SCAT Airlines, legally PLL SCAT Air Company, is an airline with its head office on the property of Shymkent Airport in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. It operates services to all major cities of Kazakhstan and to neighbouring countries. Its main base is Shymkent Airport, with hubs at Oral Ak Zhol Airport, Aqtau Airport, Astana International Airport, Atyrau Airport, Kyzylorda Airport and Almaty International Airport.
The airline was established and started operations in 1997. It is owned by Vladimir Denissov (53%) and Vladimir Sytnik (47%). Its name is the contraction of Special Cargo Air Transport.
In April 2007, Scat Air introduced a BAC One-Eleven 500 (licence built by Rombac in Romania), registration EX-103, to its fleet for services between Shymkent, Astana and Almaty as well as on the route to Moscow-Domodedovo via Taraz. A further One-Eleven (EX-086), this one British-built by BAC itself, from the same source followed in June 2007. Both are ex-TAROM aircraft. The aircraft were returned to the lessors in May 2008.
SCAT founded Sunday Airlines as a new charter venture and subsidiary, for which SCAT operates four Boeing 757-200s as well as one Boeing 767-300ER.
SCAT Airlines is currently banned from operating in European airspace. The ban was imposed by the European Commission in consultation with member states' aviation authorities after an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), found the Kazakhstan Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) to be non-compliant in key areas of regulatory oversight. This resulted in a blanket ban of all Kazakhstan-registered airlines from flying to, from or within the European Union by the EU's Air Safety Committee (ASC). (Competitor and flag carrier Air Astana was excluded from the blacklist because its planes are registered in the Caribbean island of Aruba.) In 2012 SCAT was awarded its European EASA Part 145 Aircraft Maintenance approval and is working to establish further professional accreditations.
As of June 2015, the SCAT Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
|Antonov An-26||1||cargo aircraft|
|Boeing 757-200||3||200-235||operated for Sunday Airlines|
Incidents and accidents
- On 29 January 2013, all 21 people on board Flight 760 from Kokshetau to Almaty perished when the aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ-200 (registered UP-CJ006) crashed near Kyzyltu during a low-visibility approach to Almaty International Airport.
- On 16 June 2015, a SCAT Boeing 737-300 (LY-FLB) was destroyed while parked at the gate at Aktau Airport. An oxygen cylinder exploded after disembarkation of the arrived aircraft, causing a fire that destroyed the forward fuselage.
- Airline Codes November 2006
- "КОНТАКТЫ." Scat Air. Retrieved on 28 May 2012. "Головной офис Казахстан, г. Шымкент, здание аэропорта"
- Flight International 12–18 April 2005
- "Scat One-Eleven". Airliner World. August 2007. p. 13.
- "One-Eleven leased from Trast Aero". BAC One-Eleven News. 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
- "Further Scat One-Eleven". BAC One-Eleven News. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
- ch-aviation.com - SCAT retrieved 17 June 2015
- aerotransport.org - SCAT retrieved 17 June 2015
- "Passenger plane crashes near Kazakh city of Almaty". BBC News. 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013.
- Gordeyeva, Maria (29 January 2013). "UPDATE 4-Passenger plane crash kills 21 in Kazakhstan". Reuters. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013.
- avherald.com - Accident: Scat B733 at Aktau on Jun 16th 2015, aircraft burned at gate
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