Monthly Archives: August 2014

Air Astana re-launches Dubai air service – UPDATED

Air Astana, the Skytrax 4 star award winning national carrier of Kazakhstan is scheduled to re-launch direct
daily flights from Almaty to Dubai, the largest
city of the United Arab
on 1st September 2014. The existing
four days a week service from Astana to Abu
will also continue to operate, with both
services to the UAE being performed by Airbus A320 family aircraft, which are
the youngest in the airline’s fleet with an average age of less than two years.

Flights from Almaty to Dubai International Airport (DXB) will depart on
07:55 and arrive 10:30 at Terminal-1 and the return flight from Dubai to Almaty will
depart at 11:25, 11,40 and 12.10. Economy class return fares start from US$401
and business class return fares from US$ 1,769 including all taxes.

Kazakhstan recently announced a visa waiver
programme for tourists from 10 countries, including nationals of the UAE ,who
can now enter Kazakhstan without any prior notification. Air Astana offers an online visa application
facility for Kazakhstantourists visiting the UAE.

“Air Astana previously operated direct flights between Almaty and
Dubai from 2002 t0 2010 and we are delighted to re-launch this important
connection between the major financial centers of Kazakhstan and the United
Arab Emirates,” said Peter Foster, President, Air Astana. “The new service
represents another important step in the airline’s international network
expansion, which will contribute to the development of economic, cultural and
tourism ties.”

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Bell 505 Lafayette assembly facility moves forward

Bell Helicopter has begun building its facility in Lafayette, La.,
where the company will assemble its newest commercial helicopter, the Bell 505
Jet Ranger X. Helicopter expects to begin hiring employees for the new facility
by 2015, and assembly operations are expected to start by 2016 following
certification of the facility and the aircraft. The facility is expected to
create 115 new jobs in Lafayette.
The 82,300-square-foot, $26.3-million hangar facility will be built on a
14.5-acre site..

Assembly of the first Bell 505 test
aircraft is progressing at Bell Helicopter’s commercial assembly facility in Mirabel, Canada,
and first flight is expected to take place by the end of 2014. Type Certificate
activities with Transport Canadaand Production Certification activities with the Federal Aviation
Administration are also underway.

In addition to creating 115 new jobs at the Bell 505 assembly facility, Bell Helicopter
will maintain more than 60 existing jobs in the region associated with two
existing facilities that perform rotor blade and composite repair and overhaul.

Bell Helicopter will lease the facility from the Lafayette Regional Airport. The project is
funded by the State of Louisianaand the company plans to invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling. Bell, and LED estimates
the aerospace project will result in an additional 136 jobs, for a total of
more than 250 new jobs in Acadiana. Work on the new Lafayette facility began Monday, Aug. 18 and
the company is currently on schedule to meet the June 1, 2015, deadline for
certificate of occupancy.

Bell-505 Jet Ranger X is an easy five-seater helicopter with Turbomeca
Arrius 2R engine, a FADEC system, a cruising speed is 232 km/h, a range is 667 km and a payload is 1,500 kg. The helicopter
is designed with a priority to ensure the security, efficiency and reliability,
and, according to the company, it has the best price in its class. It is
expected that the base price will be about US $1 million. With a “comfort”
model, it  will be available for US $1.2
million. (Prices for 2014). The current portfolio of orders for Bell-505 Jet
Ranger X comes to over 200 aircraft.

World premiere of the new helicopter took place at Heli-Expo 2014 in February. Bell-505
Jet Ranger X, on the idea of its manufacturer, must rethink the classification
of helicopters, thus creating a new subspecies of short light single (SLS) – a
simple, single-engine light. The company announced the SLS concept at the last
year’s Paris Air Show. Bellleft the market of light single-engine helicopters in 2010, stopping production
of its iconic model 206 Jet Ranger after 43 years of production and delivery of
more than 7,500 vehicles.

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Boeing, Silk Way Airlines celebrate delivery of two 747-8 Freighters – UPDATED

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Silk Way Airlines today celebrated the delivery of
the airline’s two 747-8 Freighters. The first airplane delivered last week and
the second airplane delivered today. Both new 747-8 Freighters will bring new
levels of efficiency to the Baku,
Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier.

“We strive to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by
investing in our fleet and our services, and by continuing to increase our
regional and international footprint,” said Zaur Akhundov, president, SW
Holding, parent company of Silk Way Airlines. “The delivery of our new
747-8 Freighters is a sound step forward in that direction.”

Silk Way Airlines is considered as one of the leading cargo carriers in
the region, providing full-fledged services to Europe, the United Kingdom and Middle East, as well as the
Far East including South Korea,China and Hong
. In addition, the carrier also serves international
destinations through a network of alliances, operating 747-400 Freighters and
767-300 Freighters.

