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Ural Airlines (Russian: Ура́льские авиали́нии, Ural’skiye avialinii) is an airline based in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia,[1] that operates scheduled and chartered domestic and international flights out of Koltsovo International Airport. In 2018, the company transported nine million passengers.

Ural Airlines
Ural Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
U6 SVR SVERDLOVSK AIR
Founded1943; 76 years ago (1943) (as part of Aeroflot)
Commenced operations1993
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programTravelling Club "Wings"
Fleet size47
Destinations101
HeadquartersYekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
Key peopleSergei Skuratov (General Director)
Websiteuralairlines.ru

OverviewEdit

The airline was founded in 1943 as Sverdlovsk State Air Enterprises, and later became part of Aeroflot, the Soviet state airline, being in charge of Yekaterinburg Airport. Following the split-up of Aeroflot, Ural Airlines became a joint stock company incorporated under the laws of the Russian Federation on 28 December 1993, and the airline business was separated from the airport.

In 2010, Ural Airlines retired all of its Antonov An-24s, Ilyushin Il-86s and Tupolev Tu-154B-2s.[2] The airline's Tupolev Tu-154M, in 164-seat two-class configuration, was retired on October 16, 2011.[3]

Ural Airlines has 3348 employees.[4] The technical base of the airline is one of the biggest and most modern in Russia. Its technical equipment and experienced engineers allow Ural Airlines to provide necessary services in-house. In 2012, the airline opened its training complex for pilots. The system of training for Airbus A320 was 7.5 million euro. The complex included the construction works too, with 9 million euros. The airline's CEO says that pilot training now is not 4 days, but 4 hours.[5] The airline also plans to buy the training complex for the Airbus A330-300.[6]

In 2017, Skytrax gave Ural Airlines 3 stars, which made it the fourth airline with three stars in Russia and CIS after S7 Airlines, Uzbekistan Airlines and Air Moldova.[7]

Currently, main hubs of Ural Airlines are Moscow-Domodedovo and Yekaterinburg. In plans of Ural Airlines is to increase its number of hubs, by developing hubs at Moscow-Sheremetyevo and Moscow-Zhukovsky.[8]

Corporate affairsEdit

 
A former Ural Airlines Antonov An-12, the airline's first aircraft type after their independence from Aeroflot
 
A meal aboard Ural Airlines

A million passengers per year was first achieved in 2006. Since then, the airline and its passenger numbers have both grown. In 2013, the airline transported 4.419 million passengers, the sixth most in Russia that year.[9]

Passengers transported from 2007-2016:

  • 2018 — 9.001 million [10] (+ 13 %);
  • 2017 — 8.000 million [11] (+ 24 %);
  • 2016 — 6.467 million [12] (+19%);
  • 2015 — 5.445 million [13] (+6%);
  • 2014 — 5.161 million [14] (+17%);
  • 2013 — 4.419 million [9] (+25%);
  • 2012 — 3.525 million[15] (+40%);
  • 2011 — 2.513 million [16] (+40%);
  • 2010 — 1.792 million [16] (+12%);
  • 2009 — 1.497 million (+3%);
  • 2008 — 1.450 million (+19%);
  • 2007 — 1.217 million;

DestinationsEdit

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

 
Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200

As of September 2019, the Ural Airlines fleet has an average age of 14 years and consists of the following aircraft:[20]

Ural Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers[21] Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 7 8 126 134
Airbus A320-200 24[22] 12 144 156
Airbus A320neo 2[23] 1[24] TBA EIS on 15 August 2019[25]
Airbus A321-200 15 220 220
Airbus A321LR 2[26] TBA To be delivered in 2019
With a possible replacement of the older aircraft
Boeing 737 MAX 8 14[27] TBA To be delivered in 2019[28]
Total 47 19

Ural Airlines also started considering updating its fleet with newer Airbus A320neo family or Boeing 737 Next Generation and is still considering purchasing Airbus A330. It took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo in August 2019.[29] The airline also considered purchasing Irkut MC-21, however the plans were most likely withdrawn.[30] Lately, Ural Airlines announced the purchase of 2 Airbus A321neoLR, that will be delivered in 2019, with a possible replacement of older Airbus A321-200.

The airline moved up its plans to increase its fleet size from 43 to 50 in 2018, moving up its original plans to do so by 2020.

