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Formed in 1996. Scheduled, international, passenger, jet airplane services.
42 Zvamots Street
375042 Yerevan, Armenia
9 Alek Manoukyan Street
AUA Business Center
375070 Yerevan, 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 2002: Sibir Airlines (SBR) acquires a controlling stake in Armavia (ARZ), which will operate several A320's, instead of its sole Tu-134A. As well as maintaining service between Yerevan, Istanbul, and Moscow, Armavia (ARZ) plans to fly to Paris, and Los Angeles. Because of Russia's 40% taxes on imported airplanes, (SBR) is unable to operate western airplanes domestically, although it hopes the government will lessen or remove these unreasonable tariffs.
1 A320-211 (726), (ILF) leased.
December 2002: 1 A320-211 (229), Ansett Worldwide (AWW) leased.
June 2003: Plans for +2 A320's in 2003.
July 2003: A320-211 (229, N229AN), (AWW) leased, 148Y.
December 2003: 3rd A320-211 delivery. Will retire its remaining Tu-134's & Tu-154's. ATR42-320 (178) ATR leased.
January 2004: ATR42-300 (021, EK-42022), ATR leased.
February 2004: A320-211 (547, EK-32009), (AFIS) leased. +1 order (April 2004) (622, EK-32010).
April 2004: Yerevan - Novosibirsk (4/week).
A320-211 (632, EK-32010), (AFIS) leased.
May 2004: An-24's wet-leased from some operators. Returned 2 ATR42-300's to lessors.
July 2004: 300 employees.
2003 = 447 Million (RPK) passenger traffic (+355.6%); 72.3% LF load factor; 249,000 passengers (PAX) (+359%); 2 million (FTK) freight traffic (+427%).
November 2004: Armenian International Airways (ARQ) will cease operations in January 2005 with Armavia (ARZ) taking over services from Yerevan to Athens, Beirut, Dubai, Kiev, Paris (CDG), & St Petersburg.
July 2005: A320-212 (397, EK-32001) leased to Tuninter (TUI).
October 2005: A320-211 (726, YL-BCB), leased to LAT Charter (LAJ).
February 2006: Armavia (ARZ) has launched a new twice weekly A320-200
service linking Yerevan and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion.
March 2006: Armenia became Euro Control (EC)'s 36th member state.
Armavia (ARZ) resumed nonstop service from Yerevan to Tel Aviv and operates a weekly flights on Thursdays using an A320.
A319-132 (2277, EK-32011), ex-Independence AIR (BLR), CIT Group (TCI) leased, delivery.
May 2006: ACCDT: On May 3, an Armavia (ARZ) A320-211 (547, /95 EK-32009) carrying 105 passengers and eight crew (FC)/(CA) crashed into the Black Sea about 3 miles off the Russian coast near Sochi. All 113 (8 (FC) - (CA)/105 passengers aboard), are believed dead as the result of the accident that occurred in what Airbus (EDS) called "very poor weather conditions."
The (ARZ) A320 coming from Yerevan, reportedly missed its first approach into Sochi and was making a second approach, when it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) and crashed at about 2:15 am local time in a driving rainstorm. "To all appearances, not human factor, but weather conditions are the cause of the crash," (ARZ) said in a statement released on PanARMENIAN.Net. Russian officials dismissed terrorism as a possible cause.
The A320, powered by (CFM56-5A)s began operating for (ARZ) in February 2004, and had accumulated more than >28,200 flight hours in nearly 14,400 flights.
(ARZ) said that the A320 that crashed into the Black Sea had undergone all proper maintenance checks, including an overhaul in Belgium last month. Rescue workers continued to search the sea for debris and clues to the cause of an accident. The black box has not been retrieved from the A320, which sits 500 m below the water surface, according to Russian media reports. Heavy rain and low visibility have been offered as the accident's cause by the airline and (EDS). (ARZ) said it will pay victims' families $20,000, each via an insurance fund.