“We are very proud of our continued partnership with Silk Way
Airlines and today we have double the reasons to celebrate,” said Marty
Bentrott, vice president of Sales, Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 747-8 Freighter is the most efficient
large freighter in service and the two new airplanes will now serve some of the
world’s high-growth markets.”

The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs
and best economics in its class while providing enhanced environmental
performance. The airplane is optimized to provide greater revenue
cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo
volume while keeping its iconic nose door. With more than 340,000 hours in
service, the 747-8 Freighters are achieving performance milestones with
To date, Boeing has delivered 49 747-8 Freighters.

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Kazakh airlines to refuse from foreign pilots’ services by 2020

Kazakh airlines plan to fully shape their domestic personnel of the national
pilots by 2020, said Beken Seidakhmetov, Chairperson, Civil Aviation Committee under
the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development.

“Our task is that 80% of the pilots
of our airlines should be Kazakh residents by 2018, and, by 2020, this figure
should achieve 100%”, he said.

According to him, the issue of shortage of pilots is relevant not only
in Kazakhstan,
but also throughout the world.

“To prepare a highly-experienced pilot, we need certain financial and material
resources, as well as timing. Therefore, we currently have 65% of Kazakh pilots
and 35% are foreigners”, Mr. Seidakhmetov said.

The Civil Aviation Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan,
has developed a new advanced pilot training program to train local staff.

“For the first time, one has
allocated KZT 1 billion and 700 million this year to improve the material/financial
and technical base of the Academy and these funds were directed to purchase
training aircraft. The Academy has been completing this procedure nowadays”, the
CAA Chairperson said.

In addition, 12 Kazakh students were trained by the Finnish instructors.

“But this is a temporary measure,
we buy the planes this year and train our own instructors. Next year, we plan we
will have educational practice and flight trainings based upon the Civil Aviation Academy. By 2018, our
pilots will their first cycle of training, and they will be graduated in
accordance with all European requirements”, Mr. Seidakhmetov told.

“In addition, there are plans to allocate additional funds for the
establishment of production facilities for trainers, followed by the
construction of their own training airfield”, he concluded.

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Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff after disasters

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after
being hit by two disasters this year. The reduction in staff numbers represents
around 30% of its workforce of 20,000. The airline will become completely state
owned, and a new chief executive will be put in place.

Investigators continue to hunt for flight MH370, the Kuala
to Beijingflight which went missing in March.

The MH17 air crash in eastern Ukraine in July is also under
investigation. The recovery plan will cost about 6 billion Malaysian ringgit
(£1.1bn, $1.9bn).

Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns a 69% stake in
the troubled firm, will take 100% ownership.

“The combination of measures announced today will enable our
national airline to be revived,” said Khazanah’s managing director Azman
Mokhtar. Long haul routes will be slashed, and the airline aims to return to
profitability by 2018.

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Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Airlines receives two new cargo Boeing aircraft

Azerbaijan‘s “Silk Way Airlines” has
received two new cargo Boeing 747-8 aircraft, Boeing reported on Friday, August
29, 2014.

One aircraft was delivered to Silk Way Airlines last week, and the
second one Aug. 28, according to the statement.

Modern Boeing 747-8 aircraft is more spacious than Boeing-747-400
aircraft. So far, various airlines obtained 49 Boeing 747-8 cargo aircraft.

Silk WayAirlines” is the Azerbaijani cargo airline with the headquarters in Baku. The airline is the
leader in the region in regular and charter cargo flights to more than 50

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IATA seeks to eliminate passenger check-in process at airports

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has proposed to
assess the possibility of a transition from the standard check-in procedures at
airports to a distanced one, Air Transport World writes.

The goal of this project is to change approach to the check-in process
so that the passenger could book an air ticket, confirm the order, select a
location on board and immediately get a boarding pass (this is how to buy a
movie ticket online) through a single procedure. IATA however recognizes that
changing the fundamentals used for decades air travel will not be easy.

Historically, the check-in fact meant that the passenger is in the
airport. But with the introduction of modern forms of remote on-line check-in, its
necessity in the traditional form is no longer required theoretically. In this
regard, the authors of this program offer to get started with the analysis of the
systems precisely related with boarding an aircraft.

The first phase of the project will include a comprehensive analysis of
the effects of introducing new processes for departure control systems (DCS),
load management, inspection and baggage, reservation and ticketing business, as
well as the implementation of code-share flights. You also need to consider the
fact that the standard check-in process is fixed in air laws and regulatory
mechanisms. One expects that the first results of the theoretical analysis will
be ready in the H1 of 2015. Then, if successful, IATA will start learning how
to implement this plan in practice.

