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Airlines

Name: AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: AHY
Status: Operational
Region: CIS
City: BAKU
Country: AZERBAIJAN
Employees 4280
Web: azal.az
Email: azal@azal.az
Telephone: +994 12 498 3471
Fax: +994 12 598 5237
Sita: BAKRCJ2
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AHY-2005-01 - FLEET GROWTH
AHY-2005-05 - 757-22L
AHY-2005-10-A
AHY-2012-01 - MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
AHY-2012-04 THE SILKY WAY
AHY-2013-08 - AD BEIJING A340-500
AHY-2014-12 - 1ST 787
AHY-2015-05 - Baku - Barcelona.jpg

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. FORMERLY AZERI DIVISION OF AEROFLOT (ARO). STATE AIRLINE. A K A "AZAL HAVA YOLLARI." SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
11 AZADIG AVENUE
AZ 1000, BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

AZERBAIJAN (REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1991, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 86,600 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 7.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BAKU, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS AZERI.

MARCH 1993: SERVICES TO ANKARA, BAKU AND ISTANBUL.

2 727-200'S (JT8D-7B), EX-PAN AM (PAA), LEASED FROM (ALG) AVIATION LEASING GROUP. PLANS FOR 7 AIRPLANES TO REPLACE 14 TU-154'S.

DECEMBER 1994: 6 ORDERS (1997) 757-200'S (RB211-525E4).

MARCH 1995: 1 707-320C (JT3D-35), EX-BUFFALO AIRWAYS (BUF).

OCTOBER 1995: NEW ROUTES TO ATHENS, DUSSELDORF, MUNICH, PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE (CDG), & VIENNA.

NOV 1995: ACCDT: (AHY) 707-323C (663-19584, /68 46 21), EX-AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL), CRASHED AND DESTROYED NEAR BAKU.

DECEMBER 1995: ACCDT: (AHY) TU-134B DOUBLE ENGINE-FAILURE AFTER TAKEOFF FROM NAKHICHEVAN = 49 FATALITIES, 33 INJURIES.

JANUARY 1996: NEW ROUTES: ANTALYA (727-200), DAMASCUS (TU-154), TEL AVIV & URUMQI (TU-154). CONSIDERING SERVICES TO AMSTERDAM, BRATISLAVA, BRUSSELS & SOFIA.

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 8 ORDERS (APRIL 1997) 757'S, & IS INTERESTED IN SAME NUMBER OF CANADAIR AVRO RJ'S, FOR REGIONAL SERVICES.

APRIL 1996: AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY) FORMS AN ALL-CARGO SUBSIDIARY, AZAL CARGO.

MAY 1997: 1 CL-44D-O (16, 4K-GUP), EX-BUFFALO AIRWAYS (BUF) (OUTSIZE).

ACCDT: (AHY) YAK 40 (4K-87504) DIVED INTO GROUND, WHEN HIT BY SMALL ARMS FIRE FROM ARMY FIRING RANGE NEAR GYANDZHA, AZERBAIJAN = ALL 6 FATALITIES.

JULY 1997: TO PARIS (A310?).

SEPTEMBER 1997: INTEREST IN +2 757'S.

OCTOBER 1997: ACCDT: AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY) MIL MI-8 CRASHED INTO CASPIAN SEA OFF BAKU ON OIL RIG SUPPLY FLIGHT = 21 FATALITIES OF 22.

NOVEMBER 1997: 2 ORDERS 757-200'S. WANTS 6 WESTERN AIRPLANES BY 2000.

DECEMBER 1997: 727 AT EURALAIR (ERA), LE BOURGET, FOR "C" CHECK.

JANUARY 1998: +2 757'S, & +2 TU-154M (JUNE 1999) DELIVERIES.

MARCH 1998: FORMER (CEO), A ALIYEV, RECENTLY RECEIVED A SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR LARGE SCALE MISAPPROPRIATIONS OF STATE AND PUBLIC
PROPERTY. HE WAS RELIEVED OF HIS (CEO) POST UPON HIS ARREST.

1 727-200 (20525), EX-AIR SLOVAKIA (SLO).

JULY 1998: 727 "C" AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE CHECK AT TURKISH AIRLINES (THY). MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO (THY) FOR 3 727-200 "D" CHECKS, & CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP) PROGRAM.

DECEMBER 1998: INCDT: ON LANDING WITH AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY) 727-200 (19461, 4K-AZ2) DAMAGED TO NOT ECONOMICALLY REPAIRABLE, OUT OF OPERATIONS, WRITE-OFF (W/O).

AUGUST 1999: 727-200 (4K-AZ1) EXTENDED AIRPLANE "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, AT TURKISH AIRLINES (THY).

727-200 (19461) SOLD TO DODSON INTERNATIONAL (DSN).

SEPTEMBER 1999: 727-200 (4K-AZ1) COMPLETES HEAVY "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT TURKISH AIRLINES (THY).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1ST 757-200 DELIVERY, MAINTENANCE BY EL AL (ELA).

DECEMBER 1999: (ICAO) REPRESENTATIVES CONDUCT AUDIT OF AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY) MAINTENANCE.

JANUARY 2000: 757-200 (29304) ORDERED BY AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY), SOLD TO STARFLITE INTERNATIONAL, NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS TO BE CONVERTED TO (VIP).

BAHLUL NOVROUZOV DIRECTOR AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL AIR COMPANY (NAC) IS ALSO DIRECTOR OF AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES (AHY)'S FLIGHT DEPARTMENT. (NAC) WHICH IS PART OF (AHY), BUT IS SEPARATED FROM (AHY)'S STATE CONCERN (REGULATORY) AUTHORITY.