Later, Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) said that it had decoded the flight data recorder of the (ARZ) A320, but the analysis uncovered no anomaly, that could have caused the accident. The A320 originating from Yerevan, crashed in heavy rain and low visibility as it attempted a second approach to its intended destination of Sochi Airport. According to the (IAC), the recording revealed that the airplane was not destroyed until it hit the water. The engines were functioning normally until impact, and there was enough fuel on board to complete the flight. The Russian Transport Ministry said it plans a more detailed analysis in which an A320 simulator will be used to help recreate the crash.
In a later report, it was stated that the (ARZ) A320 crash in May was attributable to what appears to be a loss of situational awareness by the flight crew (FC), Russian aviation officials stated, according to press reports. Last month's flight data recorder analysis revealed no problem with the airplane. According to civil aviation head Tatyano Anodina, the A320 was too low on approach and the crew (FC) was unable to respond in a timely manner to a Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) alert. It is not clear whether the airplane was equipped with Enhanced (GPWS). The airplane was 11 years old and was in good condition, according to (ARZ).
Two days later, on May 5, (ARZ) lost another A320-211 (632, EK-32010) which was destroyed in a Sabena Technics (SAB) maintenance hangar fire at Brussels Airport - - see photo (ARZ - SAB HANGAR FIRE 2006-05).
October 2006: Employees = 300.
March 2007: Armavia (ARZ) will start weekly Yerevan - Cologne service on March 29 using A320s.
September 2007: Armavia (ARZ) signed a multimillion-dollar agreement to buy four Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjets for regional flights.
February 2008: Armavia (ARZ) will be the first non-Russian carrier to take delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, Transport Minister, Igor Levitin said. Aeroflot (ARO) will be the first airline to fly the new regional jet. (ARZ) signed a $50 million contract for two airplanes and will take delivery this year, Levitin said.
Sukhoi does not intend to follow the example of Airbus (EDS) with its A380 or Boeing (TBC) with its 787, and stressed that its SSJ program is proceeding according to schedule. The prototype Superjet 100 is in final assembly at Komsomolsk and roll out of the 95-seat variant is scheduled for September 26. First flight will take place by year end and first delivery to (ARO) is expected in November 2008. Delivery to the first Western customer, ItAli Airlines (ACL) is planned for December 2009. Sukhoi General Manager, Mikhail Pogosyan said the company will take a decision on the development of a shorter or stretched version "in a short time."
Meanwhile, Alenia Aeronautica is waiting for Russian President, Vladimir Putin to sign a decree allowing the Finmeccanica subsidiary to take a 25%-plus-one share in Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. Non-Russian companies are allowed to take only 25% in certain strategic industries, including aviation, and a special presidential decree is necessary for the Italian company to acquire the extra share.
At June's Paris Air Show, a general agreement was signed between Alenia Aeronautica and Sukhoi Holding for the 25.1% shareholding, paving the way for Finmeccanica to realize its longstanding ambition to be involved in a regional jet program. It currently is a 50% shareholder through Alenia Aeronautica in turboprop manufacturer ATR, with (EADS) (EDS) holding the other half. It is widely known that Finmeccanica would like to take over EADS (EDS)' shareholding in ATR.
March 2008: Technical problems will postpone delivery of the first Sukhoi Superjet indefinitely, the Russian manufacturer announced. First deliveries originally were slated to begin by late 2008. "The airplane is currently in the final testing stages and it will make its first flight within a month," Alexei Fyodorov, CEO of United Aircraft Building Corp, told "RIA Novosti." "Our specialists are working round the clock to meet our obligations to contractors." Recently, Superjet International CEO, Alessandro Franzoni told the SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Suppliers Conference in Los Angeles that the regional jet's first flight was "imminent." To date, the 78/98-seat airplane family has garnered 73 firm orders plus 46 options, the bulk of them from Russian customers. The company hopes to market some 700 airplanes priced at $25 to $28 million. Program suppliers include Honeywell (SGC), Parker, Thales (THL), and Goodrich (BFG). The SaM 146 engine is supplied by Powerjet, a joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn.
A320-214 (3492, EK-32005), CIT Group (TCI) leased.
