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SOV-LOGO - 2013-07
Formed and started operations in 1931. The airline was formed from the Aeroflot (ARO) Saratov division. Domestic, regional, and international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
25 Zshukovskogo Street
Saratov, 410010, Russia
July 2013: Saravia (Saratov Airlines Joint Stock Company) (SOV) is an airline based in Saratov, Russia. (SOV) operates charter and scheduled domestic passenger flights plus international charters from Saratov to destinations in Europe, and the (CIS).
(IATA) Code: 6W. (ICAO) Code: SOV - (Callsign - SARATOV AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government owned.
Main Base: Saratov Tsentralny Airport (RTW).
Domestic destinations: Moscow (Domodedovo Airport); and Surgut.
International destinations: Armenia, Yerevan.
August 2013: Saratov-based Saravia Airlines (SOV) has leased 2 Embraer E195s, becoming the 1st Embraer E-Jet operator in Russia. The E195s, which will be leased from (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), will be leased for 7 years.
December 2013: Saratov Airlines (Saravia) (SOV) has taken delivery of its 1st of 2 leased Embraer E195s from (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GEF), becoming the 1st E-Jet operator in Russia. The airplane will seat 114 passengers in two classes.
(SOV) (CEO) Konstantin Sokolov was quoted by local "FreeNews-Volga" news agency as saying the airplane will start commercial flights within weeks. Saratov to Moscow will be its 1st route and later it will launch service to Dubai and Prague from Saratov.
Embraer (EMB) received Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee type certificates for its 112- to 124-seat E190 and E195 jets to operate in Russia and the (CIS) in December 2012.
Several (CIS) carriers have been operating E-Jets, including Kazakhstan-based Air Astana (AKZ), Ukrainian International Airlines (UKR), Azerbaijan-based (AZAL) (AHY) and Belarus-based Belavia (BLV).
Saratov Airlines (SOV) joins a growing list of operators based in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that are adding E-jets to their regional operations, including: Air Astana (AKZ), Air Lituanica LUA), Air Moldova (MOL), Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY), Belavia (BLV), Bulgaria Air (LZB), Estonian Air (ENA), (LOT) Polish, Montenegro Airlines (MNO), and Ukraine International Airlines (UKR).
September 2014: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has distributed the allocations of foreign pilots (FC) that Russian airlines can hire following the passage of air code amendments by the State Duma in April, allowing carriers to hire non-Russian pilots (FC).
In the next 12 months, Aeroflot (ARO) will be able to contract 80 pilots; Transaero (TRX), 67; AirBridgeCargo (ABC), 16; UTair (TYU), 10; Metrojet and (VIM)-Avia Airlines (MOV), 7 each; Yakutia Airlines (SYL), 5; Saratov Airlines (SOV), 3; Avia Management Group, which operates Dexter Air Taxi, 1.
Russia’s aviation authorities, which is hoping to solve its pilot (FC) deficit problems, now allows 200 foreign captains and instructors to work for local airlines over the next 5 years. Airlines can contract captains with at least 3,000 flight hours and no fewer than 500 hours on the airplane type.
Before 2014, local airlines were only allowed to hire pilots (FC) who were Russian citizens.
October 2015: Saratov Airlines (SOV) will appeal the restrictions on its air operator’s certificate (AOC), prohibiting it from operating international flights due to a safety violation.
On October 13, the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, announced it was restricting Saratov Airline (SOV)’s (AOC) after a safety inspection revealed an airline employee (who was not officially included in the flight assignment and was not a crew member) stayed in the cockpit during a Saratov to Antalya flight on July 19, 2015. The person was later determined to be a close relative of (SOV)’s General Director.
Rosaviatsia said (SOV) did not respond to the inspection results.
Saratov Airlines (SOV) issued a statement saying authorities did not file any particular claims or directions after the inspection. It also said it launched its own internal investigation and reprimanded several employees, including General Director, Igor Tretyakov. The (SOV) airline statement said it has already taken several actions among its employees to prevent future violations.
December 2016: An-148-100 (27015040005, RA-67105) seen at Saratov.
March 2017: An-148-100 (27015040001, RA-61701; 27015040004, RA-61704), Rossiya Airlines (SDM) leased,
December 2017: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has directed 6 carriers to cut their winter charter programs because there is not enough aircraft to cover planned flights, the authority said on December 21.
Azur Air (KKV) has reduced 15% of its charter program volume. In addition, the authority has notified Yakutia Airline (SYL), Saratov Airlines (SOV), and Nordwind Airlines (NWD) to reduce their charter programs. These carriers must cut 30% of charter services. All airlines also operate scheduled domestic and international flights.
Russian aviation and travel authorities had appointed a group to analyze airline plans, schedules, and possible aircraft turnaround time to prevent significant flight delays. After analyzing the winter travel flights schedule of 15 carriers, including Aeroflot Airline (ARO), Red Wings Airlines (RWZ), Ural Airlines (URL) and others, it was decided to cut charter services for 6 carriers.
According to an authority statement, Russian airlines had applied for 586 international charter flights for the New Year Holiday period. The carriers received approval for 292 flights to main destinations including Italy, Spain, Thailand, China and Israel.
February 2018: "Russian Antonov AN-148-100 Crashes near Moscow; 71 Dead" by Maria Kiselyova & Andrew Osborn, Reuters, February 11, 2018.
A Russian Antonov AN-148-100 crashed near Moscow soon after take-off on February 10, killing all 71 people on board, and investigators said they were looking at all possible causes.
Temperatures were around -5 degrees Celsius with periodic snowfall when the short-haul AN-148 operated by Saratov Airlines (SOV) took off for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 900 miles/1,500 km SE of the capital, Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to those who had lost relatives and ordered a special investigative commission to be set up.
The office of Russia's Transport Prosecutor said all 71 people on board had been killed. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said (DNA) tests would be needed to identify the dead.
TV images of the crash site showed wreckage of the plane, including at least one engine, lying in fields covered with thick snow. Helicopters were at the scene as well as rescuers on snowmobiles. An official of the Emergency Situations Ministry said 2 bodies and a flight recorder had been found.
Debris and human remains were spread over a radius of a km from the crash site, investigators said. They said they had opened a criminal case into the incident. Among the possible causes they listed were weather conditions, human error and the plane's technical condition. No distress signals had been received from the crew.
The AN-148, manufactured in 2010, had been carrying 65 passengers and 6 crew (FC). It disappeared from radar screens shortly after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport. Interfax news agency said 1 Swiss national had been among the passengers.