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VSV-2009-03 - GOOD WEEK
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Formed and started operations in 1997. Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional, & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Shymkent International Airport
Shymkent 160020, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan (Republic of Kazakhstan) was established in 1991, covers an area of 2,717,300 sq km, its population is 19 million, and its capital is Astana. The official language is Kazak.
Kazakhstan, located between Russia and China, is a vast and boundless nation with unlimited natural resources and potential. It is the world's 9th largest country in size, and the largest of the Central Asia states of the former USSR; it is equivalent to the size of Western Europe. Kazakhstan holds about 4 billion tons of proven recoverable oil reserves. The Gross National Product (GNP) is expected to triple by 2015.
KAZAKHSTAN IS BIGGER THAN WESTERN EUROPE, BUT ONLY HAS 19 MILLION POPULATION. IT HAS LARGER OIL RESERVES THAN SAUDI ARABIA, & GOLD, IRON ORE, AND URANIUM. ALMATY, IS THE ORIGINAL CAPITAL, BUT THE NEW CAPITAL IS ASTANA (AQMOLA) IN CENTRAL KAZAKHSTAN. ALMATY REMAINS THE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL CENTER. ALMATY WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS ALMA ATA.
November 2007: 737-230 (22123, UN-B3707), Starline (LMZ) wet-leased, ex-(N123AQ).
October 2008: 737-522 (LY-AWD), FlyLAL (LIJ) wet-leased.
SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "VSV-737-522-2008-10."
November 2008: (SCAT) (VSV) operates a network of jet airplane flight services to all the major cities in Kazakhstan, and to neighboring countries of the (CIS), plus West Africa, and Mongolia.
Employees = 333.
(IATA) Code: DV - 655. (ICAO) Code: VSV - (Callsign - VLASTA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Vladimir Denisov (53%); & Vladimir Sytnik (47%).
Main Base: Shymkent International Airport (CIT).
Hubs: Astana airport (TSE), and Almaty International airport (ALA).
March 2009: See attached news regarding government assistance - - "VSV-NEWS-2009-03-A."
Karganda International airport in Kazakhstan has been given clearance to accept large wide body freighter airplanes, such as 747-400Fs and MD-11Fs, following a recent runway inspection. Cargolux (CLX) is planning to develop the facility as a transit point on flights between Europe and Asia.
January 2012: CRJ-200ER (7902, D-ACRL), ex-Lufthansa (DFLH) Cityline.
November 2012: On November 17, (SCAT) Air (VSV) of Kazakhstan launched low-frequency services from Aktau, the country’s only seaport located on the Caspian Sea, to Kiev Boryspil. 2x-weekly departures from (SCAT) Air (VSV) are now available using CRJ200 in addition to the existing AeroSvit (UKA) service of the same frequency.
January 2013: ACCDT: (SCAT) Airlines (VSV) Bombardier CRJ200 crashed on approach to Almaty Airport on January 29. News agency "(RIA) Novosti" reported all 16 passengers and 5 crew members were killed.
Flight DV760 reportedly crashed around 1:13 pm local time. According to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network, the flight originated from Kokshetau Airport. Weather conditions included fog at the time of the crash. The plane was found 5 km from Almaty.
(SCAT) Airlines (VSV) was founded in 1997. Its passenger fleet comprises 2 757-200s, 3 737-300s, 2 737-500s and 3 CRJ200s.
1 757-21B (25884, UP-85704), ex-(B-2822), delivery.
May 2013: (SCAT) (VSV) launches a new charter subsidiary called "Sunday Airlines (SUN)."
SEE PHOTO - - "VSV-757-21B - 2013-05."
February 2014: Russian investigators have not been able to identify why a Kazakhstan-based (SCAT) Airlines (VSV) Bombardier CRJ200 crashed on approach to Almaty Airport in January 2013, killing all 16 passengers and 5 crew members.
Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), which focused its investigation on go-around flight maneuvers, has decided the investigation needs more research to determine why the airplane’s descent during the accident sequence resulted in a crash. The Committee said in a statement there was no indication of technical failure in the systems and engines, the airplane had sufficient fuel, and there was no ice formation.
The Committee said the investigation is at “the high level of complexity” as authorities must clarify all circumstances explaining why the pilots (FC) did not finish performing all necessary actions for the go-around flight maneuver. According to Committee Vice Chairman Alexey Morozov, the (IAC) had to complete additional research, which included “genetic examination, voice identification, crew interaction, psychological aspects verification, and the analysis of the similar incidents.”
