Uzbekistan Airways win award of Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport

An award ceremony named “Punctuality Rating for Airlines” was organized at the Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia, following the results of the 2018-2019 autumn-winter season.

Chief accountant of Nur-Sultan International Airport suspected of stealing KZT one billion

The chief accountant of the airport in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, is suspected of embezzling KZT 1.3 billion (US $1 = KZT 378) and giving a bribe, reports citing the Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Agency.

China airline association estimates losses from 737 MAX grounding at $579 million

The China Air Transport Association (CATA) on Friday said it estimates losses at Chinese airlines caused by the grounding of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX aircraft will reach around 4 billion yuan ($579.32 million) by the end of June, reports Trend citing to Reuters.

Kazakhstan, UAE plan to increase frequency of flights between countries

Emirates Airlines, UAE, plans to organize regular flights to Kazakhstan, the Civil Aviation Committee under the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Kazakhstan, reported.

Tashkent – Tamchy flight to be launched at the end of June 2019

Tashkent, Uzbekistan — Tamchy, Kyrgyzstan – Tashkent flight will be launched for the summer tourist season from the end of June 2019, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan.

Tel Aviv – Batumi flight makes emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport

The plane owned by El Al Airlines, Israel, which operated the flight en route Tel Aviv, Israel – Batumi, Georgia, returned to the Ben Gurion International Airport shortly after departure.

Gulf Air to bring Chelsea and Arsenal fans to Baku by special flight

In order to facilitate the travel of Chelsea and Arsenal fans to Baku, Azerbaijan, the Bahrain’s national air carrier, Gulf Air upgraded its aircraft, which will have to fly to Heydar Aliyev International Airport on May 29, 2019, Trend reports quoting Gulf Air.

GAMA publishes its supply report

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has published the results of the industry in the Q1 2019. According to the GAMA’s report, during the first three months of this year, an increase was recorded in all segments of the aircraft, but there was a decrease in the supply of helicopters, as compared to the Q1 2018.

The exact date for returning BOEING 737 to service has not yet been determined

Daniel Elwell, Acting CEO, United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that he does not have an exact date for the return of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to service after the refusal of airlines around the world to use them in their transportation.

Media: XIAMEN AIRLINES demands compensation from BOEING for idling its Boeing-737 MAX aircraft

Xiamen Airlines, China, has demanded compensation from The Boeing Company for idling its Boeing-737 MAX aircraft, the Renmin Wan reported on Thursday.

Repair of two Air Defense Forces’ helicopters requires $ 2.5 million

Repair of two Mi-8 MTV helicopters in Kyrgyzstan requires about $ 2.5 million. The Command of the Air Defense Forces informed news agency.

Batumi, Nur-Sultan to establish direct flights

Kazakhstan’s SCAT Airlines will carry out its regular flights en route Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – Batumi, Georgia, according to the website of the Civil Aviation Agency under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

Lufthansa offers two additional Tbilisi – Munich flights

Lufthansa recently increased its flight offering on the Tbilisi – Munich (Germany) route by adding two additional flights totaling nine connections per week.

Airbus announces major performance improvement to its latest single-aisle aircraft – the A220 Family

Airbus announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from H2 2020.

Bishkek – Sharjah new flight launches

On July 4, 2019, a new regular flight en route Bishkek – Sharjah will be launched. Air service will be operated by Air Arabia, UAE.

Domestic/International terminal connector is under construction at capital airport

Construction of a new connector began at the Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

Engine vibration forced КС 873 flight to return to Nur-Sultan – Air Astana

The representatives of the Corporate Communications Department of Air Astana commented on the incident with the flight КС 873 that returned to Nur-Sultan Airport.

Air Astana plane returned to Nur-Sultan for technical reasons

An Air Astana plane flying en Nur-Sultan-Moscow route returned to the departure airport for technical reasons, Kazinform reports citing the press service of the Civil Aviation Committee.

