Romavia

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Romavia
Romavia.jpg
IATA
WQ
ICAO
RMV
Callsign
AEROMAVIA
Founded 1990
Commenced operations 1991
Ceased operations 2010
Operating bases Henri Coandă International Airport
Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
Headquarters Bucharest, Romania
Website romavia.ro

Compania Românã de Aviatie Romavia R.A., usually referred to as Romavia and also known as Romanian Aviation Company[citation needed], was a governmental airline from Romania, owned and controlled by the Romanian Ministry of National Defense. It operated VIP and charter flights, serving the demands of the Romanian state and its politicians. Romavia had its headquarters in Bucharest,[1] with the base for its flight operations being located at the city's airports Henri Coandă and Băneasa.[2]

History[edit]

Romavia was formed by the Romanian government in 1990[2] and launched flight operations in the following year.[3] In October 2010, the company was dissolved.[2]

Fleet[edit]

A Romavia BAe 146-200 approaching Brussels Airport (2006).

Over the years, Romavia operated the following aircraft types:

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Antonov An-24[2]
Antonov An-26[2]
BAC One-Eleven[2]
BAe 146-200[4]
2005
2010
Boeing 707[2]
Ilyushin Il-18[2]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 10 January 1991, a Boeing 707-300 (registered YR-ABD) was damaged beyond repair during a crash landing at Bucharest Otopeni Airport. The aircraft had been on a crew training flight for soon-to-be-launched Romavia, when it hit the runway with its left wing, resulting in a fire. There were no casualties amongst the 13 persons on board.[5]
  • On 13 December 1995, Banat Air Flight 166, an Antonov An-24 (registered YR-AMR) chartered from Romavia, crashed shortly after take-off from Verona Airport, killing all 41 passengers and 8 crew members on board. The accident most probably happened because of the aircraft having been overloaded and improperly de-iced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romavia: contact information
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Information about Romavia at the Aero Transport Data Bank
  3. ^ Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  4. ^ Romavia BAe 146-200 fleet list at planespotters.net
  5. ^ Romavia 1991 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network

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