - (Callsign - Katekavia).
Headquarters: Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Main Base: Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo International Airport.
Charter services to Siberia and Yakutia.
February 2016: "Russian Charter Carrier Azur Air (KKV) to Start Scheduled Flights" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, February 18, 2016.
Russian aviation authorities have granted charter carrier, Azur Air (KKV) designations for its 1st international scheduled services.
(KKV) is now able to operate up to 3x-weekly Krasnodar to Barcelona and Rostov on Don to Barcelona flights, and weekly, Moscow to Bangkok service.
Azur Air (KKV) plans to launch the scheduled flights in (IATA) 2016 summer season using all possible frequencies, (KKV) said. It will fly a Boeing 767 on the Moscow to Bangkok route and the 757 on routes to Spain. “Launch of scheduled flights is a new step of company development. We understand that scheduled [service] is becoming crucial for package tours. (KKV) is also trying to follow another travel market trend (the travelers’ needs to organize the trips themselves),” Azur Air (KKV) General Director Mikhail Kritsky said.
Azur Air (KKV) was created from former UTair Airline (TYU) subsidiary, Katekavia (KKV) that was sold in December 2015. Its fleet comprises 14 airplanes comprising 9 757-200s and 5 767-300s.
March 2016: Azur Air (KKV), which plans to start scheduled services to Europe this summer, has gained 180-minute Extended Twin-engine OPerationS (ETOPS) approval.
“After we gained an (ETOPS)-120 certificate, we launched new routes to the Dominican Republic, as well as several routes to the countries in SE Asia. (ETOPS) 180 minute [approval] allows us to perform flights using the most effective routes,” Azur Air (KKV) General Director Mikhail Kritsky said.
(KKV) is a charter airline operating flights from 30 Russian cities on 28 leisure destinations.
In February, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted (KKV) a single air safety authorization.
October 2016: Boeing and Azur Air (KKV), based in Surgut, Russia announced on October 19, that Boeing will implement its Optimized Maintenance Program service for Azur Air (KKV)'s 5 757 and 11 767 airplane fleet.
December 2016: Russian charter carrier Azur Air (KKV) has taken delivery of its 1st 189-seat Boeing 737-800, which will be operated on routes to Spain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January 2017.
Azur Air (KKV) General Director Mikhail Kritsky said (KKV) will increase its 737-800 fleet in the coming year, but did not give specific numbers.
(KKV) was created from former UTair Airline (TYU) subsidiary Katekavia that was sold in 2015. (KKV) was granted designations for international scheduled services in February 2016. (KKV)’s fleet comprises 15 airplanes, comprising 9 757-200s, 5 767-300s and 1 737-800.
Azur Air (KKV) operates flights from 30 Russian cities to 29 international destinations.
May 2017: (CTT) Systems secured an order from Azur Aviation (KKV), Russia to supply Zonal Drying systems for retrofit on 2 Boeing 757-200s and 7 767-300s in (4Q) 2017 to (1Q) 2018.
June 2017: 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (28215, VP-BIR), ex-(UR-UTR), AerCap (DER) leased.
December 2017: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has directed 6 carriers to cut their winter charter programs because there is not enough aircraft to cover planned flights, the authority said on December 21.
Azur Air (KKV) has reduced 15% of its charter program volume. In addition, the authority has notified Yakutia Airline (SYL), Saratov Airlines (SOV), and Nordwind Airlines (NWD) to reduce their charter programs. These carriers must cut 30% of charter services. All airlines also operate scheduled domestic and international flights.
Russian aviation and travel authorities had appointed a group to analyze airline plans, schedules, and possible aircraft turnaround time to prevent significant flight delays. After analyzing the winter travel flights schedule of 15 carriers, including Aeroflot Airline (ARO), Red Wings Airlines (RWZ), Ural Airlines (URL) and others, it was decided to cut charter services for 6 carriers.
According to an authority statement, Russian airlines had applied for 586 international charter flights for the New Year Holiday period. The carriers received approval for 292 flights to main destinations including Italy, Spain, Thailand, China and Israel.
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1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (28215, VP-BIR), EX-(UR-UTR), AERCAP LEASED 2017-06.
3 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (28226, UR-UTP), OPERATES FOR AZUR AIR UKRAINE 2015-12.
1 757-2Q8 (PW2040) (954-30044, /01 VQ-BQA). 9 757-200'S TRANSFERRED TO (TYU) CHARTER DIVISION (CREATED FROM KATEKAVIA AIRLINE), NOW (2015-12) RENAMED AZUR AIR (KKV). 228Y,
2 757-2Q8 (PW2037) (590-26268, /93 VQ-BKF; 592-26271, /94 VQ-VKB), (ILF) LSD 2011-05. EX-(SNS). WITH WINGLETS. 228Y.
2 757-2Q8 (PW2040) (857-29377, /99 VQ-BEZ; 1010-29382, /02 VQ-BEY), EX-(OH-LBU; OH-LBX - - SEE PHOTO - - "TYU-757-200 - 2012-06"), (ILF) LEASED 2010-06. WITH WINGLETS. 228Y.
9 767-224ER (CF6-80C2B4) (811-30430, /00 VP-BAB; 30431, VP-BAQ, 2013-12; 827-30435, /01 VP-BAG; 839-30437, /01 VP-BAI), EX-(UAL) 2012-06. 25C, 145Y CONVERTING TO 10C, 245Y (4 BY 2014-08 & OTHER 4 BY 2014-12). 25C, 145Y.
2 767-300 (27909, VQ-BUO; 28043, ET-ALC), EX-(ETH) TRANSFERRED TO (TYU) CHARTER DIVISION (CREATED FROM KATEKAVIA AIRLINE) 2015-04. NOW (2015-12) RENAMED AZUR AIR.
0 ANTONOV AN-24RV, PHASED OUT.
0 TU-134, 3 PHASED OUT. 76Y.
MIKHAIL KRITSKY, GENERAL DIRECTOR.
ALEXANDER ZOSYMOV, GENERAL DIRECTOR.