Polet Airlines

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CJSC Aircompany "Polet"
ЗАО «Авиакомпания „Полёт“»
Polet logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
YQ[1] POT[1] POLET[1]
Founded9 August 1988 (1988-08-09)
Ceased operationsDecember 2014 (2014-12)
HubsUlyanovsk (cargo)
Voronezh (passenger)
Focus citiesMoscow
Fleet size28
Parent companyAnatoly Karpov (100%)
HeadquartersVoronezh, Russia
Key peopleAnatoly Karpov (CEO)[2]
Websitewww.polet.ru (defunct)
Polet head office

CJSC «Polet Airlines» (Russian: ЗАО «Авиакомпания „Полёт“», «ZAO Aviakompániya “Palyót”») was an airline based in Voronezh, Russia. It operated a worldwide cargo and domestic passenger charter services from Voronezh, as well as regional passenger and cargo services from Sokol. It was one of two airlines which flew the Antonov An-124 Ruslan, the world's highest gross weight cargo airplane which specialises in oversized freight. Its collapse, over lease payments for these massive aircraft, left only the Volga-Dnepr Airlines/Antonov Airlines joint partnership in this market.[3] Its main base was Chertovitskoye Airport, Voronezh. Polet is the Russian word for flight.[4]


The airline was established and started operations in 1988. In 2002 Polet began serving the agricultural, aeromedical and aerial photography markets. The airline was wholly owned by Anatoly S Karpov (Chief Executive and General Director) and had a 19.5% holding in Voronezhavia.[4]

In December 2013, the carrier announced that it was evaluating the acquisition of five mid size jets for charter operations out of Voronezh.[5]

Polet was sued by Alexander Lebedev, who claimed that it owned $8 million USD in lease payments for An-124 aircraft.[3][6][7][8]

Polet suspended both passenger and cargo operations on November 24, 2014 after which a Moscow Arbitration Court on November 28 placed the carrier into administration.[9][10] Rosaviatsia cancelled Polet's AOC in April 2015 (2015-04).[2]


Part of an Emirates Airbus A380 mock-up being loaded on an Antonov An-124.

As of October 2013, Polet Airlines operated scheduled passenger flights to the following destinations:[11]


Western Asia[edit]


Polet Airlines Saab 2000 at Domodedovo International Airport

The Polet Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (as of December 2013):[12][13][14][15]

Passenger Fleet

Aircraft type In fleet Orders Passengers Age
Comfort Economy Total
Antonov An-148 2 8 TBA
Saab 340B 5 20 0 34 34 19.6
Saab 2000 5 2 8 42 50 12.7
BAE-125-800 5 8 0 8 ?
Tupolev Tu-134A 1 undisclosed 31
Total 18 24

Non-passenger fleet

Aircraft Type In fleet Orders Cargo, MT Age Notes
Antonov An-30A 2 N/A 35.7 Aerial cartography and stored
Antonov An-124-100 4 5 122 16 One more stored
Ilyushin Il-76TD 1 45–47 Sold to Zet Avia
Ilyushin Il-96T 3 3 92 1.9 stored
Total 10 8


  1. ^ a b c (in Russian) Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 20 February 2007, p. 340
  2. ^ a b Montag-Girmes, Polina (7 April 2015). "Russian authorities cancel Polet Airline's AOC". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Lennane, Alex (2014-02-12). "Charter rates for AN-124 freighter look set to increase after Polet's fleet is grounded". Loadstar. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 10 April 2007. pp. 64–65.
  5. ^ "Polet wants 737s/A320s to exploit Voronezh pax charter market". ch-aviation. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  6. ^ "Ministry of Defence using Russian subcontractor Polet to move sensitive cargo - despite legal action against firm". The Independent. London. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  7. ^ Lennane, Alex (2014-11-20). "Polet faces suspension, while Antonov boss is welcomed home". Loadstar. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  8. ^ Lennane, Alex (2014-09-10). "Polet must return one AN-124 after losing Russian court case against finance house". Loadstar. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  9. ^ "Polet Flight Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  10. ^ Lennane, Alex (2015-01-06). "Air cargo carriers in holiday fleet revamp while Centurion's future is still in the air". Loadstar. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  11. ^ "Passengers". polet.ru. October 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Polyot Rossiskaya aviakompania". ATDB.aero. AeroTransport Data Bank. December 2013.
  13. ^ "Ilyushin Finance Company" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 13 May 2007.
  14. ^ "Fleet age Polet Aviakompania". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  15. ^ "About". polet.ru. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009.

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