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Name: TATARSTAN AIR
7JetSet7 Code: TAK
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CIS
City: KAZAN
Country: RUSSIA
Employees 1000
Web: tatarstan.aero
Email: office@tatarstan.aero
Telephone: +7 8432 678 829
Fax: +7 8432 678 806
Sita:
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TAK-2004-04 - YAK-42
TAK-2004-07-AN-24RV
TAK-2005-11-A

ESTABLISHED IN 1992. FORMER AEROFLOT (ARO) AEROVOLGA DIVISION. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
KAZAN AIRPORT
KAZAN, TATARSTAN REPUBLIC 420144, RUSSIA

Tatarstan is one of the autonomous republics which are part of the Russian Federation. Tatarstan was established in 1991, covers an area of 68,000 sq km, its population is 3.7 million, its capital city is Kazan, and its official languages are Tatar and Russian.

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 2000: TATARSTAN AIRLINES (TAK) FLIES FROM KAZAN, THE CAPITAL, OF THE TATARSTAN REPUBLIC, TO EUROPE, ASIA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH AMERICA. SERVICES FROM BULGULMA AND NIZNEKAMSK, ARE CARRIED OUT BY THE RESPECTIVE AIR ENTERPRISES, WHICH ARE OPERATING DIVISIONS OF TATARSTAN AIRLINES (TAK).

SOME ROUTE MANAGEMENT OPERATES OUT OF NEW YORK (JFK), WITH CAPTAIN DAVID CHUBALASHVILI, CHIEF PILOT. OPERATIONS TO MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG.

1 YAK-42 (4520423914340, RA-42374), LEASED TO AERO ASIA (ASU).

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 TU-154B-2 (80A-412, RA-85412), RETURNED FROM KARAT.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 YAK-42 (4520422606204, RA-42335), LEASED TO CUBANA (CUB).

MAY 2001: 1 YAK-42D (4520423914340, RA-42374) TO CUBANA (CUB).

AUGUST 2001: 727-193 (P4-JLD) OBSERVED AND PHOTOGRAPHED AT OSTEND.

July 2002: 1 Yak-40 (9541945, RA-87496) & 1 Yak-40K (9740956, RA-98109) deliveries. Yak-40K (9810657, RA-87209), returned from Bugulma.

September 2002: To Urumqi (2/week).

October 2003: Yak-42 (4520422606156, RA-42333) to Karat.

April 2004: Plans to acquire up to 3 Tu-214 twinjets and 6 An-140 turboprops by October, pending approval from the Russian region's government. As part of the plan, Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) is seeking approval to acquire 2 Tu-214's by 2006 on financial lease from the KAPO production plant in the Tatarstan capital, Kazan. The renewal will ensure the region maintains air links with western Europe when new legislation takes effect, which will ban Tatarstan's 2 Tu-154Ms and 9 Yakovlev Yak-42s.

July 2004: 2003 = 906 Million (RPK) (passenger traffic) (+1.6%); 74.7% LF (load factor); 436,000 passengers (PAX) (+6.1%); 6.79 Million (FTK) (freight traffic) (+59.4%).

September 2004: Yak-42 (4520422606156, RA-42333) returned from Astair.

October 2004: 2 Yak-40's (9611046, RA-88156; 9621447, RA-88176), Bugulma leased.

January 2005: TU-134A (3351910), from Samara Airlines (SMR).

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%.

June 2006: Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) has appointed outside consultants to help source 5 regional models and 5 short-haul airplanes.

February 2007: The Russian Transport Ministry announced that nine airlines have been banned from operating charter and ad hoc flights to the European Union (EU) countries. It said it barred the carriers following notification by the European Commission (EC)'s Transport Directorate about the lack of control of maintenance and operational procedures. The airlines are Aero Rent, Tatarstan Airlines (TAK), Atlant-Soyuz (AXX), Aviacon Zitotrans, Center Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russkoe Nebo (Russian Sky) (ESL), and UTair (TYU).