2ND 757-200 NOW SCHEDULED TO BE DELIVERED IN NOVEMBER 2000, INSTEAD OF MAY 2000.

FEBRUARY 2000: CHANGES MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 757-200 FROM
EL AL (ELA) TO ISRAELI AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES (IAI).

APRIL 2000: (http://www.azal.az). (azal@azal.baku.az).

JUNE 2000: 757-22L (29305, 4K-AZ12) DELIVERY. 727-230 (20525, /71 42 48, 4K-AZ8) "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT TURKISH AIRLINES (THY).

JULY 2000: TO CODE SHARE WITH TRANSAERO (TRX), TO MOSCOW.

SEPTEMBER 2000: 757-22L (29305, VP-BBR) DELIVERY.

OCTOBER 2000: 1 TU-154M (91A-871, 4K-85698) TO BALKAN BULGARIAN (BUL).

OCTOBER 2000: 2 727-200'S COMPLETED "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK, & CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP) AT TURKISH AIRLINES (THY). 757-200 MAINTENANCE BY ISRAELI AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES (IAI).

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 IL-76TD (1033417569, 4K-AZ15) DELIVERY.

DECEMBER 2000: 2ND 757-22L DELIVERY, LOADED BY BOEING (TBC) WITH 11,000 LBS OF RELIEF MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO ASSIST PEOPLE EXPERIENCING POOR LIVING CONDITIONS AND WITHOUT MEDICAL SUPPLIES, INCLUDING THOSE INJURED IN MAJOR EARTHQUAKE LAST MONTH.

1 IL-76MD (0083485558, UR-76759) DELIVERY.

JANUARY 2001: CARGO FLIGHTS TO CARIBBEAN AND SOUTH AMERICA (IL-76TD).

FEBRUARY 2001: TO PARIS (757, 2/WEEK).

APRIL 2001: HUBS: GYANDZHA AIRPORT, AND NAKHICHEVAN AIRPORT.

1 IL-76TD (1023412389, 4K-AZ14), AVIALEASING TO (AHY) CARGO.

JULY 2001: PLANS TO INSTALL (TCAS) II, VERSION 7, ON ALL 727'S

OCTOBER 2001: 1 IL-76MD (0083489683, 4K-78129), ATI COMPANY LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2001: 1 YAK-40 (9440927, 4K-87218) DELIVERY.

JANUARY 2002: 707-399C (19415) SOLD TO CARGO PLUS (CPB).

August 2002: SITA: BAKGWJ2.

October 2002: (AZAL) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) has a hangar with 2 wide body spaces, does "A," "B," & "C" maintenance checks on airframes and engines, and also provides line maintenance:

December 2002: 727-200 at Turkish Airlines (THY) for "C" maintenance check. Tu-154M (82A-916, 4K-85734), to Dalavia (KHV).

January 2003: Baku - Kabul (3/week).

November 2003: 1 757-256 (26246), CIT (TCI) leased.

April 2004: Sold its 11% stake in AzWirt an Azerbaijani-German road construction enterprise, to Wirtgen of Germany.

Plans to order 1 A319 & 1 A320.

July 2004: 2003 = 755 million (+29.4%) (net profit); 58.7%; 690,000 passengers (PAX) (+18.7%); 67.11 million (FTK) freight traffic (-11.6%).

August 2004: 3,636 employees.

3 orders (June 2005) A319 (CFM56-5), and 1 order A319 ACJ (CFM56-5). Memo of Understanding (MOU) 4 orders (December 2004) An-140-100 turboprops, 52Y.

September 2004: A320-211 (331, 4K-AZ54), GATX (GAX) leased.

October 2004: Baku to Urumqi (757-200, weekly).

November 2004: 757-2M6ER (23453, 4K-AZ43), Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) wet-leased.

January 2005: Government has renamed Baku Airport to Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

AN-12TA (2340801) delivery.

June 2005: 4,280 employees.

September 2005: Azerbaijan Hava Yollari (AHY) took delivery of the 1st of 4 (CFM56)-powered A319s during a ceremony in Baku. The order includes an A319CJ. (AHY) also leases an A320.

A319-115LR (2487, 4K-AZ01) & A319-111 (2516, 4K-AZ03), deliveries.

October 2005: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) will inaugurate nonstop service from Baku to Milan Malpensa on November 21st, and operate 2x-weekly on Mondays & Fridays, using an A319.

A319-111 (2588, 4K-AZ4), delivery.

December 2005: ACCDT: An Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) An-140-100 (365253307036, 4K-AZ48) airplane crashed near Nardaran by the Caspian Sea shortly after takeoff from Baku Friday, reportedly killing the 18 passengers and 5 crew members on board.

Has grounded its fleet of An-140-100's until the cause of the fatal crash is determined.

March 2006: Code share with Air Baltic (BAU), Baku - Riga, on Mondays & Thursdays.

May 2006: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) is the State-owned airline operating scheduled passenger and cargo, jet airplane services from Baku to the (CIS), Europe, China, and the Middle East. Also operates within Azerbaijan.

(IATA) Code: J2 - 771. (ICAO) Code: AHY (Callsign - AZAL).

Parent organization/shareholders: Government owned (100%).

Owns: AZAL Avia Cargo (100%).

Alliances: AeroSvit Airlines (UKA); Austrian Airlines (AUL); & (CSA) Czech Airlines.

(azal_gda@azerin.com). SITA: BAKDDJ2.

