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Name: SAT AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: SKH
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CIS
City: SAKHALINSK
Country: RUSSIA
Employees 700
Web: satairlines.ru
Email: office@sat.sakhalin.ru
Telephone: +7 4242 46 58 58
Fax: +7 4242 46 2192
Sita: UUSABHZ
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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. A K A SAKHALINSKIYE AVIATRASSY, SAKHALIN AIRWAYS, SAKHAVIATRANS AIR COMPANY (SAKHA AVIA TRANS AVIA), AND SAT AIRLINES. BASED AT YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK AEROPORT. PACIFIC COAST BASED AEROFLOT (ARO) UNIT, OPERATING DOMESTIC, CHARTER, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
Sakhalinskie Aviatrassy,
50A GORKOGO STREET
633023 YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, (SAKHALIN REGION), 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.

MAY 1994: 1 737-200 LEASED, DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) MAINTENANCE, & FLIGHT TRAINING.

DEC 1996: CONSIDERED POSSIBLE A310-300 (PW4152) (452), EX-DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), FOR LEASE IN MAY 1997 - SUBSEQUENTLY CANCELED.

FEBRUARY 1997: MET WITH TRAMCO, GOODRICH (BFG), TO DISCUSS 32 PARAMETER (DFDR) INSTALLATION, DURING UPCOMING "C" CHECK.

JUNE 1997: 1 737-205 (19408), EX-AMERICANA (AMY), (IAL) LEASED, "C" CHECK AT FAUCETT (FCT).

AUGUST 1997: 538 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 143 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 178 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT) "25 BOEING").

CONTRACT WITH MARATHON OIL, TO PROVIDE A SERVICE READY, AN-26 MEDIVAC.

MARATHON HAS PURCHASED A MODULAR HANGAR FROM AN ALASKA COMPANY, WHICH CAN HOUSE 2 C-130 AIRPLANES ASIDE WITH SPACE FOR MEDIVAC. CAN BE USED FOR "B"/"C" CHECKS, ON 737'S.

ACQUIRES 2ND 737-200, AIR LEASE INTERNATIONAL, WITH ON-SITE CONTRACT MAINTENANCE INSPECTOR. HOPES TO LEASE 3RD 737, BY THE END OF 1997.

OCTOBER 1997: DEPENDING ON SAKHALIN AIRWAYS (SKH) BECOMING A JOINT STOCK COMPANY, POSSIBLE MERGER WITH VLADIVOSTOK AVIA, TO FORM "FAR EAST AVIATION COMPANY" (DALNEVSOTOCHNAYA AVIAKOMPANIYA). VLADIVOSTOK AVIA HAS 3 IL-76F'S, TU-154'S, & YAK-40'S.

APRIL 1998: 538 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 143 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 155 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 1998: 1 A310-300 (PW4152), EX-AEROFLOT (ARO).

OCTOBER 1998: RECEIVES (FAA) FOREIGN REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATE.

737-205 (19408) REMOVED FROM SERVICE FOR 1 YEAR, AND RETURNED TO LESSOR.

APRIL 1999: 538 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 143 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 155 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (MT)).

SITA: UUSATSU.

JULY 1999: EDUARD BELENKO, DIRECTOR AVIATION SECURITY.

NOVEMBER 1999: 737 (PG214) TO AIR ASIA, TAIWAN, FOR HEAVY MAINTENANCE, & AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE (AD) MODIFICATIONS.

JANUARY 2000: 737 (PG214) RETURNED FROM AIR ASIA (ASW), MAINTENANCE & MODIFICATIONS.

MARCH 2000: BOUGHT 1 IL-62. IS IN HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECK, & MODIFICATIONS AT REPAIR STATION IN HABAROVSK.

TO LAUNCH NONSTOP SERVICE TO MOSCOW, IN 5/00.

APRIL 2000: 538 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 143 FC, & 155 MT).

SITA: UUSATSU.

