Dalavia

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Dalavia
Авиакомпания «Дальавиа»
Dalavia logo.png
IATA
H8
ICAO
KHB
Callsign
DALAVIA
Founded 1953
Ceased operations 2008
Hubs Khabarovsk Novy Airport
Fleet size 40 (+6 orders, 4 options)
Destinations 39 scheduled
4 charter
Parent company Government owned
Headquarters Khabarovsk, Russia
Key people Valery Borisovich Chichilimov (General Director)
Website http://web.archive.org/*/http://www.dalavia.ru

JSC Dalavia (Russian: ОАО «Дальавиа»), also known as Dalavia — Far Eastern Airways (Russian: Дальавиа «Дальневосточные Авиалинии») was an airline based in Khabarovsk, Russia. It operated scheduled and charter flights within Russia, and international flights to Asia. Its main base was Khabarovsk Novy Airport.[1] The Russian Government suspended its traffic rights in October 2008.[2]

History[edit]

Khabarovsk's airport received its first concrete runway in August 1953, and in the same year Khabarovsk Aviation Enterprise (Russian: Хабаровское авиационное предприятие) was established as part of Aeroflot. Flights were initially operated by aircraft including the Polikarpov Po-2, Lisunov Li-2 and Ilyushin Il-14, and later the Tupolev Tu-154 and Ilyushin Il-62 were operated.[3]

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the resultant breakup of Aeroflot, Khabarovsk Aviation Enterprise continued to operate under Aeroflot codes and in Aeroflot livery, in return for a licencing fee. On 29 March 1999, the airline began operations to Seoul in South Korea from Khabarovsk under its own codes, and with the new name of Dalavia.[4] In December 1999 the airline started operating the route Khabarovsk-Bangkok-Singapore on a once-weekly basis.[5]

The first Tu-214 was handed over to the airline at the KAPO plant in Kazan on 22 May 2001, in a ceremony presided over by Mintimer Shaimiyev, the President of Tatarstan.[6]

One of the airlines' Tupolev Tu-214s at Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg in 2005.

Dalavia carried 621,405 passenger in 2004, an increase of 9.1% over the previous year. Of this, some 135,792 passengers were carried on the airline's international route network.[7] This year the airline was given recognition as the best domestic airline in Russia in the Wings of Russia competition.[8]

In December 2006, Dalavia signed a US$170 million deal with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft for the supply of six Sukhoi Superjet 100s, with options on an additional four airframes.[9] From June 2007, the airline was to offer a weekly flight with Tupolev Tu-214 equipment from Anchorage, Alaska to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky with a flight continuation to Khabarovsk.[10]

On 26 January 2009, Rosaviatsiya cancelled the air operator's certificate of Dalavia.[11] On 9 June 2009, the Arbitration Court of Khabarovsk Krai declared Dalavia bankrupt with debts almost twice the amount of its assets. Its accounts payables totalled some 1.7 billion rubles and wages for employees exceeded 350 million roubles. According to presidential decree, after the bankruptcy Dalavia was transferred to Russian Technologies when it was planned for Dalavia to enter the structure of Rosavia.[12]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

A Dalavia Ilyushin Il-62M takes off from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in 2006.

The Dalavia fleet included the following aircraft (at May 2008):

Dalavia Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options
Antonov An-24 6 0 0
Antonov An-26 4 0 0
Ilyushin Il-62 6 0 0
Sukhoi Superjet 100 0 6 4
Tupolev Tu-154 8 0 0
Tupolev Tu-214 5 0 0
Yakovlev Yak-40 1 0 0
Total 30 6 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 29 January 2008, p. 185
  2. ^ http://atwonline.com/news/other.html?issueDate=10%2F7%2F2008
  3. ^ (Russian) "ОАО "Авиакомпания "Дальавиа". Справка". RIA Novosti. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Davalia Airlines flies". Concise Aerospace. 1 April 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "New routes for Far Eastern carrier". Concise Aerospace. 12 December 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Long-awaited event". President of Tatarstan. 22 May 2001. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  7. ^ (Russian) "Итоги производственной деятельности ФГУП "Дальавиа" за 2004 год". Aviaport. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  8. ^ (Russian) "ФГУП "Дальавиа" признано победителем Премии "Крылья России - 2004"". Aviaport. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Sweetman, Mark (19 December 2006). "Sukhoi of Russia Wins $170 Million Order for Superjet". Moscow: Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dalavia Airlines Announces New Khabarovsk-Anchorage Flight". The Sakhalin Times. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ (Russian) Slyusareva, Yelena (27 January 1999). "Росавиация аннулировала сертификат эксплуатанта "Дальавиа"". Moscow: Aviaport. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  12. ^ (Russian) Doronin, Nina (10 June 2009). "Арбитражный суд признал банкротом компанию "Дальавиа"". Khabarovsk: Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  13. ^ Polet-Sirena
  14. ^ Dalavia official website "Timetable"

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