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Name: METROJET
7JetSet7 Code: KLV
Status: Operational
Region: CIS
City: SURGUT
Country: RUSSIA
Employees 127
Web: kolavia.ru
Email: nikol@kogalymavia.ru
Telephone: +7 3462 770 487
Fax: +7 3462 770 488
Sita: SGCKIXH
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Formed and started operations in 1993. A K A Kogalym Avia. Later became Kolavia Airline and finally changed its name to MetroJet (KLV. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
43 Aeroflotskaya Street
Tyumenskaya Oblast, Posyelok Taezhnly
Surgut, Tyumen Region 628422, 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.

August 2010: Kolavia (KLV) serves communities in the oil-rich Tyumen area of western Siberia from its base in Kogalym.

(IATA) Code: 7K - 313. (ICAO) Code: KGL (Callsign - KOGALYM).

http://www.kogalymavia.ru nikol@kogalymavia.ru

Main Base: Kogalym International airport (KGP) and Surgut airport (SGC).

Hub: Moscow Domodedovo International airport (DME).

Domestic destinations: Kogalym; Krasnodar; Mineralnye Vody; Moscow; Surgut; & Ufa.

International destinations: Baku; & Simferopol.

January 2011: Turkish (THY) Technic said it will perform one "C" maintenance check on a Kolavia Airlines (KLV) A320 in February.

ACCDT: A Kolavia (KLV) Tu-154B-2 (588, RA-85588) was destroyed in a fire while Flight 7K348 taxied for takeoff at Surgut Airport (SGC) on January 1st which resulted in 3 occupant fatalities of 11 ((FC - (CA))/117 passengers.

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January 2012: Kolavia (KLV) has leased an ex-Onur Air (ONU) A321-231. (KLV) stopped all scheduled flights on October 1 and is now concentrating on charter services.

March 2012: Kolavia (KLV) plans to lease two additional A320-200s in spring to replace the capacity of two Tu-154Ms it had operated on charter services last summer but retired by September 2011.

April 2012: TUI Russia & the (CIS) (TUG) will form a joint venture (JV) with Surgut-based, Kolavia Airline (KLV), effective May 1. The new (JV), called "MetroJet," will operate under the TUI brand and will offer service from Russia to Turkey, Egypt, and Spain.

(KLV) ceased operations in September 2011 following a fatal fire in January 2011 on a Tupolev Tu-154, while the airplane was on the Surgut taxiway. It has continued to operate as a charter airline with four A321s.

TUI Airline Management (TUG) (the fifth largest airline in the region) operates a fleet of 155 airplanes in Europe. Members operate scheduled flights and charter flights to more than >150 destinations worldwide, departing from more than >60 airports in nine European countries. The group includes carriers such as TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) in Germany, Thomsonfly (ATZ)/(TFY) in the UK, TUIfly Nordic (TNS) in Scandinavia, ArkeFly (HOL) in the Netherlands, JetairFly (TUB) in Belgium, and Corsairfly (COR) in France.

June 2013: A321-211 (0852, EI-FBV), EX-(G-OOPE), (TUG) leased, A321-231 (1293, EI-FBH), ex-(B-6300), Babcock & Brown (BBB) leased.

December 2013: MetroJet will take delivery of three A321s before the summer season 2014. MetroJet currently operates two A321s in an all-economy (Y) configuration with 219Y and 221Y seats.

Moscow Domodedovo-based MetroJet is a joint venture (JV) of (TUI) Russia & (CIS) and Surgut-based, Kolavia Airline (KLV).

TUI Russia & (CIS) Director Sales & Distribution, Ivor Vucelic said the airplane will likely be leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a long-term (TUI) partner.

In 2013, MetroJet carried 80% of (TUI) Russia & (CIS) passengers. However, in 2014 the numbers could reduce to 75% because the travel company plans to expand its cooperation with scheduled airlines such as Aeroflot (ARO) and Turkish Airlines (THY).

