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Name: AIR MOLDOVA
7JetSet7 Code: MOL
Status: Operational
Region: CIS
City: CHISINAU
Country: MOLDOVA
Employees 598
Web: airmoldova.md
Email: info@airmoldova.md
Telephone: +373 22 52 55 02
Fax: +373 (2) 52 60 09
Sita: KIVOS9U
Background
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Click below for data links:
MOL-2009-03-A
MOL-2009-03-B
MOL-2009-03-C
MOL-2009-03-D
MOL-2017-04 - Chisinau to Krasnodar.jpg
MOL-CABIN ATTENDANT -2009-03
MOL-Flight Crew Cabin Attendants - 2015-10.jpg
MOL-LOGO
MOL-NEW A320
MOL-NEWS 1ST A320

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1993. FLAG CARRIER OF REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CHISINAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
BD. DACIA 80/2
MD-2026 CHISINAU, MOLDOVA

MOLDOVA (REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1991, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 33,700 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 4.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS KISHINEV/CHISINAU, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ROMANIAN.

NOVEMBER 1997: TO BUCHAREST, DONETSK, EKATERINBURG, FRANKFURT, KRASNODAR, MINERALNYE VODY, MINSK, SAMARA, SOCHI, MOSCOW (VNUKOVO), MURMANSK, ST PETERSBURG, TBILISI, AND VOLGOGRAD.

CODE SHARE WITH AIR UKRAINE (UKN), KISHINEV - SIMFEROPOL (AN-24).

ACCDT: (MOL) TU-134A (6348700) CRASHED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY ON APPROACH FOR LANDING AT CHISINAU.

JANUARY 1998: SEEKING TO LEASE 2 737-200'S WITH HUSHKITS FOR DELIVERY MARCH & OCTOBER 1998, FOR 3 - 5 YEARS, TO REPLACE TU-134'S ON INTERNATIONAL SERVICES.

TO BUDAPEST - BOLOGNA.

APRIL 1999: (http://www.aeolos.com/moldova.htm). SITA: KIVCS9U.

JULY 1999: CODE SHARE WITH MALEV (HGA), KISHINEV TO BUDAPEST. KISHINEV TO PRAGUE.

MARCH 2000: AN-26B (14103) RETURNED TO KIEV PLANT.

APRIL 2000: (airmd.cd@cni.md) - AIR MOLDOVA (FLAG CARRIER).

JULY 2000: SELLS 49% STAKE TO UNISTAR, A GROUP OF GERMAN INVESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH DRESDNERBANK. UNISTAR WILL LEASE 2 ERJ-145'S TO AIR MOLDOVA (MOL) IN 2002.

1999 = 52 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC; 58.9% LF LOAD FACTOR; 47,000 PASSENGERS (PAX); 160 EMPLOYEES.

OCTOBER 2000: 2/2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2002) ERJ-145'S, UNISTAR LEASED. 1 YAK-40 (9540444, ER-YGA) DELIVERY.

DECEMBER 2000: 1 AN-24B (97305109, ER-46599) DELIVERY.

MARCH 2001: 1 ERJ-120 (223), EX-COMAIR (COI).

APRIL 2001: 220 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 2001: 1 ERJ-145LR (106, PH-EXC), KLM EXCEL WET-LEASED.

JULY 2001: TO ROME (FIUMICINO) (ERJ-145, 2/WEEK).

SITA: KIVKKRM.

(http://www.ami.md). (info@ami.md). 160 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 2002: ERJ-145LR (106, ER-EXC), RETURNED TO (KLM) EXCEL.

July 2002: 800 employees. sita: KIVOS9U.

(http://www.airmoldova.md). (info@airmoldova.md).

2001 = +$984,000 (+$155,000): 170 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+15.6%); 63.7% LF LOAD FACTOR; 137,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+5.4%); 339,000 (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-2.3%); 532 EMPLOYEES (-10%).

September 2003: Plans to introduce its A320 in October 2003 on services to Amsterdam & Rome, followed by Istanbul.

October 2003: A320-211 (CFM56) ex-Ansett (ANS), Credit Lyonnais leased. Will operate Chisinau to Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome. Maintenance support will be provided by (EADS) Sogerma Services, with component support by Sogerma partner, (SAS) Components, Copenhagen.

November 2003: Switches its Moscow service from Vnukovo to Domodedovo Airport.

February 2004: 2nd A320-211 delivery.

March 2004: Chisnau - Lisbon (weekly).

April 2004: 559 employees.

July 2004: 238 million (RPK) traffic (+25.7%); 62.1% LF load factor; 192,000 passengers (PAX) (+28.4%); 540,000 (FTK) freight traffic (+113.1%).