Azat Bekturov, head of the (IAC) commission investigating the incident, concluded the investigation’s final stage plan should include the additional research and expertise.
After the (IAC) concludes its investigation, results will be sent to Canadian and USA investigation authorities as the airplane was assembled in Canada and the engines were manufactured in the USA.
757-21B (25259, UP-85703), ex-(B-2818) delivery.
June 2014: (SCAT) Airlines (VSV) has begun flights from Ust-Kamenogorsk (UKK) to Novosibirsk (OVB) on June 11th (its 1st route to the Russian city). The 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) CRJ 200-operated service will face direct competition on the airport pair from IrAero Airlines, which flies the route on a weekly basis.
August 2014: Bek Air ((IATA) Code: Z9, based at Almaty) (BEK) and (Scat) ((IATA) Code: DV, based at Shimkent) (VSV) will suspend their respective Uralsk operations with effect from September 1 until November 30 owing to upgrade works to the airport's runway 04/22. "Central Asia Aero News" stated passengers intent on traveling to the north-western Kazakh city will be ferried from Atyrau by bus for the duration of the works.
The government re-nationalized the airfield in 2013 in preparation for the KZT6 billion/USD33 million project.
Currently, both carriers offer scheduled services to Aktau, while Bek Air (BEK) also offers connections to Astana, Atyrau, and Kostanay.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Aeroflot ((IATA) Code: (SU), based at Moscow Sheremetyevo) (ARO) is planning to equip 2 of its subsidiaries with an undisclosed number of SSJ100-95s, (CEO) Vitaly Savelyev has told Russia's "TASS" newswire.
“I don't think it will happen this year, but we have plans for next year," he said. "We are considering 2 subsidiaries – Rossiya ((IATA) Code: FV, based at St Petersburg) (SDM) and Donavia ((IATA) Code: D9, based at Rostov) (DON).”
Earlier this year, state-backed (ARO) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Moscow Zhukovsky) to acquire a further 20 SuperJets with deliveries to occur by 2016. Once firmed, the order will boost (ARO)'s SuperJet order book to 50 airframes.
In a bid to ease a foreign currency crunch and to stimulate local industry, the Russian government has committed itself to weaning Russia off its dependence on Western-manufactured airplanes.
In March, Moscow announced it would inject RUB100 billion/USD1.9 billion into Sukhoi (SSJ)'s parent firm, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), to help spur the production of the SuperJet while moving to recapitalize the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) to the tune of RUB30 billion/USD469 million.
In June, (GTLK) announced it had secured placements for 32 Superjets (15 with Yamal Airlines ((IATA) Code: YC, based at Salekhard) (LLM), 15 with Kazakhstan's Scat ((IATA) Code: DV, based at Shimkent) (VSV) and 2 with an undisclosed operator) it had bought using the funds which were extended to it in the form of tied-loans.
September 2015: Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) has signed a firm order agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (based at Moscow Zhukovsky) for 32 SSJ 100-95s with options for an additional 28 of the type.
Announced during the ongoing (MAKS) 2015 Air Show at Moscow Zhukovsky, the 1st of the jets will be delivered in May 2016.
Of the order, 15 will head to Kazakhstan's (Scat) ((IATA) Code: DV, based at Shimkent) (VSV) as part of a larger Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which includes 5 options, while 25 will go to Yamal Airlines ((IATA) Code: YC, based at Salekhard) (LLM). Both carriers are expected to finalize their 12-year lease agreements with the Russians in August next year.
Red Wings ((IATA) Code: WZ, based at Moscow Vnukovo) (RWZ) also signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease 15 SSJ100 Superjets subject to finalization.
January 2016: Kazakhstan authorities have postponed a mandatory requirement for domestic carriers to gain (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification by January 1, 2016, for local carriers operating domestic flights.
The requirement, which was mandated in 2013, was waived after becoming aware that 3 Kazakhstan carriers (Bek Air, ZhesAir and Zhetysu) had not met the deadline. All 3 airlines operate flights on 21 domestic routes, so the possible restrictions could potentially impact the domestic transport market negatively.
In December 2015, Bek Air started a public campaign asserting the (IOSA) certificate requirement is not legal.