During the first 10 months of 2013, it carried 1.036 million passengers, up +65.7% over the year-ago period.

April 2014: Surgut-based Kolavia Airline, operating under the MetroJet (KLV) brand, will merge with regional carrier Air Samara. The carriers will establish a new management company for the airline in Samara.

MetroJet (KLV) plans to add 10 more airplanes during the next three years and base part of them in Samara. (KLV) did not specify airplane types, but they will most likely be narrow bodies.

MetroJet (KLV) currently operates two Airbus A320s and seven A321s - - SEE ATTACHED - - "KLV-A321-200-2014-04." Air Samara’s fleet includes three Beechcraft King Air 350i airplanes to continue regional flights.

The united carrier plans to launch flights from Samara to Moscow, Saint Petersburg and the (CIS), adding 3 million passengers per year.

Kolavia (KLV) carried 1.19 million passengers in 2013, up +61.9% over the year-ago period.

Founded in 1993, Kolavia (KLV) changed owners and was renamed MetroJet (KLV) in 2012. The airline also announced its cooperation with the (TUI) Group (TUG) and launched a Russian branch.

October 2015: ACCDT: A Metrojet (KLV) A321-231 (V2533-A5) (663, /97 EI-ETJ) with 217 passengers and 7 crew ((FC) - (CA)) on board, having taken off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, en route to St Petersburg, Russia, lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) 23 minutes after departure and crashed in a mountainous area of the Sinai peninsular.
All 224 on board perished with the in-flight break-up of the A321 aircraft.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there were 214 Russian and three Ukrainian passengers aboard, including 138 women, 62 men and 17 children.

The aircraft's wreckage was found about 100 km/60 miles south of the north Sinai town of El-Arish, Egyptian officials said. It crashed in an area of northern Sinai where Egyptian security forces have been fighting a militant insurgency, led by the local affiliate of (ISIS), according to The Associated Press (AP). The (AP) reported that the militants in northern Sinai have not to date shot down commercial airliners or fighter-jets. There have been reports the fighters acquired shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missiles but those would only be effective against low-flying aircraft, the (AP) reported.

The crash of the Metrojet (KLV) a321 in the Sinai Peninsula once again raises concerns about planes flying near combat zones, which have been a growing worry for aviation regulators.

USA aviation officials earlier this year warned airlines and pilots (FC) not to traverse the area of the Sinai Peninsula below <26,000 feet out of concerns that ground fire could put planes at risk. The UK and Germany also in recent weeks submitted alerts regarding flights through the area because of concerns about anti-aircraft weapons. Egypt has been battling Islamic militants in recent years. The insurgents last year downed an Egyptian military helicopter with a surface-to-air missile.

The Airbus A321 flying to St Petersburg, Russia, from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, appears to have reached an altitude of 33,000 feet before losing altitude, according to plane-tracking website flightradar24.com. That would put it out of reach of most widely available, crude anti-aircraft weapons.

Sinai Province, a branch of the Islamic State, said it shot down the plane, according to the (SITE) Intelligence Group, which monitors global extremist activity, though Sinai Province's claims couldn't independently be verified. The group in the past has made exaggerated claims.

Based on the information they have thus far, USA officials believe the plane was likely brought down by mechanical issues, rather than by an act of terrorism. But officials said the intelligence was still being reviewed and the assessment could change.

In a sign of how sensitive airlines have become about operating near conflict zones, Air France (AFA) - (KLM), Europe's largest airline by traffic, and Deutsche Lufthansa (DLH) on October 31 said they had decided to temporarily suspend overflying Sinai until more is known about the cause of the (KLV) jetliner's crash. Dubai-based airline Emirates (EAD), the world's largest by international traffic, also said it was currently avoiding Sinai Peninsula overflights, until more information becomes available.

Re-routing planes can add flight time and increase fuel consumption. It can also cause an operational headache for air traffic control (ATC) if more flights are squeezed into limited airspace. The Middle East is already contending with several flight restrictions, including over Iraq, leading many airlines to shift routes to Iranian airspace.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight 17 was downed last year over eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated Russian-made Buk anti-aircraft missile, which is more capable than the type of anti-aircraft missiles believed to be available to the Islamist groups operating in Sinai.

