Turkmenistan Airlines

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Turkmenistan Airlines
Turkmenistan Airlines logo.png
Founded 1992
Hubs Ashgabat International Airport
Secondary hubs Turkmenabat Airport
Focus cities Turkmenbashi Airport
Fleet size 25
Destinations 23
Company slogan Symbol of hospitality
Parent company Government of Turkmenistan
Headquarters Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Key people Merdan Ayazov (CEO) [1]
Website turkmenairlines.com

Turkmenistan Airlines (Turkmen: Türkmenhowaýollary) is the flag carrier airline of Turkmenistan, headquartered in Ashgabat.[2] The carrier operates domestic and international passenger services, mainly from its hub at Ashgabat International Airport. All its international and domestic flights are operated by Western-trained pilots using two-class configuration Boeing aircraft. In 2012, the airline carried 57,500 passengers to 15 international destinations and 90,000 passengers on domestic routes per month (apx. 1.77 million passengers per year).[3]


The State national service Turkmenistan Airlines was founded in 4 May 1992.[4][5]

In 1992, Turkmenistan Airlines became the first airline in the former Soviet Union to purchase a Boeing 737-300.[6]

In April 1993, Turkmenistan became a full member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The first flight on a cargo aircraft IL-76 was completed April 19, 1993 from Ashgabat-Brest.[7]

Since 2001, the airline has been phasing out its aging Soviet-era fleet to make way for a modern fleet of Boeing 717's, which are extensively used for service on domestic routes. They purchased seven 717 series aircraft to perform flights in Turkmenistan. The first of these aircraft was presented at the MAKS air show in 2001.[8]

In May 2009, the airline opened a new, modern Lachin hotel in Ashgabat for transit Turkmenistan Airlines passengers. The hotel is designed for 200 guests. The building is located in the Avenue of Neutrality, which connects the city center to the Ashgabat Airport.[9][10]

Employees of airlines in the parade in honor of Independence Day

July 1, 2011[11] began to operate Electronic ticket[12] on all flights. Booking flights can be carried out in the standard way, but the information about air travel began to given out in the form of a passenger itinerary receipt.[13]

In 2012, the airline began printing the full-colour magazine "Lachin". This was the first in flight product in Turkmenistan. The magazine is also distributed in the halls for official delegations and VIP-zones of airports in Turkmenistan.[14]

In January 2013 a regular cargo flight to Brno was started.[7]

In March 2013 a new ticket sales centre was opened by the airline. The three-story building located in the southern part of Ashgabat at 61 Atatürk Street. The building houses 30 sales offices; 17 for domestic flights and 13 for international routes.[15]

In August 2013 a regular passenger flight to Lviv was started.[16] In October of the same year, flights to Donetsk[17] and Riga were started.[18] Finally in December that year, a flight to Paris was started.[19]

In March 2014 as a response to 2014 Ukrainian revolution the company announced rerouting their flights to avoid flying over the territory of Ukraine and temporarily suspended flights to Kiev, Lviv and Donetsk..

In 2015 opened a flight to Ankara and Kuala Lumpur.[20][21]


As of February[22] 2015 the airline operates its own passenger and cargo flights from Ashgabat (International Airport of Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great) and Turkmenbashi (Turkmenbashi International Airport) in 11 countries around the world, commercial planting carried out in 21 destinations, 15 of them abroad: 4 in Europe, two in the Middle East, 6 in Asia, 5 in the CIS and 6 points in Turkmenistan.



The Turkmenistan Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft[23][24] As of September 2013 passenger fleet of 23 aircraft, created by the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, and is represented by six types of civil aircraft: Boeing 717-200, Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757-200 and Boeing 777-200LR. As part of several airline transport aircraft IL-76, providing freight and helicopters manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft and Aérospatiale. Planes in the modern coloring are labeled "Turkmenistan" on the left and right sides of the fuselage.

Turkmenistan Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders
Seats Notes
B E Total
Boeing 717 6 0 0 120 120
Boeing 737-300 3 0 16
Boeing 737-700 4 0 8
1 VIP (EZ-A007)
Boeing 737-800 5 3 16 144 160
Boeing 757-200 4 0 16 173 189
Boeing 777-200LR 2 0 28 263 291
Boeing 777-200LR 1 0 VIP (EZ-A777)
Ilyushin Il-76TD 8 0 Cargo
Total 35 3

April 29, 2009 in Ashgabat flew the new aircraft Boeing 737-700. On 2 September 2009, Boeing announced that Turkmenistan Airlines had confirmed an order for 3 Boeing 737-700 aircraft worth $192 million.[26] Autumn airline supplemented by three airliners of Boeing.

On, 25 March 2012, a Challenger-870 was delivered to Ashgabat.[27]

On May 8, 2013, a Boeing 737-800 was delivered to Turkmenistan Airlines, arriving in Ashgabat,[28][29] on June 3, 2013 a fourth Boeing 737-800 arrived.,[30] and on December 18, 2013 a fifth Boeing 737-800 arrived.[31]

Previously used aircraft[edit]

Boeing 767-300ER


  1. ^ http://www.turkmenistan.ru/en/articles/14557.html Merdan Ayazov appointed head of Turkmen airlines
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines." Flight International. 30 March-5 April 2004. [1].
  3. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines launches specialized magazine for air travelers
  4. ^ Corporate
  5. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines information (founded, fleet, etc.)
  7. ^ a b Небесные «грузовики» отмечают юбилей
  9. ^ В Ашхабаде открыт отель для транзитных авиапассажиров
  10. ^ About company
  11. ^ Turkmenistan airlines to introduce e-tickets from July 1
  12. ^ Electronic ticket
  13. ^ «Туркменские авиалинии» внедрят электронную систему продажи билетов
  14. ^ Turkmenistan at the flight altitude: new magazine for air passengers
  15. ^ В Ашхабаде будет открыто современное агентство по продаже авиабилетов
  16. ^ «Туркменские авиалинии» открыли рейс в город Львов
  17. ^ «Туркменховаёллары» берет курс на Донецк
  18. ^ New Airlines Open Flights in the Winter Season
  19. ^ «Туркменские авиалинии» открывают регулярный рейс в Париж
  20. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines launched flights to Ankara
  21. ^ Maiden Turkmenistan Flight arrives at KLIA
  22. ^ Расписание
  23. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines official fleet page. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  24. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines Fleet. CH-Aviation
  25. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines orders. Boeing.
  26. ^ Turkmenistan Airlines confirms 3x Boeing 737-700 order
  27. ^ Национальный авиапарк пополнился новым современным авиалайнером
  28. ^ EZ-A015 Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 737-82K(WL)
  29. ^ Воздушный парк гражданской авиации Туркменистана пополнил новый пассажирский «Боинг-737-800»
  30. ^ Гражданская авиация Туркменистана пополняется новыми «Боингами»
  31. ^ Новый «Боинг» с эмблемой туркменского «лачина»

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