Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan Airways
Uzbekistan Airways
Founded January 28, 1992 (1992-01-28)
Frequent-flyer program Uz Air Plus
Fleet size 45 (+8 orders)
Destinations 58
Company slogan National airline of Uzbekistan
Parent company Government of Uzbekistan
Headquarters Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Key people

OJSC “Uzbekistan Airways”, operating as National Air Company Uzbekistan Airways (styled as Uzbekistan Airways) (Uzbek: O‛zbekiston havo yo‛llari (Latin Uzbek), Ўзбекистон Ҳаво Йўллари (Cyrilic Uzbek); Russian: Узбекские Авиалинии) is the national airline of Uzbekistan, headquartered in Tashkent.[1] From its hub in Tashkent Airport, the airline serves a number of domestic destinations; the company also flies international services to Asia, Europe and North America. The carrier operates under the IATA airline code HY and the ICAO airline code UZB, while its callsign is UZBEKISTAN.[2]

As of October 2011, Uzbekistan Airways is ranked as a 2-star airline by the United Kingdom-based consultancy Skytrax, out of a 5-star ranking.[3]



The carrier was established from the Aeroflot – Uzbekistan Division on 28 January 1992.[4] Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Uzbek President Islam Karimov in 1992 authorised the creation of Uzbekistan Airways. The airline's maiden flight was from Tashkent to London.

Domestic flights were launched using aircraft formerly belonging to Aeroflot. When international routes became top priority, Airbus planes were leased, starting in 1993. The international fleet now uses a mixture of Boeing and Airbus airplanes.

Boarding pass for an international flight from Tashkent to Almaty. (2007)

Uzbekistan Airways serves almost 50 destinations worldwide and at home, from Tashkent International Airport. The airline owns 11 airports, five of which have international status.[citation needed] Uzbekistan Airways is not part of any partnerships or alliances, but is in talks to join the SkyTeam Alliance.

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 and RJ-85.

The CEO of Uzbekistan Airways is Valeriy Nikolaevich Tyan.

According to reports from and the Uzbek government, Uzbekistan Airways is in negotiations with SkyTeam to join the alliance; however, as of yet, no official announcement has been made by either the airline or by SkyTeam. If accepted, the membership will enable Uzbekistan Airways customers to fly to over 900 destinations worldwide on partner airlines.[5][6][7] Uzbekistan Airways' candidacy is being sponsored by Korean Air.[citation needed]


Since its formation, Uzbekistan Airways has mainly aimed its passenger service at Western Europe and other international locations. Most flights to international locations operate from Tashkent, although regional international services do exist.

Codeshare agreements

Uzbekistan Airways has code share agreements with the following airlines:


Uzbekistan Airways current fleet

An Airbus A320-200 at Domodedovo Airport. (2010)
A Boeing 757-200 at Pulkovo Airport. (2009)
A Boeing 767-300ER touching down at Domodedovo Airport. (2006)
An Airbus A310-300 on the taxiway at Domodedovo Airport. (2006)

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.[8] Still in operation, both types are powered with Pratt & Whitney engines.[8]

Uzbekistan Airways was the launch customer for the Ilyushin Il-114; it took delivery of the first, locally-assembled aircraft, in July 1998.[9][10] As of October 2011, it is the sole worldwide operator of the type.[citation needed]

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.[11] Two Boeing 787-8s, worth US$70 million, were ordered in October the same year.[12]

In late 2008, the company ordered 4 Boeing 767-300ERs in a US$597 million deal,[13][14] and the A320 order was boosted to 10 aircraft.[15][16]

The airline took delivery of its first A320 in July 2010; the type started operations servicing the Tashkent–Baku route.[17]


The airline operates 31 aircraft with an average fleet age of 10.3 years (at January 11, 2010).[18]

Uzbekistan Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers Notes
F C Y Total
Airbus A310-300 3 12 30 150 194
Airbus A320-200 10 12 138 150[17]
Boeing 757-200 5 28 156 184
Boeing 767-300ER 4 4[13] 5 40 157 207
18 246 264
Boeing 787-8 2[8] TBA
Ilyushin Il-114-100 9 2 54 Sole operator worldwide[citation needed]
Ilyushin Il-76 14 N/A
Total 45 8