Culpability for the downing of the jetliner over Ukraine, which was also flying at 33,000 feet when it was hit, is still being established. Ukraine and Western countries blame pro-Russian separatists fighting government forces in the region (a charge Moscow denies). All 298 people on board the flight to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam died.

The incident this year prompted the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations's air-safety arm, to establish a central information clearing house to alert airlines about possible threats to flights.

The latest entry into the (ICAO) system regarding the American, British, and German concerns about Sinai overflights was made on October 5.

Stephen Creamer, Director of (ICAO)'s Air Navigation Bureau, told an aviation-security conference in Dublin on Monday that "we know we need to refine the capabilities of the repository."

Tony Tyler, Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents more than >200 carriers, this week said the sharing of useful information needs to be done "a bit faster."

In addition to the plane which crashed in Sinai, MetroJet (KLV) operates four other A321 passenger aircraft.

The A321 is the largest version of Airbus's single-aisle family of jetliners. It typically seats around 189 passengers, though can accommodate up to 220 in a high-density configuration. Airbus (EDS) recently gained approval to pack as many as 240 passengers on board an A321 from 2018.

Airbus (EDS) narrow bodies have been involved in several recent high-profile crashes, including that of a Germanwings (RFG) flight in March, apparently at the hands of a suicidal pilot (FC) killing all 150 people onboard. Late last year, an Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) plane carrying 162 people crashed into the Java Sea. The crash report is pending.

Still, the Airbus single-aisle jet family, which, along with the Boeing Company (TBC) 737 represents the backbone of global commercial airline operations, has a good safety record, with a rate of 0.10 fatal crashes per one million flights (better than many other airplane models).

The last fatal A321 accident occurred in July 2010, when a Pakistani Airblue (ABU) A321 crashed, killing all 152 people on board, according to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF)'s Aviation Safety Network. The accident was linked to pilot (FC) mistakes, cockpit confusion and a disregard for safety procedures.

November 2015: News Item A-1: "UK Delays Flights from Sharm el-Sheikh, Citing Metrojet Probe" by (ATW) Alan Dron and Aaron Karp, November 4, 2015.

The UK government has taken the “precautionary step” of delaying flights that had been scheduled to fly from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to the UK the evening of November 4. It cited new “information” from the investigation into the Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

In addition, the Irish Aviation Authority said November 4 it was directing “Irish airline operators not to operate to/from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, Egypt or in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace until further notice.”

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron’s office issued a statement November 4 saying that “as more information has come to light, we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”

Cameron’s office said delaying flights from Sharm el-Sheikh bound for the UK “will allow time for a team of UK aviation experts, currently traveling to Sharm el-Sheikh, to make an assessment of the security arrangements in place at the airport and to identify whether any further action is required. We expect this assessment to be completed tonight.”

The statement added that Cameron has spoken to Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “to discuss what measures the Egyptians are taking to ensure the tightest possible security arrangements at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.”

Cameron’s office emphasized that it “cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed.”

News Item A-2: "Lufthansa Group Halts Sharm el-Sheikh Flights; UK Extends Suspension" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann and Aaron Karp, November 5, 2015.

The Lufthansa Group has suspended all flights to/from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, a move made following strong statements from the UK government that an explosive device could be responsible for the October 31 Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 crash.

The UK had temporarily suspended flights coming from Sharm el-Sheikh to the UK on the evening of November 4 pending a further assessment. After an emergency high-level government meeting, all flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh have been grounded indefinitely.

“We’ve formed a judgment that there is a significant possibility that the Russian aircraft was brought down by an explosive device on board, and once we formed that judgment, we have to act on it,” UK Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond said in an appearance on London-based "Independent Television News" following the meeting. He added that the UK is trying to determine a way to safely transport UK citizens in Sharm el-Sheikh back home.