June 2008: Armavia (ARZ) launched a daily, Yerevan - Moscow Sheremetyevo frequency, its fourth daily flight to the Russian capital.
July 2008: Armavia (ARM) is set to acquire an A340-500 to serve proposed long-range routes. Managing Director, Norair Belluyan says the airline intends to sign the purchase contract during the upcoming Farnborough Air Show. “We need an airplane with a long-haul capability, sufficient for direct flights between Yerevan and Los Angeles, which is a home to one of the largest Armenian communities abroad,” says Belluyan. To make the best of operating a wide body airplane, Armavia (ARM) is also planning to introduce eastbound services to Beijing.
January 2009: In 2008, Armavia (ARZ) carried 647,000 passengers.
April 2009: Armavia (ARZ) operates international services from Armenia's capital, Yerevan to destinations in the CIS, Europe, and the Middle East.
Employees = 469.
(IATA) Code: U8 - 669. (ICAO) Code: RNV (Callsign - ARMAVIA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Aviafin (68%); & MIKA Armenia Trading (32%).
Main Base: Yerevan Zvatnots International Airport (EVN).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Adler/Sochi; Aleppo; Amsterdam; Ashgabat; Athens; Beirut; Cologne; Dubai; Ekaterinburg; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Kiev; Krasnodar; Mineralnye Vody; Moscow; Nizhniy Novgorod; Novosibirsk; Odessa; Paris; Rostov; Samara; Simferopol; St Petersburg; Stavropol; Tehran; Tel Aviv; & Volgograd.
May 2009: Armavia (ARZ) operates more than >250 flights a month in more than >30 countries in the CIS, Europe and the Middle East.
June 2009: PowerJet signed an agreement with Armavia (ARZ) under which it will provide support services for the (SaM146) engines powering (ARZ)'s two Sukhoi Superjet 100s ordered in 2007 with the first slated for delivery at the end of this year.
Carried its 500,000th passenger.
July 2009: Armavia (ARZ) launched weekly, Yerevan - Batumi flights and will launch weekly, Yereven - Kharkov service July 27.
August 2009: SuperJet International signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Armavia Airlines (ARZ) for after-sales support of the carrier's fleet of Sukhoi Superjet 100s. (ARZ), which has firm orders for two of the type plus two options, intends to finalize a five-year "SuperCare" agreement by the end of November.
October 2009: Expects to fly its millionth passenger by end of the year. That person will be rewarded with a new Mercedes car.
December 2009: Armavia (ARZ) the first Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 customer, confirms that it will not take delivery of its first airplane until April 2010, five months later than previously suggested.
February 2010: Armavia (ARZ) will replace its current weekly non-stop Yerevan - Beirut service operated by CRJ-200s with a weekly triangle A319-100 flight from Yerevan via Beirut and Larnaca back to Yerevan as of February 23. It has also announced plans to add Bahrain and Delhi to its route network later in 2010 and is also considering launching long haul services from Yerevan to Los Angeles and New York.
August 2010: Israeli media reports stated that El Al (ELA) has been unable to reach a membership agreement with any of the three global alliances and is considering launching its own alliance. The alliance would include airlines that are not members of Oneworld (ONW), Star Alliance (SAL) or SkyTeam (STM) alliances. According to the reports, El Al (ELA) hopes to include three Eastern European airlines as initial partners and believes the alliance could eventually reach 20 members. The alliance would be known as "Western-Eastern." Aerosvit (UKA), Armavia (ARZ) and UTair (TYU) have signed a letter of intent (LOI) with El Al Israel Airlines (ELA) with the aim to launch a fourth worldwide alliance of smaller carriers tentatively called "WE" which stands for Western-Eastern. The alliance is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2011.
Armavia (ARZ) has added a third ex-China Eastern Airlines (CEA) A320-200 and first ex-RusJet Air Yak-42D to its fleet and has introduced new routes:
Yerevan - Barcelona: weekly seasonal, A319-100 service between June 20 and September 26;
Yerevan - Birmingham: weekly, A319-100 service starting on September 21;
Yerevan - Delhi: weekly, A319-100 service started on April 14;
Yerevan - Munich: 2x weekly, A319-100 service starting on November 2;
Yerevan - Tehran Imam Khomeini: 3x weekly, A319-100 service started on June 1;
Yerevan - Thessaloniki: weekly seasonal, CRJ-200 service between July 14 and September 15.
