Airzena Airlines may not be as big as heavyweights such as British Air, or Air France. However, it makes up for its small size with the quality of service. The airline was formed in 1999, and is based out of Tbilisi, Georgia.(Former Soviet Union) The airline flies to and from these locations: Tbilisi, Paris, Vienna, Praque, Athens, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, and Tel Aviv. Most of their flights to Tbilisi occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays, due to their airline partnerships. Airzena has partnered with these airlines:Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian, British, CZA Czech, Olympic, and Ukrainian International Airlines. Most of these "partner deals," are offered by travel agencies. Some of the best deals for these travel agencies are out of the California and in Tbilisi areas.
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This airlines fleet is three airplanes, which are leased from Hapag Lloyd of Germany. Two of them are 737-200's, and they recently added a 737-500. The 200 models for this airline were built in 1991, the newest is from the mid-90's, so they are relatively new. Airzena only flies these western aircraft, unlike many other airlines from the region. The pilots are mostly former Soviet and Georgian military, who have extensive training. They all received training in Boeing's school in Seattle, Washington, which is in addition to the mandated training and flight hours that all pilots need.
All flights begin with "Chariots of Fire," playing on the plane for takeoff. Shortly after takeoff, the flight attendants bring food, drink, and publications written in Georgian, Russian, and English. The attendants are different than most other airlines..these women are handpicked by the airline for beauty and charm. The women all have dyed blond hair, and are extremely beautiful. They were very helpful and friendly as well. The food on this airline, sadly does not compare to the women. It is basic. One of the meals on the flight was okay, the other was "edible." Their food is very similar to Freezer Queen microwave dinners, so you can survive off of it. They include alcoholic beverages such as Kazbegi beer, and Georgian wine. They also have orange juice, and Borjomi water. The entertainment was a movie in Georgian, and headphones were provided.
The price of these flights is excellent.(Especially with their partnership flight deals.) I paid $400 round trip from Paris to Tbilisi in the summer of 2003, and according to the website (www.airzena.com) their prices are similar. If you contact their office via email or phone, they can give you even more flight specials.
Overall flight impression was good. We were on time taking off and landing on all flights, and the ride was smooth. Their planes are very comfortable compared to other international airlines. I'm 6"2 and found plenty of legroom. Their seats are 3 on the side, 2 in the middle, and 3 on the other side. There does seem to be extra room between the seats, and the pillows offered are extremely comfortable. I would recommend this airline to anyone, and I was very impressed. This airline has an eye for service, affordability, and a good experience.
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