JULY 2000: CONTRACTED TRANSAERO (TRX), FOR 737-200 ENGINEERING SUPPORT.

TO MOSCOW (IL-62M).

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 IL-62M (4255152, RA-86566), EX-AEROFLOT (ARO).

OCTOBER 2000: KUNASHIR - NEMURO (HOKKAIDO) (AN-24, WEEKLY CHARTER).

DECEMBER 2000: TO HARBIN (AN-24, WEEKLY CHARTER).

IS SUFFERING SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL LOSSES, FROM OPERATIONS OF IL-62M, ON THE YUSHNO - SAKHALINSK - MOSCOW ROUTE, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE AIRPLANE'S HIGH FUEL BURN RATE, AND CURRENT HIGHER COSTS OF FUEL.

FEBRUARY 2001: IN APRIL, TO SAPPORO (AN-24, 2/WEEK).

MARCH 2001: 3 ORDERS 737-700'S, TO REPLACE IL-62M, ON MOSCOW ROUTE.

APRIL 2001: AFTER 1 YEAR OF UNPROFITABLE OPERATIONS, REMOVES IL-62M FROM SERVICE, AND SUBLEASES AIRPLANE TO ANOTHER RUSSIAN OPERATOR, DUE TO ITS HIGH FUEL CONSUMPTION.

(sat-office@sakhalin.ru).

(http://www.airport.sakhalin.ru:8101/sat/main_r.htm).

NOVEMBER 2001: EDUARDO AGAMETOV, CHIEF ENGINEER.

OPERATES 1 IL-62M, ON ROUTES TO JAPAN, AND KOREA.

MARCH 2002: (sat-otp@sakhalin.ru).

(Telephone: (4242) 55 19 17). (FAX: (4242) 42 64 11).

700 EMPLOYEES.

May 2002: Exxon Neftegas awards a 5-year contract to Sakhalin Airways (SKH) to acquire 2 Bombardier Dash 8-100's. These airplanes will be used on services to the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project, throughout the 1st phase of its development of the Chayvo and Odoptu oil fields, off the northeast coast of Sakhalin Island.

December 2002: 1 Bombardier Dash 8-102 (215, RA-67251), Debis Finance (DEA) leased.

March 2003: DHC-8-102 (105, RA-67253), delivery.

April 2003: 1 757-200, leased for Sakhalinsk - Anchorage - Seattle.

July 2003: 700 employees. SITA: UUSABHZ.

(http://www.satairlines.ru). (office@sat.sakhalin.ru).

May 2005: 2 orders 737-200's for services from its Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk base to Valadivostok to support the growth of oil charter services in the region.

A310-322 (399, RA-), EX-(UN-A3101).

June 2005: 574 employees (including 85 Flight Crew (FC); & 53 Cabin Attendants (CA)).

July 2005: 737-2J8 (22859, N235WA), ITC Leasing leased.

September 2005: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems' O&D-based ProfitLine/Yield revenue management system was chosen by AiRUnion, a new airline alliance in Russia comprising KrasAir (ZXD), Omskavia, Sibaviatrans, Domodedovo Airlines (DOD), Samara Airlines (SMR) and SAT Airlines (SKH). Together the carriers serve more than 5.5 million passengers annually. LHS said it will work closely with Moscow-based Transport Automation Information Systems to implement the solution.

March 2006: Russian airlines reported a combined -RUB2.2 billion/-$78.7 million drop in net profit in 2005, according to a statement from the Federal Air Transport Agency cited by Russian media. Revenues increased +10% to RUB180 billion against a +20% lift in costs. The number of passengers grew +3.9% to 35.1 million and passenger revenues rose +3.4%.

November 2006: Aeroflot (ARO) is looking to consolidate the domestic airline industry further, according to (ARO) Chairman & CEO, Valery Okulov, and will launch a regional carrier in eastern Russia, that will combine several smaller airlines and "quickly help to better organize air traffic in this area . . . on both long-haul and local routes," he said on the company's website.