August 2004: East Line (ESL) Technik has contract for technical maintenance on Air Moldova (MOL)'s A320's that operate to Moscow Domodedovo.

Chisnau - Madrid (2/week).

December 2004: 800 employees.

July 2006: International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Athens; Bucharest; Istanbul; Larnaca; Lisbon; Madrid; Moscow; Prague; Rome; & Vienna.

S7 (SBR) will place its code on 10x-weekly flights between Moscow Domodedovo and Chisinau operated by Air Moldova (MOL) aboard A320s.

August 2006: Worldspan announced finalization of multiyear full-content distribution agreements with Air Moldova (MOL), Aegean Airlines (CRM), AeroSvit Airlines (UKA), Air Burkina (VBW), Arkia Israel Airlines (ARK), Aurigny Air Services, dba (DBA), Eos Airlines (EOS), Transaero Airlines (TRX), and VLM Airlines.

June 2007: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) signed a new power-by-the-hour parts and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement with Air Moldova (mol) for its A320 fleet. The contract runs for >3 years.

July 2007: Skyways Aviation, working on behalf of Sky Wings Airlines of Greece, placed an MD-82 on (ACMI) wet-lease with Air Moldova (MOL). The MD-82 was delivered May 15 and is operating on a 5-month contract.

September 2007: A320-231 (249, ER-AXT), ex-(TAM) Brazil (TPR), ex-(PR-MAF).

February 2008: Air Moldova (MOL) signed a firm contract for 1 E190 scheduled for delivery in March 2010, Embraer announced - see photo. The airplane will seat 114Y.

January 2009: Air Moldova (MOL) is to be privatized to raise funds for its further development. Has 2 A320s at its base in Chisinau.

An ERJ-120 Brasilia is leased to local carrier, Tandem Aero for operations. An E190 is ordered for delivery in March 2010.

(MOL) flies scheduled links to 14 international destinations and in 2008, it added flights to Madrid and St Petersburg.

March 2009: Air Moldova (MOL) as the flag carrier of Moldova, operates scheduled services to European destinations.

598 employees (including 96 Flight Crew (FC), 63 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 181 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: 9U - 572. (ICAO) Code: MLD (Callsign - AIR MOLDOVA).

(http://www.airmoldova.md). SITA Code: KIVDG9U. KIVOS9U.

(office@airmoldova.md). (info@airmoldova.md).

Parent organization/shareholders: Republic of Moldova (100%).

Alliances: Austrian Airlines (AUL); Tarom (TRM); & Transaero (TRX).

Main Base: Chisinau International Airport (KIV).

Destinations: Athens; Bucharest; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Larnaca; Lisbon; London Stansted (STN); Madrid; Milan*; Moscow; Paris (CDG); Prague; Rome; St Petersburg; Verona*; & Vienna. *Operated under code share by Meridiana (ALS).

SEE ATTACHED - - "MOL-A/B/C/D-2009-03."

June 2009: ANA Aviation was selected by Air Moldova (MOL) Cargo to serve as General Sales Agent (GSA) in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

May 2010: Air Moldova (MOL) has announced a new regional route connecting Ukraine and Moldova by air again for the 1st time in 2 years:
Chisinau - Kiev Borispol: 3x-weekly ERJ-120 service started on May 16 (operated by Tandem-Aero).
(MOL) is also planning to launch a new Chisinau - Brussels National route and has also placed its "9U" code on the new daily, Chisinau - Munich rote launched by Lufthansa (DLH).

E190 (0325, ER-ECB), delivery.

August 2010: Turkish (THY) Technic signed a contract with Air Moldova (MOL) covering a "C" maintenance check for 1 A320.

April 2011: A320-233 (741, ER-AXP), leased to (RAK) Airways.

December 2011: MD-82 (49139, YR-MDK - - SEE PHOTO - - "MOL-MD-82 - 2011-12"), ex-Jetran International (CII), wet-leased to "Tend Air" photo at London Gatwick airport (LGW).

January 2012: Air Moldova (MOL) has given up its code share agreement with Lufthansa (DLH). It now operates its E190 on behalf of (RAK) Airways instead of 1 of its A320-200s. (MOL) has re-routed its 2x-weekly A320-200 services from Chisinau to both London Gatwick and Paris (CDG) to operate via Frankfurt International in both directions this winter season.

The Republic of Moldova has signed an air services agreement to make it a full aviation partner of the European Union (EU), gradually integrating the republic into the European common market.

