Monthly Archives: December 2013

Air Astana takes delivery of eighth Embraer E-190 airliner

Air Astana’s fleet of Embraer E-190 airliners has grown to eight
aircraft following the latest delivery on December 23, 2013. The aircraft will
be operated on both domestic routes and regional services to the CIS and Caucasus.

The first Embraer E-190 joined the Air Astana fleet in March 2011. The
Embraer E-190 is a narrow-body, medium-range airliner, which is configured with
nine business class/88 economy class seats and has a maximum range of 4,200 km.

The new fleet of Embraer E-190s gradually replaced Fokker 50 turbo-prop
aircraft, the last of which was retired in December 2012.

Air Astana currently operates a fleet 30 aircraft comprising 10
purchased aircraft and 20 leased aircraft. Purchased aircraft were funded
through the company’s own resources, without any government budget or state

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IATA predicts dynamic growth of Uzbek aviation market – UPDATED

When estimating the results of 2012, all airlines worldwide will transport
by 930 million passengers more in 2017. This is stated in the Forecast for Commercial
Air Transport Industry issued by the International Air Transport Association

Uzbekistan Airways reported to Jahon News Agency, Uzbekistan, the market
of Uzbekistan will be  the
fastest-growing in this area in accordance with the IATA forecasts for 2017, thus
predicting a growth by 10.3%, having over passed  ahead Kazakhstan and Russia on this indicator (with
their growth of 7,7%). Also, the top ten include the aviation markets of Turkey, Oman,China, Vietnam, Saudi
, Azerbaijanand Pakistan.

According to forecasts from IATA experts, the passenger air traffic in
the world will grow by 5.4% annually. Along with this, the U.S. domestic
air transportation market will remain the biggest one in the world with over 677
million passengers. The China’s
domestic aviation market should be increased by 10% for five years and it will
take the second place with 488 million passengers. Brazil will be on the third
position with over 120 million passengers.

In the near future,  IATA will publish
its forecasts on the financial performance of the industry. In its latest
report, IATA predicted that airlines’ total operating income will come to US $16.4
billion in 2014, and US $11.7 billion in the current fiscal year.

Members of the authoritative International Air Transport Association include
240 airlines worldwide, which provide with 84% international air traffic.

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Uzbekistan Airways to construct hangar for maintenance of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

During 2014-2016, Uzbekistan Airways will construct a hangar for
technical maintenance of the airplanes Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

The project was included to the investment programme of Uzbekistan for
2014. The project cost is US$40 million. In 2014, it is planned to use some
US$1.6 million within the project.

Uzbekistan Airways had ordered two Boeing-787 Dreamliner airplanes,
which is expected to be delivered to Uzbekistan in 2016.

Uzbekistan Airways and the Boeing Company will open a center on
repairing airplanes’ construction elements made from composite materials. The
center will provide maintenance services to Boeing-787 Dreamliners.

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Negotiations with TAV Georgia enter into complex phase – Minister

According to the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of
Georgia, George Kvirikashvili, no agreement has been reached so far between the
Government and TAV, the managing company of Tbilisi International Airport.

According to him, the private partnership agreement concluded with the
Turkish Company gives the right to the state to make some new adjustments to

“Negotiations with the Turkish Company have entered into a rather
complex phase. Basically, we have a public private partnership model with this
company that is to build, operate and give back to the state. According to this
model, the Company was instructed to build an airport and maintain high-quality
handling, and then transfer it to the state. We specially arranged a seminar
with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, invited the best
specialists in the world, we were interested in the positive and negative
aspects of this type of models. Basically, all invited experts said that the
constant renewal of the public private partnership contract was an
international practice. In other words, we are not talking that we do not
recognize the concluded contracts. This is a public partnership model, and the
state are constantly emerging requirements for the managing company. We put requirements
to them provided with an international practice and hired a special company
that gave us technical assistance in this matter, and, as regards the TAV
Company, they have very delayed their agreement to this requirement because the
contract they had was giving them with asymmetric flexibility. Bluntly, there
was unregulated activity from their side”, Mr Kvirikashvili said.

However, according to the Minister, the Government wants TAV to remain
in Georgiaand continue its operations here but on updated conditions only.

“At present, we are in a quite difficult phase, but we want to agree very
much on a long-term partnership scheme so that TAV would stay in Georgia”,
Mr. Kvirikashvili declared.

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Georgian Government intends building airport in Anaklia

The Georgian government intends building an airport in Anaklia. George
Kvirikashvili, Georgian Minister of Economy, said the Government has refused
from the idea of
​​the previous Government
regarding the construction of the airport in Poti, Georgia,
located on the Black Seashore, as this project was not justified from an
economic point of view.

However, according to him, the airport in the region yet to be built –
in the village of
, where one also
plans to build a new deep-water port.

