Ural Airlines ( Russian : Уральские Авиалинии) is a Russian airline based in Yekaterinburg and based at Yekaterinburg Airport . In 2017 it was the fourth largest Russian airline in terms of passenger numbers and the ninth largest in terms of freight volume.
Ural Airlines is the successor to the Sverdlovsk division of Aeroflot , which was based in Yekaterinburg. The company was founded on December 28, 1993 as an independent company for cargo, charter and scheduled flights. At that time, the airline's assets included the Kolzowo Airport in the city of Yekaterinburg. Ural Airlines were also assigned two Antonov An-32s and three An-24s .
Despite the increase in the fleet with two Ilyushin Il-86s , 19 Tupolev Tu-154Bs and six Antonov An-12s , losses of millions occurred as the number of passengers fell steadily. Only the freight sector with flights to Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates saw growth. In 1997 the company was restructured accordingly and private investors, including Lufthansa , got on board. Although all interests of the investors, such as domestic traffic, regional traffic, international connections, liner services and freight were served, the business figures did not improve.
In 2000 the airline should be auctioned because of the debt. However, due to a lack of interest, the auction failed several times. Then the management tried a complete overhaul. The oldest aircraft were shut down, and seven machines were fundamentally modernized. The airline opened numerous city offices and sales outlets at its destinations. Payments with debit or credit cards were made possible. Since then, the airline has stabilized itself and modernized and significantly expanded its fleet with aircraft from the Airbus A320 family . In the meantime, a modern corporate design and a frequent flyer program have also been introduced.
Ural Airlines mainly flies to destinations within Russia from its base in Yekaterinburg . There are also many flights to the Central Asian countries, the Caucasus, China , Israel , Turkey and Eastern and Southern European countries.
Between 2012 and the end of January 2015, a connection to Germany was offered with Cologne / Bonn Airport . Ural Airlines has been connecting Frankfurt with Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg since March 26, 2018 . Moscow-Domodedovo has also been served by Frankfurt since May 2018 . Ural Airlines flies to Moscow from Munich.
As of March 2020, the Ural Airlines fleet consists of 48 aircraft with an average age of 13.6 years:
|Airbus A320neo||3||- open -|
|Airbus A321-200||15th||with two Sharklets equipped||220|
|Airbus A321neo||2||- open -|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||14th||- open -|
On August 15, 2019, an Airbus A321-211 ( aircraft registration VQ-BOZ , serial number 2117 ) was boarded on Ural Airlines flight 178 from Moscow-Zhukovsky Airport to Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine with 226 passengers and seven crew members struck by a flock of seagulls shortly after takeoff , causing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in a corn field less than three nautical miles from the runway with the landing gear retracted. 23 people were hospitalized. However, there were no fatalities.
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