Under the agreement, which still needs to be ratified, Moldova and the (EU) will develop a common aviation area based on common rules in key areas such as aviation safety and security. Moldova will also harmonize its legislation with European standards and implement (EU) aviation rules covering such areas as environment, consumer protection, air traffic management (ATM), economic regulation, competition issues and social aspects.

As a result, all (EU) and Moldovan airlines will be able to operate direct flights between Moldova and anywhere in the (EU) without any restriction on prices or the number of flights to be operated each week. Direct flight connections currently exist between Moldova and 11 (EU) member states (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

The European Commission (EC) said: “Air transport is the single most important mode of transport linking the Republic of Moldova to most (EU) member states and has been growing steadily in recent years. It is expected that the agreement will offer more travel opportunities, more direct connections and economic benefits for both sides.”

The agreement is a further step in creating a wider common aviation area between the (EU) and its neighbors, and open aviation areas with other key international partners. Similar comprehensive air transport agreements have already been concluded with the Western Balkan countries, Morocco, Georgia, and Jordan. Negotiations have recently been finalized with Israel, and are ongoing with Ukraine, Lebanon, and Tunisia.

October 2012: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) signed power by the hour agreements with four customers; Air Moldova (MOL) (A320s), Cosmo Airlines (COS) (A320s), BH Air (BGH) (Airbus airplanes) and Aerosvit Airlines (UKA) (737CL/NGs).

April 2013: Just 1 month after taking ownership of Stansted Airport, the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) announced its 1st new airline customer. Air Moldova (MOL) will move its UK flight operations from Gatwick to Stansted at the end of April. (MOL) will operate 2 direct flights a week to Moldova’s capital gateway, Chisinau International Airport from April 29.

Stansted Airport Managing Director Andrew Harrison said: “When (MAG) took ownership of Stansted Airport at the end of February, we set out ambitious plans to attract new airlines and grow the range of destinations. I’m delighted that Air Moldova (MOL) is the 1st new airline to move their services to Stansted.” He said (MAG) had “significant investment plans” for Stansted, including a £40 million/$61.3 million upgrade of the terminal and security areas, with the aim of making the airport “more attractive to airlines looking to move into or expand in London.”

(MOL) introduced changes to its London operation, as it inaugurated services on the 2,100 km route from Chisinau (KIV) to London Stansted (STN) on April 29. The new flight, which replaces services to London Gatwick offered by (MOL) since October 2012, is operated with 2x-weekly frequencies using E190s.

December 2013: Air Moldova (MOL) commenced operations to its 5th Italian destination on December 9th, launching flights from Chisinau (KIV) to Venice (VCE). The 1,287 km sector to Venice was resumed after it was last operated during summer 2012 and will be served 2x-weekly (Monday and Friday), utilizing (MOL)’s 114Y-seat E190s. (MOL)’s 18th route from Chisinau will face direct competition from Carpatair (KRP)’s 2x-weekly services.

737-37Q (28537, SX-BDW), ex-(4L-AJG), Hermes Airlines (HRM) leased.

June 2014: Air Moldova (MOL) has added 2 new destinations to its network this month. On June 3rd, (MOL) began weekly (Tuesday) flights on the 2,230 km route between Chisinau (KIV) and Barcelona (BCN), while on June 7th, it began weekly (Saturday) fights on the 3,390 km route to Nizhnevartovsk (NJC) in Russia. Both routes will be operated by (MOL)’s Embraer E190s, and neither faces any direct competition. This brings to 21 the number of destinations served non-stop by Air Moldova (MOL) from Chisinau, having also launched new services to Athens and Lisbon at the start of the summer season. However, compared with last summer, routes to Antalya and Madrid have been suspended.

A319-112 (2849, ER-AXL), ex-(EI-FFY), Fly Leasing (BBB) leased.

October 2015: Air Moldova (MOL) commenced services between Chisinau (KIV) and Odessa (ODS) on October 26. The short 143 km sector will be operated daily using (MOL)’s E190s. The route will not face any direct competition. The latest route launch from (MOL) now means that they serve 19 scheduled destinations from Odessa using a mix of 4 Airbus A320-series aircraft and 2 Embraer E190 aircraft. 5 of the routes (including Odessa) are served at least daily, with Moscow Domodedovo the most popular route, served 3x-daily.

May 2017: Air Moldova (MOL) has now added Krasnodar (KRR) in Russia to its network, beginning 4x-weekly flights from Chisinau (KIV). Launched April 28, (MOL) operates the 818 km route on its 103Y-seat E190s, with no other airline operating the city pair. With this launch, it brings to 3 the number of destinations which (MOL) serves in Russia, with Krasnodar joining St Petersburg (daily flights) and Moscow Domodedovo (3x-daily).