On the one hand, the new system will allow to greatly simplify all
procedures when boarding the plane, and thus make the whole process to be more
economical. On the other hand, the abolition of the check-in process at airports
will require reconstruction of the whole structure of the existing services at terminals,
which requires time and investment.

In addition, the introduction of this new system requires a new type of
passengers who are willing to perform the check-in process independently, but not
all people have been ready for this so far. Probably, in the case of the project’s
success, one will introduce a mixed system during the transition period, under which
both those passengers who have been remotely check on their own and those who
prefer to use the services of a few traditional check-in desks will be allowed to
board the plane.

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Annual seminar/conference at Karshi International Airport, Uzbekistan

An annual workshop meeting was organized at Karshi International
, Uzbekistan,
which was attended by staff of the Uzbekistan Airways’ Directorate, the Air
Company’s Flight Center and transport services working in
airports for organizing servicing of passengers and their baggage.

The agenda included such issues, as online flight reservations, improve
the efficiency of flights and payload, improve the quality of service for
passengers and other relevant topics.

During the workshop, one presented and discussed the results of Uzbekistan
Airways’ operations in the H1 of 2014, the state of quality, as regards services
for passengers at airports and efficiency of Air Company divisions’ interaction
in organizing the transportation process. Particular attention was paid to the
need to organize operational coordination between the transportation services at
airports and Uzbekistan Airways’ Commercial Department to enhance the
commercial load/payload of flights. Chiefs of transportation services were
recommended to analyze the demand for air travel in the region on a regular
basis and promptly submit a proposal to the Tariff Policy Office and the Auir
Company’s Sales Management Department. In addition, all the chiefs of
transportation services were asked to undergo a refresher course to study the computerized
Gabriel air ticket reservation system.

After the workshop, a number of decisions was approved aimed at further
improvement of passenger services and efficiency of flights operated by
Uzbekistan Airways.

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Uzbekistan bans constructions of gas stations and fuel storages near airports

Uzbekistan has introduced a new “Regulation on
Procedure to Issue Permits for Activities that May Pose a Threat to Safety”.

Obtaining a permit is necessary for the design, construction, expansion,
reconstruction and technical re-equipment of:

  • buildings and structures, objects, leading
    to a massive accumulation of birds and wild animals (rodents), placed
    within the boundary of the air approaches, as well as outside the
    boundaries of the air strips approaches within 15 km from the aerodrome
    reference point;
  • objects having a height of 50 m or more relatively
    to the height of the aerodrome and placed within a radius of 30 km from the aerodrome
    reference point;
  • radio links and power lines (including
    high-voltage ones), as well as other objects of radio and electromagnetic
    radiation, as well as lighting objects placed within the aerodrome site;
  • explosive objects placed within the
    aerodrome site;
  • torch devices for emergency discharging combustion
    gases having a height of 50
    and more above the ground (subject to the maximum
    height of the flame exhaust) to be placed within the aerodrome site;
  • industrial and other enterprises and
    facilities deteriorating flight visibility is condition of airfields and

For considering applications by the Uzbekistan’s
national air company, Uzbekistan Airways, a special commission was formed
consisting of representatives from the airports of Uzbekistan, Uzbek Air Navigation Centre
and the Directorate of the Airline. The experts included in the commission can
thoroughly analyze the impact of the proposed facility on the safety and
determine the possibility of issuing a permit or a recommendation to change the
individual parameters of the object. The permit is issued by Uzbekistan Airways
in consultation with the State Inspection for Safety Oversight.

Permit can not be issued in cases when there are plans to build a
high-rise building, tower, antenna, pipe, flammable or explosive objects (gas
station, fuel depots or other explosive and flammable objects, etc.) in the
immediate vicinity of the airport. In certain cases, resolution may be issued
only when reducing the height of the object or its movement to another
location. Also, one will not be able to place garbage containers, cereals,
fruit and vegetables, or other open food stores, large agricultural buildings,
large garden grounds, able to attract a large amount of birds for food in the
vicinity of aerodromes. One must be very careful to choose the place for the
construction of crowded places, such as manufacturing plants, apartment
buildings, schools, kindergartens, theaters, parks, stadiums, and others.
Permission will not be issued for building such objects directly under the
existing flight paths and aircraft landings.

It is required not only to coordinate the construction of stationary
objects, but also as regards activities in the vicinity of aerodromes
associated with the launch of moving objects in the air, such as kites and
balloons, gaming devices and modeled aircraft that are unmanned aerial vehicles
(Cordoba and radio controlled airplanes, helicopters, gyroplanes, missiles,

One should be treated carefully to the installation and use of radio and
luminous objects, laser systems, etc. Upon detection of the negative impact of
such facilities on civil aviation activities, severe sanctions can be applied in
relation to their owners who did not pass the approval procedures.

