Azur Air

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Azur Air
Azur Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
ZF KTK AZUR AIR
Founded 1992 (as Katekavia)
17 Dec 2014 (re-branded to Azur Air)
Hubs Vnukovo International Airport
Subsidiaries Azur Air Ukraine
Fleet size 20
Company slogan Fly to rest!
Parent company Anex Tourism Group
Headquarters Moscow, Russia, Russia
Key people Alexander Zosymov, General Director
Website azurair.com

Azur Air (Russian: Азур Эйр), formerly Katekavia, is a charter airline and former regional airline in Russia. Initially it was based out of Krasnoyarsk Cheremshanka Airport, the domestic airport serving Krasnoyarsk, and its destinations were all within the Krasnoyarsk Krai.[1] Nowadays it mainly serves leisure and some domestic destinations.

History[edit]

Katekavia[edit]

The airline started operations in 1995 and operates regional flights out of Krasnoyarsk Cheremshanka Airport and Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo Airport.[2][3] The airline also operates charter services to Siberia and Yakutia. It carried around 122,000 passengers in 2009,[4] and in 2010 started to acquire larger aircraft, mainly the Tupolev Tu-134. As of 3 April 2014, it had three Tupolev Tu-134s.[3]

In April 2014 the airline commenced scheduled flights between larger Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo Airport and further cities in Siberia: Surgut and Tomsk. The airline received international media and social media attention in 2014, when a video emerged of passengers on a scheduled flight from Igarka to Krasnoyarsk disembarking pre-departure to push their plane in temperatures of minus 52 degrees Celsius after its chassis froze.[5]

Azur Air[edit]

In 2015, Katekavia was rebranded as a leisure carrier and renamed Azur Air.[6] In December 2015, it has been confirmed that former owner UTair Aviation sold Azur Air to Turkish tourism company Anex Tourism Group[7] which also bought Azur Air Ukraine, the former UTair-Ukraine, a few weeks earlier.[7]

In February 2018, the Russian aviation authority Rosaviatsia announced that Azur Air faces a suspension of its operational licence by 20 March 2018 if the carrier does not resolve alleged safety violations by then. As this would lead to the shut down of all flight operations, Russian tourism agency Rozturizm advised tour operators to not sell tickets on Azur Air for the time being.[8] All restrictions by RosAviatsiya and RosTourism were lifted on 20 March 2018 as a result of controls on technical and documental details.[citation needed]

Destinations[edit]

Katekavia Antonov An-24RV

As of July 2018, Azur Air operates to the following destinations:[9][10]

