Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL, Azərbaycan Hava Yolları in Azeri) is part of the Azerbaijan Hava Yollari Closed Joint Stock Company, the biggest Azerbaijani airline and national flag carrier. Headquartered in Baku, it is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).The airline’s base airport, the Baku Heydar Aliyev international airport, is located 20 km north-east of Baku. Azerbaijan Hava Yollari operates passenger flights to countries of Europe, the CIS, Middle East and Asia. In 2014, after purchasing new Boeing aircraft for long-haul flights, the airline plans to open regular flights to destinations in North America and South-East Asia. As a national flag carrier, Azerbaijan Hava Yollari holds an important place in the international aviation community and a leading position in the CIS. Azerbaijan Hava Yollari is also a regional and CIS leader for the number of new aircraft.
Baku Heydar Aliyev international airport is one of the five international airports serving Azerbaijan. Its previous name was Bina international airport, named after a settlement near Baku. On 10 March 2004, it was renamed after Azerbaijan’s nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev. The airport is located 20 km northeast of the capital Baku and is linked to the city by two modern highways commissioned in 2008 and 2009. It is the base hub of the Azerbaijan Airlines national flag carrier.
There are duty-free shops in the airport’s international terminal. Unlike most other international airports, there are shops not only in the departures but also in the arrivals area. Payments are accepted by credit card, and can be also made in Azerbaijani Manats, US Dollars, Euros and Russian Rubles.Baku Heydar Aliyev international airport complies with international requirements. Due to its favorable geographical location, it has become a first-choice regional airport for transfer flights between East and West, North and South.
Azerbaijan Airlines flag carrier is continuously improving flight safety. The safety standards applied by Azerbaijan Airlines today comply with the world’s most stringent requirements. It is little wonder that the results of an audit by the world’s biggest and most authoritative civil aviation organizations, ICAO, released in February 2010 point to a high level of flight safety of Azerbaijan Airlines in Azerbaijan.
As of 2008, Azerbaijan Airlines successfully completed an IATA operational safety audit. Having completed the audit, Azerbaijan Airlines has been included on the register of IOSA Operators and become a full-fledged member of the community of the world’s safest airlines. Azerbaijan Airlines managers and personnel work hard on a daily basis to further improve the airline’s safety performance, flight frequency, culture and quality of passenger services and the overall image of the airline in the eyes of the world and the aviation community.