March 2007: The European Commission (EC)'s third update of its airline blacklist, features the first removal of airlines that successfully raised their safety standards and has placed new restrictions on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

The removal of Thailand's Phuket Air (PHK) and DAS Air Cargo (DAC)/Dairo Air Services (DAR) of Kenya and Uganda, respectively, from the blacklist "shows that our list acts not only as essential protection against unsafe operations but also as a strong and effective incentive for companies who deviate from international safety norms to address their shortcomings," (EC) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot said.

In addition, 49 airlines included on the previous list have ceased operating either on their own volition or because they lost their air operating certificates (AOC)s. Ten carriers from Kyrgyzstan, Equatorial Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo were added, and a partial ban on Sudan's Air West (AWT) was made total.

The (EC) noted that Bulgaria and Russia took the initiative to prohibit airlines registered in their respective countries, from operating into the (EU). Bulgaria banned Air Sofia, Bright Aviation Services, Heli Air Services, Skorpion Air and Vega Airlines from (EU) activities, while Russia barred Aero Rent, Tatarstan Airlines (TAK), Atlant Soyuz (AXX), Aviakon Zitotrans, Centre Avia, Gazpromavia, Lukoil, Russian Sky (ESL), and Utair (TYU).

May 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) confirmed its order for 15 CRJ-900s, valued at $584 million, plus 15 purchase rights. It announced its commitment last month. The order increases to 109 the number of firm orders placed by (DLH) and its regional partners for CRJs and brings to 196 the total number of CRJ-900s sold, including a firm order placed last week by Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) for six plus four options.

July 2007: 2 CRJ-900s (15124, C-FOWE; 15126, C-FNUI), delivery.

October 2007: Moscow Domodedovo (DME) announced that Air-Berlin (BER) is the first non-Russian airline to join the Domodedovo (DME) Transfer Service Project to offer special interline fares for passengers transiting the airport. Under agreements signed between Air-Berlin (BER) and Volga-Aviaexpress, VIM-Avia (MOV), SCAT (VSV), Tatarstan (TAK), Perm Airlines and Kuban Airlines, Russian travelers connecting at Domodedovo (DME) for onward travel to Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf from Volgograd, Aktobe, Taraz, Sochi, Barnaul, Magnitogorsk, Bratsk, Beloyarsky, Novy Urengoi, Omsk, Ufa, Vladivostok, Kazan, Perm, Krasnodar, Kogalym, Surgut and Chita, can receive special through fares.

November 2008: 737-322 (VP-BAP) delivery, from affiliate company Bulgaria Air (LZB) for use on its international scheduled routes within the (CIS), to North Africa, and to Europe. (TAK) was due to be launch customer for the Bombardier CRJ-200 in Russia, but problems with the certification program have meant it has been unable to take delivery of the six airplanes it has on order. A further four 737s are expected to join (TAK)'s fleet before the end of 2009 with a further 2 airplanes due in 2010.

December 2008: 737-53A (VQ-BBN) delivery.

June 2009: 737-4D7 (28702, VQ-BDB), Orix (OXA) leased, ex-(HS-TDL).

August 2009: 737-341 (26852, VQ-BDC), delivery, ex-(LZ-BOO).

July 2011: 1ST A319 (3171, VQ-BMM), delivery - - SEE PHOTO - - "TAK-A319-2011-08."

July 2012: Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) and its sister carrier, Ak Bars Aero ((IATA) Code: (2B), based at Bugulma Airport (UUA)) will launch 10 new routes from Nizhny Novgorod Airport (GOJ).

According to (GOJ) (CEO), Alexander Sinelnikov, in the near future the airlines will launch routes from (GOJ) to St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Mineralnye Vody, Kaliningrad, Sochi, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Perm, and Samara.

(TAK) operates one Tupolev Tu-154, one Yak-42, one 737-400, two 737-500s and two A319s. (2B)’s fleet includes 10 Bombardier CRJ200s and two Yak-40s.