"This year we will grow +9% on international routes and +16% on the domestic network," Okulov said. "So we see our biggest growth within Russia, where we currently serve 25 destinations and where we want to increase our transport activity by +25%." That aim is behind the launch of a new regional carrier called "Aeroflot East," which will be based in Khabarovsk and combine smaller carriers Dalavia Far East Airways (KHV) and SAT Airlines (SKH). SAT (SKH) flies from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to eight Siberian, three Japanese, one Chinese, and two Korean destinations. "We realized that foreign carriers have increased their activities in Russia by +14% and in the Far East by +18%. As a result, airlines from Russia have lost market share," he explained. Aeroflot East will operate both short- and long-haul routes. "First we have to bring the new carrier to Aeroflot (ARO) standards. The program should be fully working within two years," Okulov said. (ARO) already operates subsidiaries Aeroflot-Don (DAU) in Rostov, and Aeroflot-Nord (AEN) in Arkhangelsk. It also has opened branches in Saint Petersburg and Magadan. It has a total market share in Russia of 60% on international routes but just 12% of the domestic market. "By 2010, we want to have a 30% share within Russia," he noted.

"The Russian airline industry is definitely fragmented. There are far too many airlines in the market, and that is why one of our goals is to take part in the consolidation of the industry," Okulov said. Aeroflot (ARO) currently holds 14% of the domestic market and flies to 25 destinations in Russia. Okulov said it is aiming for a 30% share by 2010. The next step is to expand European services and connect them more effectively via Moscow Sheremetyevo to the Far East. "We want to build a bridge between Europe and Asia. Our investment in the new Sheremetyevo 3 terminal is $150 million," he said. Russian banks have chipped in another $300 - $400 million. By November 30, 2007, all flights operated by (ARO) and its partners will transfer to the new facility.

December 2006: Dalavia Far East Airways (KHV) is the customer for an additional six Sukhoi Superjets RJ100s, plus four options, according to Reuters. Dalavia (KHV) will join with SAT Airlines (SKH) to form regional carrier Aeroflot East.

July 2007: DHC-8-102 (105, RA-67253), returned to Avmax Aircraft Leasing.

August 2007: DHC-8-201 (457, RA-67257), delivery.

December 2008: Russia's Ministry of Transport is working out a mechanism for distributing over the next two years RUB7.5 billion/$270.1 million in subsidies to airlines serving the country's far east. "Our goal is to introduce a uniform system of subsidizing economy-class fares on long-haul routes to and from these regions," Transport Minister Igor Levitin explained. At present, the state provides subsidies only to particular categories of passengers, such as those in the military, pensioners or students. "We'll reimburse the difference between actual costs borne by carriers and the basic tariff to be paid by economy-class travelers regardless of their status," said Levitin, who expected subsidies on domestic flights from the far east to European Russia to average RUB5,000 per passenger. The ministry is planning to select qualifying airlines following competitive tenders and presentations by regional authorities in support of their bids. As an alternative, it will offer financial backing for airports in the far east through state-funded airport maintenance enterprises. Such enterprises already operate in the Sakha Republic, where the government tends to reimburse carriers out of its own budget. The enhanced system should come into force by next year's summer travel season, Levitin said.

November 2009: 1st 737-500 delivery in two-class, 109 passenger layout, was put into service on the Yushno - Sakhalinsk - Khabarovsk route.

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."

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.

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)ís 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: 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 subsidiariesí 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. HZís 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.

July 2012: Aeroflot (ARO) will create a regional carrier in the Russian Far East, combining its sister companies, Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and SAT Airlines (SKH), according to an "Interfax" news agency report quoting (ARO) (CEO), Vitaly Saveliev. According to Saveliev, the new airline will be a co-ownership with the regional governments; (ARO) will be the majority shareholder.

The new company could take from a year to a year-and-a-half to create. Saveliev said the airline will acquire 10 to 15 new airplanes but did not specify the type.

