|Commenced operations||29 January 2007|
|Ceased operations||29 October 2011|
|Parent company||Kuban Airlines (2011)|
|Key people||Marina Vladimirovna Bukalova (MD)|
CJSC Sky Express (Russian: ЗАО «Небесный Экспресс»), simply known as Sky Express and in Russian as Скай Экспресс, was a Russian low-cost airline. Its main base was Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia.
Sky Express was the first airline to focus on being a low-cost domestic airline in Russia. It operated from January 2007 until October 2011.
The airline was established in March 2006 by a consortium of investors which included KrasAir CEO Boris Abramovich, EBRD, Altima Partners and others, becoming Russia's first low-cost airline. The first flight took off on 29 January 2007 from Moscow to Sochi.
Merger with Kuban Airlines
Only 20 days after the only other Russian low-cost airline, Avianova, ceased its operations, Sky Express also decided to stop all flights from 29 October 2011. Its fleet and brand name will be transferred to Kuban Airlines.
In March 2011, Sky Express served the following destinations:
- Anapa - Anapa Airport
- Chelyabinsk - Chelyabinsk Balandino Airport
- Kaliningrad - Khrabrovo Airport
- Krasnodar - Krasnodar International Airport
- Moscow - Vnukovo Airport Base
- Murmansk - Murmansk Airport
- Orenburg - Orenburg Tsentralny Airport
- Perm - Bolshoye Savino Airport
- Rostov on Don - Rostov-on-Don Airport
- Saint Petersburg - Pulkovo Airport
- Sochi - Adler-Sochi International Airport
- Tyumen - Roschino Airport
- Yekaterinburg - Koltsovo Airport
Additionally, Sky Express operated charter flights on a seasonal basis to the following destinations during the summer of 2009 and 2010:
- Finland (winter 2009-2010)
- Republic of Macedonia
The Sky Express fleet consisted of the following aircraft in November 2011:
|Wikinews has related news: Boeing 737 makes emergency landing at Vnukovo airport in Moscow|
- On 24 October 2008, the crew of Sky Express flight XW230 from Sochi to Vnukovo Airport with 132 passengers, reported an attempted hijacking by a drunk passenger, and threatened to explode a bomb demanding the airplane to divert to Vienna. The crew raised a hijack alert almost immediately after liftoff. Emergency services and police were awaiting the plane in Moscow, and the passenger was arrested.
- On 2 April 2009, a Boeing 737 of Sky Express made an emergency landing at Vnukovo Airport shortly after takeoff when abnormal vibrations from the jet's left engine were detected by the crew. None of the 69 people on board were hurt.
- Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 20 February 2007, p. 303
- Sky Express website - Flight Schedule
- Sky Express website - Flight Schedule (Russian language only)
- Sky Express fleet list at planespotters.net
- Sky Express XW230 Hijack Scare
- Boeing 737 lands safely after emergency landing in Moscow (CNN)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sky Express.|
- (English) (Russian) Official website