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Formed in 1932 and started operations in 1992. Formerly Orenburg Avia Enterprise, and Aeroflot Orenburg division. A K A Orenburg Airlines (Orenburgskie Avialinii). Domestic, & regional, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Orenburg, Orenburgskaya Region
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.
March 2006: 737-4Y0 (24683, VP-BGQ), ex-Garuda (GIA), (GEF) leased.
July 2007: 2 737-5H6s, (VP-BPF - see photo), ex-(CSA).
April 2008: "Aviareps" will represent Russia's Orenair (ORB) in Germany under a General Sales Agreement (GSA) agreement. Sales and marketing activities will take place in Frankfurt. The carrier's maiden flight between Cologne/Bonn and Orenburg is May 9.
May 2008: Orenair (Orenburg Airlines) (ORB) operates domestic, jet airplane, passenger schedules and Inclusive Tour (IT) charter flights to Frankfurt, Nuremburg, and Genoa, via Simferopol. The airline also carries out aerial work.
(IATA) Code: R2 - 291. (ICAO) Code: ORB (Callsign - ORENBURG).
Main Base: Orenburg Tsentrainy Airport (REN).
Hub: Orsk airport (OSW).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Moscow; Orenburg; Orsk; & St Petersburg.
International, scheduled destinations: Dushanbe; & Khudzhand.
June 2008: CIT Aerospace (TCI) delivered a former Ryanair (RYR) 737-800 to Orenburg Airlines (ORB). CIT (TCI) said it was the first 737-800 to be delivered to a Russian carrier.
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.
October 2008: 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 codesharing 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.
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.
April 2009: Russian Technologies (RT), the state-owned controller of the newly established, Moscow Vnukovo-based "Russia Airlines" (or "Rosavia") plans to order 150 to 200 airplanes starting next year, (RT) head, Sergei Chemezov said, according to "Reuters." According to Chemezov, "Boeing (TBC) has promised to help us find credit in the USA. From next year, we would like to start buying airplanes . . . The most important question is where [we can] get the money."
August 2009: 737-85R (29036, VQ-BEM "Michael"), Aircastle leased, ex-(N636AC).
February 2010: The Russian government announced plans to merge a series of smaller airlines, including St Petersburg-based Rossiya (SDM), into Aeroflot (ARO). Russian Transport Minister, Igor Levitin said the consolidation would lift (ARO)'s domestic market share to 30% to 35% from 15% to 20%, according to "RIA Novosti." Other carriers involved are Kavminvodyavia (KMV), Orenburg Airlines (ORB), Vladivostokavia (VLK), Saratov Airlines, and Sakhalin Airlines (SKH), according to "ITAR TASS." They originally were to be combined in a new state-owned carrier called "Rosavia," plans for which now have been shelved.
Rossiya (SDM), Kavminvodyavia (KMV) and Orenburg Airlines (ORB), three of the six airlines scheduled to be combined with Aeroflot (ARO) under a Russian government plan announced this month, will be transitioned from state-owned enterprises into joint stock companies prior to the merger, "The Moscow Times" reported. The other three, Vladivostokavia (VLK), Saratov Airlines and Sakhalin Airlines (SKH), already are joint stock companies. Transport Minister, Igor Levitin said the stake sales will occur this year. He said the move is "compatible with the anti-monopoly regulations."
May 2010: 737-86N (29884, VQ-BFY), (GEF) leased, ex-(N117MN).
August 2010: Aeroflot (ARO)) is now taking over control over the airlines previously owned by Rostekhnologii that were supposed to be merged under the "Rosavia" brand. The Rosavia merger project has now been cancelled, but Rostekhnologii has ordered 50 737NG airplanes (and 15 options) regardless, that will then be leased to (ARO) and its new subsidiaries. (ARO) is planning to continue to operate the airlines under separate certificates and brands for now, similar to its subsidiaries, Donavia (DAU) and Nordavia (AEN) and has not yet published any final plan on what role the new subsidiaries will play, although it has indicated some of them might be turned into low-cost or charter carriers. The airlines included in the deal are (KMV) - Kavkazskie Mineralnye Vody, Orenair (ORB), Rossiya (SDM), Saravia, SAT Airlines (SKH), and Vladivostok Air (VLK) that are all under full or majority control of Rostekhnologii. Earlier this year, (ARO) also acquired the remaining 49% in Nordavia (AEN) held by Aviainvest and it now also controls 100% of the Northern Russian regional carrier. (ARO) and Rossiya (SDM) have already entered into a code share agreement on a wide range of domestic routes.
