SCAT Airlines

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PLL SCAT Air Company
SCAT air logo.png
Founded 1997
Commenced operations 1997
Hubs Shymkent Airport
Secondary hubs Oral Ak Zhol Airport
Aqtau Airport
Astana International Airport
Atyrau Airport
Kyzylorda Airport
Almaty International Airport
Subsidiaries Sunday Airlines
Fleet size 16
Destinations 33
Headquarters Shymkent Airport
Shymkent, Kazakhstan

PLL SCAT Air Company (dba SCAT Airlines) is an airline with its head office on the property of Shymkent Airport in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.[2] It operates services to all major cities of Kazakhstan and to neighbouring countries. Its main base is Shymkent Airport, with hubs at Oral Ak Zhol Airport, Aqtau Airport, Astana International Airport, Atyrau Airport, Kyzylorda Airport and Almaty International Airport.[3] The airline is also ranked as one of the world's least safe by Airline Ratings.[4]


The airline was established and started operations in 1997. It is owned by Vladimir Denissov (53%) and Vladimir Sytnik (47%).[3] Its name is the contraction of Special Cargo Air Transport.[citation needed]


Main article: SCAT destinations

Sunday Airlines[edit]

Sunday Airlines is a new charter venture and subsidiary of SCAT Airlines, operating two Boeing 757-200 under lease from its parent company, as well as a Boeing 767-300ER.[5]


A SCAT Boeing 757-200 at Antalya Airport (2009).
A SCAT Yakovlev Yak-42 landing at Domodedovo Airport (2009).
A SCAT Bombardier CRJ200 at Almaty International Airport on 7 January 2013. Three weeks after this picture was taken, this aircraft was destroyed in the crash of Flight 760.

In January 2014, SCAT was operating the following passenger aircraft:[6]

SCAT Airlines Passenger fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
Antonov An-24 16 48
Boeing 737-300 3 148 two leased from Small Planet Airlines
Boeing 737-500 3 124 leased from Small Planet Airlines
Boeing 757-200 4 200-235 two leased to leisure division Sunday Airlines
Boeing 767-300ER 1 200-250 operating for Sunday Airlines
Bombardier CRJ200 5 50
Yakovlev Yak-42
1 120
Total 33

Additionally, SCAT Airlines operates two cargo-configured aircraft: an Antonov An-12 and an Antonov An-26.[citation needed]

In April 2007, Scat Air introduced a BAC One-Eleven 500 (licence built by Rombac in Romania), registration EX-103,[7][8] to its fleet for services between Shymkent, Astana and Almaty as well as on the route to Moscow-Domodedovo via Taraz. A further One-Eleven (EX-086), this one British-built by BAC itself, from the same source followed in June 2007. Both are ex-TAROM aircraft.[9] The aircraft were returned to the lessors in May 2008 and SCAT no longer operates the BAC One-Eleven.[10]

EU aviation blacklist[edit]

SCAT Airlines is currently banned from operating in European airspace. The ban was imposed by the European Commission in consultation with member states' aviation authorities after an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), found the Kazakhstan Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) to be non-compliant in key areas of regulatory oversight. This resulted in a blanket ban of all Kazakhstan-registered airlines from flying to, from or within the European Union by the EU's Air Safety Committee (ASC). (Competitor and flag carrier Air Astana was excluded from the blacklist because its planes are registered in the Caribbean island of Aruba.) In 2012 SCAT was awarded its European EASA Part 145 Aircraft Maintenance approval and is working to establish further professional accreditations.

Incidents and accidents[edit]


  1. ^ Airline Codes November 2006
  2. ^ "КОНТАКТЫ." Scat Air. Retrieved on 28 May 2012. "Головной офис Казахстан, г. Шымкент, здание аэропорта"
  3. ^ a b Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  4. ^ Geoffrey, Thomas. " names the top ten safest airlines". Airline Ratings. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Sunday airlines fleet
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Scat One-Eleven". Airliner World. August 2007. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "One-Eleven leased from Trast Aero". BAC One-Eleven News. 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Further Scat One-Eleven". BAC One-Eleven News. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ "Passenger plane crashes near Kazakh city of Almaty". BBC News. 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Gordeyeva, Maria (29 January 2013). "UPDATE 4-Passenger plane crash kills 21 in Kazakhstan". Reuters. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. 

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