“The project to build the airport in Poti was completely ill-conceived,
as there is a swampy area there and this is the place of birds’ flights. There
are plans to build a major international airport in Anaklia, and accordingly,
there is no need to build two airports in the same region. In general the airport
in Anaklia will be designed primarily for freight air traffic”, the Minister declared.

It is generally known, the former President of Georgia, Mikhail
Saakashvili, expressed his initiative in 2009 to build a major international
airport in Poti. According to him, the construction was to be completed by

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Servicing of official delegations at Manas International Airport to be temporarily held in the main arrival / departure lounge at Manas airport building

The Press Service of Manas International Airport reports that, as a lounge
for official delegations will be moved to the Manas-2 Airport Building, during
the period from December 26, 2013, to January 1, 2014, passengers will be
served in the main arrival/departure lounge at Manas International Airport’s building.

The lounge for official delegations will resume its activities at the Manas-2
Airport Building on January 1, 2014.

Thank you for understanding.

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Inspectors of Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee get education from ICAO

According to the Press Service of the Ministry of Transport and
Communications of Kazakhstan, 35 inspectors working with the Kazakh Civil
Aviation Committee (CAC) passed an educational course on how the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducts the audit check.

“These courses were organized in Kazakhstan for the first time.
Their main goal is to increase the work efficiency among state aviation
inspectors. During the training, the CAC specialists were trained to audit the
civil aviation enterprises, as well as the compilation and maintenance of
appropriate documentation”, the Ministry told.

Beken Seidakhmetov, Chairperson of the Civil Aviation Committee, said
that inspectors will still have a number of courses in the near future, both
generalized and specialized ones. “So, for example, in the near future,
inspectors, depending on the direction of their work, will have five courses on
flight operations, airworthiness and the human factor”, he said.

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Air tickets from Azerbaijan to some European cities to cheapen

Azerbaijan Airlines has started special discount campaign on the
occasion of the New Year. The price of round-trip ticket from Bakuto London, Milan,Rome, Paris, Prague makes € 199. This
price does not include charge and duties.

The prices can be got on December 25-31. The flights should be carried
out from January 15 to February 28.

The air tickets can not be changed and returned.

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Fight took place on plane belonged to Air Astana

There was a fight on the plane belonged to Air Astana, the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier, Ruslan Erimov, one
of the passengers of the Moscow– Almaty flight told

According to him, the conflict began during takeoff. Men drank alcohol,
behaved inappropriately. Mr. Erimov said there were three participants  of the conflict in the Air Astana’s plane and two
of them were Russians. Verbal altercation began and developed into a fight, the
passenger said.

According to Mr. Erimov, the Aircraft Commander announced that the plane
would make
​​an emergency landing in Orenburg, Russia,
if they do not stop fighting. However, the flight was continued. The Air Astana’s
plane landed in Almaty, as scheduled. When landing, the police officers were waiting
these troublemakers.

Meanwhile, the Air Astana’s  Public
Relations Manager, Tlek Abdrakhimov, commented on the incident. “On December 20,
2013, there was a fight between passengers on the aircraft belonged to Air
Astana, as it was operating the flight #KS876 en route Moscow – Almaty. The crew
along with other passengers separated the fighters, who were seated aside and
warned that in the event of further conflict the Aircraft Commander will land
in the nearest airport and the brawlers will be removed from the flight”, Mr. Abdrakhimov

Upon arrival of the Air Astana’s aircraft in Almaty, the brawlers were handed
over to the police. As regards this incident, one made an official act of
destructive behavior on board, the Press Service informed.

We note herein the Air Astana’s so-called “gray list” includes 14
passengers who have violated the rules of conduct on board the aircraft. For Jan-Dec
2012, one had recorded 341 cases of destructive behavior among the passengers flying
with Air Astana. The most common violations included verbal abuse of the airline
staff and other passengers, disobeying the instructions of the crew (fasten seat
belts, turn off mobile phones and smoking in the airplane’s toilet room).

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Osh International Airport meets millionth passenger for 2013

Today, December 24, 2013, the Osh International Airport met its millionth passenger in 2013, the Press Service of Manas International Airport
JSC reported.

Kalyskan Murzuibraimova, a 68-year-old pensioner, became the millionth passenger.
She was flying to Bishkek by the flight number #AIO 08 operated by Air Kyrgyzstan

The leadership of the airport in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, awarded the passenger with a special certificate. Mrs. Murzuibraimova will be served
for free in the VIP-lounge of the airport during 12 months of 2014.

Air Kyrgyzstanthat was serving the millions passenger handed over its certificate to Mrs. Murzuibraimova.
When using it, this passenger will be able to have a roundtrip flight on one
air route.

When speaking to journalists and passengers, Kirill Shevchenko, Director
on Investment Development, Manas International Airport JSC, noted that the Osh International Airport served one
million passengers per year for the first time. According to him, one of the
reasons for the stable growth of passenger air traffic is concluded in the Airport’s
work to modernize the terminal building, develop the security system, as well
as improvement of the airport territory.

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