Aurora (airline)

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Not to be confused with Aurora Airlines.
Aurora
Aurora
IATA ICAO Callsign
HZ SHU SATAIR
Founded November 2013 (2013-11)
Commenced operations 8 December 2013 (2013-12-08)
Operating bases
Hubs
Parent company Aeroflot (51%)
Key people
  • Konstantin Sukhorebrik (CEO)[1]
Website flyaurora.ru/

Aurora (Russian: Аврора) is a Russian Far East air carrier, subsidiary of Aeroflot. It is named after the Russian cruiser Aurora.[2]

History[edit]

The new airline was created by order of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. 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.[3] The number of routes served was planned to grow from 30 to 128,[4] including the main cities of the Russian Far East, such as Khabarovsk, Magadan, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.[3]

The new airline is 51%-owned by Aeroflot, with the regional government of Sakhalin holding the balance.[1][2] 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.[5]

Fleet[edit]

Aurora's first Airbus A319 at Sheremetyevo Airport

The new carrier received its first aircraft, an Airbus A319, wearing a new livery. Regional aircraft such as the Bombardier Q300, Bombardier Q400s and DHC-6 Twin Otters are also expected to be part of the airline's fleet in the future.[3] Aurora plans to increase its fleet to 42 aircraft by 2018,[6] including Airbus A319s and Boeing 737s.[2]

As of July 2015, Aurora operates a fleet of seven Airbus A319s, three Boeing 737s, three DHC-8 300s, three DHC-8 200s and two DHC-6 Twin Otters.[6][7]

Destinations[edit]

The airline started operations on 8 December 2013 (2013-12-08) serving the KhabarovskKrasnoyarsk route.[8] As of April 2015, the airline 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.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Montag-Girmes, Polina (9 June 2015). "Russia’s Aurora Airline to double passengers, fleet in 2018". Air Transport World.  Archived 11 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b Montag-Girmes, Polina (17 July 2015). "Russia’s Aurora Airline to get five Bombardier Q400s". Air Transport World.  Archived 17 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (29 July 2015). "Russia’s Aurora Airline operates first Boeing 737 to Iturup Island". Air Transport World.  Archived 29 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Aurora Begins Khabarovsk – Karsnoyarsk [sic] Service from Dec 2013". Airline Route. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (1 April 2015). "Russia’s Aurora Airline to increase international services". Air Transport World.  Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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