RAF-Avia

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RAF-Avia
IATA ICAO Callsign
- MTL MITAVIA
Founded 1990
Hubs Riga International Airport
Fleet size 7
Headquarters Riga, Latvia
Website rafavia.lv

RAF-Avia is a Latvian airline headquartered in Riga[1] and based at Riga International Airport.[2]

History[edit]

The Antonov An-26 is the backbone of the RAF-Avia fleet. Here one of the airlines' An-26s is seen landing at Prague Ruzyně Airport (September 2005)

The airline was established in 1990 as the first private airline in Latvia. It started operations in 1991 flying spare parts and supply for the RAF Minibus production plant in Latvia. In 1994 RAF-Avia began to switch to the commercial charter flight business. In 1996 it became a privately owned joint stock company. It is wholly owned by the RAF-Avia Group.[2]

In August 2016, the airline announced to base two of its aircraft at Frankfurt Hahn Airport to operate ad-hoc charter flights.[3]

Destinations[edit]

RAF-Avia operates cargo services for TNT, DHL and others, as well as transport for the military and the United Nations and passenger charters. In late 2015 RAF-Avia announced that it is considering starting regular passenger flights in 2016.

Fleet[edit]

The RAF-Avia fleet consists of the following aircraft (As of September 2015)[4]

RAF-Avia Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Antonov An-26 5 YL-RAA/B/C/D/E/J
Saab 340A 2[5] YL-RAG, YL-RAH

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 29 October 2014 an RAF-Avia An-26 was guided to Stansted Airport by RAF fighter jets after losing communication with air traffic controllers over southern England.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home. RAF-Avia. Retrieved on 9 September 2010. Vienibas gatve 26A, Riga, LV 1004, Latvia."
  2. ^ a b Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  3. ^ http://www.dvz.de/rubriken/luftfracht/single-view/nachricht/flughafen-frankfurt-hahn-gewinnt-raf-avia-als-kunden.html
  4. ^ http://www.rafavia.lv/fleet
  5. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 19. 
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/29/sonic-boom-kent-raf-latvian-plane

External links[edit]

Media related to RAF-Avia at Wikimedia Commons