Ural Airlines

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Ural Airlines
Ural Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1943 (as part of Aeroflot)
Commenced operations 1993
Hubs Yekaterinburg-Koltsovo
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Travelling Club "Wings"
Fleet size 34
Destinations 40
Headquarters Yekaterinburg, Russia
Key people Sergei Skuratov (General Director)
Website www.uralairlines.ru/en

Ural Airlines (Ура́льские авиали́нии) is an airline based in Yekaterinburg, Russia,[1] operates scheduled and chartered domestic and international flights out of Koltsovo International Airport. In 2012, the company transported 3.5 million passengers.[2] During its history the company has won the National Aviation Award "Wings of Russia" 14 times.


The airline was founded in 1943 as Sverdlovsk State Air Enterprises, and later became part of Aeroflot, the Soviet state airline, being in charge of Yekaterinburg Airport. Following the split-up of Aeroflot, Ural Airlines became a joint stock company incorporated under the laws of the Russian Federation on 28 December 1993, and the airline business was separated from the airport. Today, the company is owned by Ural Wings (65.77%) and Ural Transport Bank (14.67%) and has 1,390 employees.[citation needed]

Airline's Performance[edit]

Airbus A319 of Ural Airlines taxiing at Domodedovo International Airport.

The first million passengers in a year was transported in 2006. Since that time the airline has grown and the passenger number has also increased. During 2013, the airline transported 4.419 million passengers. In numbers of passengers transported, the airline came in 6th place in Russia that year.[3]

Results of the passenger transportation since 2007 till today:

  • 2014 — 5,1 million [4] (+ 17%);
  • 2013 — 4,419 million [3] (+ 25%);
  • 2012 — 3,525 million[5] (+ 40%);
  • 2011 — 2,513 million [6] (+ 40%);
  • 2010 — 1,792 million [6] (+ 12%);
  • 2009 — 1,497 million (+ 3%);
  • 2008 — 1,450 million (+ 19%);
  • 2007 — 1,217 million;

Ural Airlines contains 2262 employees. The technical base of the airline is one of the biggest and one of the modern in Russia. The technical equipment and the experience of the engineers working in that airline allows to make all the demanding processes of the airline by itself. In 2012, the airline had opened its training complex for the pilots. The system of training for Airbus A320 was 7.5 million euro. The complex included the construction works too, with 9 million euros. As the airline's CEO, he says that the training for the pilots now is not 4 days, but 4 hours.[7] The airline also palns to buy the training complex for the long-haul aircraft, which is Airbus A330-300, following the information of August 2014.[8]


Ural Airlines is one of the biggest Russia's airlines, and following the 2014, it has got the sixth place, in 2013, Ural Airlines has transported 4 500 000 passengers and compared to 2012, the passenger value has increased by 25%.[9]

In 2013, the airline had become the winner in "Wings of Russia" as the Russia's best airline 11th time and the winner in Russia's best domestic airline 4th time.[9]


A Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200 on short final to Domodedovo International Airport in 2009.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Ural Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of April 2015):


As of April 2015, the Ural Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10]

Ural Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Seats Notes
B E Total
Airbus A319 6[11] 4 8 120 134[11]
Airbus A320 18[12] 7 12 144 156[13]
Airbus A321
16 182 198[13]
220 220[14] Charter use[14]
Airbus A330-300 5[15] TBA For long-haul destinations, to be leased, EIS-2016
Total 34 16

Also, in plans of the fleet development of Ural Airlines there is Irkut MC-21, however, the decision is going to be made only after it's commercial flight.[16]

Retired Fleet[edit]

Ilyushin Il-86 of Ural Airlines in an old livery taxiing at Domodedovo International Airport.

In 2010, Ural Airlines retired all of its Antonov An-24s, Ilyushin Il-86s and Tupolev Tu-154B2s.[17] The airline's Tupolev Tu-154M, in 164-seat two-class configuration, was retired on October 16, 2011.[18]

Ural Airlines Retired fleet
Aircraft Date retired Number of Aircrafts Notes
Antonov An-12 1998 2 Accepted from Aeroflot's cracking.
Antonov An-24 2006 2 Retired from the re-branding of the airline.
Ilyushin Il-86 2010 4 One was leased from Siberia Airlines.
Till 2010 was the only wide-body aircraft in the airline's fleet, till the appearance of Airbus A330-300 in 2016.
Tupolev Tu-154B 2006 3 Retired from the re-branding of the airline.
Tupolev Tu-154M 2011[18] 5 The last soviet-built aircraft.
Total 16

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Home page. Ural Airlines. Retrieved on 18 July 2010. "Address: Utrenniy 1g, Ekaterinburg Russia, 620025, SITA SVXTOU6" Russian address: Home page. "Адрес: 620025, Россия, Екатеринбург, пер. Утренний, 1г"
  2. ^ "Ural Airlines Activity in 2012". Retrieved 2013-08-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Перевозки пассажиров | Росавиация
  4. ^ "Ъ-Екатеринбург - Пассажиропоток «Уральских авиалиний» в 2014 году составил более 5 млн человек". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Пассажиропоток «Уральских авиалиний» за год вырос на 40 %
  6. ^ a b Росавиация, Основные показатели работы гражданской авиации России за январь-декабрь 2010—2011 годы
  7. ^ "Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" открыла тренажерный комплекс". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" выбирает второй тренажер для подготовки пилотов". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  9. ^ a b ru:Уральские авиалинии[better source needed]]]
  10. ^ "Ural Airlines". Planespotters.net. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Новости компании: Новый Airbus А319 в парке «Уральских авиалиний» – авиакомпания «Уральские авиалинии»". Ural Airlines. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.uralairlines.ru/information/news-and-press-releases/35-y-airbus-v-parke-uralskikh-avialiniy-/
  13. ^ a b Ural Airlines Official seating charts, russian only
  14. ^ a b Авиапарк "Уральских авиалиний" перевалил за 20 авиалайнеров (in Russian). Aviaport.ru. Nov 17, 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  15. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" подтвердили планы взять в лизинг A330". Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  16. ^ http://www.ato.ru/content/uralskie-avialinii-otkazalis-ot-gosgarantiy
  17. ^ "Ural Airlines Fleet Expansion Information". Ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  18. ^ a b "Уральские авиалинии" вывели из эксплуатации все имеющиеся в компании четыре Ту-154М и намерены продать их (in Russian). Aviaport.ru. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 

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