|Founded||1943Aeroflot)(as part of|
|Frequent-flyer program||Travelling Club "Wings"|
|Headquarters||Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia|
Ural Airlines (Russian: ? ?, Ural'skiye avialinii) is an airline based in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, that operates scheduled and chartered domestic and international flights out of Koltsovo International Airport. In 2018, the company transported nine million passengers.
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. The airline's Tupolev Tu-154M, in 164-seat two-class configuration, was retired on October 16, 2011.
Ural Airlines has 3348 employees. 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. The airline also plans to buy the training complex for the Airbus A330-300.
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.
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.
Passengers transported from 2007-2016:
As of November 2019, the Ural Airlines fleet has an average age of 14 years and consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A320neo||2||1||TBA||EIS on 15 August 2019|
|Airbus A321LR||1||1||—||236||236||To be delivered in 2019|
With a possible replacement of the older aircraft
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||—||14||TBA||To be delivered in 2019|
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. The airline also considered purchasing Irkut MC-21, however the plans were most likely withdrawn. 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.
|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||The last Soviet-built aircraft.|