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Name: GEORGIAN AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: GEI
Status: Operational
Region: CIS
City: TBILISI
Country: GEORGIA
Employees 465
Web: flygeorgia.com
Email: info@flygeorgia.com
Telephone: +995 32999730
Fax: +995 32999660
Sita: TBSOPA9
Background
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GEI-CABIN ATTENDANTS
GEI-LOGO
GEI-LOGO TAIL 2006-06
GEI-MAP GEORGIA
GEI-VISIT TBILISI

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. FORMERLY "AIRZENA GEORGIAN AIRLINES." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
12 RUSTAVELI AVENUE
0108 TBILISI, GEORGIA

THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 69,700 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 5.6 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TBILISI, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS GEORGIAN.

JANUARY 2000: 1 737-5K5 (24927), EX-HAPAG LLOYD (HAP), DEFAG 5 YEAR LEASED (2ND IN June 2000).

JUNE 2000: 2ND 737-5K5 (25037), EX-(HAP).

SEPTEMBER 2000: ELGYDJA PORCHHIDZE, QUALITY CONTROL (QC)/QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.

OCTOBER 2000: RETURNED 1 IL-62M, TO UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS (UZB).

JANUARY 2001: TO PARIS, VIA AMSTERDAM.

APRIL 2001: (http://www.georgianairlines.com).

(georgian@freeway-usa.com).

November 2002: Zurab Perishvili, Vice President, rejoined Georgian Airlines (GEI) after several years working as Director of Georgia's regulatory authority (CAA).

January 2003: Georgian Airlines ceased operations. Its services will be taken over by (GEI), who are to acquire a 3rd 737-500.

Russia has banned all Georgian airlines from using Russian airspace, because of debts of $3.5 million. There are currently 15 Georgian airlines that have failed to pay their debts, while several companies have let their debts mount before announcing themselves bankrupt and then setting up new companies under different names. Since the mid 1990's, there have been 20 or 30 such companies.

February 2003: In April 2003, Tbilisi - Amsterdam (2/week).

March 2003: 737-529 (25218, 4L-TGA), CIT Aerospace (TCI) leased.

April 2003: (international@airzena.com).

May 2003: Tbilisi - Milan (MXP) (737-500, weekly).

June 2003: 350 employees.

(http://www.airzena.com). (info@airzena.com).

December 2003: Transfers its Moscow service from Vnukovo Airport to Domodedovo Airport.

March 2004: Is discussing an order for a 737-800.

April 2004: 321 employees (including 27 Flight Crew (FC), 42 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 58 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

August 2004: Changed its name from "AirZena Georgian Airlines" to just "Georgian Airways."

October 2004: Georgian Airways (GEI) is banned from Russian airspace, along with other Georgian airplanes, ostensibly because of unpaid airport fees. The airline says the move is politically motivated and may presage military action on its border, which Russia claims is a hiding place for terrorists.

January 2004: 2 737-4Q8's (26306; 28202), ex-Air Polonia (APL), (CIT) (TCI) leased.

April 2005: 737-3B7 (23859, 4L-TGL), CIT Group (TCI) leased.

September 2007: Bombardier CRJ-100ER (CL-600-2B19) (7076, 4L-GAL) delivery.

This airplane will be used for Tbilisi - Batumi - Kiev. Has plans for regional operations to the destinations of Istanbul, Yerevan, Baku, Teheran, and Southern destinations of the Russian federation.

October 2009: The European Union (EU) and Georgia held a 1st round of negotiations on a Common Aviation Area agreement in Tbilisi. The discussions are part of the (EU)'s strategy to create a wider Common Aviation Area including non-(EU) nations. It has concluded such agreements with western Balkan countries and Morocco, and currently is holding similar negotiations with the Ukraine, Jordan, and Israel. An (EU)-Georgia accord would mutually open the respective markets and integrate Georgia into European aviation structures. Georgia will be required to harmonize its aviation-related laws with European standards and implement/adhere to most (EU) aviation rules. The European Commission (EC) received a mandate to negotiate an agreement with Georgia in June.

November 2009: 737-5Q8 (28055, 4L-TGA), (ILF) leased, ex-(B-2110), ex-Rio-Sul (ROS).

January 2010: 737-500, (ILF) 3 year leased.