Ireland has told Irish airline operators not to operate to/from Sharm el-Sheikh or in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace “until further notice.”

The Metrojet (KLV) A321 was operating as flight 9268 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it crashed, killing all 217 passengers and seven crew members.

Lufthansa Group’s action affects two weekly flights to/from Sharm el-Sheikh operated by Switzerland-based Edelweiss Air (EDW) and Germany-based low-cost carrier Eurowings (EWG). The Lufthansa Group said it will coordinate all further action with authorities. Cairo continues to be served by Lufthansa Group airlines.

“In the case of [Lufthansa Group subsidiary] Austrian Airlines (AUL), we are operating only to the Egyptian destinations Hurghada and Cairo and have no flights through Sinai airspace,” Austrian (AUL) spokesperson Peter Thier said.

Lufthansa Group airlines plan to work with governments’ Foreign Affairs departments and tour operators to arrange flights home for customers currently vacationing in the Sharm el-Sheikh region.

News Item A-3: "Russia Suspends All Russian Airline Flights to Egypt"
by (ATW) Aaron Karp, November 6, 2015.

Russia has suspended all Russian airline flights to/from Egypt, citing the ongoing investigation into the October 31 Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 crash.

The sweeping suspension of flights to all of Egypt goes further than the UK and Ireland, which have banned flights to/from Sharm el-Sheikh, from which Metrojet flight 9268 took off bound for St Petersburg before crashing in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board. Top UK government officials, including Prime Minister David Cameron, have made strong statements suggesting an explosive device could have brought down the Russian airline’s A321.

In response to those statements, Russian officials had been urging caution against drawing conclusions, while the flight 9268 investigation was ongoing. But the head of Russian intelligence, Alexander Bortnikov, recommended to Russian President, Vladimir Putin on November 6 that Russian airline flights to/from Egypt should be suspended until the cause of the crash is determined. Putin has agreed with the recommendation, according to a Russian government spokesman quoted in news reports.

Meanwhile, plans to allow airlines to operate 29 relief flights to get UK passengers vacationing in the Sharm el-Sheikh region back home hit a snag November 6 after Egyptian officials said Sharm el-Sheikh Airport couldn’t handle the large volume of checked luggage being left behind. The UK is allowing the flights, but without hold baggage (passengers can take carry-on bags only).

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister, Hossam Kamal said only eight UK-bound flights would be allowed on November 6. “The British airlines opt to fly without the hold baggage of the British passengers who spent their holidays in Sharm el-Sheikh,” Kamal said. “With this decision, the airport halls’ storage will not accommodate for more than >120 tons of left-behind luggage. This big volume will affect the smooth operation of the rest of the domestic and international flights.”

News Item A-4: "Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA): Asia Pacific Needs Harmonized Operations and Safety Policy" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, November 12, 2015.

Asia Pacific lacks a set of harmonized guidelines for safety and regulatory practices, according to Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Technical Director, Martin Eran-Tasker.

Speaking at the (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents 2015 conference in Bali, Eran-Tasker said, “We definitely need to revisit security following the [Metrojet (KLV) flight 9268] crash,” he told media.

The Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 crashed October 31 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shortly after takeoff from Sham el-Sheikh airport, en route to St Petersburg, killing all 224 passengers and crew members. The crash, possibly caused by a bomb explosion, is causing a lot of airlines and airports to review security measures.

Eran-Tasker said one of the issues faced by airlines, and especially in the Asian region, is to improve on a common operations and security template. He added that most regional airlines currently make their own decisions concerning operational aspects of safety.

“In this region, we have plenty of other things such as volcanoes that erupt, bad weather and difficult conditions,” he said, noting that some airlines have extensive and comprehensive contingency plans.

“Some carriers, like [Indonesian flag carrier] Garuda (GIA) have done lots of planning for the impact of things like eruptions and bad weather,” he said. However, Martin Eran-Tasker said this is not a problem attributed to airlines, but rather a regulatory and oversight issue.

