Monthly Archives: August 2013

Aircraft manufacturing companies signed contracts for US $16 billion at MAKS- 2013

During business activities at the MAKS-2013 Airshow in Zhukovsky near Moscow, Russia,
aircraft manufacturers signed contracts for the supply of new aircraft worth
more than US $15.7 billion, Business-TASS reported. This amount does not
include a number of leasing contracts for the supply previously ordered
aircraft and helicopters to various air companies.

At MAKS-2011, according to estimates made by its organizers, one signed
agreements and contracts worth about US $10 billion.

The United Aircraft Construction Corporation (UACC) is a leader of sales
at the MAKS- 2013. The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft JSC (SCAC) has signed agreements
and contracts for 52 SSJ-100 aircraft (almost US $1.9 billion, according to the
average list price), another 50 aircraft are reserved for the new joint leasing
company, Sberbank, and GSS.

The Irkut Corporation’s (a part of UACC) order portfolio on
forward-looking long-haul aircraft, MS-21, was supplemented with 82 aircraft,
the value of transactions is nearly US $ 6.7 billion in the catalog prices.

The Helicopters of Russia JSC, a part of Oboronprom, signed an agreement
to supply five Ka-62 helicopters and five Mi-171A1s to Colombia. The
price of one Ka -62 is about US $10 million, the Mi -171 costs about US $17
million, thus the value of transactions can be reached up to US $135 million.

As a result of signing several agreements with the Rostekhnadzor State
Corporation, Russia, the Bombardier
Company agreed to sell implement at least 100 turboprop Q400 NextGens in Russia.
Half of them are to be constructed in Russiaat a joint venture in Ulyanovsk,
and the companies signed an appropriate agreement about this. In the case of
implementing these agreements, the contract’s amount will come to about US $3.4

The Transaero Airline and Engine Alliance (a joint venture of General
Electric and Pratt & Whitney) signed a contract to supply engines for the
four Airbus A380 planes. The cost of GP7200 engines, according to catalog
prices, as well as work in the framework agreement are estimated to be over US $500

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Boeing forecasts increased global demand for airline pilots

Boeing (NYSE: BA) projects the commercial aviation industry will need
more than one million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding
demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades. Projected pilot
demand is increasing worldwide, as is demand for technicians in some regions.

Today, at an event marking the launch of 787 flight training at the
Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami,
the company released the 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook — a respected
industry forecast of aviation personnel.

The Boeing outlook indicates that by 2032 the world will require:

  • 498,000 new commercial airline pilots
  • 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance

“The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global
issue that is here now and is very real,” said Sherry Carbary, vice
president of Boeing Flight Services. “The key to closing the pilot and technician
gap in our industry is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge
technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in

The 2013 outlook projects significant increases in pilot demand —
compared to previous forecasts — in all regions except Europe,
which declined slightly over last year’s outlook. Overall, the demand is driven
by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly single-aisle
airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 25,000 new pilots

Global demand for technicians remains significant, at approximately
28,000 new technicians required annually. However, the introduction of more
efficient and smarter airplanes will require fewer mechanics over time, as
aging aircraft—which typically require more maintenance—are retired from
service. New airplane technologies featuring more advanced components are
likely to lead in some areas to lower maintenance requirements and
corresponding lower technician demand. 

  • Projected demand for new pilots and
    technicians by global region:
  • Asia Pacific – 192,300 pilots and
    215,300 technicians
  • Europe – 99,700 pilots and 108,200
  • North America – 85,700 pilots and 97,900
  • Latin America – 48,600 pilots and 47,600
  • Middle East – 40,000 pilots and 53,100
  • Africa – 16,500 pilots and 15,900
  • Russia and CIS – 15,200 pilots and 18,000

“This is a global issue that can only be addressed by industry-wide
innovation and solutions,” said Carbary. “We need to attract more
young people to careers in aviation by continually looking at innovative ways
to train pilots and technicians, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based
learning to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and three-dimensional
models. Aviation is a great field to be in—we have a responsibility to make
sure it’s a viable career option for the world’s youth.”