February 2010: Georgian Airways (GEI) has postponed the launch of its proposed new Tbilisi - Zurich route until further notice. It has added a 2nd ex-Okay Airways (OKY) 737-500. It has operated 3 charter services between Tbilisi and Moscow Domodedovo after receiving approval from the Russian authorities to operate some flights around the Russian new year holiday. All flights between Russia and Georgia had been suspended since the short war between the 2 countries in 2008.

March 2010: The European Union (EU) and Georgia signed a comprehensive air services agreement that will "open up and integrate the respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for consumers and operators" and transition to open skies within 2 years. The European Commission (EC) said passenger traffic between the (EU) and Georgia has increased by an average of +10% per year over the past 5 years. There currently are direct flights to Georgia from 9 (EU) nations.

August 2010: Georgian Airways (GEI) has retired its single 737-300 and 737-400 in spring but has, however, added a 2nd ex-Xiamen Airlines (XIA) 737-505 (26336, 4L-TGI) that it operates on behalf of the United Nations (UN). It has resumed 3x-weekly, scheduled 737-500/737-700 service from Tbilisi to Moscow Domodedovo on August 20 following a lift of the ban on scheduled flights between Georgia and Russia that had been imposed following the short war between the two countries. It had previously operated several charter services on the route with special approval from the Russian authorities. Georgian Airways (GEI) has started code sharing on the 2x-daily Yerevan - Tbilisi services operated by Armavia (ARM). Georgia has signed an "open skies" agreement with the European Union (EU) allowing all (EU) carriers to operate to the country from any (EU) airport.

December 2010: Georgian Airways (GEI) signed a code share agreement with Austrian Airlines (AUL) on its 3x-weekly, Tiflis – Vienna services.

April 2011: ACCDT: A Georgian Airways (GEI) CRJ-100ER (CF34-3A1) (7076, /955 4L-GAL) operating a United Nations (UN) mission flight crashed in the Democratic Republic Congo as it attempted to land at Kinshasa Airport. The (UN) said 28 of the 29 passengers and all 4 crew (FC) - (CA) were killed.

The airplane, which was destroyed, departed from Kisangani. Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reported that it "crashed in rainy weather." The airline, which has operated the airplane since 2007, said it most recently underwent an inspection on December 22, 2010 and no problems were found. According to (ASN), the (CF34)-powered CRJ-100 1st flew in 1995.

On April 22nd, Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia and Thierry Mariani, French Secretary of State responsible for Transport, inaugurated the Thales (THL) Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) system installed at the Poti Airport in Georgia. The implementation of this advanced technology radar system including full Mode S compliance will provide complete airspace security for western Georgia in conformity with European standards.

“This new radar will improve the security of the Georgian skies, increase safety, capacity and efficiency and is key to supporting the future challenges in terms of air traffic,” said Giorgi Karbelashvili Deputy Minister of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia. “The inauguration is an important milestone in the modernization of the country’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems.”

June 2011: Georgian Airwats (GEI) will operate service from Batumi to Moscow (2x-weekly), Baku (3x-weekly), Tel Aviv (weekly) and will increase 3x-weekly, Kiev service to daily for the summer schedule.

December 2011: Georgian Airways (GEI) is a privately owned carrier linking the Black Sea republic of Georgia with jet airplane services to European destinations, Iran, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

465 employees (including 30 Flight Crew (FC) & 62 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: A9 - 606. (ICAO) Code: TGZ (Callsign - TAMAZI).

SITA: HDQRMA9.

Alliances: airBaltic (BAU); Austrian Airlines (AUL); S7 Airlines (SBR); Ukraine International Airlines (UKR); and Windrose Air.

Main Base: Tbilisi International Lochini Airport (TBS).

Hubs: Prague Ruzyne airport (PRG); Vienna International airport (VIE); Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG); & Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS).

International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Athens; Baku; Batumi; Dubai; Frankfurt; Istanbul; Kiev; Moscow; Paris; Prague; Riga; Teheran; Tel Aviv Yafo, Vienna; & Yerevan.

January 2012: Georgian Airways (GEI) has resumed bi-weekly 737 service from Tbilisi to Sharm el Sheikh.

(GEI) has returned its single 737-300 to the lessor. It currently operates 737-400, 2 737-500s, 1 CRJ-100 and 4 CRJ-200s.

May 2012: Georgian Airways (GEI) again flies from Tbilisi in Georgia to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in France.