Main Base: Baku Heydar Aliev International airport (GYD).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Baku; & Nakhichevan.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aktau; Aleppo; Ankara; Delhi; Dubai; Istanbul; Kabul; Karachi; Kiev; Milan; Mineralnye Vody; Moscow; Nizhniy Novgorod; Paris; Tbilisi; Tehran; Tel Aviv; Yafo; & Urumqi.

From June 16 through September 15, will operate Baku - Antalya on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. From August 27, will operate additional A319 flights Baku - Moscow Domodedovo.

Code share with Perm Airlines, Baku - Perm on Thursdays.

June 2006: A319-111 (2788, 4K-AZ05 "Gazakh"), delivery.

January 2007: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) placed an order for 2 ATR 42-500s and 4 ATR 72-500s, worth a combined $100 million at list prices, ATR said. The airplanes will be delivered this year and next. They will allow (AHY) to renew its fleet of Antonov and Tupolev airplanes and open new regional routes.

February 2007: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) operates to 15 destinations, including London Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Kabul, Dubai, and Moscow Sheremeteyvo. Starting March 24, will discontinue Baku - Mineralnye Vody operated by Tu-134s.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) ordered 2 737-900ERs and 3 787-8 Dreamliners, valued at $609 million. (AHY) is the 1st airline from the former Soviet Union to order either type, Boeing (TBC) said. The carrier will fly the 787 to destinations in E and SE Asia and North America, entering the long-haul market "for the 1st time," according to (AZAL) (AHY) Director General Jahangir Askerov. The airplane will be powered by the (GEnx). No engine choice was announced for the 737s.

March 2007: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) selected the (GEnx) to power the 3 787-8s it ordered last month. The engine order is valued at more than $100 million, (GE) said.

April 2007: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) added a 3x-weekly flight on its Baku - London Heathrow service.

August 2007: AZAL (AHY) took delivery of its 1st ATR 42-500 (667, 4K-AZ52), part of a $100 million contract signed in January for 2 ATR 42-500s and 4 ATR 72-500s. The Baku-based carrier will take delivery of its 1st ATR 72-500 later this year, and the remainder in 2008.

1 ATR 42-500 (667, 4K-AZ52) and ATR 72-500 (761, 4K-AZ64), ex-(F-WWEX), deliveries.

May 2008: ATR 72-212A (789, 4K-AZ65 "Gusar"), delivery.

June 2008: ATR 42-500 (689, 4K-AZ53), delivery.

August 2008: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) ordered 2 737-900ERs and 2 767-300ERs collectively valued at $449 million. 1 of the 767s is a substitution for a previously ordered 787, Boeing (TBC) said. Azerbaijan (AHY) now has a total of 4 737-900ERs, 2 787-8s and 2 767-300ERs on firm order. "We look forward to operating the 787 and benefiting from its advanced performance features; however, the 767-300ER is the economical and logical choice to fulfill our interim capacity targets," President Jahangir Askerov said.

December 2008: GE Aviation (GEC) announced a $40 million deal with Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) to provide (CF6-80C2)s to power 2 forthcoming 767-300ERs. Deliveries are slated for 2010 as compensation from Boeing (TBC) for late delivery of 787s. (AHY) operates (CFM56-5)s on its A320 fleet and has 4 (CFM56-7B)-powered 737-900s and 2 (GEnx)-powered 787s on order.

March 2009: Shannon Aerospace (SLD) completed a "2C" maintenance check on an Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) A319, its 1st for the airline, in cooperation with Lufthansa Technik (DLH)/(LTK).

July 2009: The European Union (EU) and Azerbaijan signed an aviation agreement yesterday granting all (EU) carriers the right to fly between any member state and Azerbaijan. >210,000 passengers flew between the markets in 2007, the (EU) said.

February 2010: Azal Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) is replacing its single A320-200 and 2 Tu-154Ms still used on scheduled services by 4 newer ex-Air Berlin (BER) and ex-Belair Airlines (BEL) A320-200s.

June 2010: 767-32LER (40342, 4K-BAKU-1), delivery.

July 2010: Boeing (TBC) confirmed it signed an agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) to substitute 2 737NGs for 1 767-300ER and 2 767Fs. “With our centralized geographic location, Azerbaijanis becoming a busy hub in the region between east and west and north and south. We are capitalizing on this development by expanding our long-haul passenger fleet and growing our cargo business with the proven efficiencies of the 767F,” (AHY) President Jahangir Askerov commented. (AHY) now has 8 Boeing airplanes on order: 2 737s, 2 787-8s, 2 767-300ERs and 2 767Fs.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) is the State-owned airline operating scheduled passenger and cargo, jet airplane services from Baku to the (CIS), Europe, China, and the Middle East. Also operates domestically within Azerbaijan. New services are planned to Europe, SE Asia and the USA from 2010.

(IATA) Code: J2 - 771. (ICAO) Code: AHY (Callsign - AZAL).

Parent organization/shareholders: Government owned (100%).

Airline subsidiaries/shareholdings: AZAL Avia Cargo (100%).

Alliances: AeroSvit Airlines (UKA); AirBaltic (BAU); Austrian Airlines (AUL); and Belavia Belarussian Airlines (BLV).

SITA: BAKDDJ2.

Main Base: Baku Heydar Aliyev International airport (GYD).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Baku; & Nakhichevan.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aktau; Aleppo; Ankara; Delhi; Dubai; Istanbul; Kabul; Karachi; Kiev; Milan; Mineralnye Vody; Moscow; Nizhniy Novgorod; Paris; Tbilisi; Tehran; Tel Aviv; Yafo; & Urumqi.

