Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the national airline of Azerbaijan, has taken delivery of the first of four Embraer 190s the airline has on order.
The carrier will deploy its Embraer 190 jets on its international network from Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (IATA code GYD). The three remaining aircraft are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.
Azerbaijan Airlines’ four Embraer 190s form the major part of the carrier’s acquisition of six Embraer E-Jets. Two 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft purchased from ECC Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Embraer, will also join the fleet later this year.
Each of Azerbaijan Airlines’ Embraer 190s is configured with 106 Elite seats in a single-class layout. The first aircraft is scheduled to start flying from Baku to Nakhchievan and Tbilisi in Georgia. The airline also plans to fly the Embraer 190 on longer international routes in the near future.
“The arrival of the first E190 in AZAL’s fleet is an important milestone in our strategic renewal plan to replace turboprops and narrow-bodies in some of our markets,” says Jahangir Askerov, president and chairman of Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC.
“The E190’s excellent operating economics and range open up new market opportunities for us, specifically to key business destinations,” adds Askerov. “The comfortable cabin is particularly important for the longer routes we intend to fly with the E190 to Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.”
Azerbaijan Airlines joins a growing list of operators in Eastern Europe and Central Asia which have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets. These include Air Astana, Air Lituanica, Air Moldova, Belavia, Bulgaria Air, Estonian Air, Montenegro Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines.
Headquartered in Baku, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL, Azərbaycan Hava Yolları in Azeri) is part of the Azerbaijan Hava Yollari Closed Joint Stock Company. It is the largest airline of the Caucasus region and Azerbaijan’s national flag carrier, as well as being a member of International Air Transport Association.
Azerbaijan Hava Yollari operates passenger flights to Europe, the CIS, the Middle East and Asia. The airline plans to expand its network with regular flights to destinations in North America and Southeast Asia in 2013 using Boeing 767-300ER widebodies. Azerbaijan Airlines also has two Boeing 787-8s on order.
For more information on Azerbaijan Airlines, visit www.azal.az.