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Formed in 2003 and started operations in 2004. Domestic, regional and international, scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services.
21 Gevorg Kochar Street
Yerevan 0009, Armenia.
The Republic of Armenia was established in 1990, covers an area of 29,800 sq km, its population is 3.8 million, its capital city is Yerevan, and its official language is Armenian.
October 2013: Air Armenia (ARR) has launched Yerevan - Moscow flights and has been appointed by the local authorities on several destinations between Russia and Armenia following the bankruptcy of Armavia Airlines (ARZ).
Air Armenia (ARR) started daily 737-500 Yerevan - Moscow Vnukovo passenger service on October 27. In November, (ARR) expects to double the number of frequencies on the route. Yerevan - Moscow is the fifth most popular international route in Russia. According to Russia’s "Air Transport Sourcebook," all Russian airlines carried 587,945 passengers between the cities in 2012.
Additionally, Air Armenia (ARR) has been appointed by Armenian aviation authorities to operate flights from Yerevan to Yekaterinburg, Mineralnye Vody, Volgograd, Voronezh, and Nizhny Novgorod.
The bankrupt Armavia Airlines (ARZ), which ceased operations in April, originally operated flights between Armenia and Russia. Nearly half of the (ARZ) network was concentrated in Russia and Ukraine. Armavia (ARZ) was a launch customer for Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplane; only one airplane was delivered, though there were two on order, plus two options.
Yerevan-based Air Armenia (ARR) was launched in 2003. It specialized in cargo services, but started passenger flights this year.
November 2013: Air Armenia (ARR) operates international passenger services from Yerevan to destinations in the (CIS) and Europe.
(IATA) Code: QN. (ICAO) Code: ARR - (Callsign - AIR ARMENIA).
Main Base: Yerevan Zvartnots (EVN).
1st A320-200 (1439, EK-32039), (BOC) Aviation (SIL) leased - - SEE ATTACHED - - "ARR-2013-11 - 1ST A320." The A320 is expected to be deployed on the route to Moscow. It replaces 737-505 (26297, EK73797), which will be re-deployed on new services to Krasnodar, Rostov, and Sochi.
February 2014: Air Armenia (ARR) expanded its international network on February 3rd with a new service from its Yerevan (EVN) base to Krasnodar (KRR) in Russia. (ARR)’s seventh route to Russia will be served thrice-weekly, utilizing its 113Y-seat, 737-505. Competition on the 692 km sector to the administrative center of Krasnodar Krai is provided by UTair Aviation (TYU)’s four weekly services (which also started this week) and Aeroflot (ARO)’s thrice-weekly flights.
April 2014: Air Armenia (ARR), which has taken over as the leading local airline in Armenia following the demise of Armavia (ARZ) in March 2013, has added another route to its network from the capital Yerevan (EVN). Using its single 737-500, it began weekly (Tuesday) flights on the 2,195 km route to Ekaterinburg (SVX) in Russia on April 15th. Competition will be provided by Ural Airlines (URL)’s weekly service.
Air Armenia (ARR) is the third biggest carrier at Yerevan Airport with 10.4% of scheduled seat capacity, behind S7 (SBR) (22.0%) and Aeroflot (ARO) (26.3%). Last year, Yerevan Airport handled 1.7 million passengers, and in the first two months of this year passenger numbers have risen by +14.8% in January and +9.9% in February.
July 2014: A320-214 (1450, EK-32050), ex-(2-PAEK), AerCap (DEA) leased. AN-72 (60640, EK-72928), ex-(UR-CFI) seen at Juba, white with titles.
September 2014: Air Armenia (ARR) arrived in Frankfurt (FRA) on Tuesday September 9th with its maiden flight from Yerevan (EVN). The twice-weekly service (Tuesdays and Saturdays) on the 2,983 km route is flown by (ARR)’s A320s. No other carrier operates this route at present. Air Armenia (ARR)’s only other services to Western European destinations are to Athens and Paris (CDG), which are also both flown twice-weekly.
