Azimuth (airline)

Azimuth Airlines (Russian: АО «АЗИМУТ», branding itself as azimuth) is a Russian joint-stock company airline based in Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don, the capital of Rostov Oblast.

Azimuth
АЗИМУТ
Авиакомпания-Азимут.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
A4 AZO AZIMUTH
FoundedFebruary 2017
Operating bases
Fleet size11
Destinations25[1]
HeadquartersRostov-on-Don, Russia
Key people
Websiteazimuth.aero

HistoryEdit

Due to the merger of Donavia with Rossiya Airlines in 2016, Rostov-on-Don lost its main airline, even though Rossiya continued the flights previously operated by Donavia. As Rostov-on-Don was selected as one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, there was a perceived need for another airline to provide quality flights to connect the cities of Southern Russia and Central Russia.[3] Azimuth registered itself as a legal entity in Krasnodar, but re-registered itself in Rostov-on-Don in February 2017, with shareholders being co-owner of Vnukovo International Airport Vitaly Vantsev, Pavel Udod and Pavel Yekzhanov.[4][5]

In March 2017, contracts were signed with for the delivery of four Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jets. Another contract was signed for the delivery of four more SSJ100s. The delivery of the aircraft began in July 2017, with the airline receiving its first SSJ100 on 7 July through the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK).[6] The airline plans to further increase the fleet to 16 aircraft.[7] On 18 August 2017, the airline received an air operator's certificate (AOC) giving the airline permission to commence flight operations.[8][9][10] Domestic routes to Kaliningrad, Chelyabinsk, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Surgut and Gelendzhik, as well as international routes to Yerevan, Prague, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Tel Aviv are planned to enter Azimuth's route network by 2021.[11] On 7 December 2017, Azimuth officially shifted all flights from Rostov-on-Don Airport to Platov International Airport.[12][13]

Azimuth officially started international flights on 29 September 2018 when it started offering weekly flights to Bishkek. Two days later, Azimuth had its first flight to Yerevan, starting a schedule now offering three services a week. The airline, which obtained its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in August 2017, is exempt from the requirement that Russian airlines must demonstrate at least two years’ of successful domestic operations before being allowed to perform international services. This is due to the fact that the requirement does not apply to countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), of which Armenia and Kyrgyzstan are a part of.[14]

In December 2019, after more than two years of successful operations, Azimuth started its first international flights outside the CIS, with flights to Tel Aviv started on 1 December and Munich starting on 22 December.[15][16] In the same month, Azimuth reached its operational break-even point, citing government subsidies and high dispatch reliability to be main contributing factors of its success.[17]

Corporate affairs and identityEdit

Azimuth is headquartered in Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast.[18] Shareholders of the airline include Vitaliy Vantsev, who owns Vnukovo International Airport and Pavel Udod, former owner of Yakutia Airlines.[19] As of April 2017, Azimuth's CEO position is held by Pavel Yekzhanov. Azimuth's logo and livery was designed by Asgard Branding based from St. Petersburg. According to the designers, the logo symbolizes the sun, the sea, the sky and southern hospitality.[20]

DestinationsEdit

As of December 2019, Azimuth Airlines operates flights to 30 domestic destinations and 3 international destinations.[21]

FleetEdit

The Azimuth fleet operates an all-Sukhoi Superjet 100 fleet as of December 2019.[22]

Azimuth fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Sukhoi Superjet 100 11[23] 0 103 One in M-1 Global livery[24][25][26]
Total 11 0

In addition, Azimuth is planning to purchase the larger Airbus A220-300 with a seating maximum of 149 passengers.[27]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Flight Map". azimuth.aero. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ "Vnukovo co-owner to launch a regional airline". rusaviainsider.com. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Зачем создают авиакомпанию «Азимут»?". www.aif.ru. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  4. ^ Неведров, Роман. "Авиакомпания "Азимут" переехала в Ростов-на-Дону". rostov.dk.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  5. ^ Ведомости (2016-10-14). "Совладелец «Внуково» Виталий Ванцев займется авиаперевозками". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  6. ^ "Sukhoi Superjet 100 долетел до «Азимута»". Коммерсантъ. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  7. ^ "Авиакомпания "Азимут" договорилась о расширении парка до 16 SSJ 100". Авиатранспортное обозрение (in Russian). 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  8. ^ "Авиакомпания Азимут получила сертификат эксплуатанта". azimuth.aero (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  9. ^ "Russia's Azimuth Airline receives AOC". atwonline. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Удод Павел Викторович: "Азимут" - креативная классика с "южной изюминкой"". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  11. ^ "Состоялась встреча главы администрации Аксайского района с руководителем авиакомпании «Азимут»". www.aksayland.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  12. ^ "Авиакомпания Азимут переходит в «Платов»". azimuth.aero (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  13. ^ "Авиакомпания Азимут продолжает выполнять полеты из действующего аэропорта Ростова-на-Дону". azimuth.aero (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  14. ^ "Russia's Azimuth Airlines launches international services". Russian Aviation Insider. 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  15. ^ "Azimuth adds Munich / Tel Aviv service in Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  16. ^ ES (2019-10-10). "Russia's Azimuth Airlines to develop its network beyond the CIS". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  17. ^ Insider, Russian Aviation (2019-12-18). "All-Superjet 100 start-up Azimuth Airlines reaches operational breakeven". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  18. ^ "Office". azimuth.aero. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  19. ^ Insider, Russian Aviation (2017-04-04). "Russia's Azimuth Airlines to receive four SSJ 100s - Russian aviation news". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  20. ^ "Суперджеты а/к «Азимут» — лаконично, ярко и эмоционально | Авиация России". aviation21.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  21. ^ "Flight map". azimuth.aero (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  22. ^ Insider, Russian Aviation (2019-12-09). "Azimuth Airlines' all-Superjet 100 fleet grows to 11". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  23. ^ "Russia's Azimuth Airlines reaffirms its faith in the Superjet". Russian Aviation Insider. 28 August 2019.
  24. ^ "«Азимут» получила последний самолет SSJ 100". ato.ru. 19 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Russia's Azimuth Airlines launches international services". Russian Aviation Insider. 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  26. ^ ES (2019-04-16). "A ninth Superjet 100 is added to Azimuth Airlines' fleet". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  27. ^ ES (2019-09-26). "Russia's all-Superjet 100 operator eyes the Airbus A220-300". Russian Aviation Insider. Retrieved 2019-09-26.

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