Nordwind Airlines
Северный ветер
IATA ICAO Callsign
N4 NWS NORDLAND
Founded2008; 16 years ago (2008)
Operating basesSheremetyevo International Airport
SubsidiariesPegas Fly
Fleet size42
Destinations74
Parent companyPegas Touristik[1]
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Key peopleShvetsov Igor (General Director)[2]
Websitehttps://nordwindairlines.ru/en

Nordwind Airlines, LLC (Russian: ООО «Северный ветер», romanizedSeverný veter) is a Russian leisure airline. The company is headquartered in Moscow,[3] and its hub is at Sheremetyevo International Airport. Nordwind Airlines primarily operates service between airports in Russia and holiday destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.[4][failed verification]

History

Nordwind Airlines was founded in August 2008 by the Russian and Turkish branches of tour operator Pegas Touristik and initially operated three Boeing 757-200s.[5][6]

The number of passengers transported was as follows:[7]

Year Passengers
2008 20,000
2009 555,000
2010 1.2 million
2011 1.7 million
2012 2.2 million
2013 3.4 million
2014 4.4 million
2015 2.6 million
2016 1.7 million
2017 3.5 million
2018 4.9 million
2019 5.5 million
2020 2.9 million
2021 5.9 million [8]

On April 29, 2013, two surface-to-air missiles were fired by unknown forces in Syria at a Nordwind Airlines jet flying from Sharm El Sheikh to Kazan. The pilots took evasive action and the plane continued onto Kazan undamaged.[9]

In 2017, the airline acquired two used A330s.[10]

The Wall Street Journal reported that Nordwind transported approximately 7.4 tons of gold with a market value over $300 million from Venezuela to a refinery near the airport in Entebbe, Uganda. These March 2019 shipments allegedly expose a global underground economy the United States government suspects helps Nicolás Maduro stay in power in Venezuela.[11]

Following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine Nordwind suspended all international flights.[12] A number of leased aircraft, located abroad when the invasion took place have been returned to the lessors.[13] The US Commerce Department, who had previously sanctioned US manufactured aircraft, extended sanctions to the European manufactured Airbus aircraft in Nordwind's fleet in August 2022.[14] Sanctions have also banned Nordwind receiving spare parts for their planes.[15]

Destinations

Nordwind Airlines Airbus A321-200
Nordwind Airlines Airbus A330-200
Nordwind Airlines Boeing 737-800
Nordwind Airlines Boeing 777-200ER

In 2021 Nordwind serves 98 destinations in 28 countries including nine countries and 23 cities in Europe, eight countries and 12 cities in the Middle East and Africa, four countries and four cities in South America, and six countries and 14 cities in Asia.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Albania Tirana Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza Terminated [16]
Armenia Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport
Azerbaijan Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Lankaran Lankaran Airport
Belarus Minsk Minsk International Airport
Cuba Cayo Coco Cayo Coco Airport Seasonal Charter [17]
Holguín Frank País Airport Seasonal Charter
Santa Clara Abel Santamaría Airport Seasonal Charter
Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport Seasonal Charter
Camaguey Ignacio Agramonte Airport Seasonal Charter
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport Terminated [16]
Dominican Republic Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International Airport Seasonal Charter
Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport Seasonal Charter
Samaná Samaná El Catey International Airport Seasonal Charter
Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport Seasonal Charter
Egypt Hurghada Hurghada International Airport Seasonal Charter
Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh International Airport Seasonal Charter
Germany Berlin Berlin Brandenburg Airport Terminated [18]
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport Terminated [18]
Hanover Hannover Airport Terminated [19][18]
Greece Athens Athens International Airport Terminated [20]
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport Terminated [20]
Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Airport Terminated [20]
India Goa Dabolim Airport Seasonal Charter
Iran Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport Seasonal Charter
Jordan Aqaba King Hussein International Airport Seasonal Charter
Kazakhstan Almaty Almaty International Airport [21]
Maldives Male Velana International Airport Seasonal Charter
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport Seasonal Charter
North Macedonia Skopje Skopje International Airport Terminated [22][23]
Russia Blagoveshchensk Ignatyevo Airport
Cheboksary Cheboksary International Airport
Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Airport
Irkutsk International Airport Irkutsk
Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport [24]
Kazan Ğabdulla Tuqay Kazan International Airport Focus city [25]
Khabarovsk Khabarovsk Novy Airport
Krasnodar Krasnodar International Airport Terminated
Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk International Airport
Magnitogorsk Magnitogorsk International Airport [26]
Mineralnye Vody Mineralnye Vody Airport
Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport Hub
Nizhnekamsk Begishevo Airport
Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport
Omsk Omsk Tsentralny Airport
Orenburg Orenburg Tsentralny Airport
Perm Perm International Airport
Rostov-on-Don Platov International Airport Terminated
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
Samara Kurumoch International Airport
Saransk Saransk Airport begins 1 May 2024 [27]
Saratov Saratov Gagarin Airport begins 9 April 2024 [24]
Sochi Sochi International Airport
Syktyvkar Syktyvkar Airport Begins 20 February 2024 [26]
Ufa Mustai Karim Ufa International Airport
Ulyanovsk Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport begins 3 May 2024 [24]
Volgograd Volgograd International Airport
Yakutsk Yakutsk Airport [25]
Yekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport
Russia / Ukraine[A 1] Simferopol Simferopol International Airport Terminated [28]
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Serbia Belgrade Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Spain Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport Terminated [23]
Girona Girona Airport Terminated [23]
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport Terminated [23]
Reus Reus Airport Terminated [23]
Tanzania Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Seasonal Charter
Tajikistan Bokhtar Bokhtar International Airport
Khujand Khujand Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Seasonal Charter
Krabi Krabi International Airport Seasonal Charter
Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport Seasonal Charter
Phuket Phuket International Airport Seasonal Charter
Surat Thani Surat Thani International Airport
Tunisia Djerba Djerba–Zarzis International Airport Seasonal Charter
Monastir Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport Seasonal Charter
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport Seasonal Charter
Dalaman Dalaman Airport Seasonal Charter
İzmir İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport Seasonal Charter
Istanbul Istanbul Airport Seasonal Charter
Turkmenistan Turkmenabat Turkmenabat Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport Seasonal Charter
Sharjah Sharjah International Airport [29]
Uzbekistan Fergana Fergana International Airport
Karshi Karshi Airport
Namangan Namangan Airport
Samarkand Samarkand International Airport
Urgench Urgench International Airport
Venezuela Porlamar Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport Seasonal Charter [30][31]
Vietnam Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport Seasonal Charter
  1. ^ Disputed. See Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

Fleet

As of January 2024, Nordwind Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft:[32]

Nordwind Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A321-200 5 220 220
Airbus A321neo 2 218 218
Airbus A330-200 2 361 361
Airbus A330-300 3 34 259 293
Boeing 737-800 11 12 156 168 VP-BSA returned to Ireland
VP-BDU returned to lessor
189 189
Boeing 777-200ER 2 440 440
Boeing 777-300ER 2 6 480 486 VP-BJP returned to the USA
486 486
Irkut MC-21-300 5[citation needed] TBA
Total 27 5

In 2022 Air Lease Corporation are seeking to recover two A321neo and four Boeing 737-800s, as the lease payments are not being made.[33]

The fleet previously included the following aircraft:

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