November 2012: Georgian Airways (GEI) will add an ex-Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (GOT) 737-76N (29904, 4L-TGM) to its fleet shortly. The 1998 built airplane is the 2nd 737-700 (GEI) is going to operate. It had previously already operated another 737-700 between 2009 and 2010. (GEI) currently operates 2 737-500s, 1 CRJ-100 and 3 CRJ-200s on scheduled flights from Batumi (BUS) and Tbilisi Lochini (TBS) airports.

April 2013: Georgian Airways (GEI), the nation’s privately owned flag-carrier, has started a weekly operation between the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi (BUS) and Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) on the 20th of April. Services are expected to be quickly ramped up to 2x-weekly on the 1,300 km route, which is operated by the Caucasus-located airline’s CRJ-200 fleet.

September 2013: Air Lease Corporation (ALE) announced the long-term lease of 1 737-700 jet airplane to Georgian Airways (GEI), based in Tbilisi, Georgia. The 737-700 is scheduled for delivery to (GEI) in October.

October 2013: Aeroflot (ARO) is planning to start operating to Georgia again 5 years after the short war between Georgia and Russia. It is currently waiting for negotiations between the 2 countries to conclude, regarding the traffic rights allowing (ARO) to restore connectivity between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Tbilisi. (ARO) plans to begin flights from Moscow to Tbilisi from next March on a daily basis using A320-200s. Both S7 Airlines (SBR) and Georgian Airways (GEI) already operate services between Moscow Domodedovo and Moscow Vnukovo and the Georgian airports of Batumi, Kutaisi, and Tblisi. In the meantime, Air Caucasus (ACY) also has plans to launch flights to Moscow but so far (ACY) has not received any response from Moscow regarding traffic rights according to its (CEO) George Kodua. Air Caucasus (ACY) already offers scheduled charter flights to Kiev Borispol, Donetsk, and Aktau.

February 2014: Georgian Airways (GEI), Georgia’s privately owned flag-carrier, expanded its seasonal offering with a new service from Tbilisi (TBS) to Adler/Sochi (AER) in Russia on February 4th. The 438 km sector will be served 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) until May 1st, utilizing (GEI)’s 10C/40Y-seat CRJs. (GEI)’s new service to the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics will face no competition from other carriers.

March 2015: Russian and Georgian aviation authorities have agreed to temporarily postpone flight regulations between the countries through March 28.

According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, Russian authorities “assume it is possible to issue” Georgian Airways (GEI) the permission to operate up to 18 scheduled flights per week on Tbilisi - Moscow route, up to 3x-weekly Batumi - Moscow charter services, and 2x-weekly, Kutaisi - Moscow service. In January, it was agreed the temporarily rules would be effective through January 31 allowing the carriers of each country to operate 18x-weekly flights on the Moscow - Tbilisi route.

Authorities had planned to meet in mid-January to establish permanent rules regulating flights between the countries, but have not yet done so.

The new agreement was initiated by Georgian Airways (GEI), which insisted competition from Russian airlines had caused significant losses to its business.

Aeroflot (ARO) relaunched daily, Airbus A320 Moscow - Tbilisi service from October 26. Transaero Airline (TRX) announced 4x-weekly, Boeing 737 Moscow - Tbilisi services to start from December 1. However, Georgian authorities did not allow (TRX) to fly on the route.

Fleet:
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GEI-737-500 - AIRZENA 2008-11
GEI-737-5K5 GEORGIAN AIRLINES 2004-08
GEI-A319 - 2015-03.jpg
GEI-CRJ-100 2008-11
GEI-TU-154M GEORGIAN AIRLINES
GEI-YAK-42D GEORGIAN 2004-10

May 2017:

0 737-3B7 (CFM56-3B2) (1551-23859, /88 4L-TGL "KAKHETI"), (TCI) LSD 2005-04. 12C, 114Y.

1 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (2653-26306, /94 4L-TGT "TBILISI"), EX-(APL), (ILF) LSD 2005-01. 16C, 132Y.

0 737-5K5 (CFM56-3C1) (1968-24927, /90 D-AHLF "TBILISI;" 2022-25037, /91 D-AHLI "KAKHETI"), EX-(HAP), DEFAG LSD 2000-01, 24927 RTND (HAP), LST (HLX) 2005-02. 16C, 96Y.

1 737-5Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (3024-28055, /98 4L-TGA), (ILF) LSD 2009-11, EX-(ROS), EX-(B-2110). "UN" TITLES. 120Y.

