Daily Archives: 15.05.2013

Turkish Airlines employees stage a strike

Hundreds of employees of Turkish Airlines (T?rk Hava Yollar?) are
holding a mass strike in front of the office of the company’s board of
directors, Sabah newspaper reported on

The strike is aimed at reaching an agreement with the administration of
the airline on the conclusion of a collective contract.

According to the report, the strike has not yet led to the cancellation
of flights. However, it has not been excluded that in the event of further
strikes some flights may be cancelled or postponed.

500 officers of the Turkish security forces have been sent on standby to
monitor the strike.

Source – http://en.trend.az/

Baku – Istanbul flight delayed

For technical reasons, the operation flight en route Baku,AzerbaijanIstanbul, Turkey,
operated by Turkish Airlines is delayed, the Baku/Geidar Aliev International
Airport said to the Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan.

The Airport said the flight #TK 336 arrived in Bakuin accordance with the schedule at 03:25, local time, but, due to technical
problems, the BakuIstanbul flight has been delayed, which was
supposed to depart from the Azerbaijani capital at 06:55.

“Due to technical problems, the operation of the flight has been delayed
for an indefinite period. To operate this flight, one also does not exclude change
of aircraft”, the Airport noted.

Source – http://www.trend.az/

Air Astana takes delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has
taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Airbus’ Sharklet fuel
saving wing tip devices. The airline becomes the first in the region to benefit
from the new wing-tip devices. Air Astana’s A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines,
features a comfortable two class cabin, seating 148 passengers with 16 in business class and 132 in economy.

Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the
aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and
emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. They are made from light-weight
composites and are 2.4
tall. Sharklets are an option on A320 Family
aircraft. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding
around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload
capability of up to 450

“We are delighted to receive our first A320 Sharklet equipped aircraft
which will optimize our operating costs significantly, while reducing the
environmental impact,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO Air Astana.

“With the delivery of their first Sharklet equipped A320, Air Astana
will benefit from lower operating costs and extended range. Further A320 Family
aircraft that will be delivered later this year will contribute to the
airline’s expansion and growth plans,” said John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating
Officer, Customers.

Air Astana started commercial service with its first Airbus aircraft, an
A320, in 2006, and is currently operating one A319, seven A320s and four A321s.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle
aircraft Family. To date, over 9,400 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,500
delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide. With proven
reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest
operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft.

Source – http://www.airbus.com/

THAI and Amadeus extend partnership with new full content agreement

Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry,
and Thai Airways International (THAI), the flag carrier of Thailand, have signed a long-term,
full content agreement that enables the airline to reach Amadeus’ network of
travel agencies across the world.

Amadeus users worldwide will now have guaranteed access to the entire
range of fares, schedules and availability relating to more than 18 million
seats sold annually by THAI and its new brand, THAI Smile. Under the new
agreement, Amadeus users will have access to the same THAI content and under
the same conditions as those offered through the airline’s direct channels and
any other distribution channels including content distributed through the
airline’s ticketing office, call centres and website.

“Amadeus has proven to be an outstanding partner to THAI over the past
two decades, supporting us as we move towards becoming the leading airline in
Asia and among the best worldwide. We are pleased to expand our partnership
with Amadeus, ensuring that travel agents worldwide enjoy the highest level of
access to our full range of content and services,” said THAI Executive Vice
President, Commercial, Mr Danuj Bunnag.

“Amadeus is committed to securing long-term distribution partnerships
with leading airlines around the world to provide our network of travel
agencies with the most comprehensive range of flight options,” said Holger
Taubmann, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Amadeus. “Furthermore, given the
important role which travel agency distribution plays, long-term content
agreements like this provide stability to both airlines and travel agencies
alike.” Taubmann added.

THAI and Amadeus have enjoyed a long term partnership since 1990, when
the airline became Amadeus’ first Asian customer. Ever since, the airline has
implemented different Amadeus solutions including Amadeus’ revenue maximization
solutions that have helped the airline maximise profitability.

Source – http://www.amadeus.com/


Etihad Airways again named Middle East’s Leading Airline

Etihad Airways has received the prestigious title of Middle
’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards Middle East, for
a remarkable seventh consecutive year. Etihad Airways was also recognized for
the Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class and Middle
’s Leading Cabin Crew.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer,
said: “Everything we do is focused on giving our guests the best possible
travel experience. Through organic growth, code-shares and equity stakes, we
expanded our network to a total of 248 destinations across the globe in 2012,
offering greater flexibility and choice for our guests. Complementing this
expanding global network, we are continuously investing in innovation to ensure
our guests benefit from the latest advances in technology and design”.

Source – http://www.etihad.com/

Boeing resumes delivering Dreamliner aircraft

Boeing has resumed deliveries of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Lenta.ru writes
with reference to the Agence France-Presse.