November 2014: Air Armenia (ARR) has suspended operations until December 20, due to a decrease in ticket sales, resulting in financial instability. (ARR) blamed the State (ATM) Corporation of Russia for its problems. On September 11, Russia’s (ATM) Corporation announced it would stop providing (ARR) with air navigation service in Russia because of the $1.1 million debt. According to (ARR), several days later, (ARR) started to pay, but the announcement damaged seriously its image, and the passengers began returning tickets, fearing (ARR)’s possible bankruptcy.
(ARR) was launched in 2003 as a cargo carrier. In 2013, it started passenger flights after Armenian Armavia (ARZ) filed for bankruptcy. The most of (ARR)’s destinations were to Russia; however, (ARR) also operated flights from Yerevan to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, and Nizhny Novgorod.
At the beginning of 2014, Russia and Armenia agreed to remove all airline restrictions on routes between the two countries. Authorities revoked limits on the number of carriers, frequencies, airplane types and number of destinations. That increased the competition significantly.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Air Armenia ((IATA) Code: QN, based at Yerevan) (ARR) shareholder, the Ukrainian-owned East Prospect Fund (EPF), has injected a total of USD68.6 million into the airline ahead of talks with aircraft suppliers.
News Item A-2: Ukrainian-owned investment firm, East Prospect Fund (EPF), has warned its proposed USD68.6 million injection into Air Armenia (ARR) is in jeopardy following an assault on airline (CEO) and majority 51% shareholder Arsen Avetisyan. (EPF) owns a 49% stake in (ARR), the Armenian carrier.
"We are responsible for the implementation of the investment policy of the company, for its debts and other liabilities related to its 250-member staff and those companies that have long been good partners of Air Armenia (ARR)," the (EPF) said. "The incident in question may jeopardize the company's investments."
Avetisyan’s wife, Izabella Melkumyan, has published an open letter to Armenian President, Serzh Sarkisian in which she accused controversial businessman and head of the the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA), Ruben Hayrapetyan's bodyguards of being behind her husband's assault.
According to media reports, (ARR) owes outstanding debts to another local airline, Taron Avia (TRV, Erebuni), whose owner “ceded” the debt to Hayrapetyan. During their meeting last week, Hayrapetyan allegedly demanded Avetisyan sign a statement acknowledging his debt to him. When Avetisyan refused to do so, Hayrapetyan's bodyguards then gave him a hiding.
In the meantime, with local law enforcement still investigating the incident, Avetisyan has reportedly chosen to accept Hayrapetian's "reconciliation offer."
“We opted for reconciliation because investments in the company were in danger,” an Air Armenia (ARR) spokesman, Sirakan Hambardzumian, told (RFE)/(RL)’s Armenian service. “Investors expressed concern at the incident.”
June 2016: 737-505 (26336, EK-73736), ex-(4L-TGI) delivery to Aircompany Armenia (ARR).
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1 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (26297, EK73797), EX-(VP-BEW), (ILF) LSD 2013-09. 113Y.
1 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (26336, EK73736), EX-(4L-TGI), 2016-06. 113Y.
1 A320-200 (1439, EK-32039), EX-(OE-IBT), ((BOC) AVIATION (SIL) LSD 2013-11.
1 A320-214 (1450, EK-32050), EX-(2-PAEK), (DEA) LSD 2014-07.
1 ANTONOV AN-12BK (AI-20M) (8346107, /68 EK11001), EX-(EK-11001) 2004-02. FREIGHTER.
1 ANTONOV AN-12BK (AI-20M) (8346104, /68 EK12104), 2009-04, FREIGHTER.
1 ANTONOV AN-12BP (AI-20M) (5342908, /65 EK11810), 2009-02. FREIGHTER.
1 AN-32B (AI-20D-5) (2009, /89 EK32500), FREIGHTER.
1 AN-72 (60640, EK-72928), EX-(UR-CFI), WHITE WITH TITLES SEEN AT JUBA 2014-07.
1 ILYUSHIN IL-76T (D-30KP) (093421637, /80 EK76155), FREIGHTER.
1 ILYUSHIN IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (1023414450, /92 EK76450), FREIGHTER.
ARSEN AVETISYAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
VAHAN HARUTIUNIAN, DIRECTOR GENERAL.
GRIGORI MURADYAN, DIRECTOR COMMERCE.
SIMON AVAGYAN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR MARKETING.