By Amina Nazarli
AZAL, the biggest Azerbaijani airline and national flag carrier, was listed among the best airline companies performing flights to Russia.
The ranking was compiled by Russian Forbes magazine, which placed the Azerbaijani air carrier eighth in the list. The ranking was developed based on the ratio of price and quality.
"Emirates" was recognized as the best airline, which is followed by Belarusian Belavia and Polish LOT.
AZAL operates flights to many popular Russian Federation destinations including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Mineralnie Vodi.
AZALJET, low-cost brand of AZAL will soon launch regular flights from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Azerbaijani regions - Ganja and Gabala.
The Moscow-Ganja flights will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Moscow-Gabala flights - on Thursdays by Airbus A320 aircrafts. Airfare starts from 49 euro (one way). The cost of baggage per kilo will be 2 euros.
AZAL with the newest airplane fleets, consisting of 30 airplanes, does not have a single old plane.
Flights to 13 popular destinations are operated under AZALJET brand since March 2016. Sales and flight scheme on these flights is close to low-cost airlines, that is, passengers have a choice of several services in the form of paid options.
Meanwhile, AZAL plans to establish a national low-cost carrier BUTA AIRWAYS. The airway, which is expected to begin flights in autumn 2017, will have its own fleet on the basis of Embraer aircrafts in its own livery, its own staff and independent tariff policy.
Being one of the leaders of the aviation community of the CIS countries, AZAL plans to launch direct flights to 100 major European cities until 2025. Thus, the number of direct flights between Baku and major European cities will be increased from 49 to 100.