January 2011: AerCap Holdings (DEA) said it signed for a 737-86N (28645), ex-KTHY-Cyprus Airlines (KHT) for lease to Orenair (ORB).
October 2011: OrenAir (ORB) recently took delivery of its first 777-200ER. The airplane, (VQ-BNU), was leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILF) and made its first flight in 1999.
The cooperation with one of the biggest Russian tour operators (Pegas Touristik) has turned the one-route airline (Orenburg - Moscow) into an appreciable carrier on international routes over the past several years.
In 2010, (ORB) carried more than >2 million passengers on international routes becoming the third biggest Russian airline after Aeroflot (ARO) and Transaero (TRX).
(ORB)’s fleet comprises 19 737s (737-400, 737-500 and 737-800 models), four Tupolev Tu-134s, four Tu-154s and one Tu-204-100.
Until now, only Transaero (TRX) has operated 777s in the Russian market. Several years ago, Aeroflot (ARO) also operated 777s but management removed them from the fleet (this year the company ordered 16 new 777s).
(ORB) is currently consolidating with (ARO). The merger process has not been finalized but, according to the (ARO) press service, the company’s board of directors approved (ARO)’s fleet expansion with 777-200ERs in May 2011.
737-85P (28384, EC-HBO - - SEE PHOTO - - "ORB-737-85P - 2011-10"), ex-Air Europa (ARE), delivery.
November 2011: Russian state corporation Rostechnology has completed the asset transfer of five regional carriers to Aeroflot (ARO), in a previously announced deal worth RUB2.5 billion/$81 million.
(ARO)’s sister company, Aeroflot-Finance, received 52.156% of Vladivostok Avia (VLK), 51% of Saravia Airlines, 75% minus one share of Rossiya Airlines (SDM), 100% of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk-based SAT Airlines (SKH) and 100% of OrenAir (ORB). Rostechnology received 3.55% of Aeroflot (ARO) shares.
In 2010, the Russian government decided (ARO) would get six airlines belonging to Rostechnology. The sixth carrier, Mineralnye vody-based KMV (KMV), ceased operations this summer and became a part of Donavia (DAU), which is also an (ARO) sister company. (ARO) has announced plans to re-brand at least some of the airlines and to replace their remaining old generation Russian airplanes by A320 family or SSJ 100 airplanes.
According to an (ARO) statement, the group plans to take 45.5% of the market by 2025. Transport Clearing House VP, Marina Bukalova said the company has nearly reached this target. During the first nine months of 2010, (ARO) and its two sister companies (Donavia (DAU) and Nordavia (AEN)) had 30% of the market share. During the first nine months of 2011, (ARO) (with (DAU), (VLK), Saravia, (SDM), (SKH) and (ORB), excluding (AEN)) had a 40% of the market.
During the same period in 2011, the S7 Group (S7 Airlines (SBR) and Globus (WEG)) had a 13% share, Transaero (TRX) 12%, UTair Group (UTair (TYU) and UTair-Express), 10%. All together, the four biggest airline groups have a 75% share. Bukalova said the continuing monopolization and declining competition will have a negative effect on the market.
January 2012: OrenAir (ORB) has launched its first long-haul charter services in November operating services from Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk to Puerto Plata after taking delivery of a first ex-Air Austral (AUX) 777-200ER. It has also added another ex-Air Europa (ARE) 737-800 and will lease two more ex-Air Berlin (BER) 737-800s in early 2012 to complete its Tu-154B2/M replacement.
(ORB) has launched several new routes:
Novosibirsk - Dusseldorf International: weekly seasonal 737-800 service between May 18 and September 15;
Orenburg - Tel Aviv Ben Gurion: weekly seasonal 737-500 service has started on August 5, 2011;
Aeroflot (ARO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Russian state corporation Rostechnology to lease 50 Boeing (TBC) 737 NGs, the two companies announced. The airplanes, which were ordered in 2010, will be leased to (ARO) by Aviation Capital Services, a leasing subsidiary of Rostechnology. Delivery is expected from September 2013 through 2017.