AZAL President, Egyptian Ambassador to Azerbaijan discuss launching new flights

President of Azerbaijan Airlines, Jahangir Asgarov met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Egypt to Azerbaijan, Adel Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim in Baku.

Rostov-On-Don – Batumi flights to be resumed

The flight schedule of the Rostov’s Platov International Airport includes one more regular international direct flight. Starting from June 7, 2019 Pobeda Airlines, Russia, will resume its direct flights to Batumi, Georgia. Flights will be operated on Boeing 737 aircraft.

China, EU sign milestone agreements on civil aviation cooperation

China and the European Commission on Monday signed two milestone agreements on civil aviation, marking an important step to implement the consensuses reached by leaders from both sides during the China-EU Summit held last month.

China’s commercial traffic fleet owns over 3,600 aircraft

There is a permanent rapid growth of the China’s civil aviation sector with its commercial fleet of aircraft, which has already reached 3,639 aircraft by the end of 2018, according to the statement made by the Civil Aviation Authority of China, Xinhua reported.

Russia, Uzbekistan agree to increase number of mutual flights to 160 per week

Russia and Uzbekistan will increase the number of their mutual flights to 160 per week by the summer of 2020. Agreements on this were enshrined in a protocol signed following the consultations of the aviation authorities of both countries, according to the website of the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA – Rosaviatsia), the Russian Federation.

Tashkent – Tbilisi – Tashkent new regular passenger flights to be launched

Starting from July 16, 2019 Uzbekistan Airways introduces new regular passenger flights en route Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Tbilisi, Georgia – Tashkent with a frequency of two times a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, according to the following flight schedule (local time for all airports):

Children’s domestic flights to be subsidized in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Culture and Sport Ministry plans to subsidize free air travel for children, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

On the sidelines of the governmental meeting held on Tuesday, Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly informed of development of a special subsidy programme. “We are introducing into the law on tourism activities. This is a huge plus. For example, if a parent flies to rest in the country, then this is two children under 15 years old – they are provided with free air tickets,” Mr. Mukhamediuly said on the sidelines of the Government.

In his words, the programme is based on KIDS GO FREE 1+2 principle (1 parent + 2 children) which means that two children under 15 may travel free with a paying parent, given that supporting documents are provided.

He added that the programme will subsidize domestic flights only.

The Minister explained that this measure will make domestic travels more attractive. Domestic tourists remain money in the country. “That is, we conditionally subsidize KZT 1 and the state allocates to children so we save KZT 6.5. And, of course, we are interested in moving the law,” Mr. Mukhamediuly said.

As for the terms of the program’s launch, Mr. Mukhamediuly said it would take probably a month or two. “We will do our best to accelerate the programme,” he promised.

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Russian corporation becomes interested in Kazakhstan’s Aktobe airport – ADDED

Kazakh Invest, the Kazakhstan’s national company, has agreed with AEON Corporation, Russia, to create a logistics hub based on the international airport in Aktobe, Kazakhstan.

Airbus celebrates delivery of its 12,000th aircraft

Airbus delivered the anniversary 12,000th aircraft in the entire history of the company. This was the narrow-body A220-100, assembled at the A220 final assembly plant in Mirabel, Canada (just north of Montreal), for Delta Air Lines.

Flying taxi named Lilium Jet makes its maiden flight

The German startup named Lilium involved in the creation of a flying taxi, reported on the first tests of a five-seater aircraft named Lilium Jet, which runs on an electric motor, The Verge writes.

Foundation laid for international airport in Kazakhstan’s Turkestan

During the visit of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, to Turkestan, a ceremony was held to lay the foundation for a new international airport. It was attended by the head of the Government of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, Governor of the Turkestan region Umirzak Shukeyev and media representatives, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

Military helicopter’s air crash investigation in Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda region completed

A special commission formed by order of the Minister of Defense Major General N. Yermekbayev to investigate the air crash of the Mi-8 helicopter that occurred on March 27, 2019, completed its work, Kazinform reports with reference to the Ministry of Defense, Kazakhstan.

