Aurora (airline)

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For the defunct airline, see Aurora Airlines.
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded November 2013 (2013-11)
Commenced operations 8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
Operating bases
Fleet size 23
Parent company Aeroflot (51%)
Key people
  • Konstantin Sukhorebrik (CEO)[1]

Aurora (Russian: Аврора, Avrora) is a Russian Far East air carrier, subsidiary of Aeroflot. It is named after the Russian cruiser Aurora.[2] As of August 2016, the carrier ranks among the top ten Russian biggest airlines in terms of carried passengers.[1] Its head office is in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin.[3]


Aurora was created by order of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.[2] Aurora was named Taiga Airline for a short period of time.[4] Aeroflot formed the carrier by amalgamating SAT Airlines and Vladivostok Avia, which served 42 and 15 destinations respectively, and had a combined fleet of 24 aircraft plus 11 helicopters.[2] These two carriers were expected to cease operations in early 2014.[5] The number of routes served was planned to grow from 30 to 128,[6] including the main cities of the Russian Far East, such as Khabarovsk, Magadan, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.[5]

Aurora is 51%-owned by Aeroflot, with the regional government of Sakhalin holding the balance.[2][7] An initial investment of RUB 430 million (USD 13.5 million) was provided by the parent company through a loan that should be repaid in 2017.[8] The airline carried 1,125 million passengers in 2015, a 7.1% increase year-on-year (YOY).[9] During the first half of 2016 Aurora carried 607,040 passengers, a 19.9% increase YOY.[1]


Aurora started operations on 8 December 2013 (2013-12-08) serving the KhabarovskKrasnoyarsk route.[10] As of April 2015, Aurora flies internationally from its three bases located in Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. The international network includes Beijing, Busan, Harbin, Hong Kong, Sapporo, Seoul, and Tokyo.[11]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Auroras has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Aurora's first Airbus A319 at Sheremetyevo Airport

The new carrier's first aircraft was an Airbus A319, wearing a new livery.[5] In December 2015 (2015-12), the airline received the first of three Bombardier Q400 aircraft it has on order.[13] Aurora aims to have a 40-aircraft fleet by 2018, nearly doubling its current size.[14][15]

The Aurora fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[16]

Aurora Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 10 128[citation needed]
Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 1 37[citation needed]
Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 4 50[citation needed]
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 5 70[citation needed]
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-400 Twin Otter 3 19[citation needed]
Total 23

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Montag-Girmes, Polina (11 August 2016). "Russia's Aurora Airline 1H commuter traffic up 68%". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "New Aurora Airline Set to Serve Far East". The Moscow Times. 6 November 2013. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Contacts." Aurora. Retrieved on 16 July 2016. "693023, Russia, Sakhalin, Yuzhno-Sakhalisnk, Gorkogo Str. 50-а" - Address in Russian: "693023, Россия, Сахалинская область, г. Южно-Сахалинск, ул. Горького д. 50-а"
  4. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (11 November 2015). "Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airlines wins IOSA approval". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Aurora CEO Konstantin Sukhorebrik said, "IOSA certificate is mandatory standard for airlines operating in the world market. Aurora is a part of Aeroflot Group, which has very high safety standards.  
  5. ^ a b c Borodina, Polina (6 November 2013). "Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline set to launch operations". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Baklitskaya, Kate (7 November 2013). "New airline offers the world a route to some of Russia's remotest and most exotic destinations". The Siberian Times. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (9 June 2015). "Russia's Aurora Airline to double passengers, fleet in 2018". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 13 June 2015.  
  8. ^ Borodina, Polina (25 October 2013). "Aeroflot provides a $13.5 million loan for Far East subsidiary". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (1 February 2016). "Polina Montag-Girmes". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016.  
  10. ^ "Aurora Begins Khabarovsk – Karsnoyarsk [sic] Service from Dec 2013". Airline Route. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (1 April 2015). "Russia's Aurora Airline to increase international services". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.  
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (29 September 2016). "Aurora / S7 Airlines expands codeshare network in W16". Routesonline. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (4 May 2016). "Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline 1Q traffic up 22%". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016.  
  14. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (17 July 2015). "Russia's Aurora Airline to get five Bombardier Q400s". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 17 July 2015.  
  15. ^ "New Aurora Airline Set to Serve Far East". WebCite. The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 29. 

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