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Bishkek offers the best price for jet fuel in CA to Korean Air

The Manas International Airport OJSC has offered the best prices for jet
fuel and favorable conditions for aircraft maintenance to Korean Air, the
largest air company in Central Asia Nurlan Mamyrov,  Managing Vice President, Manas International Airport,
reported to the Vecherniy Bishkek Newspaper, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The same proposal has been given to another South Korean air company,
Asiana Airlines. Representatives of the two airlines visited Kyrgyzstan on August 27, 2013, as a part of the
Korean delegation headed by Kim Wan Jung, Director of the International Transportation
Department under the Aviation Policy Bureau, Korea,
as well as the leadership of the Incheon International Airport,Seoul .

According to Mamyrov, this was only the first meeting between the
leadership of Manas International Airportwith Korean air companies, but there is a fundamental agreement on cooperation.
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will receive full support from the Manas Internaitonal Airport to launch transit flights fromSeoul to Bishkek and further to Europe.

The Vice President clarified that the international airports in Bishkek
(Manas) and Oshactively attract new airlines to cooperate. According to him, the strengths of
the Kyrgyz airports include the best prices on aircraft maintenance and the
lowest ones in Central Asia for jet fuel, the share
of which in the cost of air tickets is an average of 35%.

The next meeting with Korean Air and Asiana Airlines is scheduled for
October. In addition to Korean companies, according to Mr. Mamyrov , Manas also
conducts negotiations with airlines from Europe and Southeast
on launching direct or transit flights.

Earlier, the Minister of Transport and Communications. Kalykbek Sultanov,
said that the Manas International Airportactively works to attract new partners, as a part of forming a regional hub
based upon the airports of Manas and Osh.

The Airport’s work revitalization is also associated with the withdrawal
of the NATO coalition forces, which use Manas, as a Transit Center (TC) to transport
cargo and troops to Afghanistan.
According to the study conducted by the airport, the profit from the TC
activities has come to about 60% in a total income of the Airport’s capital in
recent years.

This year, the revenues from TC, due to lower number of take-offs and
landings of aircraft, has been reduced by 30%. However, despite this, the Airport’s
profit, as a result of the first year-half, rose by 12% and came to KGS 794.5
million. The OJSC assets have been increased by 6.3 % over the six months of
this year up to KGS 7,447,700,000.

The Manas International Airport OJSC’s controlling stake in the amount
of 79.1% is state-owned. The Social Fund owns 8.5% of the shares. Remaining
securities are concentrated in the hands of private individuals and legal

The Manas International Airport OJSC owns the following international
airports: Manas, Osh, Issyk-Kul,
Naryn, as well as regional ones in the Dzhalal-Abad, Batken, Karakol, and Isfana.

The Manas International Airport OJSC partners presently include Aeroflot,
Turkish Airlines, British Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Russia Airline and
S7 Airlines.

Reference information

Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd., acting as Korean Air, is a national and the largest
airline of South Korea,
one of the four founding airlines of the SkyTeam Global Airline Alliance for passenger
air services. Korean Air is among the top twenty of the leading airlines in the
world in terms of passengers carried, it has a route network to international
destinations to more than 130 cities in 45 countries.

Asiana Airlines (previously – Seoul Airlines) is a South Korean airline operating
its flights to 12 domestic and 82 international destinations in 21 countries.

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Manas International Airport’s Manas-2 Terminal Building holds an open day in preparation for SCO Summit

The Manas International Airport (MIA) Opened Joint Stock Company (OJSC) invites
its partners and media representatives to visit the Manas-2 Terminal Building to
participate in the open day celebration on September 4, 2013, at 10:00 pm, the
Airport’s Press Service reported.

