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Eastern Airways Offers Baku, Azerbaijan?!

Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:09 pm

I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else on

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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RE: Eastern Airways Offers Baku, Azerbaijan?!

Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:24 pm

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  
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RE: Eastern Airways Offers Baku, Azerbaijan?!

Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:30 pm

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.
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RE: Eastern Airways Offers Baku, Azerbaijan?!

Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:45 pm

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.
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RE: Eastern Airways Offers Baku, Azerbaijan?!

Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:47 am

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