April 20, 2019

Uzbekistan Airways, fostering National Tourism Development














By Dr. Eugenio Matos G.

Traveling with Uzbekistan Airways is a truly memorable experience, thanks to the personal touch of its flight crew members and the extraordinary level of service that is reminiscent of “la belle epoch” of the airline transportation industry.

The flag carrier is headquartered at Tashkent International Airport and serves destinations in Asia, Europe and North America. The company was founded in 1992 and builds on the legacy of the Uzbekistan division of the former Aeroflot which existed before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Uzbekistan Airways acquired its first Airbus A310-300 in 1993. In late 2008, the company ordered four Boeing 767 in a US$597 million deal. The company acquired its first Boeing 787-8 in 2016.

The Business Class on the 787 features the first fully flat seats of the carrier. In 2017 alone, more than three million passengers used Uzbekistan Airways’ services, contributing to Uzbekistan’s ongoing economic development alongside the carrier’s cargo business.

Uzbekistan Airways has devised a development strategy and special business program aimed at modernizing and unifying its air fleet. The Uzbek national air carrier will soon be putting into service two new Airbus A320 Neos. The newest A320 Neo aircraft have been ordered in a two-class layout, each featuring 150 seats of which 12 will be business class and 138 economy class. They will be 20% more fuel efficient than their predecessors thanks to improved engine and fuselage design.

In 2019, the air carrier’s fleet will receive two new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and with a sixth Dreamliner to follow in early 2020, allowing the carrier to become the leading airline operator in the region.

During the very successful First International Investment Forum in Tourism Sphere which took place in the Uzbeks’ Capital of Tashkent from 19-21 November 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Aabdukhakimov announced more than 500 infrastructure tourism projects all over the country in order to cope with the increasing number of visitors to Uzbekistan.

The country has received more than 5.1 million visitors in 2018 and the number looks set to grow. These infrastructure projects will be intertwined with the high-speed train connections that are in place in Samarkand (the Pearl of the East), Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva and other cities.

Main course menu for business class passengers aboard Uzbekistan Airways:

• Meat snack (includes three kinds of meat products); • Cheese assortment (includes two types of cheese); • Fish snack (includes two types of fish); • Vegetable snack (includes seasonal vegetables); • Dessert (cakes, fresh fruits, dry fruits); • Bread and baked goods; • Spices and flavorings; • Main course (variety of meat, chicken and fish courses); • Hot drinks(black and green tea, black and white coffee); • Juices and soft drinks; • Alcoholic drinks (cognac, vodka, champagne, white or red wine, beer).

Main course menu foreconomy class passengers aboard Uzbekistan Airways: •Cold snack (includes meat products and cheese); •Vegetable snack (includes seasonal vegetables); •Dessert (cakes, fresh fruits, dry fruits); •Bread and baked goods; •Spices and flavorings; •Main course (meat or chicken); •Hot drinks(black and green tea, black and white coffee); •Soft drinks (mineral water, still water, carbonate beverages, juices); •Alcoholic drinks (wine) served depending on flight route.

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