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Georgian Airways (Georgian: ჯორჯიან ეარვეისი), formerly Airzena, is the privately owned flag carrier of Georgia, with its headquarters in Tbilisi. Its main base is Tbilisi International Airport.
|Founded||1994 (as Airzena)|
|Hubs||Tbilisi International Airport|
|Company slogan||Fly with us|
|Key people||Givi Davitashvili, General Director|
The airline Airzena was established in September 1993. Initially, Airzena operated charter flights to the United Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Egypt, India, and Syria, as well as a regularly scheduled flight to Vienna. The company managed to achieve recognition and retain its share in the aviation market during the economically and politically complicated period of the 1990s.
In 1999 Airzena became the flag carrier of Georgia. In August 2004, the company changed its name to Georgian Airways.
In the first half of 2000 the airline's management made a decision to modernise the fleet, and leased two Boeing 737-500 aircraft from Hapag-Lloyd. This was the first case of a Georgian airline operating up-to-date Western equipment.
Georgian Airways is operating services from Georgia to destinations in Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, and in the United Kingdom
The Georgian Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft as of April 2019:
|Bombardier Challenger 850||1||—||VIP|
The Bombardier Challenger 850 is for government and VIP use only.
The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft:
Safety rating, accidents and incidentsEdit
Georgian Airways has a 7/7 safety rating, the highest level, in AirlineRatings.
- On 4 April 2011, Georgian Airways Flight 860, a charter flight for a United Nations mission, operating a Bombardier CRJ100ER 4L-GAE crashed at N'djili Airport, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, while flying at very low altitude in 'extremely inclement' weather. Thirty-two of the 33 people on board were killed.
- Starting March 25, 2018 adding 5 new destinations
- "Contacts". Georgian Airways. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- Flight International 3 April 2007
- "Profile on Georgian Airways". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
- "Georgian Airways". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
- https://www.airlineratings.com/ratings/georgian-airways/ using these criteria; https://www.airlineratings.com/safety-rating-criteria/ This site is referred to by https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/world-best-airline-airlineratings/ and http://uk.businessinsider.com/best-airlines-2018-airlineratings-2017-11. Georgian Airways is not rated in Skytrax.
- "Investigation Report of accident involving Georgian Airways aircraft CRJ-100ER (4L-GAE) at Kinshasha's N'djili Airport Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 4 April 2011" (PDF). Ministry of the Transportation and Ways of Communication. Retrieved 3 November 2016.