August 2010: INCDT: An Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) A319-111 (2588, /05 4K-AZ4 "Guba") sustained substantial damage at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport on August 12 after it veered off the runway on landing and its nose undercarriage collapsed, according to "Ascend."

No injuries were reported among the 128 passengers and crew, who safely evacuated the airplane. The incident happened at 11 am local time. Flight AHY075 was arriving from Baku, Azerbaijan.

September 2010: AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has converted an order for 2 737-900ER airplanes into a modified order for +1 additional 767-300ER and 2 767-300ERFs. It has however given up plans to lease 4 ex-Air Berlin (BER) A320-200s. It has started code sharing on the 4x-weekly A340-300 service of Lufthansa (DLH) linking Baku and Frankfurt International and the 2x-weekly (VIM) Airlines (MOV) 757-200 services between Lenkoran and Moscow Domodedovo. (AZAL) (AHY) has also launched weekly seasonal A319-100 service from Baku to Prague operating between July 15 and September 16. It is planning to resume domestic services between Baku and Zagatala later this year.

January 2011: A320-214 (2991, 4K-AZ80), ex-Belair (BLB), ex-(HB-IOT), delivery.

April 2011: Architectural firm "Woods Bagot" has been awarded a contract to build a brand new terminal at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Together with "Buro Happold," it will also rebuild and extend the airport's main facilities. This includes an air traffic control (ATC) tower, and the Presidential building as well as re-configuring and refurbishing the existing terminal.

May 2011: 767-32LER (40343, 4A-AZ81) and A320-214 (3006, 4K-AZ84), ex-(HB-IOU), deliveries.

August 2011: Air France (AFA) is now code sharing with AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) on the Paris (CDG)- Baku services operated by (AHY).

January 2012: (AZAL) Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has cancelled its routes from Baku to Antalya, Izmir, and Trabzon from the end of October. It continues to serve Ankara Esenboga and Istanbul Atatürk.

SEE ATTACHED - - "AZL-2012-01 - MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS."

April 2012: SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE "THE SILKY WAY" BY KATHERINE BECK, BOEING (TBC) FROM THE "BOEING FRONTIERS/APRIL 2012" MAGAZINE - - "AHY-2012-04 THE SILKY WAY."

May 2012: On May 10, Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) inaugurated a new daily service connecting the Azeri capital and Turkey’s largest city. In addition to the existing 2x-daily flights to Istanbul Atatürk, (AHY) now offers non-stop services from Baku (GYD) to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) with its A320s. There is no direct competition on the route, although Turkish Airlines (THY) offers 28 weekly frequencies from Istanbul Atatürk.

June 2012: AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has launched 2x-weekly, ATR 72-500 service from Baku Heydar Aliev International (GYD) to Gabala International airport (GBB) providing scheduled service at Gabala airport for the 1st time since the airport had been officially opened on November 18, 2011.

September 2012: Azerbaijan's air navigation service provider, (AZANS), has awarded Indra of Spain the contract for installing a new air traffic control (ATC) center in the nation’s capital Baku.

Indra will equip the center with its automated air traffic management (ATM) system and its SDC-2100 digital voice communications system to support en route, approach and tower air controls.

The new center is part of an initiative to expand Baku's airport, with the aim of attracting more inbound tourism and transforming into a regional hub. This will include adding two new runways and a terminal.

The new automated (ATM) system will be able to handle more flights and incorporate network security capabilities such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS), Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), and Precision Area Navigation (P-RNAV). The voice communications system is based on the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), allowing for greater configuration flexibility.

Indra has an established presence in Easter Europe, undertaking (ATM) projects in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

October 2012: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) started daily services from Baku to London Heathrow airport on October 28. The new route will be operated with an A320.

BMI (BMA) currently operates the Baku - Heathrow route, though its service will be transferred over to British Airways (BAB) in the forthcoming winter season.

(AHY) and Serbian, Jat Airways (JAT) are in negotiations to launch joint flights from Azerbaijan to the USA via Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) in 2013. Talks about a possible cooperation have been ongoing since the last year, "Balkans.com Business News" reported, quoting Ambassador of Serbia to Azerbaijan, Zoran Vajovic.

Routes have not yet been specified, but (AHY) plans to start flights via (BEG), if the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives the airport a Category I safety rating.

At the end of September, USA Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar told journalists the USA “intends to start negotiations with Azerbaijan over the signing of "open sky" agreement,” but the process can take 1 or 2 years.

November 2012: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has placed a firm order for 4 Embraer E190s, valued at $181 million, and has purchased 2 used Embraer E170s from (ECC) Leasing. (AHY) will use the airplanes to increase frequencies between Baku and Nakhchivan and introduce new routes to cities including Odessa, Volgograd, Sochi, and Donetsk, Embraer (EMB) said.

(AHY) President Jahangir Askerov said, “With the E170, we can better match seat capacity to variations in demand across the network.”

Deliveries of the new E190s, which will be configured with 106 seats, will begin in the 3rd quarter of 2013. (AHY) is sourcing the 76-seat E170s from (EMB)’s wholly owned subsidiary (ECC) Leasing. The 1st of these airplanes is due to arrive in the 2nd quarter of 2013.

(AHY)’s fleet includes ATR 42s, ATR 72s, & A319s, A320s, 757-200s and 767-300s.

