The air company ''Airzena'' was established in September 1993. Initially, ''Airzena'' operated charter flights to United Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Egypt, India, Syria, as well as the regular flight to Vienna. In that economically and politically complicated period, due to the correctly selected strategy, the company succeeded to achieve recognition and retain its share in the aviation market. In 1999 ''Airzena'' became the flag carrier of Georgia. In August 2004, the company changed its name to ''Georgian Airways''. However, ''Airzena'' has remained as a short brand name and is still widely used. In the first half of 2000 the air company's management made a decision to modernize the fleet, and leased two BOEING737-500 aircraft from a German company ''Hapag-Lloyd''. This was the first case when the Georgian air company started operating the up-to-date Western equipment. Since that time, ''Airzena'' has been permanently developing and modernizing its fleet.