SCAT Airlines

SCAT Airlines, legally PLL SCAT Air Company, is an airline with its head office on the property of Shymkent International Airport in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.[2] It operates services to all of the major cities of Kazakhstan and to neighbouring countries. Its main base is Shymkent Airport, with focus cities at Aktau International Airport, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport, and Almaty International Airport.[3]

PLL SCAT Air Company
SCAT Air Company Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
DV VSV VLASTA[1]
Founded1997
Commenced operations1997
HubsShymkent International Airport
Focus cities
SubsidiariesSunday Airlines
Fleet size26
Destinations33
HeadquartersShymkent, Kazakhstan
Key peopleVladimir Denisov (President)
Websitescat.kz

HistoryEdit

The airline was established and started operations in 1997.[3] Its name is the acronym of Special Cargo Air Transport.[4]

 
SCAT Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX

SCAT founded Sunday Airlines as a new charter venture and subsidiary, for which SCAT operates four Boeing 757-200s and one Boeing 767-300ER.[5]

In November 2017, the airline signed a firm contract for the purchase of six aircraft of the latest generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 with the American corporation Boeing. On 29 March 2018, the company's fleet replenished the first in the post-Soviet countries Boeing 737 MAX 8 (with CFM International LEAP-1B engines). This is the first of the six purchased Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.[6]

In 2018, European airspace restrictions were lifted for SCAT Airlines[citation needed] and in May 2018, Vilnius became their first scheduled EU destination.[7][8] In March 2018, SCAT Airlines was accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). SCAT Airlines became the second Kazakhstan airline included in the IATA register.[9]

On March 13, 2019, the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was suspended in Kazakhstan.

On February 18, 2021, SCAT Airlines, the first outside the American continent, resumed regular commercial flights on Boeing 737 MAX after an almost two-year ban on the operation of these aircraft in Kazakhstan.[10][11][12]

DestinationsEdit

Codeshare agreementsEdit

SCAT Airlines codeshares with Azerbaijan Airlines.[13]

FleetEdit

As of October 2021, the SCAT Airlines fleet consists of these aircraft:[14][15]

SCAT Airlines Fleet[16]
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-300 5 144 144
Boeing 737-500 3 118 118
Boeing 737-700 1 149 149
Boeing 737-800 3 189 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 1 5 186 186 Launch CIS customer[17]
Boeing 737 MAX 9 1 1[18] 213 213 Launch CIS customer
Boeing 757-200 4 12 188 200
Boeing 767-300ER 1 290 290
Bombardier CRJ200ER 4 50 50
Bombardier CRJ200LR 3 50 50
Total 26 6

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 29 January 2013, SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashed near Kyzyltu during a low-visibility approach to Almaty International Airport.[19][20]
  • On 26 July 2018, a SCAT Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration UP-B5705 performing flight DV-5038, struck its tail onto the runway surface with 236 passengers and 9 crew while going around at Almaty International Airport. No passengers or crew suffered injuries. The aircraft, however, received substantial damage.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Airline Codes November 2006
  2. ^ "КОНТАКТЫ Archived 2012-06-21 at the Wayback Machine." Scat Air. Retrieved on 28 May 2012. "Головной офис Казахстан, г. Шымкент, здание аэропорта"
  3. ^ a b Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  4. ^ "Aviation Safety: Commission removes all Kazakh airlines from EU Air Safety List - Mobility and Transport - European Commission". Mobility and Transport (in German). 8 December 2016. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  5. ^ ch-aviation.com - SCAT retrieved 17 June 2015
  6. ^ "Aircraft Fleet - SCAT Airlines". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  7. ^ "SCAT Airlines - Company News". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (12 December 2017). "SCAT adds Vilnius service from May 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  9. ^ "IATA: Current Airline Members". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Boeing 737 MAX вернулся в казахстанское небо. И уже возит пассажиров". 19 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Boeing 737 MAX 8 авиакомпании SCAT выполнил первые коммерческие рейсы". 19 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Boeing 737 MAX возвращается в Казахстан". 12 February 2021.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (16 September 2019). "SCAT / Azerbaijan Airlines plans codeshare service from late-Oct 2019". Routseonline. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 18.
  15. ^ "Aircraft Fleet". scat.kz. 25 October 2018.
  16. ^ SCAT Airlines Fleet Details and History planespotters.net, accessdate 18 September 2020
  17. ^ "ФОТО: На заводе в США собрали Boeing 737MAX для казахстанской SCAT". ato.ru. 17 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Kazakhstans SCAT Airlines orders two B737 MAX 9s". ch-aviation.com. 13 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Passenger plane crashes near Kazakh city of Almaty". BBC News. 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-01-30.
  20. ^ Gordeyeva, Maria (29 January 2013). "UPDATE 4-Passenger plane crash kills 21 in Kazakhstan". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29.
  21. ^ Hradecky, Simon (27 July 2018). "Accident: SCAT B752 at Almaty on Jul 26th 2018, tail strike on go-around". Aviation Herald.

External linksEdit

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