December 2012: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) added its 2nd (after Baku) low-frequency route from Azerbaijan to Novosibirsk (OVB) in November, and now flies to the Siberian city with also weekly frequency from Ganja (KVD). Gregory Pomerantsyev, Novosibirsk Airport’s (CCO), pointed out the business reasoning behind the launch: “Azerbaijani diaspora of Novosibirsk is one of the most numerous in the Russian Federation, and the opening of the new flight in addition to already operating flights from Novosibirsk to Baku will contribute to the strengthening of business, cultural and social ties between Novosibirsk and Azerbaijan.” Flights on the 3,100 km route from Azerbaijan’s 2nd-largest city are operated using a 757-200.

Turkish (THY) Technic signed a 5-year agreement with (AHY) for 10 sets of A320 family landing gear overhaul services.

April 2013: A J Walter Aviation (AJW), in partnership with British Airways (BAB) Engineering, has won a contract from Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) to provide power-by-the-hour component support for its new fleet of 787s. The partnership will provide (AHY) with component supply, inventory management and repair services.

May 2013: (AJW) Capital Partners, part of the (AJW) Group of companies, has delivered 2 A340-500s to Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY). The airplanes were part of an original order for 5 A340-500s intended for India’s Kingfisher Airlines (KFH), which ceased operations in 2012. (AJW) ordered the 2 airplanes from Airbus (EDS) in November 2012.

(AJW) said the airplanes will be placed into service after extensive repainting and cabin configuration. “During the maintenance phase the (AJW) technical team managed the entire project, which included cabin and galley modification; cabin branding to (AZAL)’s precise specifications, (IFE) modification, application of (AZAL) new livery, airframe maintenance, various engine and airframe service bulletin embodiment, airworthiness compliance and delivery of both airplanes to Baku for upcoming entry into service, (AJW) Aviation Technical Director Deepak Sharma said.

(AZAL)’s A340-500s are the last new airplanes of the type. Airbus (EDS) stopped assembling the A340s in 2011 due to a lack of new orders.

June 2013: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) inaugurated operations on the route from Baku (GYD) to Dalaman (DLM) in Turkey on June 29, making Dalaman the 7th destination it serves in the country. Weekly 757-operated flights are offered until the end of August.

July 2013: Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) has ordered 2 Boeing 747-8F freighters valued at $704 million at current list prices. The order is part of (AZQ)’s fleet expansion plans as it “continues to increase its regional and international footprint,” (AZQ) President Zaur Akhundov said. (AZQ) currently operates 747-400Fs and 767-300Fs. It is considered as 1 of the leading cargo airlines in Central Asia providing full-fledged services to Europe and the United Kingdom and the Middle East, as well as the Far East including Korea, China and Hong Kong. In addition, it also serves international destinations through a network of alliances.

“1 of the goals of the Azerbaijani government is to continue building Baku’s strategic positioning as a trade hub,” said Jahangir Askerov President Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY), and architect of the country’s present day civil aviation industry. “The addition of the new 747-8Fs will enable (AZQ) to expand its operations and help the government achieve its objective.”

The new 747-8F Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering +16% more cargo volume, while keeping its iconic nose door. With >150,000 hours in service, the 747-8F Freighters are achieving performance milestones with customers reporting +1% better fuel burn than expected. To date, Boeing (TBC) has delivered 36 747-8Fs.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY) has taken delivery of its 1st of 4 Embraer E190-100ARs - - SEE PHOTO - - "AHY-E190-100AR - 2013-07." (AHY) ordered 4 E190s in November 2012 and signed for 2 pre-owned E170s from Embraer subsidiary, (ECC) Leasing. The E190s will be deployed on (AHY)’s network from Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Initial domestic service will be between Baku and Nakhchievan, followed by Baku to Tblisi, Georgia. Then longer international flights will be undertaken to Central Asia and European locations. The 5 remaining airplanes are due to be delivered by year end.

(AHY)'s E190s have a single-class, 106Y-seat configuration, while the E170s have a 76Y-seat fit-out.

The 1st airplane is due to start flying domestically from Baku to Nakhchievan and internationally to Tbilisi in neighboring Georgia. (AHY) also plans to fly the E190 on longer international routes to Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

“The arrival of the 1st E190 in AZAL (AHY)’s fleet is an important milestone in our strategic renewal plan to replace turboprops and narrow bodies in some of our markets,” (AHY) President & Chairman Jahangir Askerov said. (AHY) operates ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprops and A319 and A320 single-aisle jets.

“The E190’s excellent operating economics and range open up new market opportunities for us, specifically to key business destinations,” he added.

2 A340-542s (886, 4K-4Z85 "Karabach," 894, 4K-AZ86 "Nakhchivan"), deliveries.

August 2013: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) now offers direct flights from Baku (GYD) to Beijing (PEK), a route which commenced on August 9. Previous plans to start the route in May were cancelled just days before the launch. According to schedule data, passengers on the route can expect (AHY) to operate a 767 for the 2x-weekly service, which faces no competition. However, (AHY)'s website advertisement for the new route suggests passengers could find themselves traveling on 1 of (AHY)'s 2 Airbus A340s instead,

SEE "AHY-2013-08 - AD BEIJING A340-500."

September 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has concluded a partner agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) and Turkish Airlines (THY). The agreement with (AHY) will increase the frequency of Kiev Boryspil - Baku service up to 8x-weekly flights in winter 2013/2014. The carriers have concluded a code share agreement on the route. Turkish Airlines (THY) and Ukraine International (UKR) agreed to increase the frequency between Kiev and Istanbul from September 15. The carriers have reached a code share agreement on routes between Kiev and Istanbul Ataturk and Kiev - Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen.