(2B) representatives said the regional government will not subsidize the carrier to launch the new routes. Both (TAK) and (2B) are based at the Republic of Tatarstan, which is located in the Volga region not far from (GOJ). Last year, the two carriers merged.

October 2012: Tatarstan Air (TAK) and Ak Bars Aero ((IATA) Code: 2B) have presented a joint fleet expansion plan. (TAK) plans to add A320-200s and additional A319-100s to replace its 737-400 and two 737-500s. It already operates two A319-100s and aims to operate a total of 10 A320 family airplanes by 2015. Ak Bars plans to increase its CRJ-200 fleet from 13 to 35 airplanes in the same time frame.

January 2013: Russia’s Perm Airport is losing one out of two international destinations in Western Europe; Prague remains the only route connecting with European cities. Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) operates flights from Perm to Prague; (CSA) Czech Airlines will launch flights to Prague March 31.

March 2013: Russia’s government will spend RUB600 million/$19.44 million to subsidize the regional air traffic in the Volga federal district. The project, for which Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsia contracted four airlines, will be in effect from April 1 - November 30. "The purpose of the project is to increase interest in the implementation of regular scheduled regional traffic,” Deputy Minister of Transport, Valery Okulov said.

Under the program, special fares will be available for passengers younger than <23 years, women over >55, men over >60 and disabled passengers, on 114 routes inside the region - most of them starting in Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. The Federal Government will cover 25% of the fares and the regional government will cover 25%, leaving eligible passengers to pay 50% of the fare.

Kazan-based, Tatarstan (TAK) will be the lead airline on the project, working with UTair (TYU), Ak Bars Aero ((TAK)'s sister airline - (IATA) Code: 2B) and the Avia Management Group.

Okulov said if the subsidy program succeeds, it will be extended for the whole year in 2014 and could be expanded into other parts of the country. Russia’s government started its first subsidy program in 2009 on routes between the country’s Far East and central regions. In 2009, the government spent RUB1.2 billion and by 2012, this reached RUB3 billion.

In 2013, the government plans to spend RUB3.5 billion on the program.

October 2013: Tatarstan Air (TAK) operates scheduled services linking major domestic destinations from hubs at Kazan and Nizhnekamsk. Scheduled international routes primarily serve countries within the (CIS), including Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan but also include flights to Antalya and Istanbul in Turkey. Worldwide charter flights are offered.

(IATA) Code: U9 - 966. (ICAO) Code: TAK - (Callsign - TATARSTAN).

Parent organization/shareholders: Nur-Avia Holding Company (100%).

Main Base: Kazan airport (KZN).

Hubs: Nizhnekamsk Begishevo airport (NBC), and Moscow Domodedovo International airport (DME).

Destinations: Primarily countries within the (CIS), including Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan but also includes flights to Antalya, and Istanbul in Turkey. Worldwide charter flights are also offered.

November 2013: ACCDT: A total of 50 people died as a 737-53A (CFM56-3C1) (1882-24785, /90 VQ-BBN) crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry reported Sunday, November 17th.

Irina Rossius said the jet, a Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) 737 bound from Moscow to Kazan with 50 people on board, crashed at about 19:30 Moscow Time, adding that there was an explosion. According to preliminary data, all those on board died, she said.

The pilot (FC) tried to perform a go-around after an aborted landing, a spokesman for Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya said, adding that the airport in Kazan is closed.

The Rossiya-24 TV channel reported that there were 44 passengers and six crew on board.

An investigation is under way, the Investigative Committee said, adding that it was sending experts to the crash site. Committee Chief, Alexander Bastrykin will head to Kazan on Monday. The fire on the crash site has been extinguished, the committee said.

Crew error is believed to be one of the possible reasons for the crash, a law enforcement source said. Weather conditions and a possible technical malfunction may also be to blame, investigators said.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to establish a commission to investigate the crash, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said, adding that Putin expressed condolences to the close ones of those killed in the crash.

