Yearly Archives: 2011

Over 50% of the Kazakh Ministry on Emergencies’ air vessels do not fly due to the shortage of funds for repairs

Over 50% of the Kazakh Ministry on Emergencies’ air vessels do not fly due to the shortage of funds for repairs, the Minister on Emergencies Vladimir Bozhko reported today, January 14, 2011, at the Board of Directors meeting.
“More than 50% of our aircrafts and helicopters do not fly because of the shortage of funds for repairs and prolonging flying resources”, Bozhko added.
In general, Bozhko noted the Kazakh Aviation Rescue Department within the jurisdiction of the Ministry suitable worked last year in the regions of Almaty, Eastern Kazakhstan, Karaganda, and Southern Kazakhstan. The total time of flights came to 2,301 hours. At present, the Ministry’s aircrafts deliver the Winter Sports Asiada Fire to regions of Kazakhstan.

Air Astana expanded cooperation in the interline agreement context

The Air Astana Airline, Kazakhstan, concluded a contract on mutual recognition of traffic documents (interline agreement) with the Belavia Airline, Belarus, as it will allow both airlines to transport the passengers on their flights with air tickets of the partner airline. From now on, the Air Astana’s transit passengers flying to Belarus or other destinations that are part of the route network for these airlines should not buy two separate air tickets and they may register a unified air ticket for the entire route. Besides, the transit passengers may use end-to-end luggage transportation service and receive it at the final destination without intermediate registration. In the same way, the Belavia Airline’s passengers may travel on Air Astana’s flights.

Kazakh airports are the most expensive ones in the world on service charge nowadays – Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications

At present, the Kazakh airports are the most expensive ones in the world on service charge, the Kazakh Vice Minister of Transport and Communications Azat Bekturov reported when talking at the Natural Monopolies Regulation Agency’s (NMRA) Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
The Vice Minister stressed that low capacities of provided services because of insufficient load of airports were one of the reasons why tariffs stay high.
“The airlines operating flights from Europe to Asia and needing refueling services have an alternative from the available airports on the way of their flights so they prefer the airports offering the most profitable tariffs”, Bekturov noted.
According to him, because of this, the reconstruction of the number of airports of the country was concluded in 2010 for enhancing Kazakhstan’s transit attractiveness for foreign airlines and economic efficiency of their activities, as regards technical conditions. This work will be continued.
“In addition, the Ministry jointly with the NMRA attract foreign airlines to fly through Kazakhstan’s airspace”, the Vice Minister said.
Besides, Besturov stressed the made decision on changes in the Kazakhstan’s Tax Code, as regards the null rate when selling aviation fuel for refueling foreign air vessels, was an important one for the air transport sector last year.
“It will allow enhancing attractiveness of Kazakh airports, increasing the number of flights through Kazakhstan’s airspace”, he concluded.

Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications offers taking away 5% limitation on airports’ minor activities

The Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications offers taking away 5% limitation on airports’ minor activities for receiving additional revenues, the Kazakh Vice Minister of Transport and Communications Azat Bekturov reported in his interview to journalists on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
“There have been many talks recently to allow making an exception for the airports, in spite to the fact they are monopolists, and permit them to be involved in minor activities. In our country, all natural monopolies are limited in this, as they have a limit of 5%”, Bekturov noted.
The Vice Minister stressed, as regards the international practice, exactly minor activities provide with the larger part of revenues to airports. “The world’s leading airports get the larger part of their revenues/incomes not from departing/landing services but they have additional sources of revenue. As a rule, this includes commercial activities, such as shops and restaurants. We should take away this limitation. I think this issue will be resolved this year”, Bekturov said.
According to the Vice Minister, it is difficult to assume our airports will achieve the way of work when 50-60% of their revenues are received from minor activities even as there are no so many passengers. One should work for this.

