Daily Archives: 25.06.2013

Grand Caravan settled in Kazakhstan

As it became known to BizavNews, a SKY SERVICE Airline, Kazakhstan, has
started commercial operation of the two new aircraft, Cessna 208B Grand
Caravan. The new planes were purchased through a Russian company, Jet Transfer,
Cessna spokesperson in Russiaand Kazakhstanreported. The new 12-seat aircraft will be operated on charter flights, and
perform medical evacuation flights. In the future, they can stand up for
regular services. Both aircraft are included in the SKY SERVICE operator’s
certificate, but belong to another entity.

According to the official representative of the SKY SERVICE company,
Michael Zorov, the main competitive advantages of the Grand Caravan airplane are
concluded in its cost for flight hours and quality of service, the possibility
of landings on unprepared sites, modern navigation equipment Garmin G1000,
presence-icing system, a high prevalence of aircraft around the world. “The
main segments, which will involve new aircraft’s operation, are the tourism,
VIP-charter, and medical flights across Kazakhstan. Flights will be
operated frequently on sites that are not prepared to receive the aircraft, and
Grand Caravan is ideally suited to these tasks”, Mr. Zorov.says

“The Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft has excellent flight performance.
Several new aircraft has successfully operated in Russia”,
says Alexander Evdokimov, Managing Director, Jet Transfer, “We believe that the
emergence of Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Kazakhstan is a very important
event for Cessna Aircraft. Given the positive economic indicators that exist
today in the Russian operators Grand Caravan, local companies will also be
pleased with the acquisition and the capacity of the Kazakhstan market allows us to hope
for new orders in the future”.

Currently, in addition to Cessna aircraft, SKY SERVICE operates
Eurocopter helicopters and Bell Helicopters, such as AS350B3, EC130B4, EC135T2,
and Bell-206 B3. Helicopter charter companies are involved in the
VIP-transport, patrolling power lines, operating foresting aviation  work and medical evacuation flights, as well
as various types of work with spec. attachment. SKY SERVICE Company was founded
in 2004 and has an operator’s certificate. Maintenance of helicopters and
airplanes is produced in the SKY TECH Technical Certified Producing Center, the only one in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
The Operator’s Certificate allows the Company to operate in the aircraft
control segment. That was the SKY SERVICE direction to develop the company  in the future.

Currently, three Cessna 208B Grand Caravan  aircraft fly in Kazakhstan.

Source – http://www.bizavnews.ru/

Grand Caravan обосновался в Казахстане

Как стало известно BizavNews, казахстанская
авиакомпания SKY SERVICE приступила к коммерческой эксплуатации двух новых
самолетов Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Новые самолеты были приобретены через
российскую компанию Jet Transfer, официального представителя Cessna в России и
Казахстане. Новые 12-местные самолеты будут эксплуатироваться на чартерных
перевозках, а также выполнять рейсы по медицинской эвакуации. В дальнейшем они
могут встать на регулярные перевозки. Оба воздушных судна внесены в
свидетельство эксплуатанта SKY SERVICE, однако принадлежат другому юридическому
лицу.

По мнению официального представителя
компании SKY SERVICE Михаила Зорова, основное конкурентное преимущество
самолета Grand Caravan – это соотношение цены летного часа и качества предоставляемой
услуги, возможность посадок на неподготовленные площадки, современное
навигационное оборудование Garmin G1000, наличие противооблединительной
системы, большая распространенность самолета во всем мире. “Основные
сегменты, в которых будут задействованы новые самолеты – это туристические  и VIP-чартеры, а также медицинские рейсы по
всему Казахстану. Полеты будут осуществляться часто на площадки, которые не
подготовлены для приема самолетов, и именно Grand Caravan идеально подходит к выполнению этих задач”, –
комментирует г-н Зоров.