Special attention should be given to actions related to fires, burning
in an open area of domestic garbage, leaves, active release of smoke into the
air, other activities of individuals and organizations that may cause
significant harm not only to the environment, but also reduce visibility in the
terminal area. Such an action is unacceptable and, at the request of the
administration of airports, they can be rigidly suppressed by relevant law
enforcement agencies.

When placing objects outside the terminal area if their height is 50 meters or more, as
well as the placement of objects in the terminal area of the state aviation,
the permit issue is further coordinated with the Ministry of Defence.

Upon detection of already constructed objects, which have not undergone
the established procedure for coordination, the airport authorities will apply
to the local authorities about the decision to demolish these objects and
bringing their owners to responsibility.

The period of validity of the authorization, as a rule, is not limited.
However, the effect of a previously issued permit is terminated if the
applicant has not started placing the object within three (3) years from the
date of receipt of permission.

Safety of civil aircraft is one of the conditions for the preservation
of life and health, property that is not only on board, but also on the ground.
Moreover, the level of safety in civil aviation has an impact on stability and
security in the state. Therefore, every citizen of Uzbekistan must weigh impact of his/her
activities on safety and avoid the actions that harm aircraft, airfields,
airports, aviation infrastructure facilities, etc.

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SITA technology transforms operations at Azerbaijan airport

Air transport IT specialist, SITA, will provide the IT infrastructure,
passenger processing platform and airport operations systems for Geidar Aliev International Airport’s
new Terminal 1 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The new technology will
transform operations, both for the airport and for Azerbaijan Airlines,
enhancing the passenger experience with new self-service options and enabling
the airport to handle double its current capacity.

Jahangir Askerov, Azerbaijan Airlines President, said, “In recent years,Azerbaijanhas made major investments to develop the country’s air transport industry with
support from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. We need modern, integrated solutions
to help us process passengers more quickly, improve our operational efficiency
and help facilitate growth. The new SITA systems incorporate the industry’s
most advanced technology and align with all IATA recommendations, as well as
the latest industry trends. We also appreciate the convenience of dealing with
a single supplier, SITA, for all our IT and communications needs.”

As part of the new deal, SITA is providing consultancy services in the
areas of IT infrastructure and passenger processing, along with a full range of
industry-leading solutions. SITA’s Airport Connect Open  passenger processing platform will include
more than 70 common-use workstations and 12 common-use self-service kiosks for
check-in.  With the new platform,
Azerbaijan Airlines, and all other airlines using the airport, will be able to
access their respective IT applications in real-time on shared equipment. They
will also be able to use any airport desk, gate or self-service kiosk for
passenger check-in and boarding for maximum flexibility and convenience.

SITA’s BagManager baggage management system will improve baggage
processing efficiency, reduce mishandled bags, simplify baggage operations and
help to ensure on-time departures. If bags are not delivered on time, SITA’s WorldTracer
kiosks will enable passengers to check the status of their bags and file a
missing bag report themselves, without having to wait for an agent. 

As part of the new deal, SITA has also provided 145 new digital display
screens and an advanced audio system throughout the airport terminal to keep
passengers up-to-date on flight information. SITA’s Airport Resource Manager
helps coordinate real-time management of airport equipment, making sure
resources are available when needed. SITA will support all new solutions for
five years.

Dave Bakker, SITA President, Europesaid: “SITA has worked with Azerbaijan Airlines for more than a decade, helping
to facilitate its strategic growth plans. This project is unique in the region
because we have provided both consultative services and end-to-end solutions,
working in close collaboration with the airport, airline and other airport

Azerbaijan Airlines, the national flag carrier of Azerbaijan, is the largest user of the new
terminal at Geidar Aliev International Airport in Baku. The terminal can process around 2,000
passengers per hour.  Azerbaijani
President Ilham Aliyev and his family helped inaugurate the new terminal, which
officially opened 23 April 2014.

International company SITA is a world leader in the field of information
and telecommunications systems for the air transport industry. SITA provides
comprehensive solutions for service airlines, airports, global distribution
systems and government agencies by providing access to the world’s most
extensive telecommunications network.

The area of ​​professional competence of the
company covers all aspects of aviation operations – from its own global
communications systems to a variety of solutions in the field of passenger
services, baggage handling, flight operations, onboard services, border control
and communication systems with terrestrial services.

The services of more than 400 airports around the world are more than
450 air transport enterprises and 2,800 other customers in 200 countries. Consolidated
revenue was $ 1.63 billion in 2013.

Some of the subsidiaries and joint ventures includes SITA company OnAir
– developer system for mobile communications in flight, CHAMP Cargosystems – IT
provider for commercial airlines and Aviareto – created solutions for managing
aviation assets.

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