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FORMED IN 1995. PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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 1996: ACCDT: (KRS) IL-76F CONTROLLED FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN (CFIT) ON APPROACH TO PETROPAVLOSK-KAMCHATSKY, EASTERN RUSSIA = ALL 19 FATALITIES.
JUNE 2000: 1 TU-134A-3 (66500, RA-65930), EX-VORONEZHAVIA (VOR), TO BE CONVERTED TO VIP/CORPORATE AIRPLANE.
September 2005: A new form of airline operations is taking shape in Russia with five carriers putting their operating plans under the control of a single management company, AiRUnion, that may end up in a merger - - but may not as well. Initially a December 2004 joining of KrasAir (ZXD), Krasnoyarsk Airlines (KRS); Domodedovo Air Enterprise (DOD), Omskavia (OMK) and regional carrier Sibaviatrans, the grouping later induced Samara Airlines (SMR) to enlist. The name AiRUnion was announced in August at the Moscow Aerospace Show MAKS-2005, said Deputy Commercial Director Alexey Marchukov. It is to be the joint brand and control the airlines' commercial direction, including route planning, while the carriers focus on operations. An eventual merger is possible but not inevitable, Marchukov said. Heading the entity is AiRUnion President, Alexander Abramovich. The company recently signed up for Lufthansa (DLH) Systems' (LHS) O&D-based ProfitLine/Yield revenue management system. (LHS) will work closely with Moscow-based Transport Automation Information Systems, a subsidiary of Ultitek, to implement the solution.
June 2006: An affiliate company of Krasnoyarsk Airlines (KRS) has acquired control of Ulan Ude Airport, close to the Southern Russian city of Irkutsk. The agreement will help the airline, which is part of the developing AiRUnion alliance, to greatly expand its operations in the region.
October 2008: KrasAir (ZXD) and Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), two of the five members of the defunct AiRUnion alliance, have been granted approval by Russian authorities to operate certain flights until October 31. The other three carriers - - Omskavia (OMK), Samara Airlines (SBR) and Sibaviatrans - - will shut down operations.
The Russian Finance Ministry is "ready" to issue RUB30 billion/$1.1 billion in loans to airlines to cover fuel purchases, Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov told "RIA Novosti." He also revealed that in the next couple of weeks, the government will propose six-month deferments of payment of taxes and duties on foreign-made airplanes, engines and training equipment.
Meanwhile, KrasAir (ZXD), a former member of the failed AiRUnion alliance, cancelled all flights to/from its Krasnoyarsk hub and is operating only Moscow Domodedovo - Norilsk service, a spokesperson told "Itar-Tass." The carrier transported 1.7 million passengers last year.
The Russian government is moving ahead with forging a state-owned airline alliance to replace defunct AiRUnion, with the first board meeting of the new nine-carrier grouping scheduled for November 11. The company will be 51% owned by Russian Technology Corp, a source close to the negotiations confirmed, with "Russia Airlines" (or some derivative thereof) reportedly the preferred name. RIA Novosti reported that the Moscow city government will hold the remaining 49%.
Russian Technology head, Sergei Chemezov told reporters that the new alliance "could announce its registration and establishment" at the November 11 meeting. Moscow Mayor, Yury Luzhkov said the carrier will be based in the capital. City-owned airline Atlant-Soyuz (AXX) will be a key constituent of the new group. KrasAir (ZXD), Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), and Rossiya (SDM) are other potential members.
The new alliance created and controlled by the state and Russian Technologies (RT) to replace AiRUnion will comprise 10 regional airlines, be registered as a public corporation and eventually be called something other than Russia Airlines (a working name), (RT) head Sergei Chemezov told journalists, "The Moscow Times" reported. Moscow Vnukovo will be the carrier's principal base, with the Moscow city government holding the remaining 49% of the new company. It also will have bases in St Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, and Khabarovsk. According to Kommersant, the 10 carriers are Atlant-Soyuz (AXX), Rossiya (SDM), Kavminvodyavia (KMV), Orenburg Airlines (ORB), Saratov Airlines (SOV), Vladivostok Avia (VLK), Dalavia (KHV), and former AiRUnion members KrasAir (ZXD), Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), and Samara (SMR). Director General nominee, Vitaly Vantsev said the airlines will begin code sharing in the upcoming winter schedule. He also said Atlant-Soyuz (AXX) and Vnukovo are negotiating with the government on reimbursement of RUB2 billion/$74.3 million spent transporting AiRUnion passengers, "Kommersant" reported.
Director General nominee Vitaly Vantsev, a Vnukovo International Airport executive, told RIA that the company will operate a fleet of 150 airplanes and plans to buy up to 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100s.
November 2008: "Rosavia" is the official name of the new state-owned, Moscow-based airline, comprising 10 regional carriers (AXX), (SDM), (KMV), (ORB), (SOV), (VLK), (KHV), (ZXD), (DOD), (OMK), & (SMR), including the remnants of the AiRUnion alliance. Moscow Mayor, Yury Luzhkov said Rosavia "will be a large, serious company with a powerful potential and will rival Aeroflot (ARO)," "Interfax" reported.
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."
February 2009: Russia's Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) is intent on abolishing overflight fees charged to foreign airlines, which traditionally benefit Aeroflot (ARO). (FAS) Director, Igor Artemyev told reporters that his agency has prepared a relevant draft decree to be submitted for government approval shortly. Since the late 1970s, foreign operators have been paying pro-rate charges for transiting airspace over Siberia on routes between Europe or North America and Asia. Under this practice, Aeroflot (ARO) receives substantial additional revenue, which industry experts estimate at $200 to $400 million per year. "We don't mean to harm Aeroflot (ARO) in any way, but that system of imposing feudal royalties is an absurdity and should be eliminated," Artemyev said.
Discussing the matter with Russian counterparts in 2005, European aviation authorities claimed that payments for rights to fly on trans-Siberian routes cost (EU)-based carriers more than >€250 million annually. Founders of newly formed aviation holding, Rosavia also are lobbying against overflight charges, citing the advantage gained by Aeroflot (ARO), which Rosavia is designed to rival. The Transport Ministry, however, is opposed to scrapping the charges in the short term. Minister, Igor Levitin told reporters that the fees should remain in place at least until after 2014, when Russia will host the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
March 2009: Reports from Russian media sources say the new mega-airline called "Rosavia" — not to be confused with Rossiya (SDM), won’t take flight until after the summer at the earliest.
Rosavia is being cobbled together from a slew of bankrupt, ill-financed or otherwise unstable outfits from throughout Russia’s
highly fragmented airline industry.