Regional operator Vainakh-Avia, based in Russia's republic of Chechnya, has carried out its first international passenger service.
The airline last week performed a round-trip flight between the Chechen capital Grozny and Istanbul using a Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft.
Managing director Sultan Gambulatov says it will launch regular charter services to Istanbul shortly and also plans to establish air links with Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kazakhstan and China.
Vainakh-Avia, also known as Grozny Avia, began domestic operations in 2007 with a Tupolev Tu-134. Its fleet comprises two wholly-owned and four leased Yak-42s.
Military conflict in Chechnya interrupted civil aviation activity in the republic for around 13 years from 1994.