“The Manas-2 Terminal Building is our calling card, it is of great
importance to the establishment of an international transcontinental aviation
hub at Manas International Airport.
Last year, many of you have seen the opening of the Manas-2 Terminal Building,
you will again have the opportunity to see the small terminal and compare how
things were created, and what the MIA may be proud of at the moment. Today, we may
proudly say that the Manas-2 Terminal Building can adequately meet and escort
visitors to our country. It is clear that, over the past year, one has managed
to breathe life into this new modern building that meets international
standards”, the statement says.

On the open day, you may participate in tours inside the Manas-2 Terminal
Building and assess the level of preparedness of this small terminal to receive
guests arriving in Bishkek to participate in the SCO summit. There will also be
a demonstration President and Prime Minister’s halls, Speaker’s room, and arrival
and departure lounges.

Reference information about the company:

This year, according to the rating for top-200 companies in Kyrgyzstan, the Manas International Airport was included in
the top-ten largest companies in the field of transport and communications. The
list of the best companies also includes the branch establishment in Osh (Osh International Airport).

During the first year-half of 2013, the Manas International Airport served more than
one million passengers, 1,010,773 people. This indicator is higher by 23% than in
the previous year. For the six months this year, the Airport served
​​11,295 flights and carried 9.9 tons of cargo, which is significantly
higher than for the same period in 2012. For the first year-half, the profit
from servicing civilian flights and income from non-operating activities have
been increased by 46%. Due to this, the net profit has been increased by 12%.

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Passengers use new transport service from Kutaisi International Airport

Passengers use new transport service from the Kutaisi International Airport,
as they are served by comfortable buses, the Airports Association declares and
calls false information spread by Soso Gabrichidze, Acting Chief of Economic Services
and Investment Management, Kutaisi City Mayor’s Office, according to which passengers
are transported from the airport to the city by means of amortized transport.

The Georgian Airports Association states they have announced an electronic
auction relating the question of transport services for passengers from the David
the Builder International Airport,
it. As a result, new and comfortable buses provide services for passengers
transporting them from/to the Kutaisi International Airport,
and it is  safe to travel by them to Tbilisi, Batumi,
Zugdidi, Mestia and Kazbegi. According to the Airports Association Press Service,
these buses also serve passengers towards Kutaisi,
and they deliver them to a specific bus stop.

“The bus tickets can be bought at the airport’s ticket sales office and from
a minibus driver, and, starting from September 8, 2013,  the ticket sales system will be functioned online,
and one may buy e-tickets at the following web page:

Currently, all passengers with their air ticket are given booklets where
there is a bus departure schedule in accordance with flights, and the departure
places are marked on the map in the booklet, as well as hotline, +995 593 41 34
8124, is available at the 24-hour base, where, if desired, you may get any
information. According to the new service, vans are provided with the necessary
comfort, such as air conditioning, TV, safety belts, and the price of service
includes a free bottle of water. Bus drivers have passed a special training
session and they can speak a foreign language at the communication level”, the
Georgian Airports Association says.

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Baku – Ganja flight to be operated every day

AZAL has started daily flights on Baku – Ganja
Baku air route.

The flights will be operated every day by Embraer-170 aircrafts: ‘In
addition, Ganja – Nahichevan –Ganja flights will be operated three times a

Ticket price for Baku– Ganja air route makes AZN 30, for Ganja – Nahichevan – AZN 39.

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Baku – Gabala flight to be launched tomorrow

AZAL starts regular flights on Baku – Gabala
Baku air

The flights will be started from August 30: ‘The flights will be
operated from Bakuon Fridays and Sundays at 15.00, in the opposite direction at 16.25, by
Embraer-170 aircraft’.

Ticket price makes AZN 48. Flight time is 35 minutes. We note herein
that one also operates flights to Moscow, Russia, from the airportof Gabala and, starting from September
12, 2013, aflight to Saint-Petersburg,
, will be
launched as well.

