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|Founded||1994 (as Airzena)|
|Hubs||Tbilisi International Airport|
|Key people||Roman Bokeria, General Director|
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.
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 decided to modernise the fleet, and leased two Boeing 737-500s 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
- Aegean Airlines
- Air Astana
- Air France
- Austrian Airlines
- Azerbaijan Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Hahn Air
- Iran Air
- Olympic Air
- S7 Airlines
- Ukraine International Airlines
The Georgian Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft as of June 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 incidents
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, operated by a Bombardier CRJ100ER (registered as 4L-GAE) crashed at N'djili Airport, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, while flying at very low altitude in 'extremely inclement' weather. 32 of the 33 people on board were killed.
- Starting 25 March 2018 adding 5 new destinations
- "Contacts". Georgian Airways. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
- Flight International 3 April 2007
- "Georgian Airways Partners". www.georgian-airways.com. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
- "Georgian Airways". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
- "Georgian Airways takes delivery of first B737-800". ch-aviation. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- 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.
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