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Federal State Unitary Air Enterprise "Kavminvodyavia"
Kavminvodyavia logo.png
Founded 1995
Ceased operations 1 October 2011
Hubs Mineralnye Vody Airport, Vnukovo International Airport, Stavropol Shpakovskoye Airport
Fleet size 6 (+2 orders)
Destinations 18
Parent company Government owned
Headquarters Mineralnye Vody, Russia
Key people Vasiliy Viktorovich Babaskin (General Director)[1]
Website kmvavia.aero

Kavminvodyavia (KMV Avia) was an airline based in Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus, Russia. It operated scheduled services to over 20 destinations in the northern Caucasus region and abroad, as well as charter services. Its main base was Mineralnye Vody Airport,[2] which was also operated by the company.


The first airport operation dates from 1925, when the one aircraft was a French Dornue-Comet. The present three-story airport building opened in 1965.

The airline was established in 1961 as the Mineralnye Vody Aviation Group. The first international city it operated services to was Berlin in 1980. The airport and its civil aviation service was reorganized into the Mineralnye Vody Civil Aviation Enterprise in 1988, under the direction of V.V. Babaskin. It was reorganized again in 1995 into the State United Venture Kavminvodyavia, more commonly known as KMV.[2] The airline purchased several Tupolev Tu-204 aircraft in 1997.

Following the 2010 decision of the Russian government to transfer the assets to Aeroflot, the airline ceased operations on October 1st, 2011.[3]


KMV Tu-154M at Moscow airport

As of August 2010, Kavminvodyavia operated flights to the following:[4][5]
All flights to European Union were suspended on 19 June 2007 due to fleet issues.[6]






In April 2011 the Kavminvodyavia fleet included:[7][1][8][9]

Aircraft type Active Orders Seats Age, years Notes
Business Economy Total
Tupolev Tu-154M 8 1 301 102 132 19,8 Two more stored[10]
0 165 165
Tupolev Tu-204-100 2 2 0 192 192 13,1

112 first class (3 rows, 4 abreast) and 18 (3 rows, 6 abreast) seats.


  1. ^ a b (Russian) Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 27 April 2007, p. 221
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 100. 
  3. ^ http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/45316--Kavminvodyavia-stops-the-operation
  4. ^ Polet-Sirena
  5. ^ (Russian) KMV Avia official website Charter schedule
  6. ^ [1] Official explanation
  7. ^ KMV Avia official fleet page
  8. ^ Aerotransport.org Kavminvodyavia fleet details
  9. ^ Planespotters.net page for KMV Avia
  10. ^ CH-Aviation plane list for KMV Avia

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