Uzbekistan Airways is the national airline of Uzbekistan. The airline came into being after the dissolution of Soviet Union. Since its inception, the airline has aimed to provide excellent services to its passengers, through its scheduled flights plying to different countries in Western Europe and other international locations. Headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the airline operates largely from its prime hub, which is at Tashkent International Airport. The airline has entered code-share agreements with Air Baltic (Latvian national airline), Indian Airlines (the national airline of India), Korean Air (largest airline of South Korea) and Malaysian Airlines (flag carrier of Malaysia). Go through the following lines to learn about the history and profile of Uzbekistan Airways.
In 1992, the then President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, ordered the construction of a state airline, which paved the way for the birth of Uzbekistan Airways. The main objective behind the formation of Uzbekistan Airways was to build a modern transport infrastructure for the country as well as create strong presence in the international civil aviation industry. Uzbekistan Airways wanted to maintain a strong presence in the international aviation industry since its inception. Its maiden flight was from Tashkent to London. Uzbekistan Airways launched its domestic flights using aircraft, which was previously owned by the largest airline in Russia - Aeroflot. In 1993, Uzbekistan Airways started using Airbus aircrafts for its international routes, when it felt that it has to make its presence felt at the international flight industry.
Present Day Scenario
Presently, Uzbekistan Airways’ international fleet uses a mixture of Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. The airline serves as many as 50 destinations worldwide, including the domestic destinations, to which the airline operates from its Tashkent International Airport hub. The airline currently owns 11 airports in its homeland, five of which have attained international status. Although, the airline is not part of any airline alliances, it is interested in becoming a member of SkyTeam Alliance, for which talks are going on. The Government of Uzbekistan has planned to offer 49% stake of the airline to foreign investors and strategic partners.
Destinations And Fleet
The destinations covered by Uzbekistan Airways in Asia include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, South Korea, India (the airline flies to Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar), Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, Israel, Dubai and Sharjah. In Europe, the airline flies to United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, France, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia and Azerbaijan. The only North American country, to which the airline flies, is United States of America. Currently, Uzbekistan Airlines has a modern fleet of 31 aircrafts, which includes Tupolev Tu-154, Ilyushin Il-114, Ilyushin Il-76, Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Avro RJ85, Airbus A310-300 and Airbus A300-600RF.