Monthly Archives: July 2014

ICAO to hold a meeting next week to fly over areas of conflict

UN aviation agency ICAO has confirmed that it is consulting with
airlines and aviation organizations across the world to review the way in which
authorities deem airspace too dangerous for commercial air traffic at times of
armed conflict.

A meeting is liekly to be held in Montrealnext week with airline body IATA and other aviation organizations and the Civil
Air Navigation Services Organization and Airports Council International to
discuss the respective roles of each in airspace over conflict zones.

On July 17, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 en route from Amsterdamto Kuala Lumpur was downed and crashed near the
city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine,
killing all 298 people on board.

The UN Security Council condemned the downing of the passenger aircraft
and unanimously voted in support of a thorough and independent international
investigation of the incident amid growing calls for clarity, transparency and
a level playing field on the process that alerts airlines to airspace dangers.

Responding to the growing pressure, ICAO chief Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu
said the Montreal-based UN agency is now consulting with airline industry body
IATA and regional aviation organizations ‘on the respective roles of states,
airlines and international organizations for assessing the risk of airspace
affected by armed conflict’.

Malaysian transport ministry adviser Tan Sri Kayveas has said Ukraine’s air
traffic control UKsatse should bear some responsibility over the downing of
MH17 as it was flying through that air navigation service provider’s

“Airlines depend on governments and air traffic control authorities to
advise which airspace is available for flights,” he said, noting that while
ICAO had issued warnings to en route traffic not to fly below a 22,000 feet threshold –Ukraine’s
controllers had instructed MH17 to fly above 32,000 feet – which it
did at 33,000 feet.

The airline’s flight operations chief Captain Izham Ismail said that
Flight MH17 planned to fly at 35,000 feet but was instructed to fly at the
next best altitude at 33,000
, which was above the restricted altitude, due to
other aircraft flying nearby.

“The Malaysian Airlines crew filed a flight plan and Russia and Ukraine both accepted the airplane
into their airspace,” he said.

Russian news agencies are also reporting that the Moscow-based
Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has added its weight to calls by the
industry to urgently take measures ensuring safe operation of civil aviation in
combat areas.

In a statement published on its website, it said: “IAC calls on all
states, international organizations and all international aviation community to
cooperate in order to develop urgently concrete measures aimed at ensuring safe
operation of civil aviation in the areas of military conflicts.”

Meanwhile, ICAO’s officials confirmed that the team in Farnborough has
verified that the MH17 cockpit voice recorder (CVR) is in good condition and
that the digital flight data recorder (DFDR) is still under review.

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New flight launched from Gabala to Moscow

Russian Metrojet Air Company has started regular flights on Moscow – Gabala – Moscowair route.

APA reports that the first plane from Moscowarrived in Gabala International Airporton July 24. The plane departed from Domodedovo at 18:00 (Baku time) and landed in Gabala at 20:30. the
flight from Gabala was implemented at 22:00. The flights have been implemented
by Airbus-320 aircrafts.

Air ticket from Moscowto Gabala is €69. Metrojet plans to implement daily flights from Moscow to Gabala and from
Gabala to other Russian citizens in the future. Currently, Metrojet organizes
tour packages for Russian tourists to Gabala and other Azerbaijani regions. A
lot of flights have been implemented from Gabala International Airport to European 20
countries repeatedly, to African and American continents once. For the present,
Gabala-Moscow-Saint Petersburg, Moscow-Gabala, Baku-Gabala flights are
implemented from Gabala International Airport.
Regular flights on Moscow-Gabala and Gabala-Moscow-Saint Petersburg route have
being implemented by EK.Alyans company since 2012.

Gabala International Airport was lunched on November, 18, 2011.
TE opening ceremony has been attended by President Ilham Aliyev.

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Air Kyrgyzstan increases its frequency of flights up to three flights per week on Bishkek – Urumqi airline

Since August 3, 2014, Air Kyrgyzstanwill increases the frequency of flights en route Bishkek,KyrgyzstanUrumqi, China,
up to three flights a week. The flight #AYU477 takes off from Bishkek on
Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12:20, and arrives in Urumqiat 16.50; the return flight #AYU478 takes off from Urumqi at 17:45, and arrives in Bishkek at 17:50,
time is local for each airport.

Three direct flights a week will allow passengers from Kyrgyzstan to easily and comfortably get to this
well-known trading city in China.
At present, Urumqiis not only a market town with lots of markets and shopping centers, but also a
city with a rapidly growing tourism industry. Also, 320 Kyrgyz citizens are
educated on the grant and contract basis in four universities in Urumqi.

To mark the opening of the new flight schedule and the beginning of the
new academic year, the Air Company introduces special fares for students. Now,
the students studying in Chinawill be able to take a Bishkek – Urumqiflight at EUR 100+ excluding additional fees.

The Airline’s flights are operated by BOEING-737-500 aircraft
accommodating 122 passengers. During the trip, the passengers will be offered
hot meals and refreshments.

Air tickets for flights to Urumqi can be
purchased online,, and in all air ticket
sales offices in Bishkek, as well as the Airline’s offices in Urumqi. To find out accurate information on
flights, book and purchase air tickets by phone, the Air Company’s call center is
+996 (312) 316-600.