(ARO) regional carriers can acquire 737NGs leased from Russian state corporation Rostechnology. (VLK) operates A330s, A320s, Tupolev Tu-204-300s and Yak-40s. (SKH)ís fleet comprises Antonov An-12s, An-24s, 737-200/500s, and Bombardier DHC-8-200s and DHC-8-300s.

Last year, Rostechnology completed the asset transfer of five regional carriers, including (SKH) and (VLK) to (ARO).

Saveliev also said (ARO) is considering the purchase of Krasnodar-based, Kuban Airlines (KIL), which operates mostly in southern Russia, but the deal is still uncertain.

August 2012: Vladivostok Air (VLK) will phase out its single remaining A330-300 (86, VQ-BEQ) later this year and starts concentrating on regional domestic and international routes from the Russian Far East ahead of its planned merger with sister carrier, SAT Airlines (SKH). Its only destinations in the European part of Russia currently are Adler/Sochi (AER) and Moscow Sheremetyevo International (SVO). (VLK) plans to end its flights from Sheremetyevo to Adler/Sochi, Blagoveshchensk Ignatyevo (BQS), Khabarovsk Novy (KHV) and Vladivostok (VVO) airports by the end of October. With the exception of Blagoveshchensk, these routes are already served by parent Aeroflot (ARO) as well. (VLK) will continue to serve Sheremetyevo from Abakan (ABA), Chita (HTA) and Ulan-Ude Mukhino (UUD) airports this winter with at least the Abakan route also expected to be transferred to Aeroflot (ARO) from April 2013.

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 Russiaís Far East.

Aeroflot (ARO)ís 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.

June 2013: Aeroflot (ARO) will launch a subsidiary in the Russian Far East in the third quarter, according to "TransNews Agency" quoting Aeroflot (ARO) Deputy (CEO), Dmitry Saprykin.

It was reported last year that (ARO) would combine its sister companies, Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and (SAT) Airlines (SKH), to create a regional carrier in the Russian Far East. However, (ARO) now wants to create a new subsidiary, which will obtain rights to operate international flights from Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and SAT Airlines (SKH). Industry experts say this measure could lead to the bankruptcy of the airlines, which survive because of the international flights as most regional routes are not profitable.

Earlier this year, (ARO) said it would need government subsidies to create a regional carrier in the Russian Far East. (ARO), which did not disclose the amount of subsidy, said state support is needed at least through 2016.

Vladivostok Avia (VLK) is the 12th largest airline in Russia. From January to April, it carried 328,394 passengers, up +4.8% year-over-year. Sakhalin-based regional, (SAT) Airlines (SKH) carried 74,171 passengers during the first four months of this year.

Aeroflot (ARO) has created a subsidiary named Taiga Airline, which was created by merging two Russian Far Eastern airlines, Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and (SAT) Airlines (SKH). The corporate structure and flight network have been approved. (ARO) (CEO), Vitaly Saveliev said the new carrier will be a co-ownership with regional governments, but Aeroflot (ARO) will be the majority shareholder.

At the end of August, (ARO) signed an agreement with Sakhalin regional authorities to purchase 49% of the new carrier. It received 100% of (SAT) Airlines (SKH) from Russian state Corporation Rostechnology at the end of 2011. Earlier this year, Aeroflot (ARO) said it would need government subsidies to create a regional carrier in the Far East.

Vladivostok Avia (VLK) will become a branch of the new carrier. In March, (ARO) transferred its 52.2% share in (VLK) to (SAT) Airlines (SKH). Vladivostok Knevichi Airport will remain a base for (VLK)ís A320 family airplanes. It will stop flying Tupolev Tu-204s currently in service. Fleet development plans have not been disclosed.

In the first half, (VLK) carried 546,238 passengers, up +1.2% from the year-ago period. (SAT) Airlines (SKH) carried 118,612 passengers in the first half, up +0.5% year-over-year.

