Saratov Airlines Ordered to Cease Operations in Wake of Fatal…

Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, the airline involved in February’s fatal accident outside Moscow which resulted in the deaths of 71 people, has been ordered to cease operations by the Russian Transport Ministry due to continued discrepancies in its flight operations. The accident occurred on Feb. 11 when Saratov Airlines…

Aircraft Departure Leads to Gold and Silver Rain in Russia

Last week, a Russian airplane lost over three metric tons of gold bars during take-off from the airport of Yakutsk in Siberia. The precious cargo inside the Nimbus Airlines Antonov AN-12 had shifted during taxiing and damaged the freight door. When the plane accelerated for takeoff, the door opened and…

Opinion: Russia’s Checkered History of Aviation Safety (or Lack Thereof)

On Sunday, a Russian Antonov An-148 crashed shortly after takeoff from Moscow Domodedovo International Airport. The crash killed all 65 passengers and 6 crew members onboard. The flight was supposed to be on a routine domestic flight from Moscow to Orsk. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.…

A History of Saratov Airlines Following Devastating Accident near Moscow

With 2018 still in its infancy and the aviation world still reflecting on a year that suffered no commercial airline fatalities, the wretched news emerging from Russia on Sunday morning brought into sharp focus the dangers that are still very real in air travel. At roughly 08:27 UTC on Sunday,…

A Forgotten Part of Oneworld: S7 Airlines

American Airlines. British Airways. Cathay Pacific. All three are household names for international travel, and along with ten other airlines serve as integral members of the Oneworld alliance. However, one airline sticks out in Oneworld as being easily forgotten, attributed to its unique location on the map and less extensive…

Russia’s MC-21-300 Jet Quietly Completes Maiden Flight

The MC-21-300 commercial jet took off on its first flight from Irkut's manufacturing facility in Irkutsk, Russia on Sunday. This unannounced first flight is a milestone for the program as the manufacturer aims to compete with Boeing and Airbus for narrowbody aircraft development. The initial flight lasted approximately 30 minutes…

A Forgotten Soviet Shoot-Down: The Story of Korean Air 902

In September 1983 the Cold War was on the brink of becoming hot. The Soviet Union had shot down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 that had strayed over their airspace. The strike resulted in the deaths of all 269 on board, including prominent conservative congressman Larry McDonald.  The intentional…

Transaero’s Fleet Heads for Storage

Following the sudden and climatic end to Russian airline Transaero, the airline's fleet has begun positioning to storage locations. At the start of the month, Transaero announced it would be shutting down, expecting final flights in the middle of December. However, this process was quickly brought forward, and on October…