Only 2 out of 6 Kazakhstan airlines (Air Astana (AKZ) and SCAT (VSV)) have achieved (IOSA) certification, the Ministry for Investments & Developments said on January 7. Recently launched Qazaq Air has a 2-year period to gain certification as a new company.
March 2016: (SCAT) Airlines (VSV) of Kazakhstan began a new weekly (Thursday) service between Almaty (ALA) and Xi’an (XIY) using its 737-500s. According to flightradar24.com, the inaugural flight touched down just 4 minutes late. However, the inaugural return flight landed back in Almaty >2 hours late. The 2,896 km route is not served by any other carrier. (SCAT) Airlines (VSV) serves a further 10 destinations from Almaty, all of which are in Kazakhstan.
September 2017: (SCAT) Airlines (VSV) became the 1st airline in Kazakhstan to start flights to Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) on September 6. The service, which will be carried out 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays), was operated from Aktobe (AKX) on (VSV)’s CRJ200 fleet.
(VSV) now operates 3 flights from Kazakhstan to Moscow with its Aktau and Shymkent services both flown into Moscow Domodedovo. No other airline operates this airport pair.
NOTE: SCAT (VSV) is listed on the latest (EU) blacklist released 03.04.2012 of airlines whose operations are subject to a ban within the (EU)*. *Airlines listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased airplanes of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.
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VSV-757-204 - 2011-12
VSV-757-21B - 2013-05
VSV-CRJ-200ER - 2012-01
0 737-230 (JT8D-15 HK) (726-22123, /81 UN-B3707), EX-(DLH), STARLINE (LMZ) WET-LSD 2007-11. RTND. 112Y.
1 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1542-23924, /88 LY-AWH), EX-(N924RM), SMALL PLANET AIRLINES WET-LSD 2009-11. 148Y.
1 737-31S (CFM56-3C1) (3005-29116, /98 UP-B3710), EX-(4L-TGF), AIRZENA GEORGIAN AIRWAYS LSD 2011-10. 148Y.
1 737-322 (CFM56-3C1) (1893-24667, /90 LY-FLB), EX-(ES-LBA) 2009-05. WITH WINGLETS. 148Y.
1 737-35B (CFM56-3B2) (2053-25069, /91 UP-B3712), EX-(LY-AQV) 2013-01. 148Y.
2 737-522 (CFM56-3C1) (2388-26684, /92 LY-AWE; 2494-26739, /93 LY-AWD), (LIJ) WET-LSD 2008-10. 148Y.
1 757-204 (RB211-535E4) (602-27237, /94 LY-FLG - - SEE PHOTO - - "VSV-757-204 - 2011-11"), AVIA ASSET MGMNT LSD 2008-10. SMALL PLANET AIRLINES (LIJ) WET-LST 2011-11. IN SCAT COLORS. 235Y.
1 757-21B (RB211-535E4) (359-25083, /91 UP-85702 - - SEE PHOTO - - "VSV-757-21B - 2013-05"), 2011-05. 8C, 30PY, 154Y.
1 757-21B (RB211-535E4) (25259, UP-85703), EX-(B-2818) 2014-02, 20P, 154Y.
1 757-21B (RB211-535E4) (461-25884, /92 UP-85704), EX-(B-2822) 2013-01. 8C, 30PY, 154Y.
4 BOMBARDIER CRJ200ER (CF34-3B1) (7365, /00 UP-CJ008; 7702, /02 UP-CJ007; 7901, /04 UP-CJ004; 7902, UP-CJ005 - - SEE PHOTO - - "VSV-CRJ-200ER - 2012-01"), EX-LUFTHANSA CITYLINE 2012-01. 50Y.
1 AN-12BP (AI-20M) 3341201, /63 UP-AN202), FREIGHTER.
14 AN-24B (AI-24) (17307303, /71 UN-26196; 17307406, /71 UN-47844), 48Y.
8 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (37308305, /73 UN-46500; 47309910, /74 UP-AN417), 48Y.
1 +14/5 ORDERS SSJ100-95.
2 YAK-42D (LO D-36) (45204121029, /92 UP-Y4205; 4520422306016, /93 UN-42428), 120Y.
VLADIMIR DENISOV, PRESIDENT & MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER (53%).
ALEX KHALEV, VP OPERATIONS.