October 2013: Aeroflot (ARO) will provide a RUB430 million/$13.5 million loan for its Far East subsidiary, Aurora Airline (AAZ) for initial investments. It will have to repay the loan in 2017. According to Aurora Airline (AAZ)ís business plan, it must also increase its passenger numbers in the near future.

In September, (ARO) announced the new Far East subsidiary, originally named Taiga Airline, which was created by merging Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and (SAT) Airlines (SKH). At the end of August, Aeroflot (ARO), which signed an agreement with Sakhalin regional authorities to purchase 49% of the new carrier, changed the name to Aurora Airline (AAZ).

November 2013: SAT Airlines (SKH) provides scheduled regional jet airplane services in Russia's far east, extending to destinations in South Korea and Japan. (SKH) provides scheduled regional flights between Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Okha, Kuril Islands, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok with international services from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to South Korea and Japan. Other services include charter flights, as well as search and rescue operations, firefighting and aerial patrols.

Employees = 700.

(IATA) Code: HZ - 598. (ICAO) Code: SHU (Callsign - SATAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of the Russian Federation (100%).

Main Base: Yuzhno Sakhalinsk airport (UUS).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Khabarovsk; Komsomolsk; Na Amure; Vladivostok; & Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

International, scheduled destinations: Busan; Hakodate; Sapporo; & Seoul.

November 2013: Aeroflot (ARO) will launch its new Far East subsidiary, Aurora Airline (AAZ) this month. (ARO) holds a 51% stake and the Sakhalin regional government owns 49% of the new subsidiary. (AAZ) has received its first Airbus A319 in the new livery and will fly from Moscow to the Far East before the end of the week.

By year end, Aurora will have four A319s; two additional A319s/320s will arrive at the beginning of 2014. All of the airplanes are from Aeroflot (ARO)ís fleet. By 2018, (AAZ) expects its fleet to grow to 40 airplanes. It will also include some regional airplanes such as the Bombardier DHC-8-Q300, DHC-8-Q400 and DHC-6 Twin Otter. (AAZ) plans to increase its destinations from 30 to 128 and will operate flights from main cities including Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and Magadan.

(ARO) needs regional government support to develop regional routes in this part of the country. (ARO) (CEO), Vitaly Saveliev said he is ready to cooperate with other regional governments in the Far East.

August 2014: Russiaís Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, suspended Vladivostok Avia (VLK)ís air operatorís certificate (AOC), effective August 15.

According to Rosaviatsia, the Russian Far East-based carrier (VLK) did not have the necessary airplanes to operate its scheduled or charter flights and the companyís financial situation was deteriorating. (VLK)'s fleet of six Tupolev Tu-204s has been returned to the lessor.

Vladivostok Avia (VLK) ceased operations several months ago following the November 2013 launch of Aeroflot (ARO)ís new Far East subsidiary Aurora Airline (AAZ), which took over Vladivostok Avia (VLK)ís routes, crews ((FC) & (CA)) and part of its management.

At the end of 2011, Rostec Corporation transferred 52.156% shares of Far East-based Vladivostok Avia (VLK) to Aeroflot (ARO), together with assets of other regional Russian carriers, to create Aurora Airlines (AAZ). The package also contained 100% of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk-based (SAT) Airlines (SKH).


FOR FUTURE DATA, PLEASE SEE AURORA AIRLINES (AAZ).

November 2015: Aeroflot (ARO) subsidiary, Aurora Airline (AAZ) has achieved (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification following an assessment of its operational management and control systems.

(AAZ) (CEO), Konstantin Sukhorebrik said, ď(IOSA) certification is a mandatory standard for airlines operating in the world market. Aurora (AAZ) is a part of the Aeroflot Group, which has very high safety standards. Passing the audit successfully, we have confirmed our competence, experience and work quality.Ē

Aurora Airline (AAZ) was created by merging Vladivostok Avia (VLK) and (SAT) Airlines (SKH); for a short period it was known as Taiga Airline. (AAZ) operates domestic and international flights. It plans to double its number of passengers and fleet in the next three years.

