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|Founded||28 January 1992|
|Commenced operations||31 May 1992|
|Frequent-flyer program||Uz Air Plus|
|Company slogan||National airline of Uzbekistan|
|Parent company||Government of Uzbekistan|
OJSC National Air Company Uzbekistan Airways, operating as Uzbekistan Airways (Uzbek: O‛zbekiston Havo Yo‛llari, Ўзбекистон Ҳаво Йўллари; Russian: Узбекские Авиалинии), is the flag carrier of Uzbekistan, headquartered in Tashkent. From its hub in Tashkent International Airport, the airline serves a number of domestic destinations; the company also flies international services to Asia, Europe and North America.
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbek President Islam Karimov in 1992 authorised the creation of Uzbekistan Airways. The carrier was established on 28 January 1992, and took over the operations of the Uzbekistan division of Aeroflot on 31 May 1992. The airline's maiden flight was from Tashkent to London.
Domestic flights used Russian-built aircraft that formerly belonged to Aeroflot. When international routes were prioritised, Airbus planes were leased, starting in 1993.
Uzbekistan Airways Technics provides technical services for Il-76, Il-62, An-2 and Yak-42 aircraft, and aircraft engines Аn-25, Тa-6А and Тa-8, also A, B, C, D and IL checks on the Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Airbus 310, Airbus 320 and RJ-85.
At April 2000Airbus A310-300s, three Antonov An-12s, one Antonov An-24, 18 Antonov An-24Bs, three Antonov An-24RVs, three Boeing 757-200s, two Boeing 767-300ERs, three BAE Systems Avro RJ85s, four Ilyushin Il-114s, two Ilyushin Il-62s, six Ilyushin Il-62Ms, ten Ilyushin Il-76Ts, nine Ilyushin Il-86s, 15 Tupolev Tu-154Bs, two Tupolev Tu-154Ms and 19 Yakovlev Yak-40s. Destinations served at the time included Almaty, Amsterdam, Andizhan, Ashgabat, Athens, Baku, Bangkok, Beijing, Bishkek, Bukhara, Chelyabinsk, Delhi, Dhaka, Ekaterinburg, Fergana, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Jeddah, Karshi, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Namangan, New York, Novosibirsk, Nukus, Omsk, Paris, Riyadh, Rostov, Samara, Samarkand, Seoul, Sharjah, Simferopol, St. Petersburg, Tashkent, Tel Aviv, Termez, Tyumen, Ufa, and Urgench., the airline had 16,296 employees. At this time, the fleet comprised three
Uzbekistan Airways carried 2,625 million passengers in 2014, a 1.9% decrease year-on-year (YOY), whereas 4.6% more cargo was handled YOY.
Since its formation, Uzbekistan Airways has focused its passenger service on Western Europe and other international locations. Most international flights operate from Tashkent, although international services to other Uzbek cities exist.
The carrier is not part of any partnerships or alliances, but negotiations are under way to join SkyTeam, according to reports from the Uzbek government; however, no official announcement has been made by the airline or the alliance.
Both the Boeing 757-200 and the Boeing 767-300ER entered the fleet in late 1996; the airline took delivery of these aircraft as part of an order placed in October 1995. Still in operation, both types are powered with Pratt & Whitney engines.
In mid-2007, the carrier ordered six Airbus A320s; by that time the fleet was 55 strong, comprising 10 different aircraft models; the Russian-built Yak-40 was among them. Also that year, the airline ordered two Boeing 787-8s. A contract for the engines to power the Dreamliners was signed with General Electric for USD 70 million. Half the amount that covers both the aircraft and the engine orders, some USD 246 million, will be provided by the government.
In late 2008, the company ordered four Boeing 767-300ERs in a US$597 million deal, and the A320 order was boosted to ten aircraft. The airline took delivery of its first A320 in July 2010 ; the type started operations servicing the Tashkent–Baku route. The first of four Boeing 767-300ERs ordered in 2008 was delivered in February 2012 , coinciding with the carrier's 20th anniversary. Also in 2012, the airline retired the An-24 from active service. It was announced in May 2013 that the Islamic Development Bank signed a deal for US$270 million with the Government of Uzbekistan that will be partly (US$170 million) used to finance the acquisition of two Boeing aircraft, yet the type involved was not disclosed. In July 2013 , the Airbus A310 was retired from active service.
The airline decided to convert two of the oldest Boeing 767-300ERs into freighters. Conversion of the first aircraft, which was received directly from the manufacturer in 1996, was performed by ST Aerospace and completed in December 2014 . In late December 2014 , the second converted aircraft arrived in Tashkent.
