9 Feb 2002
The “Silk Road” Airline, established under TRACECA program, will open Tbilisi-Baku and Tbilisi-Yerevan air links at the end of February. According to the Georgian mass media, the Company’s Manager Georgi Lashkhi said at present the company has two 30-seat planes of Brazilian production Embraer-120. Their speed is 650 km/h, the cost being $12mln. The “Silk Road” Georgian-American Airline was founded in the summer of 2001 by the
Georgian “Samgori” company (60% of stocks) and by the American “Silk Road Airways” company (40% of stocks). Pilots of this company underwent training at the world-known Le Burje Center in France. They will teach the Georgian pilots the exploitation methods of the Embraer-120 class plains in a month. The plains were leased to Georgia by the Holand Airlines in December 2001.