Nordwind Airlines

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Nordwind Airlines
Северный ветер
Nordwind Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2008; 12 years ago (2008)
Operating basesSheremetyevo International Airport
SubsidiariesPegas Fly
Fleet size32
Parent companyPegas Touristik[1]
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Key peopleShvetsov Igor (General Director)[2]

Nordwind Airlines, LLC (Russian: ООО «Северный ветер», romanizedSeverný veter) is a Russian leisure airline. The company is headquartered in Moscow,[3] and its hub is at Sheremetyevo International Airport. Nordwind Airlines primarily operates service between airports in Russia and holiday destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.[4][failed verification]


Nordwind Airlines was founded in August 2008 by the Russian and Turkish branches of tour operator Pegas Touristik and initially operated three Boeing 757-200s.[5][6]

The number of passengers transported was as follows:[7]

Year Passengers
2008 20,000
2009 555,000
2010 1.2 million
2011 1.7 million
2012 2.2 million
2013 3.4 million
2014 4.4 million

On April 29, 2013, two surface-to-air missiles were fired by unknown forces in Syria at a Nordwind Airlines jet flying from Sharm El Sheikh to Kazan. The pilots took evasive action and the plane continued onto Kazan undamaged.[8]

In 2017, the airline acquired two used A330s.[9]

The Wall Street Journal reported that Nordwind transported approximately 7.4 tons of gold with a market value over $300 million from Venezuela to a refinery near the airport in Entebbe, Uganda. These March 2019 shipments allegedly expose a global underground economy the United States government suspects helps Nicolás Maduro stay in power in Venezuela.[10]


Nordwind serves 98 destinations in 28 countries including nine countries and 23 cities in Europe, eight countries and 12 cities in the Middle East and Africa, four countries and four cities in South America, and six countries and 14 cities in Asia.

Country City Airport Notes Ref.
Armenia Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport
Azerbaijan Qabala Qabala International Airport
Belarus Minsk Minsk International Airport
Cuba Cayo Coco Cayo Coco Airport Seasonal Charter
Holguín Frank País Airport Seasonal Charter
Santa Clara Abel Santamaría Airport Seasonal Charter
Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport Seasonal Charter
Camaguey Ignacio Agramonte Airport Seasonal Charter
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport Seasonal Charter
Dominican Republic Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International Airport Seasonal Charter
Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport Seasonal Charter
Samaná Samaná El Catey International Airport Seasonal Charter
Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport Seasonal Charter
Germany Hanover Hannover Airport [11]
Greece Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Seasonal Charter
India Goa Dabolim Airport Seasonal Charter
Iran Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport Seasonal Charter
Jordan Aqaba King Hussein International Airport Seasonal Charter
Kazakhstan Almaty Almaty International Airport [12]
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport Seasonal Charter
Paraguay Asuncion Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Russia Blagoveshchensk Ignatyevo Airport
Cheboksary Cheboksary International Airport
Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Airport
Irkutsk International Airport Irkutsk
Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport
Kazan Kazan Airport
Khabarovsk Khabarovsk Novy Airport
Krasnodar Krasnodar International Airport
Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk International Airport
Magnitogorsk Magnitogorsk International Airport
Mineralnye Vody Mineralnye Vody Airport
Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport Hub
Nizhnekamsk Begishevo Airport
Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport
Omsk Omsk Tsentralny Airport
Orenburg Orenburg Tsentralny Airport
Perm Perm International Airport
Rostov-on-Don Platov International Airport
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
Samara Kurumoch International Airport
Simferopol Simferopol International Airport
Sochi Sochi International Airport
Ufa Ufa International Airport
Volgograd Volgograd International Airport
Yakutsk Yakutsk Airport
Yekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport Seasonal Charter
Girona Girona Airport Seasonal Charter
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport Seasonal Charter
Reus Reus Airport Seasonal Charter
Tanzania Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Seasonal Charter
Tajikistan Khujand Khujand Airport
Qurghonteppa Qurghonteppa International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Seasonal Charter
Krabi Krabi International Airport Seasonal Charter
Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport Seasonal Charter
Phuket Phuket International Airport Seasonal Charter
Surat Thani Surat Thani International Airport
Tunisia Djerba Djerba–Zarzis International Airport Seasonal Charter
Monastir Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport Seasonal Charter
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport Seasonal Charter
Dalaman Dalaman Airport Seasonal Charter
Izmir Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Seasonal Charter
Istanbul Istanbul Airport Seasonal Charter
Turkmenistan Turkmenabat Turkmenabat Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport Seasonal Charter
Uzbekistan Fergana Fergana International Airport
Karshi Karshi Airport
Namangan Namangan Airport
Samarkand Samarkand International Airport
Urgench Urgench International Airport
Vietnam Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport Seasonal Charter


Nordwind Airlines Boeing 737-800
Nordwind Airlines Boeing 777-200

As of April 2020, Nordwind Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft:[13]

Nordwind Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A321-200 9 220 220
Airbus A330-200 2 3 24 259 283 Acquiring used aircraft.
Airbus A330-300 2 TBA Acquiring used aircraft.
Boeing 737-800 12 12 156 168
189 189
Boeing 777-200ER 6 440 440
Boeing 777-300ER 3 486 486
6 480 486
Irkut MC-21-300 5[14] TBA
Total 32 5

The fleet previously included the following aircraft:


  1. ^ "Russia's Nordwind to lease three B737-800s from CBD". ch-aviation. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Nordwind: Senior Management". Archived from the original on 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  3. ^ About Nordwind
  4. ^ "Nordwind - Home". Nordwind.
  5. ^ "Nordwind Airlines (ATDB)". Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Boeing 757 Active with Nordwind Airlines". Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  7. ^ About Nordwind
  8. ^ "Missiles Fired At Passenger Jet Over Syria 29 April 2013". Sky News. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. ^ Montag-Girmes, Polina (July 14, 2017). "Russia's Nordwind Airlines expands fleet with two A330s". Air Transport World.
  10. ^ Steinhauser, Gabriele; Bariyo, Nicholas (2019-06-19). "How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela's Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
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  13. ^ "Fleet". Nordwind Airlines. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Russia's Irkut MC-21-300 Performs First Flight". July 31, 2017.
  15. ^ "Airbus A320 in Nordwind Airlines history". Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Boeing 767 in Nordwind Airlines history". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Nordwind Airlines fleet details". Retrieved 1 January 2017.

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