City Country Airport Notes
Agadir Morocco Agadir–Al Massira Airport Seasonal charter
Antalya Turkey Antalya Airport Seasonal charter
Arkhangelsk Russia Talagi Airport Seasonal charter
Bangkok Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport Seasonal charter
Barcelona Spain Barcelona–El Prat Airport Seasonal charter
Barnaul Russia Barnaul Airport Seasonal charter
Belgorod Russia Belgorod International Airport Seasonal charter
Bodrum Turkey Milas–Bodrum Airport Seasonal charter
Burgas Bulgaria Burgas Airport Seasonal charter
Cam Ranh Vietnam Cam Ranh International Airport Seasonal
Cancún Mexico Cancún International Airport Seasonal charter
Chelyabinsk Russia Chelyabinsk Airport Seasonal charter
Colombo Sri Lanka Bandaranaike International Airport Seasonal charter
Dalaman Turkey Dalaman Airport Seasonal
Djerba Tunisia Djerba–Zarzis International Airport Seasonal charter
Dubai United Arab Emirates Al Maktoum International Airport Seasonal charter
Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport
Enfidha Tunisia Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport Seasonal charter
Goa India Goa International Airport Seasonal charter
Heraklion Greece Heraklion International Airport Seasonal charter
Irkutsk Russia International Airport Irkutsk Seasonal charter
Kaliningrad Russia Khrabrovo Airport Seasonal charter
Kaluga Russia Kaluga (Grabtsevo) Airport Seasonal charter
Kazan Russia Kazan International Airport Seasonal charter
Kemerovo Russia Kemerovo International Airport Seasonal charter
Krabi Thailand Krabi International Airport Seasonal charter
Krasnodar Russia Krasnodar International Airport Seasonal charter
Krasnoyarsk Russia Yemelyanovo International Airport Seasonal charter
Larnaca Cyprus Larnaca International Airport Seasonal
Mineralnye Vody Russia Mineralnye Vody Airport Seasonal charter
Monastir Tunisia Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport Seasonal charter
Moscow Russia Vnukovo International Airport Base
Murmansk Russia Murmansk Airport Seasonal charter
Nha Trang Vietnam Cam Ranh International Airport
Nizhnekamsk Russia Begishevo Airport Seasonal charter
Nizhnevartovsk Russia Nizhnevartovsk Airport Seasonal charter
Nizhny Novgorod Russia Strigino International Airport Seasonal charter
Novokuznetsk Russia Spichenkovo Airport Seasonal charter
Novosibirsk Russia Tolmachevo Airport Base
Orenburg Russia Orenburg International Airport Seasonal charter
Omsk Russia Omsk Tsentralny Airport Seasonal charter
Palma de Mallorca Spain Palma de Mallorca Airport Seasonal charter
Pattaya Thailand U-Tapao International Airport Seasonal charter
Perm Russia Perm International Airport Base
Phuket Thailand Phuket Airport Seasonal charter
Phu Quoc Vietnam Phu Quoc International Airport Seasonal charter
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Gregorio Luperón International Airport Seasonal charter
Punta Cana Dominican Republic Punta Cana International Airport
Rhodes Greece Rhodes International Airport Seasonal charter
Rostov-on-Don Russia Platov International Airport Seasonal charter
Saint Petersburg Russia Pulkovo Airport Base
Samara Russia Kurumoch International Airport Seasonal charter
Sanya China Sanya Phoenix International Airport Seasonal[11]
Surgut Russia Surgut International Airport Seasonal charter
Syktyvkar Russia Syktyvkar Airport Seasonal charter
Tenerife Spain Tenerife South Airport Seasonal charter
Tivat Montenegro Tivat Airport Seasonal charter
Tomsk Russia Bogashevo Airport Seasonal charter
Tyumen Russia Roshchino International Airport Seasonal charter
Ufa Russia Ufa International Airport Seasonal charter
Ulyanovsk Russia Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport Seasonal charter
Varadero Cuba Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
Volgograd Russia Volgograd International Airport Seasonal charter
Voronezh Russia Voronezh International Airport Seasonal charter
Yekaterinburg Russia Koltsovo Airport Base

Fleet[edit]

Azur Air Boeing 777-300ER in special livery

The Azur Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of July 2018:[12]

Azur Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 6 189 189
Boeing 757-200 8 238 238
Boeing 767-300ER 7 336 336
Boeing 777-300ER 1 3[13] 42 386 428 3 more to be leased from Emirates by 2019.
Total 22 3

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Crash site of Katekavia Flight 9357
  • On 3 August 2010, a Katekavia Antonov An-24 crashed on approach to Igarka Airport, killing twelve people. The crash was caused by pilot error. As a result of the crash, the Russian government started to investigate how Katekavia operated their flights.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Авиакомпания «КАТЭКАВИА»: регулярные и чартерные перевозки по России, доставка грузов, самолёты в аренду". Katekavia.ru. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Katekavia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b "russianplanes.net ✈ наша авиация". russianplanes.net. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ Death toll in Russia's East Siberia passenger jet crash rises to 12 (Update-4), RIAN, 2010-08-02
  5. ^ "Passengers forced to push their frozen plane in Siberia". Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Siberian Sun". Airliner World: 8. July 2015.
  7. ^ a b ch-aviation.com - Russia's UTair Group offloads Azur Air unit to Turkey's ATG 7 December 2015
  8. ^ ch-aviation.com - Russia's tourism body warns against selling Azur Air tickets 27 February 2018
  9. ^ "Fight map". azurair.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Flights". anextour.com. 14 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Russian charter Azur Air to start flights to China". atwonline. 27 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Fleet". azurair.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67875-russias-azur-air-adds-first-of-four-b777-300ers
  14. ^ "Crash: Katekavia AN24 at Igarka on Aug 3rd 2010, impacted ground short of runway". Aviation Herald. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-02.

External links[edit]

Media related to Azur Air at Wikimedia Commons