ESTABLISHED IN 1991. FORMERLY AN AEROFLOT (ARO) DIVISION. NOW AN INDEPENDENT CARRIER IN THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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.
DECEMBER 1995: IN 1990, 2.8 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICES TO CAIRO, MOSCOW, TEL AVIV, & OTHER (CIS) CITIES.
BUSINESS VENTURE WITH GERMANIA (GER) WITH 737 (PP847, 4L-AAA), WITH UTILIZATION 5.34 HOURS.
NOVEMBER 1997: 1 TU-134A (8360282) PURCHASED FROM (CSA).
FEBRUARY 1998: PLANS NEXT MONTH, SERVICES TO LONDON HEATHROW WITH L-1011, EX-(RIH), (IAL) LEASED.
JUNE 1998: INDIA OK'S FLIGHTS TO INDIA.
NOVEMBER 1998: TU-154M (890), EX-AEROFLOT (ARO).
APRIL 1999: SITA: TBSDDSU.
October 2009: The European Union (EU) and Georgia held a first 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.
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 two 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 five years. There currently are direct flights to Georgia from nine (EU) nations.
April 2011: 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.”