Kutaisi Airport to be four times larger in 2020

The expansion of the Kutaisi International Airport’s terminal in Georgia takes place actively and in 2020 the airport will be four times larger, both physically and regarding its passenger permeability, said George Chogovadze, Director General, Georgian Airports Association, according to Business Partner.

TAV Urban Georgia plans to invest $10M to expand Batumi airport

Turkish TAV Urban Georgia (Tepe-Akfen-Ventures), managing international airports in Tbilisi and Batumi, plans to expand the capacity of the airport in Batumi, Georgia, by more than twice.

Korean Air to carry out charter flights to Georgia

The Civil Aviation Agency under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia satisfied the application of Korean Air, South Korea, to operate its charter flights en route South Korea – Tbilisi.

Uzbekistan refuses Russian airlines in free choice of frequencies for flights

Uzbekistan and Russia could not agree on free choice of frequencies for flights of Russian airlines on contractual routes, Trend reports with reference to the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency.

Boeing says it has corrected simulator software of 737 MAX jets

Boeing Co has made corrections to simulator software that mimics the flying experience of its 737 MAX jets, which were involved in two fatal crashes, and the company has provided additional information to device operators, a spokesman said on Friday, reports Trend citing to Reuters

Wizz Air postpones launch of its six new European destinations from Georgia’s Kutaisi

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has postponed the launch of six new European destinations from Georgia’s Kutaisi for a month, the airline press service said, Trend reports via Georgia Online.

Regular flights from Georgia to Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Tallinn (Estonia), Brussels (Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark), Bari (Italy) and Basel (Switzerland) Wizz Air postponed from August 1 to September 10. The reason is called the “operational obstacle” – an additional, third Airbus A320 will be delivered to Kutaisi Airport by Wizz Air later than planned.

The airline has informed all passengers who purchased tickets to one of the six destinations for the dates from August 1 to September 10, and promised to refund 100 percent of the ticket price or change the ticket. They can get it in return as a ticket for the same direction, but for another number, and in another direction. In case that air tickets are purchased through a travel agency, passengers should contact their tour operator.

According to the Civil Aviation Agency of the Ministry of Economy of Georgia, Wizz Air became the most popular airline in Georgia in 2018. The share of the Hungarian low-cost airline in the country’s aviation market is 12 percent. Over the past year, Wizz Air has served 587,179 passengers in Georgia.

Wizz Air has been operating in Georgia since 2012. Currently, the airline operates flights from Kutaisi International Airport to more than 20 destinations.

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U.S. issues warning on airspace near Gulf as Iran tensions simmer

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an advisory to U.S. commercial airliners flying over the waters of the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to exercise caution as tensions between Washington and Tehran continue to simmer, reports Trend citing to Reuters

Azerbaijan introduces new fines

Air carriers that do not provide information to the relevant executive authorities on the crews and passengers of aircraft that board and take off from the territory of Azerbaijan will be fined.

IATA chief says trade tensions to hit 2019 airline profit outlook

The head of global airlines lobby IATA warned on Thursday of lower industry forecasts for 2019, triggered by increasing trade tensions and higher costs, reports Trend citing to Reuters

Azerbaijani Buta Airways launches flights to Russia’s Astrakhan

The Azerbaijani low-cost airline Buta Airways has launched the flights from Baku to Russia’s Astrakhan city since May 16, Trend reports.

Record number of airlines and airports expected at DIGITAL AVIATION FORUM 2019


The 12th International Aviation Forum 2019 will take place at the Renaissance Monarch Center on May 23, 2019. More than 300 participants attend the Forum annually.

Ural Airlines adds new flight frequency for Samara – Baku – Samara air route

Ural Airlines, Russia, launches its second frequency for its comparatively new air destination en route Samara, Russia – Baku, Azerbaijan – Samara. At present, the named flight is operated once a week, on Fridays, and starting from June 10, 2019 it will be additionally operated on Mondays. Passengers can purchase their air tickets for Samara – Baku segment at RUR 7,200+ (EUR 98+), and for Baku – Samara one for RUR 9,800+ (EUR 133+).

