Air Samarkand appoints new CEO

Air Samarkand will launch new twice-weekly services between Istanbul, Turkey, and the historic city of Samarkand, in Uzbekistan, from Thursday 21st March

Air Samarkand has announced the appointment of Zafar Butaev as its new CEO, succeeding Anton Khodiayan, who will continue serving as an advisor to the airline while reverting to his position as Director General of the airport management company Air Marakanda.

Air Samarkand also announced that it is to commence its scheduled flight programme on Thursday, 21st March, operating on the Samarkand – Istanbul – Samarkand route with its Airbus A321neo aircraft.

In the initial phase, return services will operate twice a week, departing on Mondays and Thursdays from Samarkand International Airport (SKD) to Istanbul International Airport (IST), with a scheduled flight time of about 5 hours.

Departures from Samarkand are scheduled for 8 am, arriving in Istanbul at 11.10 am, with return services departing from Istanbul at 12:30 pm and arriving back in Samarkand at 7:00 pm (all are local times).