Uzbekistan Airways received its first Boeing 787-8 in late August 2016 . The Business Class on the 787 features the first fully flat seats of the carrier. Delivery of the aircraft type will be completed by the end of 2016.
|Airbus A320-200||10||—||—||12||138||150||One aircraft operating for the Government of Uzbekistan|
|Boeing 757-200||6||—||—||28||156||184||One aircraft operating for the Government of Uzbekistan|
|Boeing 767-300ER||7||—||10||40||157||207||One aircraft operating for the Government of Uzbekistan|
|Ilyushin Il-114-100||7||—||—||—||54||54||One aircraft stored|
Uzbekistan Airways previously operated the following aircraft:
Accidents and incidents
According to the Aviation Safety Network, as of January 2013[update] the airline experienced eight accidents and incidents throughout its history, totalling 54 reported fatalities; only those involving fatalities and hull-losses are listed below.
|Date||Location||Aircraft||Tail number||Fate||Fatalities||Description of the event||Refs|
|17 June 1995||Nukus||An-2R||UK-33058||W/O||Unknown||Crashed 43 km (27 mi) away from the city under undisclosed circumstances.|||
|26 August 1999||Turtkul||Yak-40||UK-87848||W/O||2/33||The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled Tashkent–Turtkul passenger service when struck power lines, gear-up, after a second go-around at Turtkul Airport. It belly landed, and slid for some 130 m (430 ft), before coming to rest close to an embankment.|||
|13 January 2004||Tashkent||Yak-40||UK-87985||W/O||37/37||The airplane was completing a domestic scheduled Termez–Tashkent passenger service as Flight 1154 when it landed more than 250 m (820 ft) past the runway threshold at Tashkent Airport. The aircraft continued its run, the right wing struck a concrete building, moments later the left wing was lost, and hit a concrete wall that caused the airframe to break up, eventually coming to rest into a ditch and catching fire.|||
|19 October 2006||Aranchi||An-2TP||UK-70152||W/O||15/15||Crashed amid bad weather, on approach to the Aranchi airfield, while operating a military training flight.|||
|August 2009||Zarafshan||An-24RV||UK-46658||W/O||0||Premature retraction of the undercarriage during the takeoff run at Zarafshan Airport.|||
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Address: 41 A. Temur street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 100060
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AirBaltic has extended its codeshare agreement with Uzbekistan Airways. Fliers on New York-Riga will fly on Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 767 service 2X-weekly; service from Riga and any Baltic Sea airport will be flown on airBaltic.
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- "Commercial Aircraft Directory—ILYUSHIN – IL-114" (PDF). Flight International: 53. 25 August 1999 – 31 August 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2011. Check date values in:
- "Uzbekistan Airways takes first production Il-114 turboprop". Flightglobal. Flight International. 12 August 1998. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Karp, Aaron (29 June 2007). "Airbus signs China A320 FAL agreement". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
Separately, Uzbekistan Airways ordered six A320s as part of its fleet rationalization. It operates a mixed fleet of 55 aircraft spread over 10 different types from the 767-300ER to the Yak-40 but is rebuilding its fleet around 787s and A320s.
- "Other News – 10/11/2007". 12 October 2007. Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Узбекистан покупает Boeing 787" [Uzbekistan Airways buys Boeing 787s]. ATO.ru (in Russian). 2 June 2007. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
- "Авиакомпания "Узбекистон Хаво Йуллари" получит Boeing 787 за счет государства" [Uzbekistan Airways acquires two Boeing 787s with government funding]. ATO.ru (in Russian). 22 July 2014. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
- Straus, Brian (10 November 2008). "Marsans, Uzbekistan firm aircraft orders". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
Uzbekistan finalized its order for four 767-300ERs worth $597 million at list prices, Boeing said.
- "Uzbekistan Orders Four 767s" (Press release). Boeing. 7 November 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Uzbekistan Airways orders four A320s". Air Transport World. 18 December 2008. Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- Kaminski-Morrow, David (4 November 2008). "Uzbekistan Airways to take four more 767s and A320s". Flightglobal.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Aircraft News". Air Transport World. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
Uzbekistan Airways received its first A320, configured in a two-class cabin layout seating 150 passengers, 12 in business and 138 in economy. It is the first of 10 A320s ordered directly from Airbus as part of the carrier’s strategic fleet modernization program. The A320 will make its first commercial flight today from Tashkent to Baku.(subscription required)
- "Boeing Delivers Uzbekistan Airways 767-300ER as Airline Marks 20th Anniversary" (Press release). Boeing. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "News". ch-aviation GmbH. 18 February 2012. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
- "IDB gives Uzbekistan USD 270 mln". Jeddah: Kuwait News Agency. 29 May 2013. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
- Артём, Кореняко (2 December 2014). "Uzbekistan Airways конвертирует два Boeing 767". ATO.ru. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
- "First Boeing 767-300 converted to freighter configuration delivered to Tashkent International Airport" (Press release). Uzbekistan Airways. 3 November 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015.
- "Boeing-767-300BCF: Flights in new configuration" (Press release). Uzbekistan Airways. 23 December 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015.
- "Exploring the Cabins of the Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner". Talkairlines. Talkairlines. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "Uzbekistan Airways Fleet". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
- "Uzbekistan Airways accident record". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Accident description for UK-33058 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
- Accident description for UK-87848 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 30 September 2011.
- "Uzbek Yak-40 crashes in Tashkent". Flightglobal. Flight International. 20 January 2004. Archived from the original on 8 August 2013.
- Accident description for UK-87985 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 24 September 2011.
- Accident description for UK-70152 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 6 November 2011.
- Stringer, Robin (19 October 2006). "Uzbekistan Airways Plane Crashes on Military Flight, Killing 15". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 18 September 2013.
- Accident description for UK-46658 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 6 November 2011.
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