It has already given up its Yerevan - Berlin Tegel route.
September 2010: SuperJet International CEO, Alessandro Franzoni said that Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company's Superjet 100 is on track to receive a Type Certificate in November from the Russian aviation authorities, with deliveries to launch customers Aeroflot (ARO) and Armavia (ARZ) occurring in December.
“The [test] airplanes are flying very intensely now, and the chance is very high that we will obtain the Russian certification in November,” Franzoni said at European Regions Airline Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Barcelona. “The delivery process can start as soon as we get this. For sure, the acceptance process [by (ARO) and (ARZ)] will start in December." (ARO) holds firm orders for 30 SSJ-100 plus 20 options, and (ARZ) has two on firm order with two options.
October 2010: EL Al Israel Airlines (ELA) is in discussions with potential partners about forming an alliance initially centered on Eastern Europe and the Middle East. (ELA) has been talking to Russian carrier UTAir (TYU), Ukraine's Aerosvit (UKA) and Donbassaaero (UDC), and Armavia (ARZ) of Armenia about cooperation deals that would start with code sharing, according to (ELA) Alliance Manager, Stanley Morais.
The alliance (preliminarly dubbed (WE) for "West-East" — is still in the “development stage,” says VP Commercial, Eli Cohen. But if (ELA) goes ahead with the plans, the group should later also include carriers in Asia and North America. (ELA) has recently shown interest in joining one of the three global alliances, but Morais says it was given the cold shoulder. He believes that the SkyTeam (STM), Oneworld (ONW) and Star (SAL) alliances are afraid their Arab customer base might choose the competition in the future if one of them accepted an Israeli airline. Cohen says (WE) could therefore be an “alliance of the miserables,” a group of carriers that is unwanted by the three global alliances for one reason or another. The focus on Eastern European carriers is based on the area's strong ties with Israel — more than >1 million Israelis stem from that part of Europe originally. Of the carriers in the potential group, only Aerosvit (UKA) operates long-haul — a single flight from Kiev to New York. Thus El Al (ELA) believes there is ample feed for its significant long-haul operation, which includes Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Mumbai, and Beijing. Today, (ELA) has almost no connecting traffic in Tel Aviv mainly because of the unstable political situation and the severe security measures upheld at the airport. Passengers have to show up for flights at least three hours in advance and are subject to rigorous inspections and interviews. Cohen hopes that some of those measures could be relaxed if passengers fly in on other airlines and connect without leaving the airport. “We want to make Tel Aviv into a hub, but we are facing high hurdles,” he says.
December 2010: Sukhoi will miss its goal of beginning customer deliveries of the Superjet 100 regional jet this year. After several rounds of delay, Sukhoi was pressing hard to meet the 2010 in-service goal, but now is having to satisfy itself with obtaining a partial Russian certification, which is still planned by year-end. Approval of some technical issues also is being deferred, with Basic Area Navigation performance and Category III landing capabilities not due to be finalized until next year, Sukhoi officials acknowledge. Armavia (ARZ) will receive its Superjet (95007) first. The airplane is currently involved in certification work and due to be handed over in February. Aeroflot (ARO)’s first aircraft, (95008), is currently in the paint shop and then will undergo final delivery preparations. The airplane is due to be delivered in March, along with a second one. The airline has already included the Superjet 100 in its summer flight schedule. Prior to the formal delivery, each airline will use its first airplane to train pilots (FC) on the Superjet 100. That work is to start as soon as Russian authorities grant the type certificate. The work is important since a fully capable simulator is not yet ready. The European Aviation Safety Agency is slated to grant its type certificate by July, although that remains contingent on the willingness of authorities to issue the document with only Category II landing capabilities for later expansion.