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Rustam Khalikov – We will raise Tajik Air

The President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, instructed to improve and
bring Tajik Air in accordance with international law and instructed to “raise
it,” Rustam Halikov, Director General, Dushanbe International Airport JSC, told
reporters at a press conference. On July 21, 2014, by the Government’s Decree,
he was appointed to be the Director General of Tajik Air.

By its regulation, the Tajik Government has united the two structures,
the Dushanbe International Airportand Tajik Air in order to ensure effective management of financial and economic
activities of Tajik Air JSC.

During the press conference, Mr. Khalikov said this appointment was a
surprise to him, and he found out about it the same day, when all the country’s
media found out about it.

 “We will not raise Tajik Air due
to the airport, but it will be due to the fact that the management structure
will be reviewed, one will revise management practices and will restructure
revenues and expenses of the Airline. There are many options for work, this
work is not easy, but I think we will cope with it. This is not correct when
one company is contained at expense of another company,” he explained.

Mr. Khalikov pointed out that Tajik Air’s debts to the Airport comes to
over TJS 70 million nowadays, and we are not talking about their “forgiveness”.

 “In order to restructure these
debts, you need a Government’s decree, all the more, so with these funds, that Tajik
Air owes us we have already paid taxes. But we will be able to align the
situation. We have already paid the airline staff salaries, which they have not
got for three months, there are no flight delays and flights are operated
directly and without refueling,” he noted.

The Airport’s CEO is sure the Airline will comply with all standards and
this issue “has already been closely involved.”

 “I have a different principle.
What I discovered in the airport, so I’ll be in the airline – the Air Company’s
operations will be transparent. Journalists are invited to visit the company’s
flights to assess the work of flight attendants and everything else”, he said. “To
improve Tajik Air’s operations we will need the support from the Government.
This is not the allocation of finances from the budget but tax optimization for
support, but it will not be direct money, we can handle ourselves with the
finances, but some optimization is needed, as regards tax costs”.

Mr. Khalikov said that within two months, the Dushanbe International Airport will submit  a proposal to the Tajik Government to reorganize
Tajik Air, create a unified structure or uniting some structures.

We remind herein that a structure of Tajik Air existed until 2008, which
combined the Dushanbe International Airportand other airports in Tajikistan,
a refueling company, flight catering, ticket booking, Tajik Air Navigation
Agency and other structures. All of them were divided on the basis of the
restructuring in 2008.

Tajik Air many times changed its leaders who claimed that the airline inherited
multi-million debts with which it can not cope. The Air Company’s bankruptcy
risk was great and perhaps this fact caused unification of this Air Company with
the airport. The Government hopes that the Airline will be able to emerge from
the crisis and, once again, will become one of the leading airlines in the

At present, except for Tajik Air, two more airlines operate in
Tajikistan, namely Somon Air and East Air, as well as air cargo, namely Par
Air, Asia Express and Khatlon Air.

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Uzbekistan Airways adjusts flight routes over Ukraine

The Uzbekistan’s National
Airline, Uzbekistan Airways, has decided to operate all its flights from Uzbekistan to cities in Europe and back
(roundtrips) by not flying in the airspace of Ukraine, this is stated in a
statement posted on the Air Company’s website.

The report notes that, in particular, Uzbekistan Airways has adjusted its
flight routes to London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and Milan.

The Airline experts also developed a safe route for the flight #HY-741/742
en route TashkentKievTashkent, which will be operated by flying
through Russia and Belarus.

Because air routes’ corrections, the duration of flights to the above destinations
will be increased by 10-15 minutes in average.

Airlines of the world have changed their flight paths over the territory of Ukraineafter the Malaysian airliner’s air crash in the Donetsk region.

Earlier, one reported there were 295 people on board the Boeing-777
aircraft belonged to Malaysia Airlines, as it was flying from Amsterdamto Kuala Lumpur,
all of them died.

Uzbekistan Airways is a monopoly air carrier in Uzbekistan, is
wholly owned by the state.

Aircraft of this Airline operate their flights to 22 cities in Europe, America, Middle East, Asia,
in 24 cities of the CIS and 11 destinations on domestic airlines.

According to the airline, in January – June 2014, Uzbekistan Airways operated
over 11,400 flights, carried more than 1.2 million passengers and 20,000 tons
of cargo including mail and paid baggage.

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Citizens of 16 countries were on board the crashed plane – Airline

There were 116 people including the citizens of at least 16 countries were
on board the Air Algerie’s crashed airliner, this information is stated in a communiqué
issued by Air Algerie, the Algerie Press Service reported.

According to the Airline, the passengers of this aircraft included 50
French, 24 citizens of Burkina Faso, eight Lebanese civilians, six Algerians,
six Spaniards, five Canadians, four German nationals, two citizens of
Luxembourg, a citizen of Mali, Belgium, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ukraine,
Romania and Switzerland, ITAR-TASS informed.

The citizenship of three more passengers is being identified, the communiqué

Earlier, an Al Arabiya channel reported that the Algerian Defense
Department does not exclude a version of a terror act that caused the crash of
this passenger aircraft.

