|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2009)|
|Founded||1992 (following the dissolution of Aeroflot)|
|Ceased operations||2010 (acquired by RusLine)|
|Operating bases||Volgograd International Airport|
LCC Air Volga (Russian: ООО «Авиакомпания Во́лга») was an airline headquartered in Volgograd, Russia, operating scheduled passenger flights as well as holiday charters out of its base at Volgograd International Airport.
When Aeroflot was dissolved in 1992, its Volgograd-based division became an independent company known as Volga Airlines, having inherited a number of Soviet aircraft. The airline was renamed Volga Aviaexpress (Russian: ООО «Волга Авиа-экспресс») in 1998, and again Air Volga on 24 November 2008. In February 2009, the Bombardier CRJ200 became the first Western-built aircraft to be operated by Air Volga. Two 50-seat aircraft of that type joined the fleet, with another four arriving in November of that year.
On 1 April 2010, bankruptcy was declared with Air Volga, and all flight operations were stopped. Its assets and brand name was acquired by RusLine, along with the route network and CRJ200 fleet. The Air Volga name thus survived, nowadays being used for the marketing of regional RusLine flights.
Between 2006 and 2010, Volga Aviaexpress/Air Volga operated scheduled flights to the following destinations:
|Armenia||Yerevan||Zvartnots International Airport|
|Azerbaijan||Baku||Heydar Aliyev International Airport|
|Russia||Moscow||Domodedovo International Airport|
|Russia||Saint Petersburg||Pulkovo Airport|
|Russia||Sochi||Sochi International Airport (seasonal)|
|Russia||Surgut||Surgut International Airport|
|Russia||Volgograd||Volgograd International Airport (base)|
|Turkey||Antalya||Antalya Airport (seasonal)|
|Turkey||Bodrum||Milas-Bodrum Airport (seasonal)|
|Turkey||Dalaman||Dalaman Airport (seasonal)|
Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:
Accidents and incidents
- On 25 January 1995, a Volga Airlines Yakovlev Yak-40 (registered RA-87464) was damaged beyond repair when it overran the runway on landing at Rostov-on-Don Airport, subsequently colliding with a concrete wall. The ten passengers and four crew members on the flight from Volgograd survived the accident, which was later attributed to pilot error.
- On 2 June 1995, the twelve people on board a Volga Airlines Antonov An-2 (registered CCCP-68142) died when the aircraft crashed in poor weather conditions near Volgograd.
- The Bombing of Flight 1303 on 24 August 2004 with its 44 fatalities marks the worst accident in the history of the airline. A bomb detonated on board the Tupolev Tu-134 (registered RA-65080) enroute a flight from Moscow to Volgograd, resulting in the aircraft crashing in Tula Oblast. Nearly simultaneously, another bomb was exploded on a Siberian Airlines flight. Female suicide terrorists from Chechnya were made responsible for these attacks.
- Information about Air Volga at the Aero Transport Data Bank
- "The Bullish Bear (page 20)". Flight International: 20–23. 8 April 1992 – 14 April 1992. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "The Bullish Bear (page 21)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "The Bullish Bear (page 22)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "The Bullish Bear (page 23)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- List of the Bombardier CRJ200s operated by Air Volga, at planespotters.net
- Archived flight schedules of Volga Aviaexpress/Air Volga at web.archive.org: February 2006October 2007October 2008August 2009
- June 1995 Volga airlines accident report at the Aviation Safety Network
- January 1995 Volga Airlines accident report, at the Aviation Safety Network
- Report of the bombing of Flight 1303 at the Aviation Safety Network
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