1 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (2805-26336, /96 4L-TGI "BATUMI"), (ILF) 3 YR LSD 2009-10. EX-(B-2973). OPS IN ALL WHITE COLORS WITH "UNITED NATIONS (UN)" TITLES. 131Y.

0 737-529 (CFM56-3C1) (2111-25218, /91 4L-TGA "KAKHI ASATIANI"), (TCI) LSD 2003-03. RTND. 16C, 96Y.

1 737-7BK (CFM-3C1) (33015, 4L-TGN "TBILISI"). 12F, 112Y.

1 737-76N (CFM56-7B22) (347-29904, /98 4L-TGM "TELAVI"), EX-(GOT) 2012-11. EX-(PR-GID). 12F, 112Y.

1 737-59D (CFM56-3B1) (1834-24694, /90 4L-TGR "BATUMI"), (BBB) LSD 2008-06. 16C, 99Y.

1 A320 (SEE PHOTO - - "GEI-A319 - 2015-03").

1 BOMBARDIER CRJ-100ER (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3A1) (7070, /95 4L-GAE; 7076, /95 4L-GAL - - CRASHED & DESTROYED W/O - - SEE ACCDT IN APRIL 2011), 7070; "UN" TITLES. 10C, 40Y.

4 BOMBARDIER CRJ-200LR (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3B1) (7373, /00 4L-TGS; 7386, /00 4L-TGG; 7442, /00 4L-TGB), TRAFALGAR KAHALA JET LSD. 7386; "UN" TITLES. 10C, 40Y.

1 BOMBARDIER CHALLENGER CL-600-2B19 (CF34-3B1) (8046, /05 4L-GAF, 2007-09). EXEC. 15F.

2 AN-2 (ASH-62IR) (1G219-36, /86, 4L-TGE; 1G212-54, /85 4L-TGZ), UTILITY. 12Y.

0 IL-62M, VIP, LSD, RTND (UZB) 2000-10.

0 TU-134A (D-30-III) (61042, /79 4L-65750), 16C, 56Y.

0 TU-154B (NK-8-2U) (168, /76 4L-85168), 164Y.

0 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U) (547, /82 4L-AAG; 558, /82 4L-AAH), 12F, 18C, 104Y & 12F, 110Y.

0 TU-154M (4L-85713).

2 YAK 40 (AI-25) (9342031, /73 4L-87370; 9611246, /76 4L-TGN), 25Y, & VIP.

2 YAK 42D (D-36) (4520423116579, /91 4L-TGG, 10/04; 4520423116650, /91 4L-TGM), 16C, 84Y.

Management:
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DAVID DAVITDZZE, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

TAMAZ (GURALIVICH) GAIASHVILI, CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT.

INGA KAZARYAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

ZURAB (BOGDANOVICH) PERISHVILI, VP, MANAGING DIRECTOR FLIGHT & TECHNICAL OPERATIONS.

DEMURI LELADZE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FLIGHT & TECHNICAL SERVICES (6/01).

ZURAB KARAULASHVILI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, & CHIEF PILOT 737,
(tech@airzena.com).

ROBERT OGANESYAN, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

SOSO SIRBILADZE, TECHICAL DIRECTOR.

ZURAB KHAREBASHVILI, SENIOR MANAGER SAFETY (TBSOPA9) (2001-06).

JEMAL MAMUKELASHVILI, MANAGER FLIGHT PLANNING, (zena@airnav.com.ge).

ROBERT OGANESIAN, CHIEF NAVIGATOR (airzena@global-erty.net).


GEORGIAN AIRLINES ENGINEERING COMPANY:

PAATA (PETER) CHACHAVA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (TBSOPA9), (T: 995-32) 947-458) (boeing@airzena.com).

SOSO SIRBILADZE, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL DIVISION (TBSOPA9),
(boeing@airzena.com) (2001-10).

GURAM MOSIASHVILI, CHIEF ENGINEER.

GOGI (ALEXANDROVICH) KEVLISHVILI, CHIEF PRODUCTION.

ILYA (LYVOVICH) BENDERSKY, CHIEF AVIONICS.

GAREGIN ELIBEGOV, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).

ELGYDJA PORCHHIDZE, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) MANAGER (2000-08).

ALEXI SEPASHVILI, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.

 
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