Rossiya Russian Airlines (subsidiary of Aeroflot Russian Airlines) (St. Petersburg) has suspended the operation of its relatively new six Antonov An-148s from scheduled passenger operations. The new type is more expensive to operate according to ch-aviation quoting company officials. The An-148 is built in the Ukraine. Per Airline Route, the airline operated its last scheduled flight on April 9 from Krasnodar to St. Petersburg. The type was introduced on February 2, 2010 from St. Petersburg to Moscow (Vnukovo).
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Antonov An-148-100B RA-61706 (msn 27015040006) prepares to land at Stockholm (Arlanda).
Polet Flight (Polet Airlines) (Voronezh, Russia) suspended passenger and cargo operations on November 24. A Moscow Arbitration Court on November 28, placed the airline into administration (bankruptcy).
The airline was established and commenced operations in 1988.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Polet Flight’s Antonov An-148-100E RA-61710 (msn 4106) exits the runway at Antalya in the special Ice Hockey Team – CSKA Moscow color scheme.
Angara Airlines (Irkutsk) has taken delivery of three Antonov An-148-100E jetliners. The carrier will introduce the new type on December 20 in Siberia. The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):
On December 20, the company’s new An-148 will operate flights from Irkutsk to Mirniy, Novosibirsk and also from Novosibirsk to Mirniy. On January 15, 2013 the Russian carrier will start Irkutsk – Yakutsk and Novosibirsk – Chita service with the new type.
According to the remote carrier, the An-148-100E can operate at low temperatures and high mountains and is capable of landing on unprepared landing areas. The aircraft were specially finished. In particular, the fleet has been enhanced with heating of doors and hatches and enhanced engine heating to prevent freezing.
Angara was established in 2000 and belongs to the group of companies known as Eastland. In 2010, Angara merged with Irkutsk Avia.