(ARO) said it will receive 737-800 and 737-900 modifications, although details were not released. Earlier it was forecasted that the 737s might modernize (ARO) regional subsidiaries’ fleet but after the (MOU) announcement, an (ARO) representative said part of the airplane order will be operated solely by (ARO).
Over the past several years, the carrier has grown its narrow body fleet with A320 family airplanes, which now numbers more than >70.
In 2008, Rostechnology decided to create a new airline, Rosavia, combining several regional Russian carriers (Vladivostok Avia (VLK), Saravia Airlines, Rossiya Airlines (SDM), SAT Airlines (SKH) and OrenAir (ORB) and KMV (KMV).
A year later, the corporation announced the tender for narrow bodies for the new carrier but the airline project failed before Rostechnology signed the deal. It was decided to sell the regional carriers to (ARO). (KMV) ceased operations in the summer and Saravia was sold at the end of 2011.
Among the other subsidiaries, the largest 737 fleet is operated by (ORB), which now has five 737 Classics and 14 737-800s. (SKH)’s fleet includes three 737 Classics. St Petersburg-based (SDM) also operates five 737-500s but (SDM) has already announced it will take these airplanes out of service in the near future. (ARO) subsidiary, Donavia (DAU), which was launched before the deal with Rostechnology, will receive 10 737s.
May 2012: OrenAir (ORB) starts new route to Düsseldorf International from Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport in Russia.
June 2012: AirFrance Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) signed a contract with Orenair (ORB) covering maintenance and repair for (ORB)’s (APU)s on its 777 and 737 airplanes.
August 2012: EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering completed 2A-Checks on two 777-200s for Orenair (ORB).
737-86J (30881, VP-BEI), ex-(D-ABBE), ferried Munich to East Midlands airport (EMA) for painting prior to delivery.
October 2012: Orenair (ORB) began operating a long haul route in cooperation with the tour operator Pegas Touristik on 23 October. From Novosibirsk (OVB), Siberia’s largest city, (ORE) now flies once a week (although on varying days of the week) to Sharjah (SHJ) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with its 737-800 airplanes.
November 2012: Orenair (ORB) has filed an application with the USA Department of Transportation to receive a foreign air carrier permit that would allow (ORB) to operate scheduled charter flights to the United States. (ORB) already operates one of its two 777-2Q8ERs on long-haul charter flights from Russia to the Caribbean, while its other 777-2Q8ER operates a daily scheduled flight between Moscow Sheremetyevo International (SVO) and Khabarovsk Novy (KHV) in cooperation with Aeroflot (ARO). Orenair (ORB) is about to take delivery of a third ex-Air Austral (AUX) 777-2Q8ER (28676).
December 2012: While Aeroflot (ARO) alone made a +$114 million net profit over the first half of 2012 (a -65% fall on the previous year's figure) this was effectively wiped out at group level by the accumulated losses of its subsidiary airlines. Vladivostok Avia (VLK), Rossiya (SDM) and Orenair (ORB) generated combined net losses of -$108 million over the first six months of this year, says Aeroflot (ARO).
Rossiya (SDM) suffered the heaviest operating losses, -$56 million, while Vladivostok Avia (VLK)'s reached -$34 million.
January 2013: Orenair (ORB), which mainly operates in the country’s domestic market, launched weekly Prague (PRG) service from Volgograd (VOG) on 30 December. The seasonal 2,800 km route is operated with (ORB)’s 737-800 in cooperation with (ORB)’s subsidiary tour operator, Orenairtour.
MNG Technic (IST) won a contract from Oren Air (ORB) to provide base maintenance services covering four 737-800s. "C" airplane maintenance checks will take place at MNG Technic (IST) facilities at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
April 2013: Aeroflot (ARO) reported 2012 net income of +$166 million, down -66% from the year-ago period. (ARO) said the profit drop was due to 2011 share sales in several subsidiaries, including Moscow Insurance Company, Nordavia Airline (AEN) and Sheremetyevo Refueling Complex, among others. Also, in 2012, (ARO) included data from its subsidiaries; (ARO) said not all subsidiaries are profitable, but it did not specify which were loss-making.
