Azerbaijan Airlines (Baku) resumed nonstop service between Baku and Beijing, China on August 9. The route was originally planned to be resumed in May but was delayed due to new Chinese requirements according to the carrier. The twice-weekly routes will be operated by either Airbus A340-500 or Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
In other news, Azerbaijan has contracted with AJW Aviation (A. J. Walter Aviation) to rebrand the entire AZAL fleet by the end of 2013. The fleet of 18 aircraft is being repainted in this dazzling multi-hued blue livery by Eirtech Aviation.
Azerbaijan also has two Boeing 787 aircraft on order for delivery in 2014.
Finally, Azerbaijan introduced its new Embraer 190 on August 9 on the domestic route between Baku and Ganja.
Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320 to be repainted, the pictured A320-214 4K-AZ80 (msn 2991) taxies at London (Heathrow).
Route Map (not showing Baku-Beijing):