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IATA ICAO Callsign
  • 1963 (as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron)
  • 1991 (as AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines)
  • 2004 (as Aeroflot-Nord)
  • 2009 (as Nordavia)
  • 2019 (as Smartavia)
Operating bases
Focus cities
Fleet size12
Parent companySky Invest[1]
HeadquartersTalagi Airport
Arkhangelsk, Russia
Key peopleVladimir Antonov (Chairman)[2]

Smartavia (Смартавиа), formerly known as Aeroflot-Nord (Аэрофлот-Норд) and Nordavia (Russian: Нордавиа), is a Russian budget airline with its head office on the grounds of Talagi Airport in Arkhangelsk, Russia.[3] It mainly operates scheduled domestic and regional services. Its main bases are Talagi Airport and Moscow Domodedovo Airport.[4] Nordavia is a joint-stock company.


Nordavia logo, 2009–2019
An Aeroflot-Nord Tupolev Tu-134A.
A Smartavia Boeing 737-500 in the former livery, operated the former brand Nordavia

The airline was formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron (Russian: Архангельский объединенный авиационный отряд) and became AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines (Архангельские воздушные линии) in 1991. In August 2004 Aeroflot acquired 51% of the airline, with the rest being held by Aviainvest. The company was renamed Aeroflot-Nord, becoming Aeroflot's second regional airline.[5] It joined the European Regions Airline Association in December 2006.

Since the contract with Aeroflot ended on 1 December 2009, the airline has operated independently as Nordavia.[6] Because of the bad press the subsidiary received following the Aeroflot Flight 821 disaster, and Russian aviation officials' 15 July 2009 imposition of restrictions (including a ban on international charter tours) on then Aeroflot-Nord flight operations due to insufficient security and bad finances, Aeroflot has distanced itself from Nordavia.[7]

In March 2011, Aeroflot sold the airline to Norilsk Nickel for a reported US$7 million. Kommersant has quoted experts who believe that Norilsk Nickel may merge Nordavia with Taimyr Air Company, which is already owned by the company.[8] On December 1, 2011 Norilsk Nickel reported that Nordavia is to be merged in Taimyr Air Company.[9] Ultimately, due to the Federal Antimonopoly Service having blocked the merge of Nordavia with Taimyr Air Company, Nordavia was ultimately sold to Sergey Kuznetsov, the owner of Red Wings Airlines in March 2016.[10]

To increase business power, Red Wings Airlines and Nordavia decided to merge.[11] In April 2017, under Red Wings' ownership, it was announced that the airline would change its name to SmartAvia from Q3 2017. In addition to the new brand, the airline planned to also introduce a new livery, still in Nordavia's colors (blue, orange, gray) but with a design that moves away from its Aeroflot ancestry.[12] The new branding was planned to debut on the airline's Airbus A320-200 aircraft, however these aircraft were instead delivered to Red Wings after the airline decided to continue using its Boeing 737 aircraft, accepting its first Boeing 737-700 in May 2018, by then still retaining its Nordavia name and brand identity.[13][14]

On 20 March 2019, it was announced that the merging of Nordavia with Red Wings airlines was canceled.[15] Instead, the airline is renamed to Smartavia, as part of re-branding. The airline will operate the aircraft under Nordavia brand until the end of 2019. The first aircraft with Smartavia brand arrived in April 2019.[16]


Codeshare agreements[edit]

Smartavia Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


As of May 2020, the Nordavia fleet consists of the following aircraft:[18]

Nordavia fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-500 3 135 135
Boeing 737-700 3 142 142
Boeing 737-800 6 189 189 The first aircraft to wear SmartAvia livery[19][20]
Total 12

Accidents and incidents[edit]

former logo of Aeroflot-Nord


  1. ^ "Норникель" продал 100% акций авиакомпании "Нордавиа" ["Norilsk Nickel" has sold 100% of shares of "Nordavia" airlines] (in Russian).
  2. ^ Nordavia Chairman
  3. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2010-06-11 at the Wayback Machine." Nordavia. Retrieved on 29 June 2010. "Legal address: Russian Federation, 163053, Arkhangelsk, Talagi Airport." – "Контакты." Address in Russian: "163053, г. Архангельск, Аэропорт "Архангельск"."
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 47.
  5. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  6. ^ "ERA Welcomes Aeroflot-Nord". European Regions Airline Association (ERA). 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  7. ^ "Aeroflot-Nord in trouble". BarentsObserver. 2009-07-17. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  8. ^ "Russia's Aeroflot airline sells Nordavia for $7 mln — paper". Moscow: RIA Novosti. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Aviaport digest, Dec. 1st, 2011" (in Russian). 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  10. ^ "Norilsk Nickel sold Nordavia". Vedomosti (in Russian). 18 March 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Авиакомпании Red Wings и "Нордавиа" объединятся". 16 October 2017.
  12. ^ "News Russia's Nordavia confirms rebrand as SmartAvia, new livery". ch-aviation. ch-aviation GmbH. 26 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Russia's Nordavia's first aircraft addition in nine years". Russian Aviation Insider. WordPress. 16 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Russia's Nordavia adds maiden B737-700, eyes -800s". ch-aviation. ch-aviation GmbH. 16 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Red Wings и Smartavia не будут объединяться в единую компанию". Prime (in Russian). 20 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Nordavia to rebrand as Smartavia in 2019". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 21 March 2019.
  17. ^ Liu, Jim (10 May 2019). "Red Wings expands Nordavia codeshares in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Air fleet | Nordavia". Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  19. ^ "ФОТО: Smartavia получила первый самолет Boeing 737-800". 8 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Nordavia receives second B737-700 and is to sign for four -800s".
  21. ^ "September 14, 2008 Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine." Aeroflot. Accessed September 14, 2008.
  22. ^ "Aeroflot-Nord Flight 821 down near Perm". 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2013-02-04.

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