“It’s not the airlines that are the problem — - it’s the regulators,” he said. He added that attempts had been made by some proactive regulators (such as those in Singapore) to help promote a widely accepted and used set of safety and operations guidelines.

“Singapore consulted with the industry and came up with an excellent template,” he said. “But it’s not easy to get other [jurisdictions] to accept any of them. “There is definitely some opposition when it comes to helping other jurisdictions to accept similar guidelines — and they sometimes need them,” he added.

News Item A-5: Russian aviation authorities have banned EgyptAir (EGP) from flying into Russia. (EGP),the Egyptian flag carrier, which operated 3x-weekly, Cairo - Moscow scheduled services, was forced to cancel flights from November 14.

(EGP) confirmed that the Minister of Civil Aviation of Egypt, Hossam Kamal had received notification from Domodedovo Moscow Airport on the ban. Russia’s Minister of Transport, Maxim Sokolov said the decision is connected with the Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 crash on October 31, "TASS" reported, quoting the Minister. The A321 crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shortly after takeoff from Sham el-Sheikh airport, en route to St Petersburg, killing all 224 on board in what is widely believed to be caused by a bomb explosion.

Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO) will cease Moscow Sheremetyevo - Cairo scheduled service, effective November 18, while its subsidiary OrenAir (ORB) will operate several flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada through December 1. After that, the Aeroflot Group will cease all Egypt flights.

News Item A-6: "Metrojet (KLV) Crash: Egypt Detains Airport Workers, $50 Million Reward Offered" by NBC NEWS, Alexey Eremenko, Ayman Mohyeldin and Alexander Smith, November 17, 2015.

MOSCOW — Traces of explosives have been found in the debris of the passenger jet that crashed in Egypt last month, the Kremlin announced as it unveiled a $50 million reward in the case.

A senior Egyptian official also told NBC News that two employees at Sharm el-Sheikh airport had been detained in connection with the Metrojet bombing. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said the pair were being questioned. However, the country's interior ministry later issued a statement saying that no one had been "arrested."

Alexander Bortnikov, the Chief of Russia's (FSB) domestic security agency, said that a bomb equivalent to 2.2 pounds of (TNT) exploded on board the aircraft, according to the Kremlin.

* "Retribution is imminent"

"You can definitely say that this is a terrorist act," Bortnikov told a meeting of Russia's Security Council. The (FSB), which is the successor to the (KGB), also offered the $50 million reward for information on who brought down the jet.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt the perpetrators, saying that "we will find them anywhere on the globe, and punish them."

He added: "We won't be wiping tears from our souls and hearts. It will stay with us forever. But that won't stop us from finding and punishing the criminals."

Putin also used the announcement to reaffirm Russia's commitment to airstrikes in Syria, where Moscow says it is bombing (ISIS), the group that claimed responsibility for downing the plane. "Our air operation in Syria will not just continue (it must be strengthened so the criminals understand retribution is imminent)" Putin said.

According to USA military officials, Russia launched a massive bombardment against (ISIS)' de factor capital of Raqqa overnight, using fighter-bombers launched from its Syrian airbase of Latakia and cruise missiles fired from warships in the Caspian Sea.

The Metrojet crash left 224 people dead, most of them Russian tourists. The Airbus A321 broke up in midair some 20 minutes into its journey from the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg on October 31.

USA officials have told NBC News earlier this month that intelligence intercepts picked up chatter between (ISIS) operatives boasting about taking down an airliner after the passenger plane crashed in the Sinai.

December 2015: News Item A-1: "Egypt Contradicts Bomb Theory on Metrojet Crash" by (ATW) John Croft, December 14, 2015.

Egyptian investigators for the Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 crash say it has not received “information indicating unlawful interference” or a “terrorist act” in the October 31 crash, contradicting statements made by Russia’s Federal Security Police in mid-November that “a self-made explosive device equivalent of up to 1 kg of TNT” had been set off on board.

