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UTair flight UT579 overruns the runway at Sochi

UTair flight UT 579 from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Sochi with 164 passengers and six crew members, overran the runway on landing at Sochi. The left engine of Boeing 737-800 VQ-BJI caught on fire. The aircraft sustained significant damage and is probably an insurance write off.

All occupants were able to evacuate safely from the aircraft but 18 people reportedly received some injuries.

Read more from the BBC: CLICK HERE

The airline issued this statement on social media (translated from Russian):

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the flight number UT579 Moscow – Sochi, after landing has gone beyond the runway. The aircraft went into the direction of the river, resulting in the collapse of the chassis and wing struts, the ignition of the left engine occurred.

There were 164 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The fire units of Sochi Airport have extinguished the fire, people have been evacuated. No casualties. The airline and aviation authorities have begun to investigate the causes of the incident.

Utair of Russia introduces a new livery and logo

Utair (Russia) has introduced a new look as the airline considers replacement aircraft for its aging fleet of Boeing 737-400s and 737-500s.

The carrier has been adding Boeing 737-800/900s and is considering more of the new 737 MAX.

Photo: Utair. The first aircraft painted is the pictured Boeing 737-8GU WL VQ-BQS (msn 36387).


UTair Russia cuts its fleet by 44 aircraft

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Moscow) is the third largest airline in Russia. On March 29, 2015 the carrier transitioned to its spring and summer flight schedule and also downsized its fleet. During this period, UTair plans to operate over 200 daily flights, connecting more than 70 cities in Russia and abroad.

However according to The Moscow Times, UTair is cutting its fleet by 40 percent (44 aircraft) from 115 aircraft to 71 aircraft.

The airline blamed the decline on the fall in air travel demand and the sharp increase in leasing rates due to the decline of the Russian ruble.

According to its website, the airline currently operates:

The airline currently operates:

Boeing 767-300 2
Boeing 767-200 3
Boeing 737-800 12
Boeing 737-400 6
Boeing 737-500 30
ATR 72-500 15
Bombardier CRJ200 1
Antonov An-2 6
Antonov An-74 – TK-100 5

+ helicopters

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On the schedules side, the airline stated it will operate nonstop flights to Anapa, Sochi and Krasnodar from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tyumen, Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk, Noyabrsk and Syktyvkar.

UTair aircraft will also connect Gelendzhik with Moscow and Surgut; Sochi with Tambov and Kursk; Anapa with Khanty-Mansiysk and Kursk; Mineralnye Vody with Surgut, Tyumen and Samara and Krasnodar with Novy Urengoy.

Passengers living in other regions of Russia will be able to travel to Sochi, Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik and Mineralnye Vody via convenient connecting flights in Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Flight frequency on these routes will be increased to three or four flights daily. The airline will also increase the number of daily flights from Moscow to Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Makhachkala, Vladikavkaz, Belgorod and Kiev, providing passengers with even more convenient connection options.

UTair will continue performing flights from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, Noyabrsk, Khanty-Mansiysk and Vladikavkaz as well as add new destinations – Makhachkala, Grozny and Magas. From Surgut, UTair will continue flights to Belgorod, Makhachkala, Grozny, Rostov-on-Don and Samara.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ The new Airbus A321 fleet appears to be the main victim of the downsizing. Airbus A321-211 VP-BPC (msn 5919) is pictured at Antalya in Turkey.

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Videos: Stuck on an icy ramp? In Siberia even the passengers have to sometimes help out


Videos: Are you stuck on an icy ramp? There is always the Siberian solution. The brakes of an UTair Tupolev Tu-134 got stuck on an icy tarmac in Siberia. The solution? The passengers decided to help push back the jetliner.

According to the report, the air temperature dropped to a minus 52 degrees, and the aircraft’s brakes became frozen. The passengers decided to help with their “human power”.

Video: A go around at Barcelona on July 5

Sometimes people taking videos at airports capture some interesting footage. This incident took place at Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) on July 5.

Here is the description by Miguel Ángel on YouTube:

On July 5, early in the morning. What you see is what happened.

An UTair Boeing 767-300 (VQ-BSX) incoming from Moscow as (flight) UT5187 and Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340-300 (LV-FPV) were involved into what could be the bigger disaster of Barcelona Airport.

The Utair 767 was about to land on Runway 02 while the Argentinas was crossing the runway.

By the time Russian pilots sighted the Argentinas (they were taxiing to the holding point of runway 25R for takeoff) on the runway while they were on the final approach, they did their best making an impressive and close go around.

After that incidence the plane landed safely on runway 02, and the Argentinas took-off heading to Buenos Aires.

Read the report from the UTair pilots in the Siberian Times: CLICK HERE

Update: Aerolineas Argentinas has now publicly responded to the filmed event:

“Aerolíneas Argentinas clarifies that in the alleged incident at El Prat airport in Barcelona on Saturday  July 5, involving an aircraft of the Russian airline UTair and an Aerolíneas Argentinas aircraft, there was no risk at any time.

This has been corroborated by the manager of the Spanish airports operator AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) who initially reported that “both planes were where they should be.”
Moreover, a spokesman of AENA also said that “the landing of the UTair aircraft could have been done without risk, since both aircraft were in the proper place, with enough distance between them.”

