Tatarstan Airlines (Russian: Авиакомпания Татарстан, Tatar: Татарстан Һава Юллары, Tatarstan Hawa Yulları) was the regional airline of the Republic of Tatarstan, part of the Russian Federation. It was based at Kazan Airport in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia and operated from 1999 until 2013.
|Ceased operations||January 1, 2014|
|Hubs||Kazan International Airport|
|Focus cities||Begishevo Airport|
Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia
Tatarstan Airlines was founded in 1993 and started flights in 1999. It operated scheduled flights to destinations in Russia and abroad including seasonal charter flights to holiday destinations.
In November 2013 the crash of Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 claimed the lives of all passengers and crew. Russia's air transport regulator Rosaviatsiya recommended that Tatarstan Airlines' operating license be withdrawn after air incident investigators concluded that the crash was due to overworked and inadequately trained crew. The airline's operating license was revoked on 31 December 2013 and its aircraft were transferred to Ak Bars Aero.
Tatarstan Airlines operated scheduled passenger services to cities in Russia including Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Makhachkala as well as international destinations Baku, Dushanbe, Yerevan, Tashkent, Khujand, Istanbul, Prague and Tel Aviv. Tatarstan Airlines operated charter services in Russia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. In 2010–2011 Tatarstan Airlines flew 40 routes. In 2009 it carried 577,000 passengers, which grew to 603,000 in 2010 and 824,000 in 2011.
|Airbus A319-100||4||1||0||156||156|| Charter routes only|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
On 17 November 2013, Boeing 737–500 (VQ-BBN) arriving from Moscow crashed on landing at Kazan International Airport. All 44 passengers and 6 crew members were killed. The crash resulted in the temporary closure of the airport.
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