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Air Caucasus plans to reduce prices of flights to Russia

George Kodua, Director General, Air Caucasus, says about artificial
increase in prices in the Georgian aviation market.

According to him, the cost of flying en route TbilisiMoscowTbilisiat this time comes to US $800, while a flight towards some areas in Europe costs about EUR 100-150.

“We do not have diplomatic relations with Russia, this is what led to such
prices, and the fact that airlines have increased their airfares. When we
entered in 2005 to the Georgian aviation market a flight to Moscow cost about US
$500-600, but after our entry the price has fallen down to US $200”, Mr. Kodua says.

According to him, after the return to the Georgian aviation market, they
will begin to operate in a healthy competition conditions and the airlines that
have set high prices today will try to reduce their airfares on the background
of low rates applied by Air Caucasus.

“Using aviation today is
considered, as a luxury. We want to create a precedent so that this approach would
not exist. For example, if you had a car before, it was considered, as a luxury,
but today this is not a surprise, and a car is just a means of transportation”,
Mr. Kodua declares.

According to him, the air company will make an application to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the aviation authorities of Russia next week,
and a positive response from the relevant authorities will be affected whether
the flights are launched in September or not. However, Mr. Kodua says that his
company has no such diplomatic relations with Russia, as Airzena has.

We remind herein that Air Caucasus operated ​​its first flight to Antalya,Turkey, on August 18, 2013, and,
in September, the Air Company plans to appoint regular flights to more than eight
cities of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Turkeyand Russia.

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SCAT launches Kokshetau – Shymkent – Kokshetau domestic flight in Kazakhstan

The SCAT Airline registered in Kazakhstan announces on launching a
socially important flight en route Kokshetau – Shymkent – Kokshetau since August
29, 2013, the Air Company’s press release says.

One reports these flight will be operated on Mondays and Thursdays. An
air ticket’s price comes to KZT 23,000.

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Uzbekistan increases air carriers’ liability in relation to passengers

On August 21, 2013, some amendments and additions were entered to the Air
Transportation Rules for Passengers and their Baggage by the Order issued by the
Head of the State Flight Safety Control Inspectorate, Uzbekistan.

According to the publication in a Norma edition, the new Rules prescribe
the order of destructing unclaimed luggage, the conditions and basis of
liability of an air carrier in case of failure in providing with services and
for delayed departure of the passenger.

So, perishable contents of unclaimed baggage to be destroyed when one detects
the signs of spoilage. In this case, the workers working with the airport’s baggage
search service and customs officers will make an Act specifying the initial
state and weight of this luggage, as well as a list of the items remaining in
the luggage. After three months of storage, the airport manager forms a Commission
to destroy unclaimed baggage. The Commission opens the baggage by sorting items
by their background, and puts pieces in special bags for destruction.

Precious metals, precious and semi-precious stones, natural pearls and
similar items are not destroyed, and they are placed in separate numbered and
sealed bags.

As regards the air carrier’s liability, the document establishes that,
in cases when an air carrier refuses to provide a seat to a passenger in an aircraft
although (s)he has issued an air ticket and reserved a seat, and,  as a result, the passenger is delayed in the point
of departure beyond a set time, then the harm caused to such a passenger is compensated
by this air carrier by paying a compensation and providing with free complimentary
services. If a flight delay is longer than the specified time by the air carrier,
the air carrier is also required to compensate this caused harm to the passenger.
In addition, the air carrier provides the harmed passenger with the following
complimentary extra services: talking on the phone or sending a telegram, provision
of food and drinking water, provision of hotel, transportation for passengers’ delivery
to a temporary place of residence and back , the payment of costs associated
with the delay for jointed flights provided in the air ticket.

Also, one identifies the cases when such compensations are not paid. A passenger
is not entitled to receive it, if (s)he refuses from the flight in another aircraft
and demands the return of money paid for his/her air ticket. Or if (s)he
violated the terms of air ticket purchase and its check-in, set by the air carrier.

The Order has come into force since August 26, 2013.

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