The airline also flew the following equipment:

Uzbekistan Airways Retired Fleet
Aircraft Year retired Replacement Notes
Tupolev Tu-154M 2010 Airbus A320-200 3 aircraft retired
Tupolev Tu-154B-2 2010 Airbus A320-200 3 aircraft retired
Yakovlev Yak-40 2010 Ilyushin Il-114-100 9 aircraft retired
Ilyushin Il-86[19]

Accidents and incidents

According to Aviation Safety Network, the airline experienced 8 accident/incident events throughout its history, totalling 54 reported fatalities;[20] only those involving fatalities and hull-losses are listed below.

Date Location Aircraft Tail number Fate Fatalities Description of the event Refs
01995-06-1717 June 1995 UzbekistanNukus An-2R UK-33058 W/O N/A Crashed 43 km (27 mi) away from the city under undisclosed circumstances. [21]
01999-08-2626 August 1999 UzbekistanTurtkul Yak-40 UK-87848 W/O &100000000000000020000002/33 The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled TashkentTurtkul 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 enbankment. [22][23]
02004-01-1313 January 2004 UzbekistanTashkent Airport Yak-40 UK-87985 W/O &1000000000000003700000037/37 The airplane was completing a domestic scheduled TermezTashkent 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. [23][24]
02006-10-1919 October 2006 UzbekistanAranchi An-2TP UK-70152 W/O &1000000000000001500000015/15 Crashed amid bad weather, on approach to the Aranchi airfield, while operating a military training flight. [25]
02009-08 August 2009 UzbekistanZarafshan Airport An-24RV UK-46658 W/O &100000000000000000000000 Premature retraction of the undercarriage during the take-off run. [26]


  1. ^ "Uzbekistan Airways – About Us". Uzbekistan Airways. Retrieved 27 September 2011. "Address: 41 A. Temur street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 100060" 
  2. ^ "Uzbekistan Airways - Details and Fleet History". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Skytrax – Uzbekistan Airways". Skytrax. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "World Airline Directory – Uzbekistan Airways" (PDF). Flight International: 107. 28 March 2000 – 3 April 2000. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
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  8. ^ a b c "Boeing Orders and Deliveries – Customer Reports". Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Commercial Aircraft Directory — ILYUSHIN – IL-114" (PDF). Flight International: 53. 25 August 1999 – 31 August 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Uzbekistan Airways takes first production Il-114 turboprop". Flight International. 12 August 1998. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Aaron Karp (29 June 2007). "Airbus signs China A320 FAL agreement". Retrieved 5 October 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." 
  12. ^ "Other News - 10/11/2007". 12 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Brian Straus (10 November 2008). "Marsans, Uzbekistan firm aircraft orders". Retrieved 5 October 2011. "Uzbekistan finalized its order for four 767-300ERs worth $597 million at list prices, Boeing said." 
  14. ^ "Uzbekistan Orders Four 767s" (Press release). Boeing. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Uzbekistan Airways orders four A320s". 18 December 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  16. ^ David Kaminski-Morrow (4 November 2008). "Uzbekistan Airways to take four more 767s and A320s". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "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." 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Tom Zaitsev (4 July 2006). "Il-86 re-engine scheme proposed". Flight International (Moscow). Retrieved 18 October 2011. "Major operators include Aeroflot, Atlant-Soyuz, Kras Air, S7 Airlines (Sibir) and Uzbekistan Airways." 
  20. ^ "Uzbekistan Airways accident record". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  21. ^ Accident description for UK-33058 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  22. ^ Accident description for UK-87848 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 30 September 2011.
  23. ^ a b "Uzbek Yak-40 crashes in Tashkent". Flight International. 20 January 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  24. ^ Accident description for UK-87985 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 24 September 2011.
  25. ^ Accident description for UK-70152 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 6 November 2011.
  26. ^ Accident description for UK-46658 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 6 November 2011.

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