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Eastern Airways Offers Baku, Azerbaijan?!  
User currently offlinesandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 1268 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
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I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else on A.net.

Eastern Airways have launched a codeshare agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines to fly from Baku to Aberdeen twice weekly on an A320.

This seems like a very long and thin routing to me. It's 2600 miles and according to this press release the selling point is onward connections to Norway and the UK at the ABZ end and other connections including Kazakhstan, Georgia, Iran and Dubai at the GYD end.

I'm guessing this is targeted at the oil and gas industry, but at two flights a week seems to infrequent?

Does anyone have any insight how the loads are looking? Is this a viable flight?

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User currently offlinejumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 1120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

I think the flight, operated by Azerbijan Airlines has been operated since May 2012 - Eastern have only now announced a code share on the route. J2 also have 3 weekly flights to LHR on A320s - so long, thin low frequency routes seems to be their thing  

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29505 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

Quoting sandyb123 (Thread starter):
This seems like a very long and thin routing to me. It's 2600 miles

It's only 65 nm further than LHR-Baku where BA (ex-BD) also uses the A320 (or A321). However the 6,400 ft. ABZ runway may affect the eastbound payload.

User currently offlineCaptainDoony From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2011, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

The route has actually been on the go since May 2011 and Eastern have had a codeshare on the route since last year!

Based on CAA Stats the route averages maybe 45-50pax on each flight (mainly A319).

The main reason for the route is that Shell have a lot of work in Aberdeen and Azerbaijan so it's essentially a shuttle service for Shell.

It's not clear whether Shell subsidise the route or not but with loads like that I'd imagine so.

The times I've see it out at ABZ, it rotates around the same point as a domestic flight so no problems there either with the runway.

User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

It started out as a private charter, but has been flown as a scheduled flight for a while now.

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