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About Saratov Airlines

Saratov Airlines was a Russian airline that was headquartered in Saratov, Russia and based at Saratov Tsentralny Airport. Saratov Airlines flew to the following destinations: Kirov, Moscow, Krasnodar, Nizhnevartosvk, Murmansk, Mineralnye Vody, Saint Petersburg, Orsk, Samara, Surgut, Ufa, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg. Asia: Armenia and Azerbaijan (Lankaran), Europe: Prague, Montenegro (Tivat). Saratov Airlines' fleet consists of Yakolev, Antonov and Embraer 195.


Saratov Airways was founded in 1931, originally named Saratov United Air Squad and was part of Aeroflot. Saratov Airlines has received the Russian Aviation award, ‘Krylia Rossii’ (Russian Wings), three times. The airline was operating as Saravia, until 2013.

From 2013, Saratov Airways was the first Russian operator to use Embraer E-JETS, with an additional of two Embraer 195 114-seat aircraft.



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Saratov Airlines News


24th May 2018

Pressured Saratov Airlines set to cease operations

Embattled Russian carrier Saratov Airlines is set to cease operations, less than four months after a fatal accident involving one of its Antonov An-148s.

Federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia, which had already put Saratov on a temporary licence, has instructed the airline "not to book and issue tickets" – on its own or on behalf of tour operators – for flights after 30 May.

The airline states that, in response, its management has opted to close the company from the end of May and dismiss employees from 18 July.

Saratov says that, as a result of the decision, some 1,200 qualified specialists will be "on the street".

Rosaviatsia has also told the carrier to ensure that passengers are repatriated, and that no more are transported abroad if their return is scheduled after the 30 May deadline.

Saratov acknowledges the communication about the suspension of ticket sales, and views it as a prelude to introducing additional limitations on its operations.

Rosaviatsia had limited the validity of its air operator's certificate, initially to 27 April and then to 30 May, as a warning to the airline to address shortcomings in its operations.

The restrictions followed inspections of the carrier conducted in the aftermath of the 11 February crash outside Moscow Domodedovo.

Saratov has also been trying to deal with a loss of capacity from the grounding of its An-148 fleet.

It insists it has "taken all measures" to correct the issues uncovered by the inspections, and says that Rosaviatsia's decision has "condemned to death one of the oldest airlines in Russia".

Saratov claims an uninterrupted history dating back 86 years, the carrier having emerged from an agricultural service.

It had been using Embraer E-Jets alongside its An-148s and had recently introduced an Embraer 190 featuring a different carrier identity, with the name 'Ivolga Airlines' on its fuselage.




2nd May 2018

Saratov Airlines’ AOC is extended for one month

Saratov Airlines plans to bring its western aircraft fleet to six Embraers and two Boeings in 2019 (Saratov Airlines)

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA, also known as Rosaviatsiya) has extended the Saratov Airlines’ air operators certificate (AOC) for another month, until 30 May 2018, the carrier has revealed in a statement.

Its AOC had been restricted until April 27, as a result of an extraordinary audit of the airline following a fatal crash of an Antonov An-148 regional jet in February this year.

According to the airline’s management, it has now submitted to FATA all relevant documents confirming the identification and rectification of the shortcomings and inconsistencies.

The airline, which is continuing to operate as usual, is working to completely lift the AOC restrictions, insists Igor Natykan, new general director of Saratov Airlines, which has changed its top management, introduced a number of measures aimed at improving efficiencies and continues to implement a radical fleet modernisation plan.

By the end of this year the renewed carrier will undergo a change of brand name to Ivolga Airlines.

As part of the renewal process, Saratov Airlines has announced plans to phase out its entire fleet of Yakovlev Yak-42s by mid-2019. This year its fleet is expected to be boosted by the arrival of two Embraer E-190s and a Boeing 737-800, a new aircraft type for the carrier.

Furthermore, in 2019, the airline hopes to take two additional E195s and another B737-800 on lease, taking its fleet to six Embraers and two Boeings.

Currently Saratov’s fleet consists of two Embraer E195s, five An-148-100Bs and five Yak-42Ds. The carrier’s An-148s have been grounded by FATA in the wake of the February crash and its resulting investigation.



2nd May 2018

Saratov Airlines launches operations under Ivolga brand

Saratov Airlines, via its official Facebook account, announced (28-Apr-2018) the operation of the first service under the Ivolga Airlinesbrand. Ivolga Airlines launched twice Saratov-Dalaman service.

The carrier also plans to operate four times weekly Saratov-Antalyaservice under the brand.


6th March 2018

Saratov Airlines to restore An-148 operations

Saratov Airlines is to resume operations with Antonov An-148s, days after suspending flights with the type in the wake of the fatal accident in Moscow.

The Russian carrier – one of only two airlines in the country using An-148s – is to return the twinjet to its network on 16 February after completing in-depth technical checks on the fleet.

Saratov says, however, that An-148 operations will be conducted with a "reinforced" crew, which will include an instructor pilot.

An-148s have been crucial to the airline's recent network expansion. Saratov has had to introduce a restructured schedule since the suspension, which included suggesting that passengers bound for Moscow use the rail service from Kursk – a journey of more than 5h.

Saratov has five An-148s, configured with 83 seats, as well as a pair of Embraer 195s, and also has a number of Yakovlev Yak-42s.

It opted last year to modernise its fleet with two more Embraer 195s, and the airline has also shown interest in the Mitsubishi MRJ90 regional jet. Saratov officials have met with representatives of the Japanese company several times.


11th October 2017

From 1st November 2017, Saratov Airlines will start weekly St. Petersburg-Naryan-Mar Antonov An-148 service and 3X-weekly Moscow Domodedovo-Naryan-Mar Yakovlev Yak-42 service Dec. 1.

Saratov began daily Moscow Domodedovo-Grozny Embraer E190 and daily Moscow Domodedovo-Khanty-Mansiysk An-148 services Oct. 2.


June 2017

Russia’s Saratov Airlines has received a national FAP 285 approval for base maintenance services on Antonov An-148 regional jetliners at its base station at Saratov Airport and line outstations in Penza and Krasnoyarsk.

The airline’s technicians have already started performing checks on its An-148 fleet: RA-61706 is undergoing an A Check and an S2A Check in Penza, RA-61703 has had its SA/S2A Check done in Krasnoyarsk, and RA-61704 is doing its А/2А/4А Checks in Saratov.


April 2017

Saratov Airlines announced it will now be able to start regular Moscow flights

Saratov Airlines added that the airport authority must also pay a fine to Saratov. Izhevsk airport is owned by Izhavia the national carrier of the Republic of Urdmurtia – and has been criticised for several years for perceived anti-competitive practices. Izhevsk airport, located in the Western Urals, has a weekly capacity of 3,179 seats, primarily serving Moscow and to a lesser extent St. Petersburg. In April 2017, Saratov Airlines announced it had taken delivery in a batch of An-148-100B regional jetliners subleased from Rossiya Airlines. The contract between the two carriers and the owner of the aircraft, Ilyushin Finance Co, was signed last year. The final aircraft, tail number RA-61706, arrived at Saratov airport on April 18. The airline’s management expects this summer’s traffic to justify the An-148 lease move.


May 2016

Saratov Airlines resumed international flights after sanctions were in place for a period of time 





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