As noted, on May 14, 2013,
new aircraft was delivered to the Japanese airline,
All Nippon Airways. In a related statement, Boeing’s Vice President, Randy
Tinseth, said that despite many months forced break, the company intends to
fully implement the aircraft supply original plan before the end of the year.

Recall that Dreamliner aircraft deliveries, as well as flights of these aircraft
that have already been in service were suspended in January 2013.

Source – http://www.aex.ru/

President of Turkmenistan proposes launching direct flights from Ashgabat to Riga

The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has proposed launching
direct flights from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to Riga, Latvia,
on the Turkmen-Latvian summit talks.

“Nowadays, Turkmenistanexpands its air route network of its national airline, Turkmenistan Airlines, and
this is one of the promising west destinations for Turkmenistan. Mutual benefit from
this project is evidential. Rigais a well-known European transport hub, which can help promote the services provided
by Turkmen Airlines. On the other hand, Latvian airlines, using the active
development of tourism in Turkmenistan,
will be able to ensure the deliver tourist groups from European countries to Turkmenistan”, the
President of Turkmenistan noted.

In this regard, the Turkmen leader offered to instruct the relevant
transport departments of the two countries to study the issue in details.

Source – http://www.12news.uz/

Air Bishkek increases free baggage allowance for its passengers

The Air Bishkek Air Company, Kyrgyzstan,
is pleased to inform its passengers that we have just increased free baggage
allowance en route Bishkek – Kaliningrad– Bishkek.

From now on, when flying in the economy class, the limit comes to 25
kilos instead of traditional 20 kilos and, as regards the business class, this
is 35 kilos instead of 30.

The introduction of additional kilos allows to satisfy the passengers’
demand to carry necessary quantity of luggage and improve quality of service.

Source – http://www.airbishkek.kg/


Turkish Atlas Jet together with Kyrgyzstan intends to create a large company on air transportations

Turkish Atlas Jet together with Kyrgyzstanintends to establish a large company on air transportations, reported RBC with
a reference to the press service of the government of Kyrgyzstan.

The top officials of the company the president and the owner of the
company Murat Ersa and director general Sami Alan reported about the intentions
of the company during a meeting with the first vice-prime minister of
Kyrgyzstan Dzhoomart Otorbayev in Istanbul.

The meeting was held within the annual meeting of the Board of Governors
of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Following the meeting, the parties agreed to establish a large company
on air transportations, which will conduct flights from Bishkek on various
international destinations.

During the negotiations Dzhoomart Otorbayev noted the competitive
advantage of the republic in the region in terms of transparency in economic
and political planes, favorable geographical position and interest of the
country in increase of the aviation and cargo passenger turnover.

Murat Ersoy stressed the interest of Atlas Jet in the Kyrgyz market.

Reference information

Atlasjet Havac?l?k A.S. is a Turkish airline based in Istanbul. It operates scheduled and charter
passenger air flights in Europe, Kazakhstan,Iraq and Iran, as well as within Turkey. The Airline
was founded on March 14, 2001, and it started actual air services on June 1,

Source – http://en.trend.az/

British Airways and ‘Ali and Nino’ announce winner of the ‘Shakespeare, the UK and I’ contest

British Airways, together with bookstore chain, ‘Ali and Nino’, has
announced the winner of the ‘Shakespeare, the UK and I’ contest. Dedicated to the
birthday of the great English writer William Shakespeare, the competition ran
from April 29, 2013 to May 03, 2013.

As part of the competition, contestants responded to questions relating
to Shakespeare and qualifiers wrote short essays based on the ‘Shakespeare, theUKand I’ theme. This unique competition attracted people of all ages, with 300
participants taking part via the “Ali and Nino” Facebook page. 51
finalists went on to participate in the final round, with Narmina Ismailova
emerging as the winner. At an award ceremony that took place at 28 Mall,
Narmina was awarded two round trip World Traveller tickets to London on British Airways. Second runner-up
Tatiana Ryaykenen and third runner up Ulker Rzaly received consolation prizes
from ‘Ali and Nino’.

“It’s great to see such interest and enthusiasm from Azerbaijan for British literature and
culture,” said Paolo De Renzis commercial director for the Middle East andCentral Asia. “We congratulate Narmina
Ismayilova on winning the contest and we’re sure she will have a wonderful time
discovering London.”

The ‘Shakespeare, the UKand I’ competition generated great interest and revealed many talented writers.
The director of the Ali and Nino bookstore chain Nigar Kocharliaid said,”
This collaboration with British Airways was a great initiative and look forward
to continued partnerships that give Azerbaijana taste of Britain.”

Source – http://en.trend.az/