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Donbassaero Airlines
Donbassaero logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1993, refounded 2003
Ceased operations 14 January 2013
Hubs Donetsk Airport
Secondary hubs Boryspil Airport
Frequent-flyer program Meridian loyalty program
Alliance Ukrainian Aviation Group
Fleet size 10
Destinations 15
Headquarters Donetsk Airport
Donetsk, Ukraine

Donbassaero (Ukrainian: Донбасаеро) was[1] an airline with its head office on the property of Donetsk International Airport in Donetsk, Ukraine.[2] It operated domestic and international scheduled services. Its main bases were Donetsk International Airport and Boryspil International Airport in Kiev.[3] The main shareholder of the company was PrivatBank, controlled by Ihor Kolomoyskyi.[4]


The airline was founded in 1993 as Donetsk State Airline, then re-organized and re-branded as Donbassaero in 2003.[5] Their web site was launched in July 2005 and their online booking system started in November of the same year.[6]

Since 25 March 2012, as a result of the Anti-monopoly committee of Ukraine's decision to allow the consolidation of the Ukrainian Aviation Group's physical and operational assets, Donbassaero no longer operated flights with its own code, but rather on behalf of its parent company Aerosvit.[7]

The airline filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations on 14 January 2013.[1]


Donbassaero served the following scheduled destinations (as of January 2013):[8]


Donbassaero Airbus A320-200

The Donbassaero fleet included the following aircraft (as of December 2012):[9]

Donbassaero Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 9 0 12 138 150 3 operated for Aerosvit
Airbus A321-200 1 0 0 210 210 leased from WindRose Aviation


On March 10, 2010, a flight between Simferopol and Kiev was cancelled after discovering that the entire crew was drunk. The Ukrainian deputy attorney general, Tatiana Kornikova, was one of the passengers of the flight, and started an investigation on the spot.[10]


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  2. ^ "Contacts Archived May 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." Donbassaero. Retrieved on 27 April 2011. "Headquarter The headquarter of our company was located at international airport “Donetsk”. Address: DONBASSAERO, 1«V», Vzlyotnaya str., Donetsk, 83021, Ukraine"
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 74. 
  4. ^ Zaitsev, Tom (2010-02-12). "Three Ukrainian carriers seek tie-up approval". Flightglobal. Reed Elsevier. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  5. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived October 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ ""Днеправиа" присоединяется к альянсу авиакомпаний "АэроСвит" и "Донбассаэро"". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  8. ^ Donbassaero timetable. Retrieved 2009-09-13 Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Aircraft and Fleet Lists". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  10. ^ Drunk cabin crew prevented from taking off Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Retrieved 2010-03-10

External links[edit]

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