NMRA may take out of regulation airport’s services to foreign airlines – Ministry of Transport and Communications

This year, the Natural Monopolies Regulation Agency (NMRA) may take out of regulation the services of Kazakh airports on serving transit flights and aero navigation services on serving international flights, the Vice Minister of Transport and Communications Azat Bekturov reported on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
“To increase Kazakhstan’s transit attractiveness for foreign airlines and economic efficiency of their activities in forming tariffs the Ministry of Transport and Communications jointly with NMRA try to take out of regulation the airports’ services on serving transit flights and aero navigation services on serving international flights”, Bekturov said at the Agency’s Board of Directors meeting.
In his opinion, it will be reflected to flexibility on making decisions by airports and, as a result, they will be able to provide discounts to foreign airlines and will load their own capacities.
“At present, the Kazakh airports are ones of the most expensive in the world, as regards service charge, as low capacities of providing services is one of the reasons of this due to insufficient load of airports”, the Vice Minister noticed.
As a result, according to him, when operating transit flights through central Asia foreign airlines prefer using services of alternative airports in other states. Kazakh airports are restricted with established tariffs, as the limited levels are established on both increase and reduction of the airports’ service charge.
“Every action should be agreed with the NMRA and when the airports are taken out of regulation they will be able to calmly offer more profitable conditions to every participant of the aviation market, as compared with competing airports”, Bekturov clarified.
According to him, the NMRA has big understanding of necessity to undertake such a step. “I think a formal decision will be made in the nearest future”, the Vice Minister said in his interview to journalists when affirmatively answering question on possibility of making such a decision this year.

Pilots Aigerim Moldasheva and Polina Pavlova from Zhambyl Region to operate Boeing aircrafts

The Youth Aviation Center (YAC), as a public foundation in Taraz, Kazakhstan, really carries out the gender policy, the YAC Director Anatoliy Kisil declared in his talk to the Kazinform News Agency. According to him, several dozens of young ladies have been graduated from the Youth Aviation Center for ten years, as they found themselves in flying and in police/army services.
“Polina Pavlova will graduate from the US Aeronautics School this year on operating US modeled aircrafts and Aigerim Moldasheva will go for studies there this year”, Kisil tells.
According to him, 22-year old Aigerim had been studied in the Youth Aviation Center since she was 12; afterwards, she entered the Civil Aviation Academy where she got the aviation pilot profession and came back to work in her native city, Taraz.
The YAC students included Yevgeniya Goncharova who graduated from the Civil Aviation Academy in Almaty, Larisa Belogortseva who graduated from that Academy and became the electronic aviation system engineer. Besides, Julia Anafina, future pilot, presently studies in her second year in the Civil Aviation Academy, and Ann Polnikova is a student of one of the academies for police/army services, Kisil tells.
According to him, the Youth Aviation Center in Taraz provides with a wide sphere of training including parachute jumps, flights on aero planes, military topography, calisthenics, and aviation training.
“We have recently started attracting young people from villages in Zhambyl Region to training sessions on preparing future experts in military and civil aviation”, The Center’s Manager said and noticed over 250 young ladies and men have been trained for the Kazakhstan’s aviation sector for ten years of the YAC existence.

Ministry of Transport and Communications predicts shortage of personnel in Kazakhstan's civil aviation sector

One of the actual problems for the civil aviation sector is a shortage of the national aviation personnel, the Chairperson of the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) under the Ministry of Transport and Communications Radilbek Adimolda reported at the Board of Directors of this Ministry on Monday, January 10, 2011.
“The staff preparation is basically represented with the only profiled higher educational institution, namely, the Civil Aviation Academy, as it conducts training on the outdated programme without considering the international standard requirements; this Academy has no material and technical base. As a result, its graduates do not have necessary theoretical and flight preparation and they are not demanded at aviation enterprises. When saving the present situation we may experience shortage of personnel, as it will extremely negatively affect the civil aviation industry development in future”, Adimolda noted.
According to him, the present leading enterprises, such as Air Astana and Kazakh Aero Navigation have to train the personnel by their own forces. It allows them to be competitive ones. Adimolda thinks the Civil Aviation Academy should have financing to resolve the shortage of personnel problem, as these finances will be spent to modernize the material and technical base.
Adimolda also informed, at present, 1,500 pilots, 700 flying control officers, and 2,000 engineering technical workers are involved in the country’s civil aviation sector.

