Ural Airlines

Ural Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1943 (as part of Aeroflot)
Commenced operations 1993
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Travelling Club "Wings"
Fleet size 43
Destinations 101
Headquarters Yekaterinburg, Russia
Key people Sergei Skuratov (General Director)
Website uralairlines.ru

Ural Airlines (Russian: Ура́льские авиали́нии, Ural’skiye avialinii) is an airline based in Yekaterinburg, Russia,[1] operates scheduled and chartered domestic and international flights out of Koltsovo International Airport. In 2016, the company transported 6.5 million passengers.[2]


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-154B2s.[3] The airline's Tupolev Tu-154M, in 164-seat two-class configuration, was retired on October 16, 2011.[4]

Ural Airlines has 3348 employees[5]. 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.[6] The airline also plans to buy the training complex for the Airbus A330-300.[7]

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[8].

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[9].

Corporate affairs

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.[10]

Passengers transported from 2007-2016:

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


Codeshare agreements

Ural Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines: [16]


Current fleet

As of June 2018, the Ural Airlines fleet has an average age of 13.6 years and consists of the following aircraft:[19]

Ural Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers[20] Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 7 8 132 140
Airbus A320-200 24[21] 12 144 156
150 162
Airbus A320neo 3[22] TBA To be delivered in 2019
Airbus A321-200 14 0 215 215
220 220
Airbus A321LR 2[23] TBA To be delivered in 2019
With a possible replacement of the older aircraft
Boeing 737 MAX 8 14[24] TBA To be delivered in 2019[25]
Total 45 16

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. The airline also considered purchasing Irkut MC-21, however the plans were most likely withdrawn.[26] 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 fleet

Ural Airlines Retired fleet
Aircraft Number in Fleet 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
It will be replaced by Airbus A330-300.
Tupolev Tu-154B 3 Unknown 2006 Retired from the re-branding of the airline.
Tupolev Tu-154M 5 Unknown 2011[4] The last soviet-built aircraft.
Total 16

See also


  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. http://www.rusaviainsider.com/ural-airlines-traffic-grows-22-march/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Ural Airlines Fleet Expansion Information". Ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  4. 1 2 "Уральские авиалинии" вывели из эксплуатации все имеющиеся в компании четыре Ту-154М и намерены продать их (in Russian). Aviaport.ru. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  5. http://www.rusaviainsider.com/ural-airlines-passes-eight-millionth-passenger-mark-2017/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. "Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" открыла тренажерный комплекс". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  7. "Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" выбирает второй тренажер для подготовки пилотов". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  8. "Ural Airlines". skytaxratings.com.
  9. "«Уральские авиалинии» хотят перевезти больше пассажиров". ato.ru. 20 April 2018.
  10. 1 2 Перевозки пассажиров | Росавиация Archived 2015-07-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. http://www.rusaviainsider.com/ural-airlines-traffic-grows-22-march/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. http://www.rusaviainsider.com/ural-airlines/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. "Ъ-Екатеринбург - Пассажиропоток «Уральских авиалиний» в 2014 году составил более 5 млн человек". Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  14. Пассажиропоток «Уральских авиалиний» за год вырос на 40% Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. 1 2 Росавиация, Основные показатели работы гражданской авиации России за январь-декабрь 2010—2011 годы Archived 2014-09-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. "Profile on Ural Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  17. "«Уральские авиалинии» будут выполнять рейсы из Москвы в Челябинск совместно с «Белавиа»". kommersant.ru. 31 July 2018.
  18. "Авиакомпании-партнёры". s7.ru.
  19. "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 30.
  20. Ural Airlines Official seating charts Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine., russian only
  21. "Флот "Уральских авиалиний" пополнился самолетом из парка "Сибири"". ch-aviation. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  22. ""Уральские авиалинии" в 2019 году введут в парк ВС семейства A320neo". ato.ru. 11 July 2018.
  23. "Новости "Уральские авиалинии" получат два А321neo LR в 2019 году". ato.ru. 2 February 2017.
  24. ""Уральские авиалинии" арендовали 14 самолетов Boeing 737MAX". ato.ru. 1 June 2018.
  25. churkanov (1 June 2018). "Уральские авиалинии начнут летать на 14 новых Boeing 737". yandex zen.
  26. ""Уральские авиалинии" начали переговоры о приобретении A321neo". ato.ru (in Russian). Azimuth. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

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