A catastrophic mechanical problem is highly likely, given that the tail section of the Airbus came to rest in a separate location from the remainder of the fuselage after a rapid descent from 31,000 ft as the aircraft climbed out from the Sharm El-Sheikh airport on a flight to St Petersburg, Russia. A bomb, fuel tank explosion or structural failure caused by a potentially flawed repair after a 2001 tail strike have all been raised as possible scenarios. In the aftermath of the crash, Russia terminated service to the area, while the UK halted flights to Sharm in particular.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation submitted its preliminary report on December 14 privately to (ICAO) and other parties to the investigation, but public information was limited to several statements on the Ministry’s website and did not single out any potential causes.

In the statements, the Egyptian government said a team of metallurgy specials had examined the wreckage, which in some cases was approximately 9 nm from the main crash site. It also said that photo documentation included 3D techniques. The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder had already been recovered.

Officials said “full opportunity” had been given to all the concerned parties, including the insurance company officials and Russian working team, to assess the wreckage on site before the components are moved to a location in Cairo.

Investigators had removed 38 “computer units” from the aircraft to analyze, as well as 2 from the engines. They were evaluating pilot (FC) training records along with the technical status and detailed repair reports on the aircraft, which was built in 1997. The government included a statement that it is not interfering with the work of the independent committee headed up by the investigator-in-charge.

Egypt, however, is being proactive about restoring its tourism business in the Red Sea and Sinai area, which is served by the Sharm and Hurghada airports. The government, primarily through the Civil Aviation and Tourism departments, is bolstering security and launching tourism initiatives. There had been reports that two Sharm airport workers were arrested for allegedly helping terrorists bring a bomb on board the Metrojet flight, but Sharm airport officials later denied that workers had been arrested.

The government said it will hire a security and risk assessment company by the end of December to audit the aviation security systems at its airports. Included are security procedures, equipment and training, as well as providing recommendations for “additional security authority exercises in conjunction with assessments on a regular basis.” The government also said it is also cooperating with the UK, Germany and Russia to review security procedures and make recommendations.

In late November, Egyptian aviation and tourism officials met in an effort to “revitalize the movement of Egyptian tourist cities” and to “speed up communication” with countries no longer flying to Sharm or the region. The website of Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), a UK carrier that serves Egypt, indicated that the airline will resume service to Sharm on January 22.

News Item A-2: "Metrojet (KLV) Insurance Company Pays Out $23 Million After Crash" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, December 23, 2015.

Russia’s Ingosstrakh insurance company has paid out $23 million in the aftermath of the Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321-200 crash over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

The Metrojet (KLV) A321 crashed shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport on October 31, killing all 224 passengers and crew. According to an Ingosstrakh statement, it continues to pay relatives of the passengers.

In November, Russian authorities confirmed a bomb brought down the aircraft, but this was later contradicted by Egyptian investigators, who said it had not received “information indicating unlawful interference” or a “terrorist act.”

After the crash, several countries (including Russia and the UK) suspended flights to Egypt. Russia also banned EgyptAir (EGP) from flying into Russia.

March 2016: "Russia Restricts Metrojet (AOC) Citing Debt Violations"
by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, March 16, 2016.

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has restricted Metrojet-branded Kogalymavia Airlines’ air operator’s certificate (AOC), prohibiting it from operating domestic and international flights from March 15 because of debt violations.

Following the downing of its A321 in October 2015, which was later determined to be from a bomb, inspections revealed the airline had significant debt to employees, airports and an air navigation service provider, Rosaviatsia said. Authorities recommended the management provide a business plan to reduce the debt.

Metrojet (KLV) ceased flights at the end of last year.

The debts have not been cleared. The federal tax service of Russia has filed a suit to declare the company as a bankrupt entity. Metrojet (KLV) still has an opportunity to clear up the violations.

A Metrojet Airbus A321 crashed October 31, 2015 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el Sheikh International Airport, bound for St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport. All 224 passengers and crew were killed. In November 2015, the Russian government formally stated that an explosive device was responsible for the downing of the aircraft.