In total, (MOL) at the start of summer 2017 (S17) serves 23 destinations from Chisinau on 102 weekly flights. (MOL) has a fleet of 7 aircraft, made up of 3 E190s, 2 A320s, 1 A319 and 1 A321.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
MOL-A320
MOL-A320-211
MOL-EMB-190 - 2013-04
MOL-EMB-190-FEB08
MOL-MD-82 - 2011-12
MOL-TU-134
MOL-YAK42D
MOL-YAK42D A

June 2017:

0 737-33R (28873, SX-BDU), ex-(4L-AJC), HERMES AIRLINES (HRM) LSD 2015-05.

0 737-37Q (CFM56-3C1) (28537, SX-BDW), HERMES AIRLINES (HRM) LSD 2015-05.

0 MD-82 (49139, YR-MDK - - SEE PHOTO - - "MOL-MD-82 - 2011-12"), SKY WINGS AIRLINES 5 MTH LSD 2007-05. EX-JETRAN INTERNATIONAL (CII), WET-LST "TEND AIR" (TITLES ON FORWARD FUSELAGE 2011-12. RTND.

1 A319-112 (2849, ER-AXL), EX-(EI-FFY), FLY LEASING (BBB) LSD 2015-06.

1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (622, /96 ER-AXV; 662, /97 ER-AXW), EX-(ANS), CREDIT LYONAIS LSD 2003-09, 662; RTND. 8C, 162Y.

0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (249, ER-AXT), EX-(TPR) EX-(PR-MAF), LSD 2007-09. RTND. 173Y.

1 A320-233 (V2527E-A5) (741, /97 ER-AXP), TOP FLT LSG LST (RAK) 2011-04. 8C, 162Y.

1 A321-211 (666, /97 SX-BHT), WET-LST AIR MOLDOVA 2014-05. 220Y.

1 A321-211 (0666, /97 SX-BHT), EX-(EI-ESI), (ILF) LSD 2013-08. HERMES AIRLINES (HRM) WET-LSD 2014-05. 220Y.

0 EMBRAER ERJ-120ER BRASILIA (PW118) (209, /90 F-HBBB), FORTIS LSD. 30Y.

0 EMBRAER ERJ-120RT BRASILIA (PW118) (223, /90 ER-EMA), EX-(COI) 2001-03. 30Y.

0 EMBRAER ORDERS ERJ-145, UNISTAR LSD (AE3007A1). CANCELED 2. 50Y.

0 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR (AE3007A1) (106, PH-EXC), (KLM) WET-LSD 2001-05, RTND 2002-05. 50Y.

0 EMBRAER ERJ-120RT BRASILIA (PW118) (223, /90 ER-EMA), TANDEM AERO LSD 2006-09. 30Y.

3 EMBRAER E190-100LR (CF34-10E5) (0325, /10 ER-ECB), - SEE PHOTO. LST (RAK) AIRWAYS (RAK) 2011-11. 114Y.

0 AN-24B (AI-24-II) (87304102, /68 ER-46417; 97305109, /69 ER-46599, 2000-12), 48Y.

0 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (37308404, /73 ER-46508; 47309710, /74 ER-46685; 27307605, /72 ER-47698). 40Y.

1 AN-26B (AI-24VT) (10807, /81 ER-26046), FREIGHTER.

0 AN-32, WFU.

0 TU-134-3 (D-30-III) (48700, /76 ER-65036; 49756, /77 ER-65050; 49758, /77 ER-65051; 49915, /77 ER-65071; 63435, /80 ER-65707; 63110, /80 ER-65791). RTRD. 80Y.

1 TU-134-3 (D-30-III) (60255, /78 ER-65094), GOVT OPS. VIP. 36C.

0 TU-154B RTRD.

0 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9521640, ER-JGA), RF CARPATHIAN 2001-09. WFU. 20Y.

0 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9421334, /74 ER-JGD), RTRD. 20Y.

0 YAK-42D (D-36) (ER-YCB, "JARO & CLASSIC AIR"), (4520424306017, /93 ER-YCA; 4520434304017, /93 ER-YCB), RTRD. 12C, 84Y.

Management:
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VASILE BOTNARI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

MIRCEA MALECA, ACTING GENERAL DIRECTOR.

ANGELA MATCOV, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.

TOMAN PODCORITOV, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

ANGELA MATCOV, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.

ROMAN PODCORITOV, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

ANDREI KOZHOKAR, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

ION VOINOROVICH, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR (T: 37-422) 526-411).

RADU BEZNIUC, SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR.

 
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