Air Astana to add its air fleet with new generation aircrafts in 2011

In 2011, the Air Astana Airline will add Embraer-190s to its air fleet, the President of Air Astana Peter Foster declared at the Board of Directors of the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Kazinform News Agency reported.
“This year, we expect receiving three Embraer-190 air vessels, of these, the first two ones will arrive in March-April 2011. The pilots have already started their retraining in Frankfurt, Germany”, Foster reported.
He added the initial training programme for pilots was continued. In 2011, the number of trainees will come to 60 students. At present, 41 pilots have started their training and twelve of them have already flown. Also, the number of air vessels’ commanders from the number of domestic pilots will come to 35 people in 2011.
Besides, according to Foster, the Airline prepares engineers who will be the first ones in Kazakhstan. In 2010, the Airline established the new Technical Maintenance center in the Almaty International Airport. This center is a part of the Maintenance and Repairs Programme for the Airline’s own air vessels. At the same time, Foster said, there were plans to introduce advanced flight registration technologies to reduce accumulating queues in airports.
“The service level will be further improved”, the Air Astana’s President affirmed.
In 2010, four new air routes were launched including the flights to Dushanbe, Tashkent, Yekaterinburg, and Saint Petersburg. “The arrival capacities were increased by 4% and the traffic flow – by 16%; according to financial results, the positive dynamics were expressed in contributions to the state budget at the sum of almost US $200 million for the period of 2002-2010. The flights’ average indicator came to 81%”, Foster ascertained.
He also noticed the recent delays on domestic and international flights had been related with non-flying weather conditions.

Kazakh airlines served over three million passengers last year

In 2010, the Kazakhstan’s airlines served over three million passengers, the Chairperson of the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) under the Ministry of Transport and Communications Radilbek Adimolda reported at the Board of Directors of this Ministry on Monday, January 10, 2011.
“In spite to the crisis period for the world aviation industry, as a result of 2010, the Kazakh airlines transported over 3.2 million passengers and 24,000 tons of cargos, as these indicators, accordingly, are by 22% and 33% higher, as compared with the same ones for the last year”, Adimilda specified data.
The CAC Chairperson also informed the Kazakh airports served 6.3 million passengers. According to him, there are also significant growth tendencies in here; this year’s indicator is by 15% higher, as compared with the previous one.
According to statistical data, the capacity of the transit flights through the territory of Kazakhstan was also increased by 14% and achieved 107 million km. Besides, six new routes to CIS and non-CIS countries were launched this year.

Air Astana’s President insists on building the second airport in Almaty

The President of the Air Astana Airline Peter Foster insists on building the second airport in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to resolve the problems with departure and arrival of aircrafts in non-flying weather conditions.
“The weather conditions always negatively influence to flight postponement, as it results delaying and uniting the flights to/from Almaty during winter months, in December, January, and February. All flights from/to Almaty have been delayed because of fog for the fourth day”, Peter Foster reported at the conference for the Board of Directors of the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Monday, January 10, 2011, the Novosti-Kazakhstan News Agency reported. “Neither the airport nor airlines are guilty in this”, he stressed.
“All of us know this city, the airport location in it and all of us are familiar with this problem that will always be present but will not disappear. The only solution of this problem in future is to consider building the alternative airport”, the President of the national air carrier stressed.
He reminded an issue was raised almost ten years ago to build a new aerodrome to the north from the city along the Kapshagai motor road. “Probably, time has come to come back to these plans”, Foster noted.
At the same time, he stressed, at present, the Airline experiences no any problems with air vessels’ shortage and Air Astana has plans to supply three Embraer 190s and one Boeing 757 this year.