(KLV) said: “The airline management is taking steps to improve the financial situation that deteriorated after the A321 crash and the decision to ban flights to Egypt that followed the crash. The airline intends to apply to Rosaviatsia for removing restrictions. According to Russian legislation, the restrictions could be removed in 40 days after application.”

December 2016: "Russian Flights to Egypt Will Resume Soon, President Putin Tells President Sisi" by Ahmed Aboulenein, "Reuters" December 29, 2016.

Russian flights to Egypt will resume soon, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a phone call, Sisi's office said on December 29.

Flights to Egypt from Russia were suspended after a Russian plane crashed into the Sinai desert in October 2015. The Islamic State said it brought down the plane with a bomb smuggled inside a fizzy drink can.

"President Putin affirmed Russia's intention to resume regular flights between Moscow and Cairo in the very near future," the Egyptian Presidency said.

No date was given for flights to resume.

The Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet (KLV), had been returning Russian holiday makers from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg. The crash killed all 224 on board.

Russia and Western governments said a bomb had brought the plane down and Sisi later said the cause was terrorism. Investigators have yet to confirm this.

Britain suspended flights to Sharm al-Sheikh as a result, and Russia suspended all flights to and from Egypt, devastating Egyptian tourism, a lifeline of an already battered economy.

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October 2017:

2 ORDERS A320-200:

2 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2029, /03 TC-KLA "CANGUT BAGANA;" 2077, /03 TC-KLB "MEDINA"), (GEF) LSD 2009-06, EX-(N615SA) & (N607SA). 174Y.

4 A321-200 (V2533-A5), 220Y:

1 A321-211 (V2533-A5) (0852, EI-FBV), EX-(G-OOPE), (TUG) LSD 2013-06. 220Y.

0 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (663, /97 EI-ETJ - - DESTROYED IN ACCDT 2015-10), 220Y.

1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (668, EI-ETH), EX-(TC-OAF), ONUR AIR (ONU) WET-LSD 2012-01. 220Y.

1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (1293, EI-FBH), EX-(B-6300), (BBB) LSD 2013-06. 220Y.

3 BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER 850 (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3B1) (8074, /07 C-FOMN; 8090 /08 RA-67219; 8091 /08 RA-67220) (ALL STORED AT KEMBLE AIRPORT). 2 FONIKA SP OOO LSD 2008-12. EXECUTIVE 30F.

1 TU-134A-3 (D-30-11) (12096, /74 RA-65944; 17103, /74 RA-65942; 60637, /78 RA-65131), 17103; & 60637; STORED. 68Y.

1 TU-134A-3 (D-30-11) (63580, /81 RA-65943), 30Y.

0 TU-154B-2 (D-30-III) (588, RA-85588 - - DESTROYED IN ACCIDENT - - SEE ATTACHED - - "KLV-2011-01-ACCDT-TU-154B-2;" 17103, /74 RA-65942; 49500, /77 RA-65045; 60637, /78 RA-65131; 63580, /80 RA-65943). ALL 4 GROUNDED FOLLOWING JANUARY 2011 ACCDT. 164Y.

1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (87A-755, /87 RA-85829), (SBR) LSD 2010-07 IN BASIC S7 (SBR) COLORS. 148Y.

1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (87A-761, /87 RA-85632), (SBR) LSD 2008-12. 174Y.

2 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (944, /93 RA-85761 "KOGALYM;" 968, /93 RA-85784; 970, /97 RA-85786) (OPERATE FOR TABAN AIR, 1 STORED IN MOSCOW). 166Y.

1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-11) (93A-968, /93 RA-85784), 134Y.

Management:
(definitions)

AJAY SINGH, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR.

NIKOLAI ZOLNIKOV, GENERAL DIRECTOR (nikol@kogalymavia.ru).

ALEXANDER SMIRNOV, DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ANATOLIY POPOV, HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

SERGEI DURASOV, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

VICTOR YOUNG, ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

 
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