IATA ICAO Callsign
  • 1963 (as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron)
  • 1991 (as AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines)
  • 2004 (as Aeroflot-Nord)
  • 2009 (as Nordavia)
Operating bases
Focus cities Saint Petersburg
Fleet size 9
Destinations 21
Parent company Sky Invest[1]
Headquarters Talagi Airport
Arkhangelsk, Russia
Key people Vladimir Antonov (Chairman)[2]

Nordavia (Russian: Нордавиа), formerly known as Aeroflot-Nord (Аэрофлот-Норд), is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Talagi Airport in Arkhangelsk, Russia.[3] It mainly operates scheduled domestic and regional services. Its main bases are Talagi Airport and Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.[4] Nordavia is a joint-stock company.


The airline was formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron (Russian: Архангельский объединенный авиационный отряд) and became AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines (Архангельские воздушные линии) in 1991. In August 2004 Aeroflot acquired 51% of the airline, with the rest being held by Aviainvest. The company was renamed Aeroflot-Nord, becoming Aeroflot's second regional airline.[5] It joined the European Regions Airline Association in December 2006.

Since the contract with Aeroflot ended on 1 December 2009, the airline has operated independently as Nordavia.[6] Because of the bad press the subsidiary received following the Aeroflot Flight 821 disaster, and Russian aviation officials' 15 July 2009 imposition of restrictions (including a ban on international charter tours) on then Aeroflot-Nord flight operations due to insufficient security and bad finances, Aeroflot has distanced itself from Nordavia.[7]

In March 2011, Aeroflot sold the airline to Norilsk Nickel for a reported US$7 million. Kommersant has quoted experts who believe that Norilsk Nickel may merge Nordavia with Taimyr Air Company, which is already owned by the company.[8] On December 1, 2011 Norilsk Nickel reported that Nordavia is to be merged in Taimyr Air Company.[9] Ultimately, due to the Federal Antimonopoly Service having blocked the merge of Nordavia with Taimyr Air Company, Nordavia was ultimately sold to Sergey Kuznetsov, the owner of Red Wings Airlines in March 2016.[10]

In April 2017, under Red Wings ownership, it was announced that the airline would change its name to SmartAvia from Q3 2017. As well as the new name the airline will also introduce a new livery, still in NordAvia's colors (blue, orange, gray) but with a design that moves away from its Aeroflot ancestry. The airline will also introduce four new A320-200s, which are due to join the fleet in May 2017.[11]

Merger with Red Wings Airlines

To increase business power, Red Wings and Nordavia decided to merge. The process already began, alas the date when the airlines will fully merged, and will they be separate or work under one airline, is still a question. This plan also caused Airbus A320, which initially was ordered for Nordavia, to be delivered to Red Wings. The new brand name will be known, after finishing the merger procedure.[12]


Codeshare agreements

Nordavia Airlines also has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


The Nordavia fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2018):[14]

Nordavia fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-500 9 10 100 110
Boeing 737-700 1[15] 1 0 142 142
Total 9 1

Accidents and incidents


  1. ""Норникель" продал 100% акций авиакомпании "Нордавиа"" ["Norilsk Nickel" has sold 100% of shares of "Nordavia" airlines] (in Russian).
  2. Nordavia Chairman
  3. "Contact Us Archived 2010-06-11 at the Wayback Machine.." Nordavia. Retrieved on 29 June 2010. "Legal address: Russian Federation, 163053, Arkhangelsk, Talagi Airport." – "Контакты." Address in Russian: "163053, г. Архангельск, Аэропорт "Архангельск"."
  4. "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 47.
  5. Flight International 27 March 2007
  6. "ERA Welcomes Aeroflot-Nord". European Regions Airline Association (ERA). 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  7. "Aeroflot-Nord in trouble". BarentsObserver. 2009-07-17. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  8. "Russia's Aeroflot airline sells Nordavia for $7 mln — paper". Moscow: RIA Novosti. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  9. "Aviaport digest, Dec. 1st, 2011" (in Russian). 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  10. "Norilsk Nickel sold Nordavia" (in Russian). Vedomosti. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  12. "Авиакомпании Red Wings и "Нордавиа" объединятся". 16 October 2017.
  13. L, J (6 April 2015). "Nordavia Expands Moscow Domodedovo Service in S15; New Codeshare Partnership with S7 Airlines". Airline Route. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  14. "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 30.
  16. "September 14, 2008 Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.." Aeroflot. Accessed September 14, 2008.
  17. "Aeroflot-Nord Flight 821 down near Perm". 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
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