Ikar Airlines LLC, operating as Pegas Fly, is a Russian airline headquartered in Krasnoyarsk and based at Yemelyanovo International Airport but operates most flights from Zhukovsky International Airport.
|Founded||15 June 1993 as Ikar|
|Hubs||Zhukovsky International Airport|
|Key people||Andrey Lengarov, CEO|
Initially the company, then operating under the Ikar brand, operated a fleet of Mil Mi-8 helicopters for aerial cargo operations mainly carrying bulky loads externally. It was also responsible for patrolling forest fires in the Magadan locality of Russia.
In 2013 the airline began leasing several civil aircraft from Nordwind Airlines and started operating charter flights for Russian tour operator Pegas Touristik.
In 2015, the airline re branded to become Pegas Fly, although the brand was changed the airlines legal name was kept as Ikar Airlines.
Pegas Fly operates scheduled services to the following destinations:
|Fuzhou||China||Fuzhou Changle International Airport||Seasonal|
|Guangzhou||China||Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport||Begins 20 April 2019|
|Haikou||China||Haikou Meilan International Airport||Seasonal|
|Jinan||China||Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport||Seasonal|
|Moscow||Russia||Sheremetyevo International Airport|
|Moscow||Russia||Zhukovsky International Airport||Hub|
|Xi'an||China||Xi'an Xianyang International Airport||Seasonal|
The Pegas Fly fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2018):
|Boeing 767-300ER||6||—||12||278||290||4 leased from Nordwind Airlines|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 3 December 1995, a Mil Mi-8AMT (RA-25581) leased to Investkorp of Papua New Guinea - pilot error during very poor visibility led to a decrease in rotor speed up to 90 percent at an altitude of just 7 metres as the helicopter continued to descend, understandably at a greater rate. The helicopter crashed; the mechanic was seriously injured. Investigation revealed that the crew had received insufficient training and it was revealed that those involved were not previously certified to fly the Mil Mi-8AMT; their certificates had been signed in New Guinea under false pretence. It was also revealed that Ikar was only allowed to fly domestic routes and routes in the CIS, their activities in New Guinea had breached this order when they delivered RA-25518 and RA-27003 to New Guinea complete with their staff.
- On 11 July 2012, a Mil Mi-8 helicopter was considered 'lost' sparking a scare when connection with the helicopter had failed. Searches were conducted in a forest region in Magadan where the helicopter had been patrolling a forest fire situation. Connection was broken at 3pm (local time) that day with ten firefighters and four crew-members aboard. Another Mil Mi-8 and an Antonov An-26 were dispatched to locate the helicopter which was found safely landed on the ground in the forest, apparently there were connection issues but the helicopter and crew were uninjured.
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