October 2013: See video "VISIT BAKU AZERBAIJAN" - -

November 2013: (GEC) has awarded Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) its "TRUEngine" designation for 18 (GE) engines powering 3 of its airplane types. The agreement includes 6 (CF6-80C2)s powering Azerbaijan Airline (AHY)’s Boeing 767s, 8 (CF34-10E)s powering its Embraer E190s and 4 (GEnx-1B) engines, powering 2 Boeing 787-8s slated for delivery in 2014.

July 2014: Azerbaijan’s national carrier, Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) added a new European route with the launch of 2x-weekly flights (Fridays and Sundays) from its Baku (GYD) hub to Geneva (GVA). (AHY), the flag carrier, also known as (AZAL), launched operations on the 3,598 km sector to the 2nd most populous city in Switzerland on July 11th, using a specially configured 65-seat 727. There is no competition on this airport pair.

(AHY) signed a firm order for +2 additional E190s, in an order valued at $95.4 million at current list prices. The E190s will be configured in a dual class layout and will be deployed from Baku to European routes such as Prague, Milan, or Rome.

September 2014: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has begun 2x-weekly, Geneva - Baku service.

December 2014: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has taken delivery of its 1st of 2 Boeing 787 Dreamliner. With this delivery, Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) becomes the 1st airline in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to operate the 787.

The 787 will play a key role in (AHY)’s strategic plan to expand its long-haul fleet.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) Director General, Jahangir Askerov said the 787 “will help (AHY) increase its competitiveness both regionally and internationally. “The airplane, with its unique onboard features, will provide an unrivaled passenger experience with an unmatched level of comfort.”

May 2015: Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) has added Barcelona (BCN) to its network in Western Europe with the introduction on May 23rd of weekly flights from Baku (GYD). No other carrier serves this 3,978 km route, which is flown by (AHY)’s A319s. This becomes (AHY)’s sixth destination in the (EU) following Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, and Rome. Of these, London and Paris are best served with 5x-weekly flights each this summer.

March 2016: See video: "AHY-2016-03 787 London to Baku.jpg":


July 2016: Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY) is considering buying 10 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, (AHY) has announced.

The Caucasus’ national carrier operates a mixed fleet of Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) types; at present, its single-aisle equipment largely consists of Airbus A320-family aircraft, with a small fleet of 20 year-plus Boeing 757s and some Embraer E170/E190s for regional work.

An (AZAL) delegation, headed by President Jahangir Asgarov, raised the prospect of a 737 purchase at the Farnborough Airshow during a meeting with Boeing VP Sales, Middle East, Russia & Central Asia, Marty Bentrott.

If an order goes ahead, (AHY) is looking for the airplanes to be delivered in the 2018 - 2020 timeframe. It is also in talks with Boeing (TBC) about the method of financing such a purchase.

The (AHY) team also held talks at the airshow with Ilyushin Finance’s Director General, Alexander Rubtsov on details of the leasing arrangements for a batch of 10 Irkut MC-21 single-aisle aircraft. (AHY) signed a letter of intent (LOI) to lease 10 MC-21s in June, with deliveries scheduled for 2019 - 2020.

The MC-21 falls into the same size category as the 737 and Airbus 320, with the MC-21-300, the type’s initial variant, having a typical 2-class configuration of 163 passengers, compared to the 737 MAX 8’s 162 and the A320neo’s 165.

December 2016: News Item A-1: Air Djibouti (DJB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with (AZAL) Azerbaijan Airlines ((IATA) Code: J2, based in Baku) (AHY) is to enhance cooperation between the 2 carriers in the field of cargo.

News Item A-2: Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY) plans to launch a low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, (BUTA) Airways (BTA).

The new (LCC), which will be based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, will fly Embraer aircraft (although the number and type have not been disclosed). Operations are expected to begin in the fall of 2017.

In March 2016, (AHY) operated flights on 13 routes under the "AZALJET" brand, which offers low-cost service, although it is not a separate entity. (AHY) said it will control 100% of (BUTA), but the new airline will have a different brand and livery, as well as independent marketing politics.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) operates domestic and international flights from Baku. Its fleet currently includes Airbus A319s, A320s, A340-500s; Boeing 787-8s, 757-200s, 767-300s; and Embraer E170s and E190s.

August 2017: Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY) has taken delivery of an Embraer E190 from regional aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NDC) for its new low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Buta Airways (BTA), which will launch on September 1.

The aircraft will be operated by the new brand of Azerbaijan Airlines — Buta Airways (BTA).

(NAC) said (BTA) is the 1st (LCC) in Azerbaijan, a subdivision of the (CJSC) Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY). (BTA) is based in Baku, at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

(AZAL) (AHY)’s board established Buta Airways (BTA) as a 100% subsidiary in December 2016. All-Embraer (EMB) operator (BTA) will have its own fleet, livery and staff. Initial flights will be to Antalya, Kazan, Kiev Zhuliany, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow Vnukovo, Tbilisi, and Tehran.

Starting from the winter season (October 29), Buta Airways (BTA) will add flights from Baku to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and St Petersburg, as well as from Ganja to Moscow Vnukovo.

Fares will start at €29/$34 one way, for all destinations, with additional fees for airport counter check-in (€3), hand luggage (€20 to €25), hold baggage, seat selection, extra legroom seats (€25), front of cabin seats (€15) and hot meals (€7.90).

Online or kiosk check-in is free and Buta Airways (BTA) will provide complimentary sandwiches and water free of charge on all flights.

(BTA)’s livery features a representation of the mythological Simurg bird, as well as the blue used by (AZAL) (AHY) and the red of Azerbaijan’s flag.

