Air Caucasus (UY, Tbilisi) has officially launched operations following its maiden flight from Tbilisi to Antalya, Turkey on Sunday, August 18. The flight was operated using its sole MD-83, 4L-LUL (msn 49948) on lease from Swift AirCargo (Singapore Changi). Speaking on the occasion, co-founder and director of Air Caucasus, George Kodua, said future flights would include Istanbul Atatürk and Nur-Sultan Nazarbayev followed by Kiev, Minsk National,Tashkent Islam Karimov, Moscow, St. Petersburg and, possibly, Samara Kurumoch in September 2013. Air Caucasus co-founders include A-Sonic Aerospace Limited, a Singaporean firm.