Nordavia is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Talagi Airport in Arkhangelsk, Russia. It operates mainly scheduled domestic and regional services. Its main bases are Talagi Airport and Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.
The airline was formed in 1963 as Arkhangelsk United Aviation Squadron and became AVL Arkhangelsk Airlines in 1991. In August 2004 Aeroflot acquired 51% of the airline, with the rest being held by Aviainvest. The company was renamed Aeroflot-Nord, becoming Aeroflot's second regional airline. It joined the European Regions Airline Association in December 2006.
As the contract with Aeroflot ceased on 1 December 2009, the airline operates since then independently as Nordavia. Reasons for the retreat of Aeroflot were the bad press the subsidiary received following the Aeroflot Flight 821 disaster, and the decision of Russian aviation officials dating from 15 July 2009, to impose restrictions on then Aeroflot-Nord flight operations due to insufficient security and bad finances.
In March 2011, Aeroflot sold the airline to Norilsk Nickel for a reported US$7 million. Kommersant has quoted experts who believe that Norilsk Nickel may merge Nordavia with Taimyr Air Company, which is already owned by the company. On December 1, 2011 Norilsk Nickel reported that Nordavia is to be merged in Taimyr Air Company
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