Polar Airlines

For the American Cargo airline see: Polar Air Cargo

State Unitary Enterprise "Aircompany "Polar Airlines"
ГУП «Авиакомпания «Полярные авиалинии»
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1997
Operating bases Yakutsk[1]
Fleet size 56
Destinations 20
Parent company Government owned
Headquarters Yakutsk, Russia
Key people Andrei Vasiliyevich Koryakin (General Director)[1]
Website http://www.polarair.ru/
Antonov An-26-100

Polar Airlines (Russian: Полярные авиалинии, Poljarnýe avialinii) is an airline based in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services.[2]


The airline began operations in 1997. It was formed from the Batagai, Kolyma-Indigirka, Chukordakh and Tiksi sub-divisions of Aeroflot.[2]


Polar Airlines operates scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of January 2013):[3]

Russia Russia

Accidents & Incidents

May 16, 2003
Antonov An-3T RA-05881 force-landed 28 mi from Sangara due to engine failure caused by bad weather; all 13 on board survived, but the aircraft was written off.[4]
November 18, 2005
Antonov An-2TP RA-02252 crashed on a mountain 19 mi from Sangar in bad weather; all 12 on board survived, but the aircraft was written off.[5]
November 21, 2012
Flight RKA-227 (performed by Antonov An-26 RA-26061) from Yakutsk to Deputatsky overshot the runway on landing by 70 metres. The airline reported an icy runway as the cause. The plane received substantial damage[6] but no injuries were reported.[7]
July 2, 2013
Flight 9949, a Mil Mi-8 (registration RA-22657) crashed into a hill top 66 km from Deputatsky in the Sakha Republic. 19 of the 25 passengers and 3 crew were killed, of these deaths several children were involved. 11 of the 25 passengers were children. A post crash fire consumed the aircraft. [8][9][10] This was the first fatal accident for the airline.
August 16, 2013
Flight 9977, an Antonov An-2TP (registration RA-01419), made a forced landing near Vilyuisk following an unexplained engine problem; all 11 on board survived, but the aircraft was destroyed by a post-crash fire.[11]
October 11, 2016
Flight 203, an Antonov An-26 RA-26660 landed short of the runway at Belaya Gora Airport. The aircraft was severely damaged. All 33 people on board survived.[12]


As of July 2012 the Polar Airlines fleet includes:[1][13]


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