Azeri Airways | Boeing 737-600 | 4K-AZ92 | 2009-present
Since its introduction in 2004, the 737NG family has been a vital part of the transofrmation of Azeri Airways from a small post-Soviet carrier to a major airline comparable to Western standards. The 737-700 and -800 replaced the workhorse TU-154, while the smaller -600 took over routes flown by the TU-134. With the 737, Azeri also downsized to fit with market demand, considering that until that point it was operating some 40 Tupolevs. With the fleet being more than halved down to just 16 737s, the flag carrier of Azerbaijan was able to acheive profits for the first time in its history in 2005. Also, with the help of the 757, the Boeing jets helped shift the carrier's image. The new fleet took over all routes to Europe, Northern Africa, and the CIS, along with some flights to the Middle East.
The 737-600 is a rare aircraft globally, and with just 4 in its fleet Azeri was no different. They were the first 737s to enter the fleet, with the first entering service on August 16th, 2004. After a small tenure as regional aircraft, the arrival of the Embraer 190 meant that Azeri could use the 737-600 for the launch of new routes. Summer seasonal flights to the Mediterranean, as well as increased service to Northern Europe and Africa was introduced with these aircraft. However, the economics of this plane weren't ideal, and Azeri soon realized that it could operate the larger -700 more profitably on the same network. As a result, the 737-600 was withdrawn from use on September 23rd, 2013, just over 9 years after it entered service, replaced by the -700.
On June 17th, 2009, Azeri introduced its new corporate identity, replacing its previous look that was first introduced in 1996. The most notable change was the near disappearance of the flag colours, which only appeared in small parts on the tail. The characteristic fire logo found on the nation's coat of arms took center place on the tail of the aircraft, while the fuselage became mostly white, except a grey belly.
4K-AZ92 was the second 737-600 delivered to Azeri, entering service on February 8th, 2005. It was one of two to receive the 2009 colours, with the other two remaining in the 1996 colours. It was configured with 8 Business Class and 102 Economy Class seats. It was the last 737-600 to be retired, operating its final flight from Ankara to Baku, before being ferried to Victorville for storage.
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