October 2017: News Item A-1: Azerbaijan’s 2 largest airlines will buy another 6 Boeing airplanes by the end of 2017, the USA Embassy of Azerbaijan has announced.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY) plans to sign a contract to buy 4 787s, while Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) will acquire +2 more 747-8F freighters. These new purchases are (AHY)’s 4th major investment in Boeing airplanes since 2015.

Azerbaijan USA Ambassador Elin Suleymanov said the order will mark “the latest investment by our country in American-made products, the American economy and in American workers.”

In 2015, (AZAL) (AHY): — Azerbaijan’s flagship carrier and largest airline, acquired its 1st 787, assembled at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina plant, which employs 7,500 workers.

In April of this year, Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) purchased 10 new 737 MAX 8 airplanes to be built at the Boeing’s assembly plant in Renton, Washington, which employs >12,000 workers. These airplanes will begin flying in 2018.

In 2015, Silk Way purchased 3 Boeing 747-8Fs manufactured at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, plant, home to 30,000 employees.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) and Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) operate direct passenger and cargo flights between Baku and New York, as well as direct cargo flights between Baku and Chicago.

November 2017: "Azerbaijan Airlines Signs for 5 787s, 2 Boeing 747-8F Freighters" by Madhu Unnikrishnan madhu.unnikrishnan@aviationweek.com (ATW) On-Location November 12, 2017.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) signed an agreement with Boeing placing a firm order for 5 787-8s and committing to order 2 very large freighters, either the 747-8F or the 777-300F.

The deal for all 7 airplanes is worth $1.9 billion, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) President & (CEO) Kevin McAllister said in a signing ceremony at the Dubai Air Show.

Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) is already a 787-8 customer with 2 of the type in its fleet. In 2014, it became the 1st carrier in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate the 787. It had signaled plans to buy more 787s in June at the Paris Air Show.

Regarding the freighter portion of the deal, (AHY) could either purchase 2 747-8Fs, 2 777Fs or 1 of each, McAllister said. Neither company released a timeline for when the freighter agreement will be finalized.

Boeing also announced that Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) is the launch customer for its 787 landing-gear exchange maintenance program, which allows carriers to return landing gear to Boeing for new landing gear. Neither the terms nor the length of the deal were revealed.

(AHY) has operated Boeing aircraft since 1999, when it started flying 757s and 767s, President Jahangir Askerov noted.

Fleet:
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AHY-727
AHY-757-200
AHY-757-22L
AHY-767-300ER-GOVT-2014-03
AHY-767-32LER - GOVT VIP - 2012-01
AHY-787 - 1ST 2014-12
AHY-A319
AHY-A320
AHY-ATR42 AUG07
AHY-EMB-190 - 2013-07
AHY-EMB-190-100 - 2014-08
AHY-EMB-190-100AR - 2013-07
AHY-EMB-190AR - 2013-08
AHY-IL-76TD
AHY-TU-154M

December 2017:

0 707-341C (JT3D-3) (532-19321, /66 4K-AZ3), EX-(VAR)/(BUF), (ALS) LSD. RTND.

0 707-399C (JT3D-3B) (601-19415, /67 9G-OOD), EX-(ZMB)/(BCA)/(ALW), ST (CPB) 2002-01.

1 727-230 (JT8D-15) (870-20525, /71 4K-AZ8), EX-(DLH)/(SLO), (THY) MAINT, 14C; 131Y.

1 727-235 (JT8D-7B HK) (531-19460, /68 4K-AZ1), EX-(NAL)/(PLS), (THY) MAINT, (ALW) LSD 1993-01, 14C; 131Y.

2 ORDERS 737NG:

4 ORDERS 737-92LER (CFM56-7B27) WITH WINGLETS:

2 ORDERS 747-8F (OR 777-300F):

1 757-2M6ER (RB211-535E4) (100-23453, /86 4K-AZ43), (RBA) WET-LSD 2004-07. OPS IN ALL WHITE COLORS. (ETOPS). 22C, 150Y.

2 757-22L (RB211-535E4) (894-29305, /99 4K-AZ11 "SUMGAYIT;" 947-30834, /00 4K-AZ13 "NAKHCHIVAN"), AZERBAIJAN FINANCE LSD 2000-12. (IAI) MAINT. 22C, 158Y.

1 757-256 (RB211-535E4) (620-26246, /94 4K-AZ38 "QOBUSTAN"), (TCI) LSD 2003-11. OPS IN ALL WHITE COLORS. 22C, 158Y.

1 767-32LER (CF6-80C2B7F) (990-40342,/10 4K-BAKU-1, 2010-06 - - SEE PHOTO - - "AZL-767-32LER - GOVT VIP 2011-01"), GOVT OPS. VIP.

2 767-32LER (CF6-80C2B7F) (40343, 4K-AZ81 "BABEK" 2011-05; 41063, 4K-AZ82 "KOROGLU" 2012-07), 351 PAX.

0 ORDERS 767-32LERF (CF6-80C2B7F) FREIGHTERS, 2 ORDERS CANCELLED:

2 787-82L DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B), 270 PAX.

5 ORDERS 787-8 DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B), 270 PAX:

3 +1 ORDER A319-111 (CFM56-55/P) (2516, /05 4K-AZ3 "GANJA;" 2588, /05 4K-AZ4 "GUBA" - - SEE INCDT REPORT IN AUGUST 2010; 2788, /06 4K-AZ05 "GAZAKH"), 24C, 90Y.

1 A319-115LR ACJ (CFM56-5B7/P) (2487, /05 4K-AZ01 "BAKU"), 2005-06. GOVT OPS. VIP. 55F.

0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (331, /92 4K-AZ54), (GAX) LSD 2004-09. RTND. 36C, 126Y.