January 2011: Russian airplane certification authority (IAC AR) approved type certification for the Sukhoi Superjet 100, clearing the way for first delivery of the long-delayed airplane, which rolled out in September 2007 and made its first flight nearly three years ago. The program was formally launched by Sukhoi in 2004 as the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ). "The type certificate confirms the compliance of the airplane with the (IAC) certification norms and airworthiness directives thus opening the way to start commercial operation," the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company stated, noting that it was also granted a design organization approval certificate from (IAC AR).
Launch customer Aeroflot (ARO) holds firm orders for 30 Sukhoi SSJ100s plus 15 options, while Armavia (ARZ), which has two on firm order with two options, was expected to take the first delivery.
April 2011: As launch customer, Armavia (ARZ) accepted the 1st Sukhoi SSJ100 (97007, EK-95015) delivery - - SEE ATTACHED "FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL" ARTICLE - - "ARZ-2011-04-1ST SUKHOI SSJ100." Armavia (ARZ) intends to use it for services to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, and cities in Ukraine. The initial flight was Yerevan - Moscow of 2 hours 55 minutes. The SSJ100 carried 90 passengers.
The handover ceremony was held at Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan. The SSJ100 airplane received the name "Yuri Gagarin" in memory of the first man who reached space and orbited the Earth almost exactly 50 years before.
According to Armavia (ARZ), in the future its Superjet SSJ100 fleet will make their 1.5 to 2 hour long flights from Yerevan to Moscow, Sochi, as well as Ukrainian cities, including Odessa and Simferopol. (ARZ) expects to receive their second Superjet SSJ100 in June 2011.
May 2011: Aeroflot (ARO) will take delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 this month and plans to put it into service June 16, according to Superjet International Deputy Senior VP Commercial, Svetlana Issaeva.
In all, (ARO) will receive 10 SSJ100s this year. She noted that the first SSJ100 (SN95007) delivered to Armavia (ARZ) last month has been operated on 54 flight cycles for a total of 105 flight hours. It has had 98% dispatch reliability, Issaeva said. She declined to release fuel burn statistics but said such figures will be revealed soon.
The SSJ100's Entry Into Service (EIS) will allow Superjet International to market the airplane to airlines around the world, she asserted. "With the airplane in operation, it will be much easier for us to introduce it to a wide range of customers because the airplane will speak for itself." She acknowledged that "it will take time" to convince Western airlines to purchase the SSJ100.
Meanwhile, an announcement about the next SSJ product could come as soon as June. "We are working internally in order to be able to introduce to the market the next generation of the family and I think by June we'll be able to do it," Issaeva said. "We've considered several options" in terms of size.
SSJ100 production rate is slated to reach 17 this year, 33 in 2012 and 60 by 2014.
October 2011: A320-214 (772, EK-32006) is shown arriving at Southend, UK on October 25 for maintenance. The A320s are expected to be relegated to domestic use as they are replaced by Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s (SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "AKZ-2012-01 ASIAN GROWTH.").
November 2011: Belle Air Europe (BEL) has leased a first ex-Armavia (ARZ) A320-200 from early November.
December 2011: Aeroflot (ARO) launched Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) international services on December 4 when the airplane (RA 89002) flew between Moscow (SVO) and Oslo (OSL). By the end of the year, the airplane is expected to fly from (SVO) to Budapest (BUD).
“The fact that the SSJ100 started to serve international routes of Aeroflot (ARO) reflects the confidence of the airline in the reliability of our airplane. We believe that the SSJ100 airplane will efficiently serve both international and domestic routes of (ARO) and will do our best to make sure that the growing fleet of SSJ100 meets the expectations of the airline,” Sukhoi Civil Aircraft President, Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk said.
(ARO) operates three SSJ100s, which serve (SVO) routes to St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Astrakhan, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Anapa, Perm, and Minsk. (ARO) was the SSJ100’s first Russian customer and took first delivery in May.
Armenian Armavia (ARZ) was the launch customer for the SSJ100 in April.
