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Russian: Уютное небо
UTair Aviation (Russian: ОАО «Авиакомпания «ЮТэйр») (MCX: UTAR) is a Russian airline with its head office at Khanty-Mansiysk Airport while its main base is at Roshchino International Airport near Tyumen. It operates scheduled domestic and some international passenger services, scheduled helicopter services as well as extensive charter flights with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in support of the oil and gas industry across Western Siberia.
In February 1967, the Aeroflot Tyumen Directorate was set up in order to meet the transport requirements of the fast-growing oil and gas industry undergoing development in Western Siberia. In the wake of the break-up of the Aeroflot organization, Tyumenaviatrans Aviation (TAT) was formed in 1991 to replace the Aeroflot Tyumen Directorate. TAT adopted the name of UTair in early 2003. The airline is owned by Khanty Mansiysk District administration (23%), Surgut City administration (19%), Russian shareholders and companies (33%), the Russian Federation (2%), and private foreign investors (20%).
In October 2010, UTair announced plans to replace its Tupolev Tu-134 fleet with the Sukhoi Superjet 100. In December, UTair officially placed an order for 24 of the jets to enter service in 2013. During 2015 UTair plans to reduce own fleet up to 40%  Also in 2010, the airline named a Tu-154 aircraft after Boris Evdokimovich Sherbina, a Tyumen figure.
In November 2014, UTair faced financial difficulties and was unable to make a bond payment. In April 2015, UTair announced it was to severely cut down their fleet by 44 aircraft due to their ongoing financial struggle. It also cancelled its order for 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. A few weeks later, the regional airline subsidiary UTair Express ceased operations.
In December 2015, it has been confirmed that UTair Aviation sold its leisure subsidiary Azur Air to Turkish tourism company Anex Tourism Group, which also bought UTair-Ukraine a few weeks earlier.
UTair Aviation as head company of the UTair Group has significant stakeholdings in the following companies:
- Passenger transportation
- Cargo operations
- Helicopter operations
- India: UTair India Private Limited, UT Project Services Private LTD
- Peru: Helicopteros del Sur
- Russia: UTair Aviation, HeliExpress LLC
- South Africa: UTair South Africa (PTY) LTD
- Slovakia: UTair Europe, s.r.o.
- Pilot training
- Russia: NP Personnel Training Center, NP Tyumen flight and technical civil aviation school
- Sale of operations and services, representative offices
- Armenia: UTair Armenia
- Russia: Carriage and Services Sales Center LLC, UTair - Irkutsk, UTair - Murmansk LLC, UTair - Samara, UTair - South, UTair - Ufa, West-Siberian Air Service Agency LLC
- Ukraine: Ukrainian Handling Company LLC
- Aerotechnics repair and maintenance
- Russia: UTair-Technic LLC, UTair-Engineering JSC
- Airport operations
- Leasing, financial services
- Russia: UTair-Leasing LLC, UTair-Finance LLC
Utair Aviation has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of July 2014):
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Accidents and incidents
- On 17 March 2007, UTair Flight 471, a Tupolev Tu-134, crash-landed at Samara, killing 7 people and injuring 26.
- On 2 July 2008, a UTair Mi-8 helicopter crashed in Yamal region, killing 9 and injuring 7 on board.
- On 16 January 2010, a UTair Boeing 737-500, registration VQ-BAC, overrun the runway on landing at Vnukovo International Airport and was substantially damaged when the nosewheel collapsed.
- On 20 December 2011, a UTair Mil Mi-26T helicopter crashed in an oilfield in Western Siberia; one person was killed. UTair grounded all its Mil Mi-26T helicopters following this incident.
- On 2 April 2012, UTair Flight 120, an ATR 72-200, registration VP-BYZ, crashed approximately 1.4 nautical miles (2.6 km; 1.6 mi) from Roshchino International Airport serving Tyumen, Western Siberia, on a flight to Surgut International Airport. The aircraft was carrying 39 passengers and 4 crew. To date, 10 survivors with serious injuries and burns have been confirmed.
- On 4 July 2012, a helicopter operated by UTair for an oil and gas company crashed in a remote area about 4 kilometers from the runway of Lensk Airport near Lensk. The wreckage was found several hours later and three bodies were recovered, with the fourth person also presumed killed. The cause was not immediately known, but UTair grounded all aircraft at Lensk Airport pending an investigation into the quality of fuel supply at the airport.
- Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 20 February 2007, p. 500
- ICAO Doc 8585
- "2010 Annual Report." (Archive) UTair Aviation. 58. Retrieved on 27 February 2012. "Airport, Khanti-Mansiysk, Tyumen region, 628012 Russian Federation". - Russian (Archive): "628012, Российская Федерация, город Ханты-Мансийск, аэропорт"
- "UTAir selects two Superjet variants to replace Tu-134s". Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- UTair purchases 24 Sukhoi jets
- "UTair names plane after Boris Sherbina." UTair Aviation. 19 February 2010. Retrieved on 2 March 2010.
- Doff, Natasha (20 November 2014). "UTair Misses Bond Payment in Russia Funding-Crunch Sign". Bloomberg.
- "44 Flugzeuge weniger: Utair dezimiert Flotte - aeroTELEGRAPH". aeroTELEGRAPH. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "Superjet Boost". Airliner World: 10. October 2015.
- "Russia suspends UTair-Express' AOC". ch-aviation. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- ch-aviation.com - Russia's UTair Group offloads Azur Air unit to Turkey's ATG 7 December 2015
- "Members of the UTair Group".
- "http://www.utair-india.com/ UTair Helicopter services in India
- planespotters.net - UTair Aviation Fleet Details and History retrieved 13 August 2016
- UTair Aircrafts [sic] retrieved 29 November 2015
- "Крушение Ми-8: Оставшиеся в живых получили сильные ожоги – Ми-8, крушение – Росбалт-Север". Rosbalt.ru. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- "Recent accidents / incidents worldwide". JACDEC. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- "UTAir grounds Mi2-6 fleet after December crash". Flightglobal. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- "Siberian plane crash kills nearly all on board – reports". RT. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "Crash: UTAir AT72 near Tyumen on April 2nd 2012, lost height in initial climb". Aviation herald. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "UTair helicopter crashes in Russia's Far East, killing 4". BNO News. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
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