Azerbaijan Airlines Reviews

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Azerbaijan Airlines Reviews

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL, Azeri: Azərbaycan Hava Yolları), is the flag carrier of Azerbaijan, with its head office in Baku. Its main base is Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, from which it operates a network of scheduled passenger and cargo services. The airlines is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Azerbaijan’s border dispute with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh had delayed financing for two new Boeing 757s from the U.S. Ex-Im Bank. The $66 million loan guarantee was the Ex-Im Bank’s first transaction for Azerbaijan, according to Air Transport Intelligence. The financing also was guaranteed by the Azerbaijan government and the International Bank of Azerbaijan. The United Kingdom’s Export Credits Guarantee Department guaranteed financing for Rolls-Royce engines, utilized by both Boeing 757s. Azerbaijan, a predominantly Muslim country, experienced a reduction in air traffic following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. AZAL was able to remain profitable through 2001, however, and even make progress toward paying off its debt. The airline was soon shopping for more new aircraft as it retired its aging Soviet models. AZAL ordered its first Western-made helicopters in October 2002, purchasing six for EUR 52 million from Eurocopter. AZAL used helicopters to ferry personnel and equipment out to oil rigs in the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan Airlines received the European service standard from the European Economic Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry (EEIG) by unanimous decision.

Azerbaijan Airlines hopes to launch its first flights to the United States in 2014 when it takes delivery of the three Boeing 787 Dreamliners that it has on order.

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