January 2012: Armavia (ARZ) has given up its routes from Yerevan to Aleppo, Almaty, Amritsar, Birmingham, Bratislava, Donetsk, Kharkov, Madrid, Munich, Odessa, Riga, Simferopol, Tehran Imam Khomeini, Thessaloniki, Ufa, Voronezh, and Zurich. Its routes from Yerevan to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin Tegel, Lyon, Marseilles, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Rome Fiumicino, and Venice Marco Polo have been suspended for the winter season leaving it with just four destinations in Western Europe (Athens, Istanbul Atatürk, Larnaca, and Paris CDG) this winter. Instead, it has launched new routes in Eastern Europe:
Yerevan - Kiev Borispol: 2x weekly CRJ-200 service has resumed on October 1;
Yerevan - Krasnodar: 3x weekly CRJ-200 has started on October 31;
Yerevan - Mineralnye Vody: 2x weekly CRJ-200 service has started on October 1;
Yerevan - Rostov: 2x weekly CRJ-200 service has started on November 1.
(ARZ) has leased two ex-(CSA) Czech Airlines 737-500s to replace three A319-100/A320-200 airplanes it has recently returned to the lessors.
July 2012: On 25 July, the Armenian flag-carrier Armavia (ARZ) began operating weekly flights between Yerevan (EVN) and Birmingham (BHX) in the UK using an A320. (ARZ)’s website recommends The Barber Institute, Cadbury World and the Botanical Gardens as things worth seeing in Birmingham. (ARZ) appears to have operated the route before on an irregular basis, between September 2010 and April 2011. (ARZ) also launched weekly flights from Yerevan to Amritsar (ATQ) in India using a 737. As a result, (ARZ) is now offering connecting flights from Birmingham to Amritsar (a holy Sikh city) via Yerevan, targeting the considerable (VFR) potential, as Birmingham has a substantial South Asian ethnic population.
August 2012: SSJ100 launch customer, Armavia (ARZ) has returned its only delivered SSJ100 jet airplane. (ARZ) had operated the airplane for 7 months. (ARZ) was supposed to take its second SSJ100 last April, but it is still sitting on the Sukhoi (SSJ)'s ramp. Armavia (ARZ) has been having financial problems. It has been accused by Russian authorities of running up unpaid debts, with Moscow's Vnukovo airport reportedly banning refueling services and civil agency Rosaviatsia suspending (ARZ)'s rights to enter the airspace for 10 days in March.
Armavia (ARZ) has refused to take redelivery of its single SSJ100-95 (95007, EK-95015) currently stored at Moscow Zhukovsky airport (UUBW) after maintenance and repair work. (ARZ) claims that it no longer wants the airplane given all of the technical difficulties it has encountered with it since taking delivery of it in April 2011 while manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) claims the real reason would be that (ARZ) would have a major amount of debt for unpaid services outstanding.
September 2012: Armavia (ARZ) has announced plans to resume twice weekly service between Yerevan Zvartnots (EVN) and Tbilisi Lochini (TBS) airports from September 24 using its single Yak-42 (4520424116677, EK-42470) that operates in a corporate configuration with just 27 seats.
October 2012: Armavia (ARZ), which took delivery of the first production Sukhoi Superjet 100 in April 2011, has reached a new leasing agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company on operating terms.
(ARZ) has refused to operate the SSJ100 this summer for reasons that have not been announced officially. It also refused to take delivery of the second SSJ100 it ordered.
According to a statement on Sukhoi’s website, the parties have reached a six-month lease agreement. “After its termination, the parties will meet again to continue discussions on the issue,” Sukhoi (SSJ) said. The negotiations on the second SSJ100 are continuing.
Armavia Airlines (ARZ), which is owned by local businessman Mikhail Baghdasarov, has been put up for sale. Baghdasarov told the Armenian website Panorama.am he was negotiating the company’s sale although he did not disclose details on possible buyers. However, Panorama.am reported he is considering potential buyers from Russia, Australia, and Italy. Baghdasarov said there are no Armenian businessmen who could buy the airline.
(ARZ), which operates regular and charter international flights, has most of its network in Russia. (ARZ)’s fleet includes two A320s, three Bombardier CRJ200LRs, one Yakovlev 42, and three 737-500s.