Several carriers in different Russian regions joined (ARO) at the end of 2011, including Saint Petersburg-based, Rossiya Airlines (SDM), OrenAir (ORB), Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and SAT Airlines (SKH) in Russia’s Far East.
Aeroflot (ARO)’s 2012 revenue rose +51% year-over-year to $8.13 billion. Revenue from the core business increased +59% to $7.1 billion due to passenger growth. In 2012, (ARO) carried 17.7 million passengers, up +24.6% from 2011.
October 2013: Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has been awarded its first Boeing 777 heavy maintenance contract with Russia’s Orenair (ORB). Boeing Shanghai will perform a "C" check on one Orenair (ORB) 777-200ER in October.
November 2013: Orenair (ORB) will offer winter flights Düsseldorf - Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
December 2013: Nordwind Airlines (NWD) is set to take delivery of two former Orenair (ORB) Boeing 737-800s.
2 737-8AS (33602, VQ-BSS; 33622, VQ-BSR), AviaAM Leasing leased, ex-Ryanair (RYR, ex-(EI-DPA & EI-DLZ).
February 2014: Orenair Airlines (ORB) will lease two additional Boeing 737-800s from the State Transport Leasing Company. (ORB) (CEO), Victor Zyukin said it is expecting to take delivery of the airplanes from March through April. (ORB), which already has two 737-800s on lease from State Transport, has received the first airplane; the second one (33602, VQ-BSS) will be delivered before the end of this month.
Fokker Services, part of Fokker Technologies, has closed an agreement with Russian based operator Orenair (ORB) for the introduction of the Controller-Pilot Data-Link Communications (CPDLC) modification on their Boeing 737-800 fleet. (CPDLC) is an air/ground data-link, which enables the exchange of text messages between controllers and pilots (FC).
(CPDLC) complements traditional voice communications, providing pilots (FC) and controllers with an additional communications medium. The objective of (CPDLC) is to improve the safety and efficiency of air traffic management (ATM) by introduction of data link services for the single European sky. The European mandate for this modification is February 5th, 2015.
The main part of modification is the one box Spectralux (CPDLC) box that will be integrated in the pedestal. Communication is made possible by means of a dedicated (VHF) communication antenna that makes part of the modification Fokker Services designs under its Part 21 Design Approval and delivers the complete modification package that comprises of (STC), manual supplement and modification kits.
“We are much appreciated with the support of Fokker Services. Their support is enabling us to meet the mandate of February 2015 and will let our airplanes comply with the required regulations in regards of (CPDLC)” said Alexey Andreev, Technical Director, Orenair (ORB).
Heino van der Laan, VP Marketing & Sales, Fokker Services: “We are proud and pleased Orenair (ORB), a well known and established Russian operator, has chosen Fokker Services. We continue to expand the products and services for the Boeing operator community.”
July 2014: OrenAir (ORB) started flights on June 30th between Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) and Xi’an (XIY) in China, just one day before China Eastern Airlines (CEA) began services in the opposite direction. The weekly (Mondays) 777-operated service will therefore be very quickly in competition with (CEA), which will offer twice-weekly 767 flights on the city pair.
Fokker Services received an order award from Orenair (ORB) to introduce the Fokker Services electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for iPad on all (ORB)’s Boeing 737s. In addition, Fokker has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for introduction of the Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications modification on 757s. (CPDLC) is an air/ground data link that enables the exchange of text messages between controllers and pilots (FC).
October 2014: Russian airlines carried 63.7 million passengers from January - August, up +12.3% compared to the year-ago period. According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, the number of passengers carried between Russia and the (CIS) during the eight-month period dropped -6.9% to 4.7 million year-over-year.
International boardings (excluding Russia - (CIS) destinations) grew +8.8% to 28 million. Domestic boardings were up +19.6% to 31 million.
Flights between Russian regions and Crimea (previously Russia - (CIS)), which is in the center of the Russia - Ukraine political conflict, are calculated differently than in previous years.