“Самолет Cessna Grand Caravan обладает
превосходными летными характеристиками. Несколько новых самолетов уже успешно
эксплуатируются в России”, комментирует Александр Евдокимов, генеральный
директор Jet Transfer, “Мы считаем, что появление Cessna 208B Grand
Caravan в Казахстане – очень знаковое событие для Cessna Aircraft. Учитывая те
положительные экономические показатели, которые существуют сегодня у российских
эксплуатантов Grand Caravan, казахстанские компании также будут довольны
приобретением, а емкость казахстанского рынка позволяет нам надеется на новые
заказы в будущем”.

В настоящее время SKY SERVICE
эксплуатирует, помимо самолетов Cessna, вертолеты Eurocopter и Bell Helicopter:
AS350B3, EC130B4, EC135T2, и Bell-206 B3. Вертолеты компании задействованы в
чартерных VIP-перевозках, патрулировании линий электропередач, осуществляют
лесоавиационные работы и рейсы по медицинской эвакуации, а так же различные
виды работ со спец. навесным оборудованием. Компания SKY SERVICE основана в
2004 году и имеет свидетельство эксплуатанта. Обслуживание вертолетов и
самолетов производиться в единственном в Казахстане и Средней Азии
сертифицированном заводами-производителями техническом центре “SKY
TECH”. Наличие свидетельства эксплуатанта позволяет компании работать и в
сегменте управления воздушными судами. Именно это направления работы SKY
SERVICE планирует развивать в будущем.

В настоящее время в Казахстане уже летают
три самолета Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.

Источник – http://www.bizavnews.ru/

Damage from crashed U.S. plane identified

An independent environmental company, Eco Audit, completed its assessment
of the damage caused by the crashed U. S. KC-135 Stratotanker.
According to this company, the damage from this air crash amounted 2.24 million
soms, the State Inspectorate for Technical and Environmental Safety reported to
the Vecherniy Bishkek newspaper today, June 25, 2013.

The company noted that a state agency did not have the right to assess
damage according to the Operation Agreement in relation to the International Transit
Transportation Center (TTC) in Kyrgyzstan,
which assists in operations to bring peace to Afghanistan.

In this regard, a private company was hired. The damage from the damage
of land was estimated at 2,245,689.6 KGS. The crashed plane had damaged flora at
53,249 KGS.

According to the inspection, the damage assessment results were directed
to law enforcement agencies by the local village administration at Panfilov
district, and the law enforcement agencies must formally submit them to the TTC.

Recall, May 3, the KC-135 Stratotenker belonged to the U.S. Transit
Center at Manas International Airport wrecked in the Chui Region of Kyrgyzstan near the villageof Chaldybar located near the state border
with Kazakhstan.
The plane took off from Manas to fly to Afghanistan, it caught fire,
exploded in the air and fell from an altitude of over 6,000 meters. Three
crew members were killed.

Cholok-Aryk villagers demanded to compensate the damage caused by this
air crash.

Source – http://www.vb.kg/

Urgench International Airport becomes the best one in CIS

The Urgench International Airport, Uzbekistan, became “The Best Airport in
CIS” in 2012 ina competition, organized by the Airport Civil Aviation Association,, as regards
“The Major Contribution into Production Development” nomination.

The Uzbekistan Airways’ Press Service reported on June 25, 2013, this victory
was brought by productive labour of the airport’s working team. Rates for
mailing, cargo and passengers deliveries exceeded the plan in 2012. All rates
grew in accordance with the rates of 2011.

Currently, one conducts reconstruction of the old air terminal building to
erect a terminal for arriving international and domestic flights and improve the
airport building and surrounding constructions’ infrastructure.

Source – http://www.ca-news.org/

Flight to Antalya delayed in Aktau

A charter flight to Antalya,
Turkey
, could
not fly from the Aktau Airport, Kazakhstan,  Tengrinews.kz reports.

Aida Nogaybaeva, director,  Gulnar
Tour Company, Aktau, reported the flight was due to fly to Antalya at 12.00, but it took off at 17.00 pm
and was operated by an Invest Avia Airline. She also noted it was supposed
initially the passengers would fly on a plane belonged to Atlas Jet, Turkey.

