YEREVAN, October 23. / ARKA /. Air Armenia company made today its maiden flight from Armenia’s capital Yerevan to Russian Rostov -on-Don, marking its entry into Armenia’s market of passenger traffic.
Air Armenia is the first Armenian airline permitted by the government to operate passenger flights after the national airline Armavia decided to suspend flights on April 1 and begin bankruptcy proceedings.
The flight from Yerevan to Rostov –on-Don was made by a leased Boing 737-500. According to the airline’s president Vahan Harutyunyan , the company will lease an Airbus A-320 in several days. He said the goal is to have six aircraft in 2014.
He said regular flights to Moscow twice a day will start from October 27. The company is allowed by the Chief Aviation Department to make flights to Russian Moscow, Sochi , Samara, Rostov-on-Don and St. Petersburg. These flights will begin from 15th November.
Air Armenia carries out charter cargo flights to former Soviet republics, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The company began operations in 2003. Currently it operates 8 Soviet and Russia-manufactured aircraft : An12 , AN24 , AN26 , Yak40 , TU134 , TU154 , IL76 and IL86. -0-