The Russian Transportation Ministry has established a commission to deal with the crash consequences. Minister, Maxim Sokolov leads it.

Russian authorities are focusing their investigation into the fatal Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) Boeing 737-500 crash in Kazan on five possible causes.

All 44 passengers and six crew members were killed when the 737-53A crashed on landing at Kazan, November 17 after a flight from Moscow. Among those on board was the son of Tatarstan President, Rustam Minnikhanov.

According to Minister of Transport, Maxim Sokolov in a statement to the "RIA Novosti" news agency, the investigation is focused on five potential causes: pilot error, technical defects, bad-quality fuel, ground services error, and weather conditions.

Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) representatives are on site. Boeing (TBC) is also sending a team to provide technical assistance to the investigation at the request and under the direction of the (IAC).

Tatarstan grounded its one other Boeing 737, a 737-4D7 (28702, VQ-BDB) variant, Monday saying the airplane would remain out of operation during the investigation.

A preliminary analysis of the November 17 Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) 737-500 crash in Kazan has determined there was no indication of technical failure in the systems and engines.

According to the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), flight recorders showed the pilots (FC) tried to land manually as one of the autopilots was turned off. The flight crew (FC) reported to ground control the airplane position was unfit for landing and started the go-around procedure, the (IAC) said.

See Russian (IAC) final report in April 2015.

(TAK) also operates four A319s, two Tupolev TU-154s and 15 Cessna Grand Caravans.

December 2013: A special commission of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has recommended authorities withdraw Tatarstan Airlines (TAK)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) following the deadly crash of a Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 at Kazan airport on November 17.

According to a statement by the commission, the decision was based on (TAK)’s unsatisfactory pilot (FC) training and noncompliance of duty time rules by the pilots (FC) and cabin crew (CA). Authorities said Tatarstan does not conform to certification requirements. The decision to withdraw the (AOC) is expected within days.

A preliminary analysis of the Boeing 737-500 crash in Kazan has determined there was no indication of technical failure in the systems and engines. The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) had recommended that airlines conduct additional pilot (FC) training.

Ak Bars Aero (BGM) has announced it will absorb the assets of Tatarstan Air ((IATA) Code: U9, based at Kazan International) (TAK) which is set to lose its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on December 31. Tatarstan Air (TAK)'s fleet consists of six A319-100s and two Tu-154Ms. The (TAK) Tu-154M airplanes have already been transferred to Ak Bars Aero (BGM), while its Cessna 208B Grand Caravans used on the regional flights mentioned above will be transferred to (BGM) from December 31. The novation of the A319-100 lease agreements is not expected until January with two A319-100s already scheduled to move to Ak Bars Aero (BGM) and negotiations taking place for another two.

April 2014: Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has completed the investigation of the Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) Boeing 737-500 crash landing at Kazan Airport on November 17, 2013, which killed 44 passengers and six crew members ((FC) - (CA)). One month later, the Kazan-based carrier’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) was revoked by authorities.

The (IAC) said its technical commission has prepared a draft of the final report (which will be sent to the USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, and the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, in accordance with (ICAO) standards.

It will publish the final report on its website after gathering and considering comments from its partners.

The (IAC) said it “carried all necessary amount of work, including the field phase, transcript and analysis of the records of the ground and airborne control, special research of elevator´s hydraulic actuator, mathematical modeling of the flight, the flight crew (FC) action assessment made by test-pilots (FC), the study on crew training information, Flight Operations, carrier’s safety management system.”

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TAK-737-53A-DEC08
TAK-737-NOV08
TAK-A319 - 2011-08

May 2014:

1 727-193 (JT8D-7B HK) (377-19620, /67 P4-JLD), EX-(APC)/(PCT) 1993-10, VIP.

1 +6 ORDERS 737-322 (CFM56-3) (VQ-BAP - - SEE PHOTO - - "TAK-737-2008-11"), BULGARIA AIR (LZB) LSD 2008-11.