Retired fleetEdit

 
A former Ural Airlines Tupolev Tu-154B-2
Ural Airlines Retired fleet
Aircraft Total Year Introduced Year Retired Notes
Antonov An-12 2 1992 1998 Accepted from Aeroflot's break up.
Antonov An-24 2 1992 2006 Retired from the re-branding of the airline.
Ilyushin Il-86 4 Unknown 2010 One was leased from Siberia Airlines.
It was the only wide-body aircraft in the airline's fleet.
Tupolev Tu-154B 3 Unknown 2006 Retired from the re-branding of the airline.
Tupolev Tu-154M 5 Unknown 2011[3] The last Soviet-built aircraft.
Total 16

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 15 August 2019, Ural Airlines Flight 178, an Airbus A321 registered as VQ-BOZ, was scheduled to fly from Zhukovsky International Airport to Simferopol. 226 passengers and 7 crew were on board. The aircraft suffered a bird strike shortly after takeoff and made an emergency landing in a cornfield less than 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) from the runway[31] with its landing gear up.[32] Although 74 passengers sought medical treatment, only 1 major injury occurred and all passengers survived.[33]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Home page. Ural Airlines. Retrieved on 18 July 2010. "Address: Utrenniy 1g, Ekaterinburg Russia, 620025, SITA SVXTOU6" Russian address: Home page. "Адрес: 620025, Россия, Екатеринбург, пер. Утренний, 1г"
  2. ^ "Ural Airlines Fleet Expansion Information". Ch-aviation.ch. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  3. ^ a b "Уральские авиалинии" вывели из эксплуатации все имеющиеся в компании четыре Ту-154М и намерены продать их [Ural Airlines retired all four Tu-154Ms in the company and intends to sell them] (in Russian). AviaPORT. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Ural Airlines passes eight-millionth-passenger mark in 2017". Russian Aviation Insider. 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" открыла тренажерный комплекс [Ural Airlines has opened a training complex]. ato.ru (in Russian). 27 June 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  6. ^ Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" выбирает второй тренажер для подготовки пилотов [Ural Airlines selects a second simulator for training pilots]. ato.ru (in Russian). 5 June 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Ural Airlines". Skytrax.
  8. ^ «Уральские авиалинии» хотят перевезти больше пассажиров [Ural Airlines wants to carry more passengers]. ato.ru. 20 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b Перевозки пассажиров | Росавиация Archived 2015-07-03 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" подвели итоги юбилейного 2018 года". Уральские авиалинии. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  11. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" в 2017 году перевезли более восьми миллионов пассажиров". Уральские авиалинии. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  12. ^ "Ural Airlines traffic grows 22% in March".
  13. ^ http://www.rusaviainsider.com/ural-airlines/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Ъ-Екатеринбург - Пассажиропоток "Уральских авиалиний" в 2014 году составил более 5 млн человек". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  15. ^ Пассажиропоток «Уральских авиалиний» за год вырос на 40% Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ a b Росавиация, Основные показатели работы гражданской авиации России за январь-декабрь 2010—2011 годы Archived 2014-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Profile on Ural Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-10-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  18. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" будут выполнять рейсы из Москвы в Челябинск совместно с "Белавиа"". kommersant.ru. 31 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Авиакомпании-партнёры". s7.ru.
  20. ^ https://www.uralairlines.ru/good-info/news-and-press-releases/vozdushnyy-flot-uralskikh-avialiniy-popolnilsya-eshche-odnim-airbus-a321/
  21. ^ "Fleet". uralairlines.com. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Флот "Уральских авиалиний" пополнился самолетом из парка "Сибири"". ch-aviation. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  23. ^ Nick Wenzel (August 8, 2019). "Ural Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo". International Flight Network. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  24. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" в 2019 году введут в парк ВС семейства A320neo". ato.ru. 11 July 2018.
  25. ^ Liu, Jim (5 August 2019). "Ural Airlines outlines A320neo service from mid-Aug 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Новости "Уральские авиалинии" получат два А321neo LR в 2019 году". ato.ru. 2 February 2017.
  27. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" арендовали 14 самолетов Boeing 737MAX". ato.ru. 1 June 2018.
  28. ^ churkanov (1 June 2018). "Уральские авиалинии начнут летать на 14 новых Boeing 737". yandex zen.
  29. ^ Nick Wenzel (August 8, 2019). "Ural Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo". International Flight Network. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  30. ^ ""Уральские авиалинии" начали переговоры о приобретении A321neo". ato.ru (in Russian). Azimuth. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  31. ^ Fox, Kara. "Russian plane crash-lands outside Moscow after striking flock of gulls". CNN. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  32. ^ Ostroukh, Andrey; Balmforth, Tom (15 August 2019). "Russia hails miracle after plane makes emergency landing near Moscow". Reuters. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  33. ^ "Russia bird strike: Plane crash-lands after hitting gulls". BBC. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.

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