|Commenced operations||1 September 2017|
|Ceased operations||1 October 2023 merged with Azerbaijan Airlines|
|Hubs||Heydar Aliyev International Airport|
|Parent company||Azerbaijan Airlines|
Buta Airways was an Azerbaijani low-cost virtual carrier headquartered in Baku, with its primary operational base at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Azerbaijan Airlines.
In December 2016, it was announced that Azerbaijan Airlines would set up its own in-house, low-cost airline named AZALJet. After a year of operation, it was decided that AZALJet would be replaced by a new airline named Buta Airways, which would have fleet of two Embraer aircraft in its own livery, operated by its own staff and with an independent tariff policy.
On 2 June 2017, the airline's livery and logo were approved. The logo reflects the symbolism of the mythological sacred bird Simurg, represented in the form of the Azerbaijani ornament buta. On the aircraft's aft and forward section, buta patterns are drawn in blue, which represents the airline's ties with Azerbaijan Airlines, and also in a bright red, which refers to Azerbaijan's flag.
In June 2017, the airline announced that its minimum airfare for a one way journey will start at 29 euros. Despite being a low-cost airline, Buta Airways offers free sandwiches and water on board for all customers. Passengers can purchase additional services including baggage, hot meals and seat selection at an additional cost.
On 16 January 2018, Buta Airways began its first service to a destination within Europe, with a once weekly service to Sofia. Later that year in December, Buta Airways welcomed its eighth Embraer 190 jet.
Since Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 Buta Airways suspend all the flights to Russia for an indefinite period "due to the risks relating to performance of international flights". However, 4 months later in June 2022 Buta Airlines resumes air communication with Russian cities. At the moment of April 2023 Buta Airlines resumed routes from Baku to Astrakhan, Mineralnye Vody, Kazan, Ufa, Moscow and opened new route from Baku to Volgograd in January 2023.
On 28 July 2023, it was announced that Azerbaijan Airlines and Buta Airways would be merging into a single brand called AZAL in October of the same year.
As of January 2019, Buta Airways plans to fly to 18 destinations, in 7 countries.
As of October 2019, the Buta Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:
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