3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2846, /06 4K-AZ77 "LERIK;" 2853, /06 4K-AZ78 "NAFTALAN;" 2865, /06 4K-AZ79 "OGHUZ"), delivery, ex-(D-ABDJ. LIONART AVIATION LSD 2010-12. 174Y.

2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2991, /06 4K-AZ80 "SHIRVAN"; 3006, 4K-AZ84), EX-BELAIR AIRLINES (BLB), EX-(HB-IOT & HB-IOU) 2011-01 & 2011-05. 174Y.

2 A340-542 (886, 4Z-AZ85 "KARABACH; 894, 4Z-AZ86 "NAKHCHIVAN"), EX-(KFH), (AJW) LSD 2013-05.

1 CL-44D-O (16, 4K-GUP), EX-(BUF) (OUTSIZE).

2 +1 ORDER ATR 42-500 (PW127E) (667, /07 4K-AZ52, "ZAGATALA" 2007-08; 689, 4K-AZ53 "ORDUBAD" 2008-06), 52Y.

4 +1 ORDER ATR 72-500 (ATR72-212A) (PW12TF) (761, /07 4K-AZ64 "GABALA;" 789, /08 4K-AZ65 "GUSAR;" 799, /08 4K-AZ66 "SALYAN;" 818, /08 4K-AZ67 "KHANKANDI"), 70Y.

2 EMBRAER E170, EX-(PAT), (ECC) LSG LSD 2012-11, 76Y.

2 +4 ORDERS EMBRAER E190-100AR (CF34-10E) (0631, 4K-AZ66 "SALYAN;" 0637, 4K-AZ67 "KHANKANDI" 2013-07. - - SEE PHOTO - - "AHY-EMB-190-100AR - 2013-07;" ), EX-(PR-EAE & PR-EAF) 2013-07. 2 CLASS, 106Y.

1 +2 ORDERS AN-140-100 (365253307036, 4K-AZ48), 2 W/0 & 365253307036 DESTROYED 2005-12. 52Y.

100 AN-2.

1 AN-12TB (2340801), 2005-01.

1 AN-26B.

2 IL-76TD ( 1023412389, 4K-AZ14; 1033417569, 4K-AZ15), 2000-11) 1023412389; AVIALEASING TO (AHY) CARGO 2001-04.

1 IL-76MD (0083489683, 4K-78129), (ATI) CO LSD 2001-10.

7 TU-134B-3 (D-30-III) (63410, /80 4K-65704; 63414, /80 4K-65714), 72Y.

4 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U), (548, /82 4K-85548), 145Y.

2 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (91A-871, TO (BUL) 2000-10) (0083485558, UR-76759) (82A-916, 4K-85734, LST (KHV) 2002-12) (911, /92 4K-85729) (90A-921, /92 4K-85738 RF BULGARIAN 2003-01), 82A-916, /92 4K-85734; 1013, /98 4K-AZ10 "ABSHERON" SEEN 2011-10. 2 VIP FOR GOVT OPS. 145Y.

5 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9311426, /73 4K-87257; 4K-87812; 9440927, 4K-87218, 2001-11; 9621247, /76 4K-88174), 27Y.

1 YAK-40K, 30Y.

Management:
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JAHANGIR ASKEROV, CHAIRMAN & DIRECTOR GENERAL.

ANATOLIY TALONIN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

ILHAM ALIYEV, PRESIDENT.

SABIR ILYASOV, FIRST DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL.

NAZIM SZHAVADOV, CHIEF ENGINEER & DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (BAKZZJ2), (azal_gda@azerin.com) (T: 994-12) 988512).

ARIF MAMMADOV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL & HEAD OF COORDINATION & FOREIGN RELATIONS.

LUBOV ANDROPOVA, CHIEF FINANCIAL ECONOMIC DEPARTMENT.

ILKHAM AMIROV, CHIEF FLIGHT SAFETY INSPECTION.

SAIDIN AKHMEDOV, CHIEF PILOT.

BAGHIROV SAMIR, CHIEF OF AGREEMENTS SECTION.

CHINGIZ ALIYEV, CHIEF OF FOREIGN RELATIONS DEPARTMENT.

EMIN SAFAROV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

VAGIF ISKENDEROV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL.

QUILIYEV ALADDIN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR FINANCIAL.

VALERI BOUZAROV, DEPUTY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AVIONICS.

SHAMIL ALIYEV, DEPUTY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR EMG/MECHANICS.

HAJIAGHA HAJIYEV, DEPUTY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR PRODUCTION.

KAMIL ALYEV, GROUND OPERATIONS & SECURITY DIRECTOR.

AZAL MAINTENANCE, REPAIR & OVERHAUL (MRO):
(TELEPHONE: +7 832 98 52 35). (FAX: +7 832 98 52 37).


AVIATION MAINTENANCE CENTER (AMC):

GHANBAR NASIROV, DIRECTOR AVIATION TECHNICAL CENTER.

RAUF ABBOSOV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR AMC (BAKZZJ2) (amc_boeing@azdata.net).

VAGIF SAMEDOV, CHIEF ENGINEER (WESTERN AIRPLANES).

FUAD GULIYEV, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC).

FIRUDIN ADIGEZALOV, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE

NAZIM GUSEYNOV, CHIEF TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT.

MAMADOV SADRADDIN, CHIEF PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

BORIS PLITMAN, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE (1999-04).


NATIONAL AIR COMPANY (NAC):

FIRUDIN ALIYEV, DIRECTOR (NAC).

HAJI ALIYEV, CHIEF PILOT.

 
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