The ceremony of the second A-319 airbus commissioning that arrived in Azerbaijan took place at the Heydar Aliyev international airport in Baku on 29 October 2005. Deputy Chairman of the AZAL State Concern Sabir Ilyasov, deputy chairman of the AZAL SC on operation Arif Mammadov, deputy chairman of Transport Ministry Musa Panahov and other officials took part in the ceremony, Trend reports.
According to Mammadov, the decision to buy such airbuses was taken in early 2004 and in August the agreement with the Airbus Industries was signed. В"They are the first aircrafts in the country, where not steering but joy-stick control is performed, he said. The airbus is capable to transport up to 122 passengers.
He noted in the framework of the AzerbaijanвЂ™s civil aviation development for 2004-2010 there is an accord on purchasing of 3 freight airplanes IL-76. Intensive building of the hotel is underway currently at the airport and the AZAL State Concern constructs new airports in the countryвЂ™s regions. В"The third and the fourth airbuses will arrive in Baku till summer 2006вЂќ, Arif Mammadov said.
According to the Airbus Industries spokesman Philip Salimee, the airbus is ready for operation and the customs issues will be settled shortly. Thereafter the flights to Europe will be implemented.
The first aircraft was delivered to Baku from Hamburg on 2 September 2005.The cost of the contract is $170 million.