According to Mrs. Nogaybaeva, Turkey did not give permission to
land. “At first, there was a delay for two hours. Initially, a representative inTurkeyconfirmed by phone that a site for landing was available without official
permission, and then they removed the confirmation. We waited for the written
permission. When operating charter flights it happens very rarely”, Mrs. Nogaybaeva.
said. However, she stressed there were no technical problems.

According to the Gulnar Tour’s Director, 112 people were waiting for this
flight, and about the same number of Kazakh tourists are at the airport in Antalya now.

In turn, the lawyer working with Gulnar Tour reported that tourists were
accommodated in Antalya, and those people who were in Aktau, were also provided
with half board food including hot meals and hamburgers with drinks. One expects
the flight will arrive in Antalyaat 19.00, local time.

Source – http://tengrinews.kz/

Airlines – Getting smarter, more mobile and personal

Over the next three years, all airlines plan to invest in IT systems
which will allow them to get to know their passengers better and deliver
tailored services directly to them, according to the 15th annual SITA/Airline
Business IT Trends Survey.

This year 100% of airlines surveyed plan to invest in business
intelligence (BI) solutions, which allow them to know more about their
customers and have better information for decision making in their operations.
This is a huge jump from last year, when one in five airlines had no plans at
all. By 2016, 97% also plan investments in mobile passenger services and
personalization. Together these will help boost sales via direct channels, from
54% up to 67%, and change how airlines deliver services to passengers.

At the launch of the 2013 Airline IT Trends Survey Results, Francesco
Violante, SITA CEO, said: “All airlines are investing in business
intelligence to improve their operations and boost revenues. We see a strong
desire to increase revenues using techniques borrowed from the retail industry,
including personalization. Nearly three quarters of airlines rate business
intelligence for sales and marketing as a high priority. The airlines’
investment plans show the future of the industry is smarter, more mobile and
more personal.”

The need for investment in business intelligence is evident. Only 9% of
airlines currently rate data quality as meeting all their requirements, while
just 7% have achieved the necessary integration of different data sources from
across their company.

Violante added: “Sharing and integrating data is fundamental to
successful business intelligence solutions. To make it work all parties across
our industry need to collaborate. By sharing data and working together, we can
maximize return on investment and deliver a better passenger experience, as
well as improved financial performance.”

Over the last three years, offering mobile services to passengers has
topped airlines’ investment list. It retains the number one place with 97% of
airlines now investing, or planning to invest, in this area in the coming three
years. By 2016, nine out of ten airlines plan to sell tickets via mobile
phones. They expect to be rewarded with a leap in mobile sales to more than
US$70 billion by 2016, or 10% of total sales, up from just below 3% today. By
using this and other channels, airlines aim to reduce their dependence on
indirect sales and open up the opportunity to maximize ancillary sales. Mobile
phones, kiosks and social media will represent nearly 14% of ticket sales by
2016, while indirect sales through GDSs will reduce from 46% to just 33% of
sales in the same time period.

Violante said: “Mobile‘s
dominant role is clear. Airlines continue to focus on services available via
the airline website, such as flight search and check-in. But in an effort to
differentiate passenger services a new battleground of mobile functionality is
emerging. The result will be a much deeper integration of personalized mobile
services at every step of the journey for passengers on the move.”

Check-in apps, for example, are already available from 61% of airlines
and flight search from 65%. The focus for these airlines will now shift over
the next three years to add new services, such as missing bag reporting (60% of
airlines), re-booking (63%), and customer feedback (57%).

Currently, 53% of airlines provide mobile boarding passes through their
own airline application and this is set to rise to over 80% in 2016.
Third-party travel wallets, such as the Apple Passbook, Samsung Wallet and
Google Now, are also starting to feature. Today, only 21% of airlines provide
boarding passes through other apps, but it will reach 62% in three years,
giving passengers more choice.

The main challenges airlines face when trying to implement mobile
services are the pace of technology change, too many platforms and system
integration. To keep up with all the changes, airlines may increasingly use
APIs such as SITA’s Boarding Pass from developer.aero.

