Avianova (Russia)

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This article is about a defunct Russian low cost airline. For other uses, see Avianova.
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Founded 2009
Commenced operations 27 August 2009 (2009-08-27)
Ceased operations 9 October 2011 (2011-10-09)
Operating bases Sheremetyevo International Airport
Secondary hubs Krasnodar
Fleet size 6
Destinations 22
Parent company Alfa Group (51%)
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Key people Andrew Pyne (CEO)
Vladimir Gorbunov (General Director)
Website www.avianova.com

Avianova, LLC (Russian: ООО «Авианова») was a low cost airline based in Moscow, Russia. From its hub at Sheremetyevo International Airport, the carrier served a number of destinations within Russia, as well as an international destination within Ukraine.


An Avianova Airbus A320-200 at Pulkovo Airport. (2011)
An Avianova Airbus A320-200 at Gelendzhik Airport. (2010)

Andrew Pyne, CEO,[2] voiced the strategy of the new company as "flying those Russians who haven't even seen the inside of an airplane in the past twenty years".[3] The company advertises 250 rubles (less than US$10) domestic flight tickets, to all destinations.[2]

As of October 2011, Alfa Group controlled 51% of the stake, while US investment company Indigo Partners held the balance.[4] Avianova received Russian regulatory approval in August 2009, beginning operations on 27 August.

Avianova carried 1.3 million passengers in 2010, with an occupation of over 80%. By seat numbers flown it had become the second largest carrier at Sheremetyevo airport with 25% of total capacity, operating out of Terminal B. On monthly traffic statistics it ranked as fourth largest domestic carrier in Russia. It opened a second base at Krasnodar in May 2011, with operations to Sochi, Surgut, and St Petersburg, as well as Moscow. By June 2011, it had carried over 2 million passengers since launch at an average seat factor of nearly 80%.

Shareholder coup and bankruptcy[edit]

On 24 June 2011, the major shareholder removed the foreign management from the head office,[5] in a move that CEO Andrew Pyne described as an “illegal coup”.[6] The airline accused the foreign management of "managerial incompetence, flouting Russian law and inflicting severe financial damage on the company" and appointed Konstantin Teterin, former general manager of Red Wings Airlines, as deputy director general.[6] However, Indigo did not recognize this designation, as it stated the move had “no legal basis”.[5] The Russian General Director of the Company, Vladimir Gorbunov, himself appointed by Pyne in the Spring of 2008, stated:

From the very beginning of his co-operation with Avianova, Andrew Pyne demonstrated his unwillingness to work in compliance with Russian laws and emphasised his intention to work solely in accordance with his own rules

—Vladimir Gorbunov, Avianova General Manager[7]

The continued shareholder impasse over management changes and over funding for the company led to Avianova stopping ticket sales on 3 October as a prelude to stopping operations on 9 October 2011[4][8][additional citation needed]


Even though the airline operated from Vnukovo Airport in its beginnings, it moved its hub to Sheremetyevo Airport's Terminal 1 on 28 March 2010.[9]

Avianova served the following destinations before ceasing operations, as of April 2011:[10]

Terminated Before Ceasing Operations[edit]

  • Russia – Kazan (suspended), Moscow-Vnukovo


Avianova operated 6 Airbus A320 aircraft. In accordance with the growing low-cost aviation market in Russia Avianova stated a long term view to operate up to 50 aircraft in five years, but this never happened. All Avianova aircraft were registered in the Republic of Ireland.

As of September 2011, the Avianova fleet consisted of the following aircraft with an average age of 10.5 years:[12]

Type In Fleet Passengers
Airbus A320-200 6 170


  1. ^ according to FlightStats
  2. ^ a b Avianova prokatila passazhirov (in Russian), gazeta.ru, 4 December 2009.
  3. ^ Russian: Задача «Авиановы» – «заставить летать тех россиян, которые уже 20 лет самолет в глаза не видели» - Avianova prokatila passazhirov (in Russian), gazeta.ru, 4 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b Hofmann, Kurt (4 October 2011). "Troubled Avianova stops online ticket sales". Air Transport World. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Reals, Kerry (28 June 2011). "Coup attempts to overthrow Avianova management". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=34320
  7. ^ Reals, Kerry (14 July 2011). "Avianova sacks CEO and accuses him of 'misleading public'". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David (3 October 2011). "Avianova collapse is 'tragedy' for Russian economy: chief". Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Other News - 01/27/2010". Air Transport World. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2011. Avianova, which launched low-fare service from Moscow Vnukovo last August, will transfer its operation to Sheremetyevo's Terminal 1 on 28 March. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Avianova bookable flights
  11. ^ a b ""Авианова" выходит на рынок Западной Сибири". AVIA.RU. 3 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Avianova fleet list at planespotters.net

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