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KD Avia
KD Avia logo.png
IATA
KD
ICAO
KNI
Callsign
KALININGRAD AIR
Founded 1945
Ceased operations 2009
Hubs Khrabrovo Airport
Fleet size 19 (+25 orders)
Destinations 22
Headquarters Kaliningrad, Russia
Key people Valery Mikhailov (General Director), Leonid Itskov (Executive Director)
Website www.kdavia.ru

KD Avia, sometimes called Kaliningrad Avia, was an airline based in Kaliningrad, Russia. It operated scheduled services within Russia, CIS and Europe. Its main base was Khrabrovo Airport, Kaliningrad.[1]

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History

The airline was established on 8 October 1945 and started operations in 1946. It launched international services in 2004 and announced on 27 May 2005 that it was to change its name from Kaliningrad Avia to KD Avia, to differentiate itself from the state-owned company of the same name which operates from Khrabrovo Airport.

In 2005 the airline started a fleet renovation project and removed from operation its Tupolev Tu-134 and Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft replacing them with Boeing 737-300s. The first Boeing 737-300 was delivered to the airline in February 2005 and by the end of the year 6 were in operation. During 2005, the airline operated scheduled flights from Kaliningrad to Moscow and St.Petersburg, as well as charter flights from Moscow, Kaliningrad and other Russian cities to destinations in Turkey, Egypt and Europe.

The airline was investing into building a new modern passenger terminal in Khrabrovo airport which would be the main transit hub in a hub-and-spoke system of routes, which the airline wass planning to introduce on 15 June 2007. In the first stage, up to 13 cities of the Russian Federation would be connected with 13-15 cities of Europe by transit flights via Kaliningrad.

The concept of the airline is to connect Russia and other CIS countries with Europe.

On 4 September 2009, it was announced KD Avia will have its Operating Certificate revoked on 14 September 2009, with ceasure of all flights.[2]

On September 8, 2009, KD Avia suspended its flights. [3]

On December 2, 2009, the company's owner Sergei Grishchenko and executive director Leonid Itskov were charged with abuse of power and intentional bankruptcy (according to the prosecution, Grischenko and Itskov conducted a lot of deals with companies affiliated personally with Grishchenko that made no financial sense for KD Avia and led to company's insolvency).[4]

Former destinations

KD Avia Boeing 737-300 (EI-DJK) in Düsseldorf Airport

Asia

Europe

Fleet

The KD Avia fleet consisted of the following aircrafts as of November 2008:[5]

KD Avia Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Economy)
Routes Notes
Boeing 737-300 19 148
Airbus A319-100 (25 orders)
Total Number of Aircraft 19
(25 orders)

As of 5 November 2008, the average age of the KD Avia fleet is 21.1 years ([2]).

One KD Avia Boeing 737-300 is stored at Tallinn Airport.

On 29 May 2008, KD Avia placed a commitment with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A319-100s to replace the ageing 737-300s. [6]

Incidents and accidents

  • On October 1, 2008, flight KD794 from Barcelona to Kaliningrad, operated by a Boeing 737-300 (registered EI-DON), made a wheels-up landing resulting in severe damage to the aircraft. On their second approach after a go-around, the crew forgot to lower the gear while manually switching off the related alarm and performed the wheels-up landing on its second approach to Kaliningrad. None of the 138 passengers and 6 crew on board was injured.[7][8]

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