Ural Airlines (URL) passenger traffic was up +18.4% to 15.7 million year-over-year. Transaero (TRX) passenger traffic was up +6.4% to 9.03 million; UTair (TYU) was up +10.7% to 6.2 million; Sibir Airlines (working under S7 brand) (SBR) was up +15.8% to 5.4 million passengers compared to the year-ago period.
Nordwind Airline (NWD)’s passenger traffic was 3.2 million, up +39.9% during the period. Aeroflot (ARO) subsidiary, Orenair (ORB) reported passenger traffic was down -3.7% to 2.2 million passengers, compared to the year-ago period.
November 2014: ORENAIR (ORB) started its 16th route from its Moscow Domodedovo (DME) base on October 28th, this time to Novosibirsk (OVB). The 2,800 km sector is extensively competed by (S7) Airlines (SBR) (four times daily), Ural Airlines (13 times weekly), VIM Airlines (daily) and Transaero Airlines (TRX) (six times weekly), while ORENAIR (ORB) will operate thrice-weekly, utilizing its 183Y-seat 737-800s.
February 2015: Orenair ((IATA) Codwe: R2, based at Orenburg) (ORB) will return its fleet of three 777-2Q8ERs back to scheduled service.
Effective June 1, the Aeroflot (ARO) subsidiary will base one of the twinjets out of Simferopol for use on weekly flights to Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, while Moscow Domodedovo will be served twice daily during weekends.
March 2015: The Aeroflot Group reported a full-year net loss of -RUB17.1 billion/-$274.6 million as of December 31, 2014, reversed from a net profit of +RUB7.33 billion in the year-ago period. The results are reported in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). “In the second half of 2014, Russian air carriers faced serious external challenges, the major ones being a significant depreciation of the ruble and the resulting fall in consumer demand and downturn in the international travel market, which affected the annual financial results of the Group,” (ARO) deputy (CEO), Shamil Kurmashov said.
Revenue rose +9.9% year-over-year to RUB319.8 billion. Scheduled flights revenue increased +10% to RUB253.6 billion, while charter flights revenue decreased -12.5% to RUB15.02 billion, due to a decline in international traffic.
In 2014, the Aeroflot Group carried 17.1 million passengers on international routes, down -1.7% from 2013. The number of passengers on domestic routes rose +26% to 17.64 million. The total number of passengers increased +10.7% 34.7 million.
“In particular, in December the Group’s passenger traffic was up by +16% on the back of a +35.5% increase in passengers on domestic flights. Passenger traffic dynamics was the main driver of revenue growth that amounted to 9.9% in 2014,” Kurmashov said.
Operating costs increased +13.8% to RUB308.5 billion. Airplane fuel increased +10.2% year-over-year to RUB87.2 billion. “This increase is driven by the dynamics of oil and jet kerosene prices and weakening of the ruble, as well as an increase in the Group’s traffic volume, fleet expansion and addition of new routes. Airplane servicing and passenger services costs amounted to RUB61 billion, up +15.6% from 2013. This increase is primarily due to the change in the ruble’s exchange rate against foreign currencies (+7.7%), expanded scale of operations and traffic volume (+ 3%), and the change in service rates (+4.9%),” the group said.
The Aeroflot Group includes the biggest Russian carrier (ARO) as well as several subsidiaries including Donavia (DAU), OrenAir (ORB), Rossiya (SDM), Pobeda (PBD), and Aurora (AAZ).
August 2015: News Item A-1: Russian airlines have carried 306,000 passengers since spring on routes between the Russian Far East and other parts of the country under a government subsidy program, according to Russian figures just released.
The current subsidy program runs from April 1 through October 31 and applies to destinations in the extreme eastern parts of Russia, between Eastern Siberia and the Pacific Ocean. Eleven Russian airlines (Aeroflot (ARO), Transaero (TRX), Yakutia (SYL), Alrosa, UTair (TYA), VIM Avia (MOV), Ural Airlines (URL), OrenAir (ORB), S7 Airlines (SBR), Ikar, and NordStar (JSC)) are part of the program, and are flying a total of 44 routes between 29 cities in eight federal regions of the country.
According to figures released August 24 by Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, Russia has so far this year spent RUB2.072 billion/$30.4 million on subsidizing these operations (61% of the program’s RUB 3.372 billion budget).
