Court shelves appeal to recognize major airline bankrupt
MOSCOW, October 7 - RAPSI, Alyona Yegorova. A commercial court shelved an appeal filed by Kazan Motor Production Association to recognize Moscow Airlines' bankruptcy, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported from the court on Friday.
Kazan Motor Production Association was established in 1931. It is one of the largest engineering enterprises in Russia. It produces gas turbine engines and engine-based equipment for natural gas pumping, distribution and processing. Over 30 percent of Russian airplanes function on engines manufactured by the company.
Moscow Airlines was founded as Atlant-Soyuz Airlines in June 1993. Private investors owned a 75-percent stake in the company and the remaining 25-percent stake belonged to Moscow as of 2007. On September 17, 2010, the airline was renamed Moscow Airlines.
On January 17, 2011, the company discontinued all flight activities. It asked the Federal Agency for Air Transport to assign its commercial rights to conduct international air flights to UTair, which undertook obligations to employ all Moscow Airlines' crews and most of its technical staff.
On August 30, the Moscow Commercial Court's decision to recover 30,685 million rubles ($952,190) from Moscow Airlines to Kazan Motor Production Association came into effect.
Kazan Motor Production Association refused its claims on Friday without providing explanations.
However, the Kazan Motor Production Association did not initially announce its refusal of its claims. At first, the parties requested that the case be heard behind closed doors to prevent confidential information from going public. However, after the judge announced a break in the hearings for several days, the Kazan Motor Production Association recalled its appeal and requested a public trial.