Metrojet (Russian airline)
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|Ceased operations||December 2015 suspended operations following 7K9268|
|Hubs||Domodedovo International Airport|
|Focus cities||Vladivostok International Airport|
|Parent company||TUI Travel (till August 2014)|
|Key people||Nikolai Nikolayevich Zolnikov, General Director|
Kogalymavia (Russian: ООО «Авиакомпания Когалымавиа»), DBA Metrojet (IATA: 7K, ICAO: KGL), is a Russian airline based in Kogalym, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Its home base is Kogalym International Airport, with the main hub being Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow. It suspended all operations in December 2015 until summer 2016.
Kogalymavia started operations in May 1993. Since 2005 the airline flew mostly international charter services to leisure destinations under the brand name Kolavia.
In May 2012, Kogalymavia changed its marketing branding from Kolavia to Metrojet as part of their then newly established joint-venture with TUI Russia & CIS, a subsidiary of German tourism company TUI Travel. Up until August 2014, when the joint-venture was broken up, Metrojet operated on behalf of TUI and has flown independently since.
On 5 December 2015, Metrojet suspended all remaining operations after a severe decrease of passengers due to the aforementioned incident and the security situation at its primary leisure destinations in Egypt. It announced to review all operations and might resume services in summer 2016.
Metrojet operated the following routes:
- from Moscow-Domodedovo
- Austria (Salzburg)
- Azerbaijan (Qabala)
- Bulgaria (Burgas, Varna)
- Croatia (Pula)
- Czech Republic (Pardubice)
- Egypt (Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Taba)
- Spain (Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca)
- France (Grenoble)
- Greece (Rhodes, Heraklion)
- Italy (Treviso, Rimini)
- Montenegro (Tivat)
- Turkey (Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman)
- from Vladivostok
The Kogalymavia fleet included the following aircraft, as of 1 November 2015:
|Airbus A321-200||4||20||operated as Metrojet|
|Bombardier Challenger 850||2||—||operated for VIP-charters|
Metrojet and its predecessor Kolavia also operated the following aircraft in the past:
Accidents and incidents
- 1 January 2011: Flight 348. A fire broke out on one of the engines of a Tupolev Tu-154B-2, tail number RA-85588, before taxiing. The aircraft had 116 passengers and 8 crew on board, and was due to operate a flight, a Surgut–Moscow service. It was evacuated seconds before the flames engulfed the fuselage. Three people were killed and 43 passengers injured.
- 31 October 2015: Flight 9268, an Airbus A321-200 charter flight with 224 people on board, en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg, crashed on the Sinai Peninsula. All 217 passengers and seven crew members perished. The reasons for this crash are still under investigation. This air crash was named as the biggest and the most fatal in the history of the airline, Russian and Soviet aviation; and the Airbus A320 Family's history.
- 5 November 2015: Flight 9267 operated for S7 Airlines suffered a collapse of its nose gear following an incident during pushback at Saint Petersburg Airport in Russia. The flight was operated by EI-ETL.
- Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 29 January 2008, p. 244
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- "Flug 7K9268: Was ist Kogalymavia für eine Airline? - SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- [dead link]
-  Archived 28 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Yagubov, Elvin (25 July 2014). "New flight launched from Gabala to Moscow". apa.az/. Azeri-Press Agency (APA) LLC. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- ch-aviation.com – Kolavia retrieved 1 November 2015
- airfleets.net - Metrojet Russia retrieved 1 November 2015
- David Kaminski-Morrow (4 January 2011). "Tu-154 fire started in rear fuselage, not engines: inquiry". Flightglobal.com. Air Transport Intelligence news. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
The fire, which broke out as the jet prepared to taxi for a flight to Moscow, killed three occupants of the aircraft.
- David Kaminski-Morrow (1 January 2011). "Fatal fire destroys Kolavia Tu-154 at Surgut". Flightglobal.com. Air Transport Intelligence news. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- "Russia pop group Na-Na describe plane fire 'panic'". BBC News. 1 January 2011.
- Yusri Mohammed (31 October 2015). "Flight 7K9268 plane crash: Russian passenger jet with 224 people on board crashes over Egypt". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
Media related to Kolavia at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Russian)