One of the largest and rapidly developing Russian airlines, Ural Airlines is based in Yekaterinburg and operates scheduled and chartered domestic and international flights from its hub at Koltsovo International Airport and secondary hubs at Moscow – Domodedovo International Airport and Saint Petersburg – Pulkovo Airport. Today, Ural Airlines is owned by Ural Wings (65.77%) and Ural Transport Bank (14.67%).
In 1943, the airline’s history began when Sverdlovsk United Air Squadron was established on the premises of Sverdlovsk Koltsovo Airport. It later became part of Aeroflot, the Soviet state airline, and was in charge of Yekaterinburg Airport.
In December 1993, following the split-up of Aeroflot, the Ural Airlines brand was established as a joint stock company, at the same time with the official division and privatization of the Sverdlovsk Aviation Enterprise into an airport and an airline. The airline’s key business areas are passenger and cargo air services, booking and air ticket sales, aircraft repair and maintenance.
In 2006, Ural Airlines transported the first million passengers in a year. Since that time, the airline has grown, and the passenger number has also increased up to 5,4 million passengers in 2015.
In 2010-2011, Ural Airlines retired all its Russian aircraft: Antonov An-24s, Ilyushin Il-86s, and Tupolev Tu-154B2s in 2010, and Tupolev Tu-154M, in the two-class configuration, in October 2011.
In 2012, Ural Airlines became an IOSA registered airline after successfully passing the regular international audit for compliance with operational safety standards. Also, the airline opened its own training center for pilots equipped with a state-of-the-art training simulator for Airbus A320.
In 2013, Ural Airlines transported 4.4 million passengers and came in 6th place in Russia that year in numbers of passengers transported. At the Wings of Russia Awards, the airline was the winner as Russia’s best airline for the 11th time and Russia’s best domestic airline for the 4th time.
In 2016, the Ural Airlines fleet consists of 35 modern and comfortable European aircraft:19 A320s, 10 A321s, and 6 A319s.
In 2016, the Ural Airlines fleet, consisting of 35 modern and comfortable European aircraft – 19 A320s, 10 A321s, and 6 A319s, transported 6.5 million passengers.
Since 2017, Ural Airlines, Russia’s fourth largest carrier by passenger traffic, is certified with the 3-Star Airline Rating from Skytrax.
In 2018, three Airbus aircraft joined the fleet of Ural Airlines that currently operates 46 Airbus aircraft from its main hubs at Moscow-Domodedovo and Yekaterinburg.
No fatal accidents involving Ural Airlines were registered so far.