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1 737-2J8 (JT8D-15A HK) (890-22859, /83 RA-73003, 2005-08), TO REPLACE IL-62M APLS. ITC LEASING LSD. 8C, 100Y.

1 737-232 (JT8D-15 HK) (1038-23100, /84 RA-73005), EX-(N328DL) 2006-07. 8C, 100Y.

1 737-247 (JT8D-9A) (92-19611, /68 RA-73003), EX-(WAL)/(ZZW), 1 RTND TO LESSOR 1999-07 (737-205: 110-19408), (DAL) MAINT. 8F, 101Y.

1 737-5L9 (CFM56-3C1) (2856-28721, /97 RA-73013), EX-(OY-APH) 2009-10, 8C, 102Y.

3 ORDERS 737-700 (CFM56-7B):

0 757-200, LSD 2003-04. RTND.

0 A310-322 (PW4152) (399, RA-), EX-(ARO) 2005-05. RTND.

1 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-102 (PW120A) (105, RA-67253, 2003-03; 215, /90 RA-67251, 2002-12), (DEA) LSD. 105; RTND 2007-07. 37Y.

1 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-106 (PW121) (345 /92 RA-67255), AVMAX GRP LSD. 37Y.

2 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-202Q (PW123) (457, /96 RA-67257, 2007-08; 459, /96 RA-67259; 2007-06), AVMAX AIRCRAFT LSG LSD 2007-07. 37Y.

2 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-311Q (PW123) (451, /97 RA-67253; 533, /99 RA-67251), EX-(C-GAPW & C-FWFH) 2011-08. 50Y.

2 BOMBARDIER DHC-8-315Q (PW123) (556, /01 RA-67261; 581, /02 RA-67255), EX-(C-GOJE & C-GLKW) 2012-08. 14C, 36Y.

1 AN-12B (AI-20M) (00347306, /70 RA-12992), KITRAN LSD 2005-08, FREIGHTER.

1 AN-24B.

4 AN-24RV (TWIN TURBOPROP, AI-24VT) (37308905, RA-46639) TO VORONEZHAVIA 2003-10, 44Y.

3 AN-26B (AI-24VT) (12707, /83 RA-26131; 12810, /83 RA-26132; 12810, /83 RA-26138), FREIGHTER.

1 IL-62M (D-30KU-2) (4255152, /92 RA-86566), EX-(ARO) 2000-09, GROUNDED, 12F, 150Y.

3 MI-2 HELICOPTERS.

Management:
(definitions)

KONSTANTIN SUKHOREBRIK, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

ANDREY KOLESNIK, DEPUTY GENERAL DIRECTOR.

ANDREY LOBKIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

DMITRY SAPRYKIN, DEPUTY (CEO).

CAPTAIN SERGEI KUROPATKO, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN ALEXANDER LOPUSHENKO, CHIEF PILOT 737.

YURY KIM, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

NIKOLAI ALEXEEV, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.

IRINA TOLSTYKH, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.

VASILY ILIN, ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR.

VYACHESLAV GRIBKOV, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

VALERIY SIN, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE, (sat-office@sakhalin.ru) (UUSATSU) (sat-atb@sakhalin.ru) (2001-06).

DALE BERGSTROM, DIRECTOR 737 MAINTENANCE.

EDUARD BELENKO, DIRECTOR AVIATION SECURITY (1999-07).

VLADIMIR TUMAEV, DIRECTOR SAFETY (2001-03).

NIKOLAI KIM, SENIOR MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.

VALERI PARSHIN, SENIOR MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE AVIONICS ENGINEERING MANAGER.

EDUARD AGAMETOV, CHIEF ENGINEER (2001-11).

VLADIMIR ANDREEV, ENGINEERING MANAGER (BOEING AIRPLANES) (2001-03).

 
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