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Formed in 1932 and started operations in 1994. Formerly Aeroflot (ARO) Vladivostok Division and Vladivostok Transavia. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Portovaya Str 41 Airport
Artem, Primorski Region, 692756 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.
January 2007: A320-212 (528, VP-BRB), ex-Air Jamaica as (6Y-JMA), (ILF) leased. This airplane will be used on international routes, connecting Vladivostok with cities in South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and China. Plans to buy 5 more A320s which will serve domestic flights as well.
June 2008: Vladivostok Air (VLK) operates scheduled domestic flights, together with international jet airplane flights to China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. VIP flights and helicopter services are also provided.
(IATA) Code: XF - 277. (ICAO) Code: VLK (Callsign - VLADAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Russian State 51%; & Vlaivostok Air (VLK) air employees.
Owns: Khakasia Airlines (100%) (acquired in 2003).
Main Base: Vladivostok Kievichi Airport (VVO).
Domestic scheduled destinations: Abakan; Anadyr; Barnaul; Ekaterinburg; Irkutsk; Kemerovo; Khabarovsk; Krasnodar; Magaden; Moscow; Novokuznetsk; Novosibirsk; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky; Tomsk; Vladivostok; Yakutsk; & Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
International scheduled destinations: Busan; Changchun; Dalian; Harbin; Mudanjiang; Niigata; Osdaka; Seoul; & Toyama.
A320-212 (422, 6Y-JMB), ex-Air Jamaica (JAM), GECAS (GEF) leased.
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.
November 2008: "Rosavia" is the official name of the new state-owned, Moscow-based airline, comprising 10 regional carriers (AXX), (SDM), (KMV), (ORB), (SOV), (VLK), (KHV), (ZXD), (DOD), (OMK), & (SMR), including the remnants of the AiRUnion alliance. Moscow Mayor, Yury Luzhkov said Rosavia "will be a large, serious company with a powerful potential and will rival Aeroflot (ARO)," "Interfax" 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."
January 2009: 1 order (April 2009) A330-300 (ILF) 7 year leased.
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" 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.
1 A320-214 (1200, VQ-BCG), delivery and A330-301 (070, VQ-BCW), ex-Aer Lingus (ARL), ex-(EI-CRK), (ILF) 7 year leased.
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."
June 2009: Vladivostok Air (VLK) launched a six-times-weekly, Vladivostok - Moscow Vnukovo service aboard an A330-200.
September 2009: (ILFC) (ILF) announced lease deals for one used A320-200 (scheduled for November delivery) and one used A330-300 (scheduled for March 2010 delivery) to Vladivostok Avia for six years each.
October 2009: Vladivostok Air (VLK) is the largest airline in Russia's Far East.
(VLK) will fly from Vladivostok and Khabarovsk to Sochi via Moscow later this month. Sochi is a popular resort city on the Black Sea destined to become better known when it hosts the 2014 Olympics.
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: Vladivostok Air (VLK) launched twice weekly, A330-300 service from Khabarovsk to St Petersburg on May 14.
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.
A320-214 (1213, VQ-BHS), (GEF) leased, ex-(6Y-JMF).
September 2010: Vladivostok Air (VLK) has entered into an interline partnership agreement with United Airlines (UAL) whereby customers of the two carriers can make connecting flights across either's network.
July 2011: Vladivostok Air (VLK) will launch four-times-weekly, Moscow Vnukovo – St Petersburg A320 service on August 2.
October 2011: Vladivostok Air (VLK) launched 2X-weekly, Vladivostok - Hong Kong - Singapore Changi A320 service.
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: 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.
Vladivostok Avia (VLK) on February 1 will transfer all Moscow flights from Vnukovo (VKO) airport to Sheremetyevo (SVO) Terminal B as a part of its integration strategy with Aeroflot (ARO).
Terminal B is a former base for low-cost carrier (LCC) Avianova (ANV), which stopped operations last year. After (ANV) closed, only one airline, Belarussian Belavia Airlines (BLV), operated at Terminal B. However, (BLV) said that from January 25, it will launch flights from Moscow Domodedovo (DME), leaving Terminal 1 empty through February 1.