This is consistent with the report made by the captain of the Aerolineas Argentinas aircraft, who said the AR plane followed the instructions of El Prat control tower.

This morning AENA issued a statement that ensures that the “go-around” performed by the Russian aircraft “is a standard procedure, with all the guarantees of safety”.

Thus Aerolineas Argentinas clarifies that the situation recorded by a plane spotter and widely publicized by the media, related to flight AR 1163 on Saturday July 5, did not involve any risk.”


UTair Aviations unveils UTair Express’ unique livery

UTair Superjet 100-95LR RA-89033 (14)(Grd)(UTair)(LRW)

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Khanty-Mansiyak and Moscow) has issued this statement about the unique livery developed for its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 that will be operated by its new UTair Express (formerly Komiinteravia) (Komi, Russia) subsidiary.

On May 29, 2014 the first UTair Express Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft has been outfitted with the airline’s livery specially created for this type of aircraft.

The livery, developed by UTair representatives in cooperation with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft specialists specifically for the Sukhoi Superjet 100, includes vibrant folk patterns in the traditional Russian style. Stencil masks were used to apply more than 460 liters of seven different colors of enamel over 1,100 meters of the aircraft exterior.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft seats 103 passengers in a single class layout and is the first aircraft of this type in fleet of UTair-Express, part of the UTair Group. The tripartite agreement between UTair Aviation, VEB-Leasing and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft for the delivery of six Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft was signed in August 2013 at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon.

UTair has selected the SSJ 100 LR model which is distinguished from the basic model by an increased range of up to 4578 km (2470 NM), an increased takeoff weight of up to 49.45 tons and reinforced wing structure to support the increased takeoff weight. The SSJ 100 LR is equipped with a standard Power Jet SaM146 turbofan engine with 5 % additional takeoff thrust.

Copyright Photo: UTair. Superjet 100-95LR RA-89033 (msn 95060) is the first SSJ 100 for the UTair group of companies.

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Boeing delivers the first directly purchased Boeing 737-800 to UTair of Russia

Boeing (Chicago) has delivered to UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk), one of Russia’s leading national carriers, its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. Boeing 737-8LP VP-BUL (msn 41707) was handed over yesterday (October 9). The airline currently has 40 Next-Generation 737s on order to be delivered in the next several years.

UTair’s new 737-800 seats 162 passengers and features the new Boeing Sky Interior. This interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers. It introduces LED lighting and curved architecture that welcomes passengers onboard and creates a greater sense of spaciousness and comfort in the cabin. The interior also features modern, sculpted sidewalls and overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling, yet carry more bags.

The Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for more than 6,500 airplanes, while the whole 737 family has surpassed 11,000 orders to date.

Based in Russia, UTair is an integrated air carrier and aircraft services company with over 40 years of experience. Today, UTair operates one of the largest aircraft fleets in Russia and ranks among the top three largest Russian carriers by passenger volume.

Top Copyright Photo: OSDU/ Acquired in the aircraft market, sister ship Boeing 737-8GU WL VQ-BQP (msn 37553) arrives at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/ Brand new Boeing 737-8LP VP-BUL (msn 41707) is pictured at Boeing Field in Seattle before the hand over.

UTair takes delivery of its first Airbus A321

UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk) took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft. The brand-new A321-211 VP-BPS was handed over at a ceremony held at Airbus in Hamburg (Finkenwerder), Germany. The aircraft is part of a firm order for 20 A321s signed by UTair in July 2012, which is today the largest single order for this type in Russia.

UTair’s A321, powered by CFM56 engines, features a single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline is planning to operate its A321s to further develop its high density route network.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/ The pictured A321-211 D-AZAA became VP-BPS on the hand over.
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UTair Aviation selects Row 44 for inflight connectivity

UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk) has signed a contract with Row 44 for its inflight connectivity. Row 44 issued the following statement:

Row 44, the leading provider of inflight WiFi and device-based entertainment for airlines around the world, is pleased to announce that UTair Aviation, one of the leading airlines in Russia, has selected Row 44 to provide inflight connectivity services.

With the Row 44 platform, UTair will provide its passengers with the ability to enjoy high-speed, reliable Internet access, as well as premium entertainment content, including a selection of live TV channels, delivered directly to their WiFi-enabled devices.

Installations are expected to begin on UTair’s aircraft in the 3rd quarter of 2013.

UTair is the second airline in Russia to choose Row 44, and to take advantage of the company’s growing global satellite network.  As of first quarter 2013, Row 44 will operate services across North America, the Atlantic Ocean, Continental Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South Africa and Russia.  Row 44 has also expanded its corporate and network operations to Moscow to support business growth in the Russia and CIS region.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 757-28A VP-BAS (msn 28161) is pictured at Antalya, Turkey.



UTair jumps to Airbus


UTair Aviation (Russia) (Khanty-Mansiysk) has signed a firm contract with Airbus for 20 A321 aircraft during the Farnborough Airshow. This is the largest order for the type received from a carrier in the region and the first time that UTair has ordered Airbus aircraft.

UTair’s A321s will feature a single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline is planning to operate these new aircraft to further develop its charter network of popular leisure destinations.

UTair was founded in 1967. The airline is operating a fleet of some 200 aircraft to over 60 domestic and some 40 international destinations.

Image: Airbus.

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