Georgian start-up Myway Airlines has shifted to scheduled-operator status and intends to create a maintenance division.

On 12 June, Myway's first regular flight was conducted from Georgian capital Tbilisi to Kharkov. Subsequently, the carrier launched scheduled services between that Ukrainian city and Batumi, as well from Tbilisi to Iranian capital Tehran.

Since its launch in March, Myway has served Tehran and Turkish resort Antalya on a charter basis.

Georgia's civil aviation authority says Myway is also looking to introduce scheduled Tbilisi-Samara and Batumi-Tehran services later this month.

The airline's plan for further expansion – which envisages routes to Moscow and St Petersburg – is contingent on acquiring a third Boeing 737-800 in July and a fourth one by year-end.

Myway is being sponsored by its majority owner Hualing Group. The Chinese group's business plan calls for developing a regional hub operation at Tbilisi airport complete with a line maintenance station, says Myway vice-president Georgy Berdzenishvili.

He adds that Myway Technics has already been approved to do A1 and A2 checks on the 737-800s and will apply for a license to service 737 Classics and Airbus A320s down the road.

Source: Cirium Dashboard