The dissolution of the erstwhile Soviet Union in the early 19990s led to a significant number of political and economic changes and creation of Uzbekistan Airways can be regarded as one of direct consequences of this development. Came into vogue in 1992, Uzbekistan airways started off its journey into the air with a direct flight from Tashkent to London on its inaugural foray. With a fleet size of 55 aircrafts covering 56 destinations across the country and abroad, Uzbekistan Airways has made its presence felt on the global aviation scenario within a considerably shorter span of time.
Based at Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan one of the major central Asian countries, Uzbekistan Airways does have a varied fleet consisting of aircrafts like Airbus 310-300, A320-200, Boeings 757 and 767 and old vintage of Antonov 24RV, Ilyushin II variants, Tupolev and Yakovlev respectively. To balance with the need for modernization and resource constraints, Uzbekistan Airways is planning for a stake sale to foreign and private investors while offering them the full management control. The plan is in the pipeline for some time and is expected to be formalized by the middle of 2008.
On the domestic front, Uzbekistan Airways operates of 12 leading destinations with the major hub being the Tashkent Airport. Being the state-owned airline, it does get a good degree of state support and patronage while being the major domestic airline does also help it to secure the maximum domestic market share in terms of air travel. Internationally, it operates most of its flights to European cities like Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Athens, Riga, Moscow, Kiev while Asia figures high on the priority of Uzbekistan Airways. Beijing, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Baku, Sharjah are the major east and west Asian destinations for it. Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, New Delhi, Amritsar and Lahore are some of the south Asian stations for Uzbekistan Airways.
England being an important and lucrative market for this Uzbek aviation major, it operates regular flights to London and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. The Tashkent-London direct flight of Uzbekistan airways takes about 7 hours 35 minutes while a return flight is of 6 hours and 50 minutes durations. Similarly, Uzbekistan Airways flight non-stop from Tashkent to Birmingham takes about 7 hours 35 minutes while a return journey is of 6 hours and 45 minutes.
Uzbekistan Airways does have special and promotional offers that are competitively priced and innovatively designed. It does have Family Fare, Senior Fare, and Youth fare, Excursions Fare, Group Fare and Discounts for Children. The airline does have interesting offers for all classes and times along with the durations of stay in a particular place. The Uzbekistan Airways surely is well set to have an interesting and exciting future ahead in the fast-paced global aviation sector.