The only air carrier in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, operating domestic and international schedules as well as charters, primarily with a fleet of Tupolev Tu-154Ms, had its AOC suspended by Rosaviatsia on 15 December 2011. The carrier had also been operating under a second brand, South East Airlines, since January 2010. The airline had been under increased scrutiny over the last year, following the crash landing of a South East Airlines branded Tu-154M at Moscow Domodedovo on 4 December 2010. In January 2011, the Federal Government was reported to be moving to take over the airline's operations from Makhachkala Airport. This was followed in May 2011 by the announcement by the Transport Prosecutor of Dagestan of a planned action against the airline for disposing of its assets, either illegally or at well below market value.
Thu, Dec 22 2011 4:52 PM
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