As part of financial consolidations and and in order to renew the fleet, the national airline Tajik Air is selling some of it airplanes and is purchasing new ones from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier.
Tajik Air director, Khairullo Rahimov, announced that a “CRJ200” had been acquired recently as part of the comoanies development initiative.
According to Rahimov, another four planes will be purchased from Bomradier soon.
The CRJ200s are assumed to be used to operate flights from Dushanbe to Urumqi in western China, Bishkek in Central Asia and New Delhi in India.
The national airline Tajik Air is planning to sell more than twenty planes from Soviet era.
The company has a long history in aviation: it started in 1924 as Tajik Aviation and provided initially only flights bewteen Bukhara and Dushanbe with Junkers F-13.
Until 2008 it was the only Airline in the Republic. Since then another Tajik Airline, Somon Air, provides national and international non stop flights from two main hubs in Dushanbe and Khujand.
Direct and non stop flights provided by Tajik Air are to China (Urumqi), India (New Delhi), Iran (Tehran, Mashhad), Kazakhstan (Almaty), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, and Surgut) and Tajikistan (Khorog and Khujand).
Somon Air provides non stop flights to Frankfurt and Dubai, 11 major cities in Russia, Istanbul (Turkey), Bukhara and Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Almaty (Kazakhstan).
The Forbes magazin reported in June that Somon Air is planning to introduce a Boeing 787 Dreamliner until around 2022. The management is seeking until then a 767-300ER and stepping up their focus on regional expansion with Embraer E190-E2s.
According to Forbes and Somon Airs CEO Hallam “there are 15 million Tajik people between Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara”, citing unofficial demographic estimates for the country, which lies across Tajikistan’s western border. “Those are clear destinations that we are looking for and have negotiated rights for. We’ve got Afghanistan, which has more than 10 million Tajiks.