The Armavia Fleet had 11 airplanes in service at its busiest point. It had an Airbus A319-100 which was the flag carrier for the Government of Armenia, two Airbus A320-200 for commercial flights in business and economy class, three Boeing 737-500 which were for strictly economy class flights; three Bombardier CRJ200LR used for mainly economy with a few business-class seats, and one Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR used for economy passengers. There was a fourth type of airplane, a Yakovlev Yak-42D in 2012 that could seat 27 business class customers.


Airbus A320-200

The Airbus A320-200 aircraft could seat 8 in business class and 156 in economy. On the outside, it was decorated at the tail section in red, blue, and orange – the colours of the Armenian flag. It was considered a medium-sized aircraft which was manufactured from 1984 to present, and most of its 6,600 manufactured planes are still in use. 150 passengers are in the average A320-200, and it can fly up to 6,100 km at speeds far greater than 207 km per hour. The main difference between the commercial A320-200 and the government A320-100 were that the commercial one was slightly more streamlined and designed to hold more fuel for longer-range flights.

Boeing 737

Armavia’s three Boeing 737-500 were short to medium range, narrow body aircraft manufactured from 1987 to 2000. The 737-500 were a replacement of the 737-200; modified for longer routes and fewer passengers. This model could sit up to 140 passengers, and in the case of the three in the Armavia fleet, seated 104 passengers in economy-only flights. Main changes to this model were an increase of 47cm in the fuselage length and a CFM56-3 engine for better fuel economy. Its seat width was 45.72 cm, and coming into the airplane one would find columns of three seats in a row to the left as well as to the right.

Bombardier CRJ200LR

Three Bombardier CRJ200LR were owned by Armavia, each one with six business-class seats and 44 economy seats. Built from 1991 to 2010, the Bombardier planes had a length of 26.77 metres and a wingspan of 21.21 metres. This model of aircraft had many in-flight problems and accidents during the times of its manufacture.

Sukhoi Superjet

For Armavia, the Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR was a bad business decision. Though Armavia had ordered a second one while the first was being built, they canceled it citing concerns about reliability. It could seat 98 economy passengers and was meant for regional operations. Also known as a ‘fly by wire’ aircraft, the Superjet has been manufactured since 2008, and newer models are still being built. Interesting features of the Superjet include the ‘needle’ type tip on the nose of some models. Its length is 29.4 metres with a wing span of 27.8 metres. It can hold a maximum of 45.8 t at takeoff and has a cruising speed of 820-870 km/h. Meant for short trips; the Armavia Superjet could fly about 3,050 km per trip.

Yakovlev Yak-42D

In 2012, Armavia briefly acquired a Yakovlev Yak-42D for VIP-only flights. The seating capacity was 27, and it had a height of 9.83 metres. Meant for short business-class trips, the Yakovlev could go up to 3,200 km per flight. It was built between 1980 and 2003 and made for longer flights than the original Yak-40; however, it was meant for one-hour flights. It was designed as a low-wing monoplane with all metal construction and was flown by two pilots. Fewer passengers meant more room for cargo, though the VIP version, Armavia used was probably just roomier for VIP passengers.