(SVO) representatives said that Terminal B will eventually be demolished, making way for a new 40 - 45 million passenger complex. According to airport representatives, construction will begin after a decision is reached on the third runway construction.
February 2012: Vladivostok Air (VLK) has, from 1 February, moved its three Moscow routes from Abakan (ABA), Khabarovsk (KHV) and Vladivostok (VVO), from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO). The Abakan route faces no direct competition, but Aeroflot (ARO) offers daily flights to Khabarovsk and double-daily flights to Vladivostok. (VLK) serves Abakan with three weekly flights, and Khabarovsk and Vladivostok each with five weekly flights.
Vladivostok Airport (VVO) in the Russian Far East will gain "open skies" status in June, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) (CEO), Mikhail Vasilenko said. This will enable new carriers to pick up and drop off passengers and cargo without bilateral agreements.
(SVO), which owns a 52.1% share in (VVO), is one of the investors in the $190 million terminal and aerodrome infrastructure renovation set to open in March. The terminal, which will initially accommodate 3.5 million passengers, was revamped for the Asia/Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, taking place September. In the future, terminal capacity could reach 5 million passengers.
According to market experts, the open skies agreement will attract new carriers and more passengers, enabling (VVO) to get a return on its investment.
Vasilenko said Korean Air (KAL) and S7 Airlines (SBR) will also launch flights from (VVO) and Khabarovsk to Tokyo. In 2011, (VVO) handled 1.46 million passengers, which Vasilenko expects will increase to 1.85 million in 2012.
March 2012: UTair (TYU) is reportedly planning to make use of the void left by Vladivostok Air (VLK) switching from Moscow Vnukovo International airport (VKO) to Moscow Sheremetyevo International airport (SVO) by launching new domestic long-haul services from Moscow Vnukovo airport to Vladivostok airport (VVO) using a first 767-200ER.
May 2012: Vladivostok Air (VLK) started new routes to Sochi and Chita from Moscow Sheremetyevo.
Russia and Republic of Korea have agreed to remove restrictions on flights between Korean cities and Vladivostok International Airport (VVO). In a memorandum of understanding, the two countries said they would not limit the number of designated airlines and frequency entitlements of both sides.
(VVO) in the Russian Far East will gain "open skies" status in June. Industry experts say the new rules will attract new carriers and more passengers, enabling (VVO) to get a return on its investment. In 2011, the airport handled 1.46 million passengers and this year it expects to handle 1.85 million passengers.
The two sides also discussed the exchange of fifth freedom rights for Russian airlines on Republic of Korea and North America routes and increasing overfly rights on trans-Siberian routes, but deferred a decision until the next round of negotiations.
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)’s 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.
Vladivostok International Airport (VVO) in the Russian Far East has transferred flights from the old Terminal B to the recently opened Terminal A. The 47,500 sq m terminal, which represents a RUB6.3 billion/$190 million investment, can handle 1,360 passengers per hour or 3.5 million people per year. It is designed to simultaneously handle 70% domestic passengers and 30% international passengers.
The new terminal, which began construction in August 2009, was built to take the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting that will take place not far from Vladivostok in September 2012.
In 2011, (VVO) handled 1.46 million passengers, and this year expects to handle 1.85 million passengers. According to the master plan created by Netherlands Airport Consultants company, the airport will handle 10 million passengers in 2030. By that time the terminal will be expanded.
(VVO) planned to gain "open skies" status this June to attract new carriers and more passengers, enabling it to get a return on its investment. Though there were no additional announcements on airport status in June, Russia and Republic of Korea airline authorities have agreed to remove restrictions on flights between Korean cities and (VVO).
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.
November 2012: Vladivostok Air (VLK) inaugurated services on its second route to Blagoveshchensk (BQS), which located in the far-eastern Russian Amur Region near the Chinese border. Beginning 3 November, weekly departures are offered from (VLK)’s Vladivostok (VVO) base, in addition to the four weekly frequencies (VLK) already offers from Moscow Sheremetyevo. Services on the 900 km route are operated using Tu 204-300s, with capacity for 8C passengers in business and 134Y in economy class.