Russian authorities first began a Far East subsidy program in 2009.
November 2015: News Item A-1: 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.
The airline 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 onboard 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.
March 2016: News Item A-1: "Russia to Spend $44.4 million for Far East Subsidy Program in 2016" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, March 8, 2016.
Russian authorities have set a budget of RUB3.25 billion/$44.4 million for nine carriers to take part in a government-subsidized program on flights between Russia’s Far East and other parts of the country.
The nine Russian carriers taking part in the program are Aeroflot (ARO), Alrosa, Yakutia (SYL), Ikar, NordStar (JSC), S7 Airlines (SBR), Ural Airlines (URL), (VIM) Avia (MOV), and UTair (TYU).
According to a government statement, the 2016 subsidy program comprises 71 destinations, which include 13 cities in the Far East region. This year’s program will again run from April 1 through October 31. The participating airlines are expected to carry around 480,000 passengers during that timeframe.
In 2015, the program spent RUB3.37 billion for 11 airlines to carry 479,000 passengers. Aeroflot Group member OrenAir (ORB) did not apply for participation this year, while Transaero (TRX) ceased operations in 2015.
Russian authorities launched the Far East subsidy program in 2009.
May 2016: Aeroflot (ARO) plans to carry 30 million passengers in 2016, (ARO) (CEO), Vitaly Savelyev told Russia’s TV Rossiya 24. The whole Aeroflot Group is expected to handle 40 million passengers.
The Aeroflot Group includes low-cost Pobeda Airline (PBD), which more than doubled traffic in the first quarter to 950,794 passengers. Saint Petersburg-based Rossiya Airlines (SDM), Rostov-on-Don-based Donavia (DAU), and Orenburg-based Orenair (ORB) are now combining into one airline operating under the Rossiya Airlines brand.
In the first quarter, Orenair (ORB) carried 491,346 passengers, up +8.1% year-over-year (YOY). Rossiya (SDM) carried 862,617 passengers, down -21.2%. Donavia (DAU) carried 209,116 passengers, down 35.8%. Aurora Airline (AAZ), which serves Russia’s Far East, carried 276,827 passengers, up +21.5% (YOY).
In 2015, Aeroflot (ARO) carried 26.1 million passengers, up +10.6% (YOY). The group’s traffic reached 39.4 million passengers, up +13.4%.
June 2017: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has canceled the air operator’s certificate (AOC) of Aeroflot Group subsidiary Orenair (ORB) from May 26. The decision was made at the request of the Orenburg-based airline, authorities said in a June 1 statement.
Aeroflot (ARO) announced in October 2015 it would combine three of its regional subsidiaries: — Rossiya Airlines (SDM), Donavia (DAU), and Orenair (ORB), into one company under the Rossiya Airlines (SDM) brand.
From March 27, the three carriers launched a combined network that includes 81 destinations from Moscow Vnukovo, Saint Petersburg, and Rostov-on-Don.
July 2016: The Aeroflot Group carried 15.8 million passengers from January to May, up +11.5% year-over-year (YOY).
The Aeroflot Group includes Aeroflot Airline (ARO), the low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Pobeda Airline (PBD), Far East subsidiary Aurora Airline (AAZ), as well as Rossiya Airline (SDM), Orenburg-based OrenAir (ORB) and Rostov-on-Don-based Donavia (DAU).
Moscow-based, Aeroflot Airline (ARO) carried 10.9 million out of the total traffic, up +13.6% (YOY). Group (RPK)s grew +13.2% to 35.3 billion and load factor reached 77.4% LF, up +3 points (YOY).
Aeroflot Airlines (ARO)’s load factor was up +2 points to 77.7% LF during the period.
In May, the Group carried 3.5 million passengers, up +8.8% year-over-year (YOY), while (ARO) carried 2.4 million, up +12.4%. Domestic traffic for the Group grew +8.5% in May compared to the year-ago period, while international traffic increased +9.2%.
Aeroflot (ARO) said it experienced increases in international traffic despite a flight ban to Ukraine, Egypt and a charter flight ban to Turkey.
