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Azur Air (Russian: Азур Эйр), formerly Katekavia, 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 KTK AZUR AIR
Founded1992 (as Katekavia)
17 Dec 2014 (re-branded to Azur Air)
HubsVnukovo International Airport
SubsidiariesAzur Air Ukraine
Fleet size29
Company sloganFly to rest!
Parent companyAnex Tourism Group
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia, Russia
Key peopleAlexander Zosymov, General Director
Websiteazurair.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 2018, Azur Air operates to the following destinations:[10][11]

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

FleetEdit

 
Azur Air Boeing 777-300ER in special livery

The Azur Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of September 2019:[13]

Azur Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 4 189 189
Boeing 737-900ER 2 215 215
Boeing 757-200 8 238 238
Boeing 767-300ER 11 336 336
Boeing 777-300ER 1 42 386 428
3 1 7 524 531
Total 29 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. 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. ^ "Fleet". azurair.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  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