CJSC «Polet Airlines» (Russian: ЗАО «Авиакомпания „Полёт“», «ZAO Aviakompániya “Palyót”») was an airline based in Voronezh, Russia. It operated a worldwide cargo and domestic passenger charter services from Voronezh, as well as regional passenger and cargo services from Sokol. It was one of two airlines which flew the Antonov An-124 Ruslan, the world's highest gross weight cargo airplane which specialises in oversized freight. Its collapse, over lease payments for these massive aircraft, left only the Volga-Dnepr Airlines/Antonov Airlines joint partnership in this market. Its main base was Chertovitskoye Airport, Voronezh. Polet is the Russian word for flight.
|Founded||9 August 1988|
|Ceased operations||December 2014|
|Parent company||Anatoly Karpov (100%)|
|Key people||Anatoly Karpov (CEO)|
The airline was established and started operations in 1988. In 2002 Polet began serving the agricultural, aeromedical and aerial photography markets. The airline was wholly owned by Anatoly S Karpov (Chief Executive and General Director) and had a 19.5% holding in Voronezhavia.
In December 2013, the carrier announced that it was evaluating the acquisition of five mid size jets for charter operations out of Voronezh.
Polet suspended both passenger and cargo operations on November 24, 2014 after which a Moscow Arbitration Court on November 28 placed the carrier into administration. Rosaviatsia cancelled Polet's AOC in April 2015 .
As of October 2013, Polet Airlines operated scheduled passenger flights to the following destinations:
- Czech Republic
- Anapa – Anapa Airport
- Belgorod – Belgorod International Airport
- Lipetsk – Lipetsk Airport
- Moscow – Domodedovo Airport
- Saint Petersburg – Pulkovo Airport
- Simferopol – Simferopol International Airport
- Sochi – Sochi Airport
- Ulyanovsk – Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport
- Voronezh – Voronezh International Airport (Hub)
|Aircraft type||In fleet||Orders||Passengers||Age
|Aircraft Type||In fleet||Orders||Cargo, MT||Age||Notes|
|Antonov An-30A||2||—||N/A||35.7||Aerial cartography and stored|
|Antonov An-124-100||4||5||122||16||One more stored|
|Ilyushin Il-76TD||1||—||45–47||—||Sold to Zet Avia|
- (in Russian) Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 20 February 2007, p. 340
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