History of CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of the CIS countries. Total route network of the airline is 40 destinations in 25 countries. In 2016, Azerbaijan Airlines carried over 2 million passengers.

Aircrafts of Azerbaijani civil aviation fully meets the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and AZAL is a member of the most prestigious civil aviation association - the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

AZAL has one of the newest airplane fleet that consists of 23 airplanes.

AZAL headquarters is in Baku, at Heydar Aliyev International Airport that meets international standards.

The history of the airline and CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines

In April 1992, after gaining independence, a state aviation body - State Concern Azerbaijan Airlines (Azərbaycan Hava Yolları) was established in Azerbaijan by the decision of the government of the Republic.

In 1996, Azeraeronavigation Air Traffic Control Center was established as part of the Azerbaijan Airlines State Concern.

In 1997, AZALOIL was established as part of Azerbaijan Airlines.

In 1999, a new international terminal was opened at the Baku airport.

In 2000, Azerbaijan Airlines received the first Boeing 757-200 aircrafts.

In 2004, by the decision of President Ilham Aliyev, "Bina" Airport in Baku was named "Heydar Aliyev International Airport".

In 2004, the airport in the city of Nakhchivan received the status of international air hub.

In 2005, a new cargo terminal (Baku Cargo Terminal) was opened at Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

In 2006, Ganja International Airport was reconstructed.

In April 2008, by the order of the Azerbaijani President, AZAL state concern was reorganized into CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines.

In 2009, airports in Zagatala and Lankaran received international status after major reconstruction.

In 2011 Azerbaijan Airlines received the European service standard from the European Economic Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry (EEIG).


In 2011, Azerbaijan Airlines received Boeing 767-300ER aircrafts.

In 2012, an international airport was built in Gabala.

In 2013, Azerbaijan Airlines received Airbus A340-500 long-haul passenger aircrafts.  

In 2013, "Azalagro" airline company was opened in Yevlakh.

In 2014 the new airport terminal of Heydar Aliyev International Airport (Terminal 1) was put into operation.

In 2014, the fleet of Azerbaijan Airlines replenished with modern Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircrafts.

In 2014, Azerbaijan Airlines received jet planes from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer 190 and Embraer 170.

In 2014, Azerbaijan Airlines began to carry out regular transatlantic flights from Baku to New York.

In 2015, British consulting company Skytrax, the world-famous and most influential in assessing the quality of airline services, awarded Azerbaijani national carrier and Heydar Aliyev International Airport a prestigious "4 stars" rating.

In 2016, Azerbaijan signed the Open Skies agreement with the United States of America.

In 2016, Nakhchivan International Airport was reconstructed. Telescopic passenger boarding bridges appeared at the airport for the first time.

In 2016 CJSC AZAL formed Azerbaijan’s first lowcost airline - Buta Airways.

In 2017 Skytrax named the Heydar Aliyev International Airport the best among all airports in Russia and CIS countries.

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