New airport to be built in Kazakhstan’s Turkestan

This year, there are plans to begin construction of a new airport in Turkestan, Kazakhstan, said Saparbek Tuyakbaev, Chairperson, Board, Kazakh Invest NC JSC, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

Russian corporation reconstructs airport in Kazakhstan’s Aktobe

A Russian corporation will carry out the reconstruction of the airport in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

Additional domestic flights to be assigned to Mestia in connection with Georgia’s Independence Day

On May 25 – 26, 2019 the Georgian Airports Association under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development has appointed two additional flights to Mestia in connection with the Independence Day of Georgia.

Ryanair may enter Georgian civil aviation market soon

George Chogovadze, Director General, Georgian Airports Association, states that negotiations with Ryanair Airlines, Ireland, are almost completed and the agreement will be finalized in the near future.

Air Astana reports landing of its aircraft in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo was not in emergency conditions

Air Astana, the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier, reported that its plane flying from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, landed in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo on Thursday evening in a regular mode, Trend reports with reference to RIA Novosti, Russia.

Air Astana’s aircraft flying from Kazakhstan’s Nur-Sultan makes emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo

The plane owned by the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier, Air Astana, was flying yesterday en route Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – Moscow, Russia, and made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport after its sensor triggered a malfunction. Everything ended well, the airport representative told RIA Novosti, Russia.

Heydar Aliyev Int’l Airport prepares special action plan for period of UEFA Europa League Final in Baku

For the period of UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, Heydar Aliyev International Airport has prepared a special action plan to receive a large number of aircraft and passengers. All services of the capital’s Airport will operate in enhanced mode.

Azerbaijani Buta Airways carries out its first Baku – Odessa flight

The Azerbaijani low-cost airline Buta Airways performed the first Baku-Odessa flight on May 16, Trend reports.

Kazan – Baku flights to become daily

As of June 17, 2019 the Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia – Baku, Azerbaijan flight will be operated daily. Air tickets are already on sale, Trend reports with reference to

Kyrgyzstan offers Turkish Airlines to resume flights to regions, use Manas airport as transit

Kyrgyzstani Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov visited Turkey on May 6-8. Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Ulanbek Dyikanbayev told reporters about the results of the trip on May 16.

United Arab Emirates launches another flight with Kyrgyzstan

The United Arab Emirates launches another regular flight with Kyrgyzstan, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Ulanbek Dyikanbaev informed at a briefing.

Elevator for wheelchair passengers appears at airport in Kazakhstan’s Atyrau

An elevator appeared in Atyrau airport, Kazakhstan, to deliver people with disabilities on board the aircraft, as well as for their disembarking upon arrival, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

25-thousandth passenger of Nur-Sultan – Budapest flight congratulated in capital’s airport

The Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, determined by lot the 25,000th passenger flying en route Nur-Sultan – Budapest. A German citizen Sergei Guettlein has become the anniversary client of the Hungarian low-cost airline named Wizz Air.

Air Malta to start operating in Georgian civil aviation market since July 4, 2019

Air Malta will start operating in the Georgian civil aviation market on July 4, 2019.

Airbus intends to launch flying vehicles in Paris

European aerospace giant Airbus and Paris underground operator RATP will study the viability of adding flying vehicles to the city’s urban transport network, the companies said Wednesday.

Azerbaijani Buta Airways launches direct Baku – Odessa flights

The Azerbaijani low-cost airline Buta Airways has launched direct Baku-Odessa flights from May 16, Trend reports.

Azerbaijan’s airports served almost 1.5 million passengers in first four months 2019

During the first four months of 2019, Heydar Aliyev International Airport served 1.23 million passengers.

Nur-Sultan – Istanbul flight to be operated twice a day

Starting from June 2019, the number of flights en route Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – Istanbul, Turkey will be increased, the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) under the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan reported.