As previously reported, Saratov Airlines announced on April 28, 2018 it operated its first flight (Saratov-Dalaman) as Ivolga Airlines.
That move, it appears, was not enough to satisfy the Russian regulators.
Rosaviatsia, which put the airline on a temporary AOC, has instructed the airline not to book and or issue tickets for any flights after May 30.
As a result, the carrier is shutting down all operations on May 31. Approximately 1,200 employees will be laid off.
Copyright Photo: Saratov Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) VQ-BRX (msn 19000169) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938646.
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Saratov Airlines announced on April 28, 2018 it operated its first flight (Saratov-Dalaman) as Ivolga Airlines.
The airline stated (translated from Russian):
“On April 28, 2018, the pictured Embraer 190 VQ-BRY aircraft, under the Ivolga Airlines brand, returned to the Saratov Central Airport after performing basic maintenance in Rzeszow, Poland.
The Еmbraer190, VQ-BRY, on the same day operated the first charter flight on the route Saratov-Dalaman (Turkey).”
This change came after Russian authorities has extended its AOC for one month through May 30.
For now, the livery remains the same with new titles.
The airline suffered an image crisis when flight 6W 703, a domestic passenger flight from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to Orsk Airport in Russia, crashed. On February 11, 2018, the Antonov An-148-100B, crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 71 people on board — 65 passengers and 6 crew members.
Photo: Saratov Airlines.