Communication with a liner that was flying from the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou,
to Algeria disappeared on Thursday
in the area of
​​Mali, in 50 minutes after takeoff.
Algerian authorities have confirmed that the plane chartered by Air Algerie from
Swift Air, Spain,

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Georgian Airways continues operating its flights to Israel

Georgian Airways continues operating its flights from Tbilisi,Georgia, to Tel Aviv, Israel, (roundtrips),
as normal, the Air Company said on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

On Tuesday, a number of airlines, including ones from the United States, announced the suspension of air
links with Israelindefinitely after the reports of rocket explosion near the airport in Tel
Aviv. On Tuesday, a Palestinian rocket hit a house in the Israeli city of Yehud, which is located
next to the international airport in Tel Aviv – the main air gateway of the

“Our airline flies to Israelas usual, without any obstacles. Our planes operate Tbilisi– Tel Aviv – Tbilisiflights every day,” Georgian Airways said.

On Wednesday,  an air-raid alarm was
announced at the airport in Tel Aviv, where a plane landed a few minutes
before. David Usupashvili,  Chairperson
of the Georgian Parliament, was on board the aircraft. After the announcement
of alarm, Georgian journalists who arrived to cover the Usupashvili’s visit
were delivered to a special shelter by the airport security service. According
to Georgian journalists, they were allowed to leave the shelter after the missile
strike danger has passed.

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Only domestic airlines have debts to Tajik Air Navigation Agency

At present, the accounts receivables to the Tajik Air Navigation Agency
SUE (state unitary enterprise) is more than TJS 4.3 million. Anwar Makhsudov, CEO
of this SUE,  told journalists this
amount was formed mainly due to debts of domestic airlines.

So, Tajik Air is in arrears in the amount of TJS 3,279,962, East Air JSC
– TJS 708,693, Somon Air – TJS 360,480.

“However, this does not mean that these airlines do not pay their debts.
They repay, but still, the debts remain,” he said.

According to Mr. Makhsudov, foreign airlines do not have debts to the Tajik
Air Navigation Agency. On the contrary, they sometimes make a prepayment.

Thus, according to the source, in the H1 2014, the SUE served 28,883
aircraft, which is less by 3,440 (by 11%), as compared to the same period last

“This is due to the reduction of NATO air operations service missions in
Afghanistan and closing the NATO Air Force base at Manas International Airport
in Kyrgyzstan in mid-June 2014”,
Mr. Makhsudov noted.

This year, the aeronautical services were provided to 190 companies in Tajikistan and
abroad, of these, 21 airlines fly regularly, and 169 operate irregular flights.
130 types of aircraft are operated for flights to Tajik airports.

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The A350 XWB embarks on final certification phase

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has taken off this
morning for the final stage towards certification. These Route Proving tests
are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include
high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and
handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board. The A350 world
tour itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North

The world tour using A350 MSN5 test aircraft forms part of the route
proving for certification campaign. The aircraft (MSN5) is one of the fleet of
five test aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business
class and 223 economy class seats). The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus
flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type
Certification scheduled for Q3 this year. The first airline delivery, to Qatar
Airways, will follow towards the end of the year.

The three week trial (four trips) starts in Toulouse, France.
Trip one, includes destinations such as Canadavia the north-pole and Frankfurt. Trip two to
Asia, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, includes visits to Hong Kong
and Singapore.
The third trip brings the aircraft to Johannesburgand to Sydney.
From Sydney it will fly to Auckland,
followed by Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulobefore returning to Toulouse.  On the fourth and final trip, the A350 will
depart from Toulouse to Doha,
then onto Perth and back to Doha. From Dohait will fly to Moscow, then to Helsinkifrom where it will fly back to Toulouse.

Today five development A350s are flying and are actively involved in the
intensive flight test programme, which has already reached over 540 flights and
2,250 flight hours.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus wide-body
product line. Offering its customers a 25% reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new
mid-size long-range A350 XWB Family comprises three versions from 276 to 369
seats. The A350 has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in
terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

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FL Technics Jets receives ISO 9001:2008 certificate

FL Technics Jets, a global provider of tailor-made maintenance, repair
and overhaul services for business aviation, is delighted to announce that it
has successfully passed an independent quality management audit thus becoming
an official ISO 9001:2008 certified organization.

Recently, FL Technics Jets has successfully passed the quality audit and
the company’s management system has been found to be in accordance with the
requirements of ISO 9001:2008 standards. The received certificate proves the
company’s full compliance with the best international quality management
practices and strong control over aircraft components and materials sale,
lease, exchange and repair management. The company’s quality assessment and
audit has been conducted by Bureau Veritas, the global leader in Testing,
Inspection and Certification (TIC).

“We take great pride in keeping the quality of our services at the
highest level possible. The receipt of the ISO 9001:2008 certificate is a great
achievement for the entire FL Technics Jets team,” shares Darius Saluga, the
CEO of FL Technics Jets. “The successful audit proves our commitment to
internationally recognized management system standards as well as further
strengthens our positions in a highly competitive market.”

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