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Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL, Azeri: Azərbaycan Hava Yolları) is the national airline of Azerbaijanmarker based in Bakumarker. It is the state-owned airline operating scheduled passenger and cargo services from Baku to the CIS, Europe, Chinamarker and the Middle East, as well as domestic services. Its main base is Heydar Aliyev International Airportmarker, Baku.

History

The history of passenger air transportation of Azerbaijan SSR goes back to 1923 when regular passenger flights started to operate between Baku and Tbilisi on German made aircraft Junkers. The Azerbaijani airline was established and started operations on 7 April 1992. It wholly owns subsidiary airline Azal Avia Cargo.

Destinations

Fleet

The Azerbaijan Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (at 1 November 2009): [119907]



Airplanes
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319CJ 1 0 Operating for Government of Azerbaijan
Airbus A319-111 3 0 114 (24/90)
Airbus 320 1 4 132 (30/102)
ATR 42-500 2 0 50 (0/50) Replaced Yak-40's
ATR 72-500 4 0 70 (0/70) Replaced Tu-134's
Boeing 757-200 4 0 180 (22/158)
Boeing 767-300ER 0 3 TBA
Boeing 787 0 2 TBA
Tupolev Tu-154M 3 0 145 1 is operating for Government of Azerbaijan
Tupolev Tu-134 3 0 72 are not opereted
Antonov 140-100 1 0 50 is not opereted
Cessna S 172 3 0 2 operated by National Aviation Academy
Total 24 9 Last updated: 1 November 2009



Helicopters
Aircraft Total
In Service
Notes
Eurocopter AS 332L1 Super Puma 2
Eurocopter EC 155 B1 4



Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Business*/Economy)
Notes
Tupolev Tu-134A 2 Replaced by ATR 72-500
Tupolev Tu-134B 6
12/60
Replaced by ATR 72-500
Yakovlev Yak-40 5 Replaced by ATR 42-500


As of December 2008, the average age of the Azerbaijan Airlines fleet is 9.1 years ([119908]).

Incidents and accidents

On 23 December 2005 an Azerbaijan Airlines Antonov AN-140 plunged into the Caspian Seamarker about 20 miles north of the capital, Bakumarker. All 18 passengers and five crew members died. The plane was on its way to Aktaumarker. The airline has grounded its other remaining An-140 airplanes, and also postponed plans to purchase more of the type aircraft from the Ukraine.

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References

  1. Flight International, Directory: World Airlines, p.83, 27 March 2007
  2. Azerbaijain Airlines Boeing orders
  3. Eurocopter Press Release - Azerbaijan Airlines Orders 6 Helicopters From Eurocopter



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