In accordance with this agreement, Belavia Airlines will perform as the operating carrier, while Azerbaijan Airlines will serve as the marketing partner for the Minsk-Baku-Minsk route. Thus, from October 28, flights on this route will be executed by the Belarusian airline under its code (B2) and the code of the Azerbaijani carrier (J2).
With the transition to the winter schedule, Belavia Airlines will increase its frequency of flights to Baku to four times per week. Departures from Minsk will be carried out on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 23:15, arriving in Baku the next day at 03:35. Departures from Baku will be carried out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 04:35, with arrivals in Minsk at 07:10.
“Belavia Airlines is our long-standing and reliable partner. Direct flights on the Baku-Minsk route have always been in demand by citizens and tourists in both countries. I am sure that joint codeshare flights between AZAL and Belavia will serve as the basis for mutually beneficial and long-term cooperation,” said the director of the Azerbaijani passenger airline, Jamil Manizade.
The signed agreement for joint operations of Minsk-Baku-Minsk flights will significantly increase their attractiveness for passengers of the two airlines traveling through the airports of Minsk and Baku, thanks to the increase in docking platforms and the expansion of the marketing capabilities of the airlines for promoting their individual products. The two airlines are planning a substantial increase in transit passengers who will pass through the airports of the capitals of the two states.
“We are very pleased to continue and substantially expand our cooperation with our longtime partner airline, Azerbaijan Airlines. We believe that this cooperation will benefit both airlines. Thanks to this agreement, passengers of both airlines will receive more options and opportunities for travel, and will be able to use the most convenient connections and buy tickets at a more attractive price. While Belavia and AZAL previously only had the opportunity to offer flights to their passengers twice per week between Minsk and Baku, both carriers will now provide opportunities to fly four times per week. In addition, the joint flights of AZAL and Belavia will increase the strong ties between Belarus and Azerbaijan,” said Anatoly Gusarov, general director of JSC Belavia Airlines.
Tickets for the codeshare flights will be available for sale on the sites of both partner airlines.
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) is a large air carrier, and one of the leaders of the aviation community in the CIS countries. The total route network of the airline numbers approximately 40 points in 25 countries. In 2017, Azerbaijan Airlines transported more than 2.2 million passengers.
The British consulting organization Skytrax, the most influential in the field of quality assessment of airline service, awarded AZAL the prestigious “4-Star Airline” rating, which was last confirmed in July 2018.
AZAL’s headquarters is located in Baku at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, which meets the requirements of international standards. In May 2018, Heydar Aliyev International Airport was awarded the maximum “5-Star Airport” award from the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The Baku Airport has also led the list of the best available services among all airports in Russia and the CIS countries.
Belavia Airlines is the largest carrier in the Republic of Belarus. It is based at Minsk National Airport and operates regular flights to 51 airports in 28 countries throughout Europe and Asia. Belavia was established on March 5, 1996. Since 1997, it has been a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and has been a member of the Association of European Regional Airlines (ERAA) since 2010. The fleet of the airline employs 29 aircraft (five Boeing 737-800s, six Boeing 737-500s, seven Boeing 737-300s, three Embraer-175s, four Embraer-195s, and four CRJ-100/200s). More information is available on the official website of the airline, www.belavia.by, or on the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and VKontakte social networks.