Azerbaijan invests $15 billion in aviation development

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015

The 35th session of the Interstate Council on Aviation and Airspace kicked off in Baku on October 23.

The session was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the International Civil Aviation Organization and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Interstate Aviation Committee.

ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu and ICAO Regional Director Luis Fonseca de Almeida, attended the session on the invitation of the Chairwoman of the Interstate Aviation Committee, Tatyana Anodina.

Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Abid Sharifov, AZAL President Jahangir Asgarov, the rector of Azerbaijan Civil Aviation Academy, academician Arif Pashayev, foreign and transport ministers and others participated at the event.

Sharifov, addressed the event, discussing achievements in the aviation sphere.

Around $15 billion has been invested in developing the aviation in Azerbaijan over the last 10 years, he said.

“Four new airports were constructed and two more were modernized, helicopter and aircraft fleets were fully renewed, the most modern planes such as the Airbus, Boeing and even Boeing Dreamliner were put into operation,” Sharifov recounted.

He added that the ground service was fully modernized and Azerbaijani Airlines AZAL received "4 Stars" from the British Skytrax for the quality of services.

The deputy prime minister stressed that holding the session testifies to the actuality and importance of the aviation system in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan Airlines is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of the CIS countries. The total route network of the airline includes 40 destinations in 19 countries.

AZAL has one of the world’s newest airplane fleets, consisting of 25 airplanes. AZAL is headquartered in Baku, at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, which meets international standards.

Earlier in 2014, AZAL received two Boeing-787 Dreamliners, which is considered the most modern airplane in the world. Azerbaijan is the first country in the CIS to use this airplane.

The 787s are a family of high-tech and ultra-efficient aircraft with new features that allow passengers to experience relaxing flights.

The airplane uses 20 percent less fuel in comparison with other planes. The Dreamliner can carry 210 passengers on routes of 15,700 kilometers.

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