Uzbekistan Airways’ Tashkent to Dushanbe
Uzbekistan Airways’ first flight to Dushanbe, the capital of neighbouring Tajikistan, carried only 29 passengers on an A320 on 11 April. The inaugural flight, seen here taxiing onto stand in Dushanbe with a Somon Air 737-300 parked next to it, was supposed to have taken place a week earlier. This is the first time the two countries have been connected by a regular air service in 25 years.
- Uzbekistan Airways has begun twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) flights from Tashkent (TAS) to Dushanbe (DYU) in Tajikistan. The first flight on the relatively short 717-kilometre sector was supposed to take place on Tuesday 4 April but was cancelled due to a lack of bookings. So the inaugural flight instead took place on 11 April using an A320, with local media reporting that the first flight transported 29 passengers to Dushanbe and 12 on the return leg to Tashkent. Despite being neighbours these two countries have not had direct air services between each other for 25 years due to political issues. Driving between the two capitals takes around nine hours and involves a border crossing. In the near future Tajikistan’s Somon Air is likely to start service on the route as well, also with a twice-weekly frequency. According to OAG schedules Uzbekistan Airways currently serves 41 international and 10 domestic destinations from its Tashkent hub. Of the international routes 14 are to destinations in Russia. The other 27 international routes are spread across 20 other countries. The airline’s fleet currently comprises 26 aircraft including 10 A320s, five 757-200s, nine 767-300s and two 787-8s, with both entering service with the airline in 2016.