|Ceased operations||16 October 2017|
VIM Airlines (legally VIM Avia) was a Russian airline headquartered in Moscow based at Domodedovo International Airport. It offered international scheduled and charter operations for both passengers and cargo as well as wet lease services. It had its licence revoked by 4 November 2017 after suspending operations a few weeks earlier.
VIM Airlines was established by Viktor Ivanovich Merkulov (hence the name of the company) and started operations in 2000, with a soviet-built aircraft Ilyushin Il-62M. At the end of 2004, the company acquired Chitaavia and Aerobratsk, followed by Russian Sky Airlines in 2005.
In July 2017, it was announced that the airline had signed a letter of intent to lease 15 Irkut MC-21-300s at the MAKS Air Show in Moscow. The airline has yet to decide which engines will be chosen for the aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from 2021-2024.
On 28 September 2017, CEO Alexander Cochnev and Chief Accountant Yekaterina Panteleyeva were arrested after an embezzlement case against the employers of the company.
In late September 2017 VIM Airlines faced severe struggles as aircraft have been seized at foreign destinations and several routes were cancelled, including all operations from its home base Moscow-Domodedovo. The airline had aircraft seized by lessors in Turkey following ongoing investigations by the Russian authorities. The airline suspended all charter operations in September 2017 and suspended all scheduled operations as well subsequently on 15 October 2017. On 4 November 2017, the airline's license has been invalidated by the Russian authorities therefore the airline is no longer able to resume any services.
|Airbus A319-100||3||—||–||150||150||Two stored|
|Boeing 757-200||3||—||–||220||220||One stored|
|Boeing 777-200ER||10||—||35||247||282||Six stored; One leased to Flynas|
VIM Airlines also did operate the following aircraft which were meanwhile retired:
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