1 737-341 (CFM56-3B2) (26852, /92 VQ-BDC), EX-BULGARIA AIR (LZB), EX- (LZ-BOO) 2009-08. 12C, 110Y.

1 737-4D7 (CFM56-3C1) (2978-28702, /97 VQ-BDB), ORIX (OXA) LSD 2009-06, EX-(HS-TDL). 12C, 137Y.

0 737-53A (CFM56-3C1) (1882-24785, /90 VQ-BBN - - SEE PHOTO - - "TAK-737-53A-2008-12" - - DESTROYED IN ACCDT 2013-11), EX-(LZ-BOY), BULGARIA AIR (LZB) LSD 2008-12. 112Y.

1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6) (3171, /07 VQ-BMM - - SEE PHOTO - - "TAK-A319-2011-08"), (DEA) LSD 2011-07. 153Y.

1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6) (3331, /07 VQ-BNF), EX-(N331BV) 2011-07. 125Y.

10 ORDERS A320 FAMILY AIRPLANES:

6 CESSNA 206B GRAND CARAVAN (PT6A-114A) (2428, /13 N8129L), 2013-03.

9 CESSNA 206B GRAND CARAVAN EX (PT6A-140), PASSENGER.

4 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (47310005, /74 RA-46526; 37308804, /73 RA-46525; 17306903, /71 RA-47804; 17307107, /71 RA-47818), 48Y.

2 +4/4 ORDERS CRJ-900 (15124, C-FOWE, 2007-07; 15126, C-FNUI, 2007-07).

2 TU-134A (D-30-II) (3351910; 335203, /73 RA-65973), 8F, 60Y.

1 TU-134A-3 (D-30-III) (48540, /76 RA-65033; 63195, /80 RA-65691), 48540 TO (SBR) 2004-02. 76Y OR 8C, 58Y.

3 TU-154B-2 (412 RTND FROM KARAT 9/00) (NK-8-2U) (412, /80 RA-85412; 88, /81 RA-85488; 517, /81 RA-85804), 164Y; 158Y OR 12F, 120Y; 8F, 125Y.

15 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9321128, /73 RA-87977; 9810657, /78 RA-87209; 530643, /75 RA-87239; 531543, /75 RA-87247; 511139, /75 RA-87342; 511633, /74 RA-87404; 530436, /74 RA-87447; 530137, /74 RA-87462; 510740, /75 RA-87505; 521940, /75 RA-87517; 522022, /72 RA-87588; 541544, /75 RA-87991; 611046, /76 RA-88156; 611946, /76 RA-88165; 621447, /76 RA-88176; 620248, /76 RA-88182), 9631149, EY-88207 LST TEBESTI AIR LIBYA 2001-08. 32Y.

1 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9541945, RA-87496), 2002-07. 32Y.

2 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9611046, RA-88156; 9621447, RA-88176), BUGULMA LSD 2004-10. 32Y.

3 YAK-40K (AI-25) (9810657, /78 RA-87209; 9740956, /02 RA-98109), 32Y. (9810657, RA-87209), RF BUGULMA 2002-07.

4 YAK-42 (D-36) (4520421605135, /86 RA-42332; 4520422606156, /86 RA-42333, TO KARAT 2003-10, RF ASTAIR 2004-09; 4520423711322, /87 RA-42347) (4520422606204, RA-42335 LST (CUB) 2000-11). 120Y.

3 YAK-42D (4520423914340, RA-42374 TO (CUB) 2001-05) (2014549, /90 RA-42380; 1301017, /93 RA-42433), 120Y OR 16F, 78Y.

Management:
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VALERIY SHNYAKIN, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

CAPTAIN DAVID CHUBALASHVILI, CHIEF PILOT, (NY), (chubalashvili@aol.com).

NAIL AKHMETSHIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) KAZAN.

PETER TRUBAEV, CEO BULGULMA.

 
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