March 2013: Armavia Airlines (ARZ) filed for bankruptcy and will cease flights April 1. (ARZ) said it failed to cope with the 2008 world economic crisis. “An Armavia (ARZ) owner, (the local businessman Mikhail Baghdasarov) supported the airline at the other businesses expense,” (ARZ) said. “But now it is impossible to continue this way.”
In November 2012, Bagdhasarov put Armavia (ARZ) up for sale and local media reported the owner was considering potential buyers from Russia, Australia and Italy. Baghdasarov said there were no Armenian businessmen in a position to buy the airline.
The airline’s fleet includes two A320s, three Bombardier CRJ200LRs and three 737-500s. Armavia (ARZ) was the first to take delivery of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in 2011 but later returned the airplane to the manufacturer, saying it was unsatisfied with its operational results. Later (ARZ) refused to take delivery of the second SSJ100. The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company (SSJ) said the decision was based on the carrier's poor financial condition and not related to the airplane’s operational performance.
Nearly half of the (ARZ) network is concentrated in Russia and Ukraine and the airline also performs flights to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
April 2013: Armavia (ARZ) suspended operations on 01 April 2013 after filing for bankruptcy amid mounting debts. The Armenian national carrier was, until then, the largest carrier operating from Armenia with services across Eastern and Central Europe and into the Middle East.
The loss of Armavia (ARZ) has resulted in capacity to/from the country reducing by about -23%. But already, three carriers from Western Europe have agreed to increase capacity to Yerevan in the wake of (ARZ)'s suspension of operations. A number of Eastern carriers also plan to launch services to the country as part of their summer 2013 programs.
(ARZ)’s financial issues were apparent in late 2012 with Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport temporarily suspending the servicing of (ARTZ)’s airplanes twice within one week in late October 2012 due to unpaid debts of US $3.3 million. This was above the agreed debt level of US $1 million.
May 2013: Moskovia Airlines ((IATA Code: 3R, based at Moscow Zhukovsky airport (UUBW)) (GAI) has set Moscow Domodedovo International (DME) to Podgorica (TGD) in Montenegro as its maiden SSJ100-95B operated route. Flights, operated each Saturday, will début from June 1. (GAI) took delivery of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (based at Moscow Zhukovsky (UUBW) airport) (SSJ) jet from defunct Armenian carrier, Armavia (ARZ).
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ARZ-SSJ100 - 2012-10
1 737-3B7 (CFM56-3B2) (1551-23859, /88 4L-TGL), GEORGIAN AIRWAYS LSD 2007-05. IN ALL WHITE COLORS. 16C, 110Y.
1 737-55S (CFM56-3C) (28471, EK73771), EX-(OM-BTS) RF SLOVAKIAN AIRLINES. (CSA) LSD.
1 A319-132CJ (V2524-A5) (913, /98 EK-RA01), EX-(HZ-NAS), GOVT OPS 2007-11. 28F. VIP.
0 A319-132 (V2524-A5) (2277, /04 EK-32011 - SEE PHOTO; 2362, /04 EK-32012), EX-(BLR), (TCI) LSD 2006-03. RTND. 132Y.
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (726, /97 EK-32007), (ILF) LSD 2002-10. LST (LAJ) AS (YL-BCB) 2005-10. 148Y.
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (229, /92 EK-32008), (AWW) LSD 2003-07. FERRIED DINARD TO YEREVAN FOR RTS AFTER STORAGE 2011-09. 148Y.
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5B4/3) (3492, /08 EK-32005), (TCI) LSD 2008-05. 148Y.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (547, /95 EK-32009, 2004-02; 632, /96 EK-32010, 2004-04), (AFIS) LSD. 547 & 632; BOTH W/O & DESTROYED 2006-05. 148Y.
