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VIM Airlines
Vim air logo.gif
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2000
Ceased operations 16 October 2017
Fleet size 28
Destinations 50
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Key people

VIM Airlines (legally VIM Avia) was[1] a Russian airline headquartered in Moscow[2] based at Domodedovo International Airport. It offered international scheduled and charter operations for both passengers and cargo as well as wet lease services. Its licence was revoked by 4 November 2017[1] after its operations were suspended a few weeks earlier.


VIM Airlines was established by Viktor Ivanovich Merkulov (hence the name of the company) and started operations in 2000, with an Ilyushin Il-62M. At the end of 2004, the company acquired Chitaavia and Aerobratsk, followed by Russian Sky Airlines in 2005.

On 28 September 2017, CEO Alexander Cochnev and Chief Accountant Yekaterina Panteleyeva were arrested after an embezzlement case against the employers of the company.[3]

In late September 2017 VIM Airlines' aircraft were seized at foreign airports and several routes were cancelled, including all operations from its home base Moscow-Domodedovo. The airline's aircraft were seized by lessors in Turkey following ongoing investigations by the Russian authorities.[4] The airline suspended all charter operations in September 2017 and suspended all scheduled operations on 15 October 2017.[5] On 4 November 2017, the airline's license was invalidated by Russian authorities so the airline was unable to resume flights.[1]



VIM Airlines Airbus A319-100
VIM Airlines Boeing 777-200ER
A now-retired Ilyushin Il-62M, VIM Airlines' first aircraft.

Current fleet[edit]

As of September 2017, the VIM Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[6][7]

VIM Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 3 150 150 Two stored
Airbus A330-200 1 24 228 252
Boeing 757-200 3 220 220 One stored
Boeing 767-300ER 1 12 259 271 Becoming N662GT with Atlas Air
Boeing 777-200ER 10 35 247 282 Six stored; One leased to Flynas
30 293 323
Boeing 777-300ER 1 42 386 428 VP-BIN (ex A6-EBD). Returned back to Emirates, four sold to Rossiya Airlines in 2017.
Total 19

Retired fleet[edit]

VIM Airlines previously operated the following aircraft:[8]


  1. ^ a b c - VIM Airlines' AOC suspended 4 November 2017
  2. ^ "Авиакомпания «ВИМ-АВИА» Archived 23 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.." (Map). VIM Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "Центральный офис "ВИМ-АВИА" 109052, г. Москва, ул. Новохохловская, д.23 стр.1"
  3. ^ VIM Airlines CEO Arrested
  4. ^ - Russia's VIM Airlines has aircraft seized in Turkey, Belgium 29 September 2017.
  5. ^ VIM to End Scheduled Operations
  6. ^ VIM-Avia fleet page
  7. ^ VIM Airlines fleet list at
  8. ^ VIM Airlines at

External links[edit]

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