Ural Airlines (Yekaterinburg) ended Moscow (Domodedovo) – Cologne/Bonn flights on January 23. The route was operated with Airbus A320s on three days a week.
Ural Airlines currently operates, under operating leases, 34 Airbus aircraft (19 A320s, 10 A321s, and 5 A319s) on their Russian and international routes. The airline’s strategic plans include operating long-haul wide-body aircraft of the Airbus A330-type by 2016.
Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Ural Airlines Airbus A320-214 VQ-BAG (msn 1063) arrives back at Moscow (Domodedovo).
Ak Bars Aero (formerly Bugulma Air Enterprise) (Bugulma, Russia) is getting out of the scheduled airline business. The last scheduled flight will be operated on January 13 per Airline Route. The airline mostly operates Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets on the scheduled routes.
The last routes to be operated:
Bugulma – Nizhnevartovsk
Bugulma – St. Petersburg
Nizhnekamsk – Moscow (Domodedovo)
Nizhnekamsk – St. Petersburg
The company was established on July 10, 1953 as Bugulminskoe Aviapredpriyatie. That year operations began between Bugulma and Kazan. The airline was formerly part of Tatarstan Airlines.
Gulf Air (Bahrain) has announced the launch of nonstop services to Moscow from October 28, 2014. The airline will operate four flights per week to Domodedovo International Airport – 42 kilometers (26 miles) south-southeast from the center of Moscow and the city’s largest airport in terms of passenger and cargo traffic.
This route announcement follows Gulf Air’s recent commencement of services to a number of destinations including Sialkot in Pakistan, Tehran in Iran and the Greek capital, Athens, this year.
Gulf Air flights to Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration of 14 Falcon Gold seats and 96 seats in Economy.
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 A9C-AF (msn 4158) arrives in Dubai.
NordStar Airlines (Norilsk) is planning to start a weekly flight linking Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia with Beijing, China according to Airline Route. Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia after Novosibirsk and Omsk.
Copyright Photo: OSDU. Boeing 737-8Q8 VQ-BDN of NordStar arrives at Moscow (Domodedovo).
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny) lost its Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 (msn 90A-851) in Siberia on September 7. The airliner while operating flight 6R 514 from Polyarny to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 72 passengers and nine crew members suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. An emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport. The aircraft overran the overgrown runway on landing and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived the crash landing. The aircraft is a write off since it will not be able to be recovered.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. RA-85684 is pictured at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport just three days prior to the accident.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will convert up to 10 Airbus A320s into all economy-class configurations to compete against the growing number of low-cost carriers. The company will start with two A320s reconfigured to carry 42 additional passengers.
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance today (June 10).
As part of the joining ceremony in Hanoi, attended by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, senior government officials and representatives from SkyTeam member airlines, Vietnam Airlines unveiled its first aircraft in the SkyTeam livery to commemorate its membership in the alliance.
Copyright Photo: OSDU. Boeing 777-26K ER VN-A144 (msn 33505) lands at Moscow (Domodedovo).