Buta Airways

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Buta Airways
Buta Airways Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
J2 AHY AZAL
FoundedDecember 2016; 5 years ago (2016-12)
Commenced operations1 September 2017
HubsHeydar Aliyev International Airport
Frequent-flyer programAZAL-Miles
Fleet size8
Destinations18
Parent companyAzerbaijan Airlines
HeadquartersBaku, Azerbaijan
Websitewww.butaairways.az/en/

Buta Airways is 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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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 onboard for all customers. Passengers can purchase additional services including baggage, hot meals and seat selection at an additional cost.[3][4]

On 16 January 2018, Buta Airways began its first service to a destination within Europe, with a once weekly service to Sofia.[5] Later that year in December, Buta Airways welcomed its eighth Embraer 190 jet.[6]

In 2019, Buta Airways added Batumi, Ufa and Odesa to make 18 destinations for the airline.[7]

Destinations[edit]

As of January 2019, Buta Airways plans to fly to 18 destinations, in 7 countries.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Azerbaijan Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport Hub
Ganja Ganja International Airport [8]
Bahrain Manama Bahrain International Airport [9]
Bulgaria Sofia Sofia Airport [10]
Georgia Batumi Batumi International Airport [11]
Tbilisi Tbilisi International Airport [12]
Iran Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport [12]
Russia Astrakhan Narimanovo Airport [13][14]
Kazan Kazan International Airport [12]
Mineralnye Vody Mineralnye Vody Airport [12]
Moscow Vnukovo International Airport [12]
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport [8]
Ufa Ufa International Airport [15]
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport [16]
Riyadh King Khalid International Airport [16]
Turkey Ankara Esenboga International Airport [17]
Gazipaşa Gazipaşa Airport Seasonal [18]
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport [8]
İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport Seasonal [19]
Ukraine Kharkiv Kharkiv International Airport [20]
Kyiv Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) [21]
Lviv Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport [22]
Odessa Odesa International Airport [20]

Fleet[edit]

Buta Airways Embraer 190 taking off at Kyiv-Zhuliany

As of October 2019, the Buta Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:[23]

Buta Airways fleet (October 2019)
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer 190 8 0[24][25] 106
Total 8 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National low-cost carrier BUTA AIRWAYS will be established in Azerbaijan". azal.az. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ "BUTA AIRWAYS livery and logo approved". azal.az. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Airfare of Buta Airways flights will start from 29 euro". Azerbaijan Airlines. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  4. ^ "Free Sandwiches & Water onboard all Buta Airways Flights". Buta Airways. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  5. ^ "Buta Airways begins services to Sofia". Anna.aero. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  6. ^ "Eighth Embraer 190 for Buta Airways". Azernews. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  7. ^ "Buta Airways Destinations". Buta Airways. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  8. ^ a b c Liu, Jim (28 July 2017). "Buta Airways updates W17 operations". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Buta Airways launches direct flights to Bahrain". AzerNews.az. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (21 November 2017). "Buta Airways plans Sofia Jan 2018 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (11 October 2018). "Buta Airways adds Batumi from June 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e Liu, Jim (5 July 2017). "Buta Airways preliminary operation from Sep 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Astrakhan". Buta Airways. Archived from the original on 19 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim (21 January 2019). "Buta Airways adds Astrakhan service from May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Buta Airways announces new destination in Russia" (in Russian). ABC.az. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  16. ^ a b Gadimova, Nazrin (6 September 2019). "Azerbaijan Expands Its Airline Ties With Saudi Arabia". caspiannews.com. Caspian News. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Ankara will be the fourth destination of Buta Airways in Turkey". Buta Airways. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim (17 March 2018). "Buta Airways plans Alanya/Gazipasa June 2018 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Buta Airways expands its route network with flights to another popular Turkish resort".
  20. ^ a b "Buta Airways will launch flights to Odessa and Kharkiv". Buta Airways. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  21. ^ Liu, Jim (13 July 2017). "Buta Airways plans Kiev launch in Sep 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Low-cost airline Buta Airways launches direct flights to Lviv". AzerNews.az. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  23. ^ "fleet". butaairways.az. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Azerbaijan's Buta Airways transitions to all-EMB-190 fleet".
  25. ^ "Buta Airways replenishes its fleet with new Embraer E-190". AzerNews.az. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.

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