Azur Air

Azur Air (Russian: Азур Эйр), formerly Katekavia and stylised as azurair, is a charter airline and former regional airline in Russia. Initially it was based out of Krasnoyarsk Cheremshanka Airport, the domestic airport serving Krasnoyarsk, and its destinations were all within the Krasnoyarsk Krai.[1] Nowadays it mainly serves leisure and some domestic destinations.

Azur Air
Azur Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
ZF AZV AZUR AIR
Founded1992 (as Katekavia)
17 Dec 2014 (re-branded to Azur Air)
HubsVnukovo International Airport
SubsidiariesAzur Air Ukraine
Fleet size32
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Key peopleAlexander Zosymov, General Director
Websitewww.azurair.com

HistoryEdit

KatekaviaEdit

The airline started operations in 1995 and operates regional flights out of Krasnoyarsk Cheremshanka Airport and Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo Airport.[2][3] The airline also operates charter services to Siberia and Yakutia. It carried around 122,000 passengers in 2009,[4] and in 2010 started to acquire larger aircraft, mainly the Tupolev Tu-134. As of 3 April 2014, it had three Tupolev Tu-134s.[3]

In April 2014 the airline commenced scheduled flights between larger Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo Airport and further cities in Siberia: Surgut and Tomsk. The airline received international media and social media attention in 2014, when a video emerged of passengers on a scheduled flight from Igarka to Krasnoyarsk disembarking pre-departure to push their plane in temperatures of minus 52 degrees Celsius after its chassis froze.[5]

Azur AirEdit

In 2015, Katekavia handed over its fleet to Turukhan Airlines. Katekavia was rebranded as a leisure carrier and renamed Azur Air.[6][7] In December 2015, it has been confirmed that former owner UTair Aviation sold Azur Air to Turkish tourism company Anex Tourism Group[8] which also bought Azur Air Ukraine, the former UTair-Ukraine, a few weeks earlier.[8]

In February 2018, the Russian aviation authority RosAviatsiya announced that Azur Air faces a suspension of its operational licence by 20 March 2018 if the carrier does not resolve alleged safety violations by then. As this would lead to the shut down of all flight operations, Russian tourism agency RosTourism advised tour operators to not sell tickets on Azur Air for the time being.[9] All restrictions by RosAviatsiya and RosTourism were lifted on 20 March 2018 as a result of controls on technical and documental details.[citation needed]

DestinationsEdit

As of November 2020, Azur Air operates to the following destinations:[10][11]

Country City Airport Notes Ref.
Bulgaria Burgas Burgas Airport Seasonal charter
China Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport Seasonal [12]
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Cuba Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport Seasonal
Dominican Republic Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International Airport Seasonal charter
Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport Terminated
La Romana La Romana International Airport
Greece Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Seasonal charter
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport Seasonal charter
India Goa Goa International Airport Seasonal charter
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport Seasonal charter
Montenegro Tivat Tivat Airport Seasonal charter
Morocco Agadir Agadir–Al Massira Airport Seasonal charter
Russia Arkhangelsk Talagi Airport Seasonal charter
Barnaul Barnaul Airport Seasonal charter
Belgorod Belgorod International Airport Seasonal charter
Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Airport Seasonal charter
Irkutsk Irkutsk International Airport Seasonal charter
Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport Seasonal charter
Kaluga Kaluga (Grabtsevo) Airport Seasonal charter
Kazan Kazan International Airport Seasonal charter
Kemerovo Kemerovo International Airport Seasonal charter
Krasnodar Krasnodar International Airport Seasonal charter
Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo International Airport Seasonal charter
Mineralnye Vody Mineralnye Vody Airport Seasonal charter
Moscow Vnukovo International Airport Base
Murmansk Murmansk Airport Seasonal charter
Nizhnekamsk Begishevo Airport Seasonal charter
Nizhnevartovsk Nizhnevartovsk Airport Seasonal charter
Nizhny Novgorod Strigino International Airport Seasonal charter
Novokuznetsk Spichenkovo Airport Seasonal charter
Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport Base
Orenburg Orenburg Tsentralny Airport Seasonal charter
Omsk Omsk Tsentralny Airport Seasonal charter
Perm Perm International Airport Base
Rostov-on-Don Platov International Airport Seasonal charter
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Base
Samara Kurumoch International Airport Seasonal charter
Surgut Surgut International Airport Seasonal charter
Syktyvkar Syktyvkar Airport Seasonal charter
Tomsk Bogashevo Airport Seasonal charter
Tyumen Roshchino International Airport Seasonal charter
Ufa Ufa International Airport Seasonal charter
Ulyanovsk Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport Seasonal charter
Volgograd Volgograd International Airport Seasonal charter
Voronezh Voronezh International Airport Seasonal charter
Yekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport Base
Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport Seasonal charter
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport Seasonal charter
Tenerife Tenerife South Airport Seasonal charter
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport Seasonal charter
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Seasonal charter
Krabi Krabi International Airport Seasonal charter
Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport Seasonal charter
Phuket Phuket International Airport Seasonal charter
Tunisia Djerba Djerba–Zarzis International Airport Seasonal charter
Enfidha Enfidha–Hammamet International Airport Seasonal charter
Monastir Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport Seasonal charter
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport Seasonal charter
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport Seasonal charter
Dalaman Dalaman Airport Seasonal
United Arab Emirates Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport Seasonal charter
Dubai Dubai International Airport
Vietnam Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport
Phu Quoc Phu Quoc International Airport Seasonal charter
Da Nang Danang International Airport Seasonal charter

FleetEdit

 
An Azur Air Boeing 777-300ER in the Azur Bear livery

The Azur Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of January 2021:[13]

Azur Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 4 189 189 1 aircraft is currently stored
Boeing 737-900ER 2 215 215 1 aircraft is currently stored
Boeing 757-200 9 238 238 4 aircraft are currently stored
Boeing 767-300ER 12 1 336 336 6 aircraft are currently stored
Boeing 777-300ER 1 42 386 428 3 aircraft are currently stored
4 7 524 531
Total 32 1

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 3 August 2010, a Katekavia Antonov An-24 crashed on approach to Igarka Airport, killing twelve people. The crash was caused by pilot error. As a result of the crash, the Russian government started to investigate how Katekavia operated their flights.[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Авиакомпания "КАТЭКАВИА": регулярные и чартерные перевозки по России, доставка грузов, самолёты в аренду". Katekavia.ru. 4 July 2012. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Katekavia". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b "russianplanes.net ✈ наша авиация". russianplanes.net. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ Death toll in Russia's East Siberia passenger jet crash rises to 12 (Update-4), RIAN, 2 August 2010
  5. ^ "Passengers forced to push their frozen plane in Siberia". Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.ato.ru/content/aviakompaniya-turuhan-zavershila-formirovanie-samoletnogo-parka
  7. ^ "Siberian Sun". Airliner World: 8. July 2015.
  8. ^ a b ch-aviation.com - Russia's UTair Group offloads Azur Air unit to Turkey's ATG 7 December 2015
  9. ^ ch-aviation.com - Russia's tourism body warns against selling Azur Air tickets 27 February 2018
  10. ^ "Fight map". azurair.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Flights". anextour.com. 14 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Russian charter Azur Air to start flights to China". atwonline. 27 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Azur Air Fleet". planespotters.net.
  14. ^ "Crash: Katekavia AN24 at Igarka on Aug 3rd 2010, impacted ground short of runway". Aviation Herald. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Azur Air at Wikimedia Commons