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Polar Airlines

For the American Cargo airline see: Polar Air Cargo

State Unitary Enterprise "Aircompany "Polar Airlines"
ГУП «Авиакомпания «Полярные авиалинии»
IATA
PI
ICAO
RKA
Callsign
AIR SAKHA
Founded 1997
Operating bases Yakutsk[1]
Fleet size 56
Destinations 20
Parent company Government owned
Headquarters Yakutsk, Russia
Key people Andrei Vasiliyevich Koryakin (General Director)[1]
Website http://www.polarair.ru/
Antonov An-26-100

Polar Airlines (Polyarnye Avialinii) is an airline based in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services.[2]

History

The airline began operations in 1997. It was formed from the Batagai, Kolyma-Indigirka, Chukordakh and Tiksi sub-divisions of Aeroflot.[2]

Destinations

Polar Airlines operates scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of January 2013):[3]

Russia

Incidents

May 16, 2003
Antonov An-3T RA-05881 force-landed 28 mi from Sangara due to engine failure caused by bad weather; all 13 on board survived, but the aircraft was written off.[4]
November 18, 2005
Antonov An-2TP RA-02252 crashed on a mountain 19 mi from Sangar in bad weather; all 12 on board survived, but the aircraft was written off.[5]
November 21, 2012
Flight RKA-227 (performed by Antonov An-26 RA-26061) from Yakutsk to Deputatsky overshot the runway on landing by 70 metres. The airline reported an icy runway as the cause. The plane received substantial damage[6] but no injuries were reported.[7]
July 2, 2013
Flight 9949, a Mil Mi-8 (registration RA-22657) crashed into a hill top 66 km from Deputatsky in the Sakha Republic. 19 of the 25 passengers and 3 crew were killed, of these deaths several children were involved. 11 of the 25 passengers were children. A post crash fire consumed the aircraft. [8][9][10] This was the first fatal accident for the airline.

Fleet

As of July 2012 the Polar Airlines fleet includes:[1][11]

References

  1. ^ a b c Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 27 April 2007, p. 351
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines".  
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Accident description for RA-05881 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ Accident description for RA-02252 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.avsim.su/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach§ion=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=397427
  7. ^ http://avherald.com/h?article=45961174
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23142651
  9. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/19-people-die-in-russian-helicopter-crash-official-386831
  10. ^ "Катастрофа Ми-8Т а/к Полярные авиалинии в Усть-Янском районе Якутии" [Accident Mi-8 Yakutia] (in Russian). airdisaster.ru. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Polar Airlines fleet

External links

  • (Russian) Polar Airlines official website
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