Source – http://www.sita.aero/

The world’s best airlines determined

The World Airline Awards has identified the best airlines in the world.

According to APA-ECONOMICS, the Dubai-based Emirates Airlines was recognized,
as the  world’s best one. Qatar Airways,
which has firmly held the leading position in recent years, slipped to the second
place. Singapore Airlines was left on the third place; ANA All Nippon Airways
that was the fifth one last year is the fourth now, whereas Asiana Airlines is the
top five one.

Also, the top 10 includes Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong), Etihad
Airways (UAE), Garuda (Indonesia),
Turkish Airlines and Qantas Airways (Australia). Lufthansa is the best one
among the European air companies, as it takes the 11th place of the ranking.

The survey involved over 180 million air travelers from 160 countries.

Source – http://ru.apa.az/

Air Astana and SCAT offer additional services for passengers’ convenience

The Kazakhstan’s
national air carrier, Air Astana, informs that, during the period from July 4
to September 1, 2013, all passengers departing on flights from Almaty/Astana, Kazakhstan, to Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan, will be provided
with free shuttle service on a comfortable bus to deliver them to the Issyk-Kul Lake(Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan).

The service will be available six days a week.

Bus transfer is as follows:

  • For passengers flying to/from Almaty, the
    service is provided three times a week, on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • For passengers flying to/from Astana, such
    bus will be provided three times a week

Applications for transfers should be submitted not later than 72 hours
before the planned date of travel.

Upon arrival at Manas International Airportin Bishkek, a representative will wait for the passengers traveling to
Cholpon-Ata.

It’s enough for a passenger to show his/her boarding pass.

The place of arrival in Cholpon-Ata is a bus stop located opposite the Aquamarine
Hotel at the following address: Bldg # 1A, Karalaev St., Cholpon-Ata.

The SCAT Airline announces on starting air tickets’ sales for the
following flights to be operated during the period from July 6 to September 1,
2013:

  • Aktau, KazakhstanYerevan, Armenia – Aktau, which will be
    operated on Saturdays;
  • Aktau – Krasnodar, Russia – Aktau, which will be operated on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, SCAT also announces on starting air tickets’ sales for
domestic flights from Almaty to Kokshetau to be operated on Tuesdays during the
period from July 2 to October 26, 2013.

Source – http://www.itplus.kz/

Авиакомпании «Эйр Астана» и «SCAT» предлагают дополнительные услуги для удобства пассажиров

Авиакомпания Эйр Астана сообщает, что в
период с 4 июля по 1 сентября 2013г. для всех пассажиров, вылетающих рейсами по
маршруту Алматы / Астана – Бишкек, будет предоставляться бесплатный трансфер на
комфортабельном автобусе до города Чолпон-Ата на озере Иссык-куль.

Услуга будет доступна 6 раз в неделю.

Расписание автобусного трансфера:

  • Для пассажиров,
    вылетающих из/в Астану автобусный транспорт будет предоставляться 3 раза в
    неделю

 Заявки на трансфер принимаются не позднее 72
часов до планируемой даты поездки.

По прилету в международном аэропорту
“Манас” г.Бишкек пассажиров, следующих в г. Чолпон-Ата, будет ожидать
представитель.

Пассажиру достаточно предъявить посадочный
талон.

Место прибытия в Чолпон-Ата: автобусная
остановка напротив отеля «Аквамарин», адрес: ул. Каралаева, 1А, г. Чолпон-Ата.

Авиакомпания SCAT сообщает об открытии
продаж авиабилетов на период с 6 июля по 1 сентября 2013 года на следующие
рейсы:

  • Актау – Краснодар –
    Актау,  который будет выполняться по
    субботам и воскресеньям.

Помимо этого, авиакомпания SCAT также
сообщает об открытии продаж авиабилетов на период со 2 июля по 26 октября 2013
года на внутренние рейсы из Алматы в Кокшетау, которые будут выполняться по
вторникам.

Источник – http://www.itplus.kz/