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Aerospace Cluster Ulyanovsk-Avia

The cluster is in Ulyanovsk Region in Russia. Ulyanovsk is situated on the Volga river at the basic transport highways crossing. It unites a huge aircraft industrial complex, two international airports of class «A» (one of which is able to take even the «Space Shuttle»), the oldest Higher Civil Aviation School in the country, the world leader in the unique, oversize and heavy cargo market, brand new composites production and lot of research institutions, and the only one special aviation zone in Russia offering tax holidays to residents who are engaged in MRO, aircraft production, logistics services.

The foundation of Ulyanovsk Aviation Cluster in 2009 resulted in the recognition of the region as the Aviation Capital of Russia ™.

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 77
Number of employees approx. 30,000
Number of research institutes 4
Universities and Colleges 6
Cluster Management Managing company “Cluster Development Centre of Ulyanovsk Region” established by Ulyanovsk Region Government
Organizational form Academic-Industrial Consortium "Ulyanovsk-Avia"
Financing Mixed (federal government programs, regional budget)
Main actors
  • Aviastar -SP - Aviation Production Plant (part of United Aircraft Corporation)
  • Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau (part of «Radio-Electronic technologies» Concern («Rostech» State Corporation))
  • Spectr-Avia – Aircraft Painting Plant and Customisation Centre
  • Aerocomposit – Ulyanovsk - Composite Materials for Aircraft Production (part of United Aircraft Corporation)
  • Volga-Dnepr Airlines – the world leader in the special market of oversize and super-heavy cargo transportation (part of Volga-Dnepr Group)
  • The special economic zone (SEZ) "Ulyanovsk" - The only special aviation zone in Russia at the international airport “Ulyanovsk-Vostochny” with special tax and customs regulations. Business activities: MRO, aircraft and air parts production and transport and logistics services.
  • Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport (IATA: ULY, ICAO: UWLW) Its runway is the third longest public use runway in the world with a length of 5,000 metres (16,000 ft). The runway is also the widest, with a total width of about 105 metres (344 ft). The airport also features a very long taxyway that connects with the local Aviastar plant.
  • Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport (also Ulyanovsk Southwest Airport and Ul'yanovsk Airport) (IATA: ULV, ICAO: UWLL) is an airport in Russia located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) southwest of Ulyanovsk. It generally operates as a civilian/transport base.
  • The Ulyanovsk Institute of Civil Aviation is the oldest flight school for civil pilots in Russia (est.1935). Its Aviation Training Centre houses the most modern flight simulators including FNPT Boeing-737NG,FFS A320, FNPT SSJ 100, etc.
  • Ulyanovsk State University has a specialized department “Digital Aviation Production” based on the “Aviastar” plant
  • Ulyanovsk Technical University has a special division called “Aviation Technology and Management Institute”
  • Main Research Institutes

    Main research institutes
  • • Ulyanovsk branch of the design bureau “Tupolev”
  • Ulyanovsk Research Institute of National Institute of Aviation Technologies (NIAT)
  • Ulyanovsk Scientific and Technological Center “National Scientific Research Institute of Aircraft Materials”(VIAM)
  • Ulyanovsk State Design and Scientific Research Institute for the Aviation Industry
  • Cluster Competences and Strategy

    The cluster history dates back to 1976 when one of the biggest aircraft plants of the Soviet Union “Ulyanovsk Aviation Industrial Complex” was started up. Today "Aviastar" is one of the largest manufacturers of aviation equipment in Russia and the CIS countries, which specializes on production of modern passenger and cargo aircraft of Tu - 204 family, heavy transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A and modification of unique transport civil aircraft Аn-124-100 "Ruslan”.The capacities of "Aviastar" allow to produce up to 50 aircraft per year.

    Since 1985 the company have been producing a series of unique transport aircraft An-124-100, the maximum capacity of which reaches 150 tons. Today there are no aircrafts equal to AN-124-100 in the world .

    The largest operator of «Ruslan» is «Volga-Dnepr Airlines», a regional company which has become the world leader in the unique, oversize and heavy cargo market, successfully representing the Russian airfreight industry in the international market since 1990. Nowadays Volga-Dnepr Group is a multinational team of 3,500 employees in nine countries. The Group’s core businesses are charter cargo operations using unique AN-124-100 and IL-76TD-90VD heavy transporters (Volga-Dnepr Airlines) and scheduled cargo operations using the fleet of Boeing 747 (AirBridgeCargo Airlines) and Boeing 737 (Atran Airlines) freighters.

    “Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau” equipment is installed on aircraft and helicopters of the President and the Government of the Russian Federation as well as on aircraft of Russian and foreign airlines.The enterprise is included into «Concern Radio-Electronic technologies» JSC «Rostech» State Corporation structure and has a status of Competence Centre on airborne equipment complexes for civil helicopters.

    The new competitive advantage of the region is free economic zone based at the basis of the international “Ulyanovsk- Vostochny Airport”. The airport possesses a unique runway-landing which is capable to accept any air vessels existing in the world, including space shuttles. The zone makes 640 hectares and practically coincides with borders of the airport.


    Science & Research

    • Polymer Composites
    • Digital Technology of foundry casting
    • CAM- Systems
    • Experimental production of metal cutting Equipment

    International Collaboration

    • EACP
    • Eurasian Partnership of Aerospace Clusters

    Main Challenges

    • To create a Cluster Personnel Upgrading Centre
    • To develop mutual cooperation with European Aerospace Clusters
    • To attract more international players and experts in the current projects