January 2017: News Item A-1: Russia’s Aeroflot Airline (ARO) has filed for bankruptcy of its Orenburg-based Orenair (ORB) and Rostov-on-Don-based Donavia (DON) subsidiaries, according to documents filed in Orenburg and the Rostov region’s commercial courts this month. A trial date for OrenAir (ORB) has been set for February 9, according to the commercial court database.
In August 2016, (ARO) recovered a RUB884 million/$13 million overdue loan it had granted to (DON) last year.
At the end of May 2016, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, canceled the air operator’s certificate (AOC) for (ORB).
In November 2011, (ARO) received shares of 5 Russian regional carriers (including Orenair (ORB), Donavia (DON) and Saint Petersburg-based Rossiya Airlines (SDM)) from Russian state corporation Rostec. In October 2015, (ARO) announced it would combine the 3 subsidiaries under the brand Rossiya Airlines (SDM).
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2 737-4Y0 (CFM56-3C1) (1901-24683, /90 VP-BGQ; VP-BSQ, SEE PHOTO), EX-(GIA), (GEF) LSD 2006-03, 136Y.
2 737-5H6 (CFM56-3C1) (2327-26445, /92 VP-BPF - SEE PHOTO, 2007-02, 2358-26446, /92 OO-XGW), EX-(CSA), (GEF) LSD 2007-07. 108Y.
0 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (2245-25790, /92 ES-ABG), (ILF) LSD 2006-10. RTND. 113Y.
2 737-8AS (CFM56-7B) (33602, VQ-BSS; 33622, VQ-BSR), EX-(RYR), EX-(EI-DPA & EI-DLZ), AVIAAM LSG LSD 2013-12. WITH WINGLETS:
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B), EX-(RYR), (TCI) LSD 2008-06.
2 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (ILF) 5 YR LSD.
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (28645) (DEA) LSD 2011-01. EX-(KHT).
1 737-85P (CFM56-7B26) (420-28384, /99 VQ-BLX - - SEE PHOTO - - "ORB-737-85P - 2011-10"), EX-(EC-HGO), EX-(ARE) 2011-10. 12C, 174Y.
1 737-85R (CFM56-7B24) (164-29036, /98 VQ-BEM "MICHAEL"), AIRCASTLE LSD 2009-08, EX-(JPL), EX-(N636AC). 28C, 126Y.
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B) (30881, VP-BEI), EX-(D-ABBE), 2012-08.
1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (840-28645, /01 "KARPAZ"), (DEA) LSD 2011-03. EX-(KHT), EX-(TC-MAO). 177Y.
1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (29884, VQ-BFY), (GEF) LSD 2010-05. EX-(N117MN).
1 777-2Q8ER IGW (PW4090) (246-28676, /99 F-ORUN "PIERRE LAGOURGUE"), EX-(AUX), (ILF) LSD 2012-12. 14F, 34C, 316Y.
2 777-2Q8ER (PW4090) (29402, VP-BHP, 2012-07; 29908 /99 VQ-BNU, 2011-05), EX-(AUX), EX-(F-OMAY) & (F-OPAR), (ILF) LSD.
5 AN-24B (AI-24) (97305401, /69 RA-46315; 97305607, /69 RA-46339; 07306201, /70 RA-46388; 97305107, /69 RA-46597; 17307409, /71 RA-47847), 48Y.
2 TU-134A (D-30-II) 49755, /77 RA-65049; 60185, /77 RA-65090), 76Y.
5 TU-134A-3 (D-30-III) (60260, /78 RA-65101; 60343, /78 RA-65110; 60450, /78 RA-65117; 60885, /78 RA-65136; 23135, /74 RA-65847), 80Y.
4 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U) (595, /83 RA-85595; 602, /84 RA-85602; 603, /84 RA-85603; 604, /84 RA-85604), 164Y.
1 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (949, /93 RA-85768 "KONSTANTINE BREXOS"), 166Y.
VICTOR ZYUKEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
BORIS PORTNIKOV, GENERAL DIRECTOR.
VASILIY KORYSTOV, DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
BORIS DAVYDOV, DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR.
MIKHAIL TOBOLIN, DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR.
LILIA NOVOKRESHCHENOVA, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.
ALEXEY ANDREEV, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
VALERI BURIKOV, CHIEF FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIVISION.
BORIS YURIN, TU-154 CHIEF PILOT.