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.
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.
(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.
May 2013: Vladivostok Air (VLK) inaugurated services on the 3,700 km route from Vladivostok (VVO) to Novosibirsk (OVB), which it last operated in March 2012. Beginning on May 10th, (VLK) offers daily frequencies on the route, which it operates using Tu-204-100 in a code share with Aeroflot (ARO). Competition in the market comes from S7 (SBR) and Ural Airlines (URL), which offer thrice- and single weekly flights from Vladivostok to Novosibirsk.
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.
September 2013: 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)’s 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)’s 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 2014: Yak-40K (9821957, RA-87958) moved to Vladivostok State University of Economics.
February 2014: A320-214 (1213, VQ-BHS), ferried Norwich - Shannon then to Istanbul (IST) - Istanbul (SAW).
August 2014: Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, suspended Vladivostok Avia (VLK)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC), effective August 15.
According to Rosaviatsia, the Russian Far East-based carrier did not have the necessary airplanes to operate its scheduled or charter flights and the company’s financial situation was deteriorating. Its 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)’s new Far East subsidiary Aurora Airline (AAZ), which took over Vladivostok Avia (VLK)’s 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, “(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.”
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 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (422, /95 6Y-JMB), EX-(JAM), (GEF) LSD 2008-06. 12F, 138Y.
1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (528, /95 VP-BRB), EX-(JAM), (ILF) LSD 2007-01. 12F, 138Y.
4 A320-214 (714, VP-BFX, 2008-01; 730, VP-BFY, 2008-01 - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "VLK-A320-214-2008-09;" 1200, VQ-BCG. 2009-03; 1213, VQ-BHS, 2014-02), (GEF) LSD.
0 A330-301 (CF6-80E1A2) (070, /94 VQ-BCW - - SEE ATTACHED - - "VLK-A330-301-2009-03" 2009-03; 086, VQ-BEQ 2009-10), EX-(ARL), EX-(EI-CRK) & (EI-JFK), (ILF) 7 YR LSD. RTND, TO (SHK) 2012-08. 24C, 303Y.
2 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (27308210, /72 RA-46497 "ABAKAN;" 47309706, /74 RA-46683), 48Y.
3 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U) (562, /82 RA-85562 "DALNERENCHENSK;" 588, /83 RA-85588 "ARTEM;" 596, /84 RA-85596), 8C, 143Y; OR 161Y.
9 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (815, /89 RA-85849 "ARSENYEV;" 822, /89 RA-85803 "SPASSK-DALNY;" 836, /90 RA-85676 "SAYANOGORSK;" 848, /90 RA-85681 "ABAKAN;" 853, /90 RA-85685 "NAKHODKA;" 860, /90 RA-85689; 876, /91 RA-85837; 885, /91 RA-85710 "VLADIVOSTOK;" 923, /92 RA-85766), 8C, 143Y; & 161Y.
0 TU-204-300 (PS-90A) (1450742264026, /05 RA-64026; 1450744464038, /05 RA-64038; 1450741564039, /05 RA-64039; 1450744564040, /05 RA-64040), ILYUSHIN FINANCE LSD. ALL 6 RETURNED TO LESSOR 2014-08. 8C, 134Y.
2 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9310927, /73 RA-87273; 9630250, /76 RA-88216), 5F, 16Y.
3 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9330430, /73 RA-87325; 9630850, /76 RA-88222; 9640950, /76 RA-88223), 32Y.
2 YAK-40K (AI-25) (9611047, /76 RA-88172; 9640151, /76 RA-88232; 9821957, /78 RA-87958), 9821957; MOVED TO VLADIVOSTOK STATE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS 2013-11. 32Y/COMBI.
VLADIMIR SAIBEL, GENERAL DIRECTOR.
IGOR BAGELFER, FIRST DEPUTY DIRECTOR.