Novair is a newly established scheduled passenger airline, based at Yerevan Zvartnots (EVN), in Armenia. The startup airline plans to develop both a domestic network within Armenia and to enter the international market.
NovAir LLC was established in 2020, after the received its Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Armenian Aviation Authority just days after its registration in October 2020. The airline belongs to the former Deputy Head of Armenia’s General Department of Civil Aviation, Aram Marutyan.
The airline’s initial fleet, an L-410 aircraft, will be transferred to Novair from Atlantis Armenian Airlines — which was an airline previously established by Marutyan’s company, but, after the company sold Atlantis Armenian Airlines in 2020, the aircraft was transferred to the newly established Novair. The company also hopes to purchase an Airbus A320 in 2021.
Although Novair is a newly established airline, planned routes are very similar to that of Atlantis Armenian Airlines, which never actually commenced operations. The carrier will commence domestic Armenian flights (initially Yerevan-Kapan), with plans to expand to international destinations in Europe by mid 2021. As well as scheduled passenger flights, Novair will offer private charter operations.
Initially, the airline will commence by operating a single domestic route within Armedia, connecting Yerevan (Zvartnots International Airport) with Kapan (Syunik Airport).
Zvartnots International Airport (EVN) ➡ Syunik Airport (TBA)
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This network is set to be expanded in the future as part of the carrier's growth plan. Before establishing Novair, Marutyan's previous airline (Atlantis Armenian Airlines), which never actually commenced flights, announced that it would fly not only to Kapan, but to other domestic destinations in the region, including Tbilisi and Kutaisi. Although not yet confirmed, it may be that NovAir picks up these routes, which were originally destined for Atlantis Armenian Airlines, before Marutyan sold the airline and established Novair.
Future international destinations have not yet been confirmed, although it is known that the airline hopes to expand into the international market in the future. Based on the previous destinations that wanted to fly to with Atlantis Armenian Airlines, European cities could include Vienna, Prague, Athens, Kiev, and Moscow.
The airline is in an early stage of start-up, and it is not yet known what the bagggage allowance will be for passengers.
The airline has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers.
It is not yet known whether online check-in will be available for this airline.
Although NovAir hasn't yet made a statement regarding recommended check-in times for passengers. For passengers travelling out of Zvartnots International Airport, it is adviced to arrive no later than 2 hours before scheduled departure in order to complete check-in.
When the airline launces in 2021, it will do so with a L-410 aircraft, flying to domestic destinations. Eventually, the airline will add an Airbus A380 to its fleet for international flights, which will offer a different onboard experience.
Onboard the L-410 aircraft, seats are configured in a 1-2 formation, with 19 seats in total. There will be room under the seat in-front for carry-on baggage.
It is not yet known what facilities, including meals and refreshments, will be available for passengers.
The airline does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.
The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance program.
The airline will commence operations with a L-410 aircraft, will be transferred to Novair from Atlantis Armenian Airlines. The L-410 aircraft is a two-engine aircraft, which will be able to transport up to 19 passengers. The airline has plans to add an Airbus A320 in 2021, which will be used for international flights.
Zvartnots International Airport (EVN) is located 9.3 miles west of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. It is the busiest airport in the country and the main international transport hub in Armenia. As well as being the hub for NovAir, the airport is also a hub for Aircompany Armenia, Armenia Airways, Fly Arna and Fly Armenia Airways. Other international airlines to fly to the airport include Air France, Middle East Airlines, Wizz Air, S7 Airlines, Qatar Airways, Aegean Airlines, and Air Cairo.
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The new carrier has plans to initially commerce flights between Yerevan and Kapan, in Armenia. This route will be operated daily.
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