1 A320-212 (397, EK-32001), WET-LST (TUI) 2005-07.
1 A320-214 (772, EK-32006 "HOVHANNES BAGRAMYAN" 2010-08 - - SEE PHOTO - - "ARZ-A320-214 - 2011-10").
1 ORDER A340-500:
0 ATR42-300 (PW120) (020, /86; 021, /86 EK-42022, 2004-01), ATR LSD. 2 RTND 2004-05.
1 ATR42-320 (PW121) (178, /90 EK-42023), ATR LSD 2003-12.
1 CRJ-100ER, 50Y.
2 AN-24, AIR ARMENIA WET-LSD 2004-05.
1 IL-86 (NK-86) (51483209086, /91 EK-86118 - SEE PHOTO), 306Y.
1 +1/2 ORDERS (2011-04) SUKHOI SUPERJET 100 (SSJ100) RRJ-95B (SAM146) (95007, EK-95015, "YURI GAGARIN" 2011-04 - - SEE PHOTO - - "ARZ-SSJ100-1ST 2011-04;" 95021, EK-95016, LATER (2013-05) TO MOSKOVIA AIRLINES (GAI)). 1ST SSJ100 RETURNED TO (SSJ). 98Y.
1 TU-134A-3 (D-30-II) (49972, /77 EK-65072; 62350, /79 EK-65575), 62350; RETIRED 2003-12. 72Y.
1 YAK-42D (D-36) (4520423219110, /92 EK-42417; 4520424116677, EK-42470), 4520423219110; RTND. 120Y.
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ARZ-2-YEGHOYAN ARAM 2009-05
ARZ-3-MZ OZMEN DONDONYAN 2009-05
MIKHAIL BAGHDASAROV, CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT.
NORAIR BELLUYAN, DIRECTOR GENERAL (2005-05).
Was born January 11th, 1958 in Yerevan.
1980 - Graduated from Yerevan State University, Department of Physics.
1980 - 1985: - Junior Research Officer at Radio Communication and Electronics Institute, attached to the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (RA).
1985 - 1992: - Radio Communication and Electronics Institute, attached to the Academy of Sciences of the (RA), Deputy Chief of the Department.
1992 - 1995: - Deputy Chief of CJSC "PIFIA", Moscow, Russia.
1995 - 1997: - Chief Engineer at JSC "STROYIMPEXCENTER" (Construction Company), Moscow, Russia.
1997 - 1998: - Deputy Regional Director of "Armenian Airlines" in Moscow.
1998 - 2003: - Regional Director of "Armenian Airlines" in Moscow.
2003 - 2005: - Representative of "Armavia" Air Company (ARZ) in Moscow, Russia.
Since May 2005: - General Director of "Armavia" (ARZ) Air Company
MS OZHEN DONDONYAN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, & FINANCIAL DIRECTOR (2007-02).
Was born on 29th of May, 1960, in Yerevan.
Left Russian Secondary school #35.
1984 - Graduated from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute with qualification of an Economist (Financier)
1981 - 1992: - Engineer, Research Institute "Electro machine."
1994 - 2002: - Operation (Financial) Department Chief, "Credit - Yerevan" Bank.
2003 - 2005: - Operation (Financial) Department Chief, "Armsavingsbank" CJSC.
2006 - till present: - Financial Director, "Mika - Cement" CJSC.
From February, 2007 - till present - Financial Director, "Armavia" Air Company (ARZ).
YEGHOYAN ARAM, EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL (2007-06).
Was born in July 16th, 1956 in the village of Getazat, in the Artashat region.
1976: - Graduated from Buguruslanskoe school of pilots (FC),
and in 1991 - Leningrad Aviation Institute.
1976 - 1977: Civil Aviation Authority of the (RA) - pilot (FC) of AN-2
1977 - 1980: Civil Aviation Authority of Uzbekistan - Commander of AN-2 airplane.
1980 - 1991: Civil Aviation Authority of the (RA) - Commander, flight instructor of Yak-40.
1991 - 2003: "Armenian Airlines" Air Company - Commander, flight instructor, second in command of air squadron of TU-154.
2003 - 2007: "Armavia" Air Company - Commander, flight instructor,
commander of air squadron of A320.
June 2007 - till now: Executive Vice President of "Armavia" Air Company (ARZ) on operational and technical issues.
RAFAEL ERITSYAN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
ARMEN SIMONJAN, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL.