Daily Archives: 12.08.2014

Air Astana set for future growth with SITA support

Air Astana has selected air transport communications and IT specialist,
SITA, to provide messaging for operations, communications with partners and
advanced datalink for air traffic control. The deal comes as Kazakhstan’s
flag carrier prepares for future growth, following a 13.5 percent traffic
increase in 2013. 

In recent years, Air Astana has expanded rapidly across the CIS and
Central Asian regions, becoming the travel provider of choice for many
passengers flying to and from the region. According to the International Air
Transport Association (IATA), Kazakhstan’s
international passenger traffic is growing at 9% annually, making it the second
fastest-growing market in the world.[1]

Chamindra Lenawa, Vice President IT & eBusiness, Air Astana, said:
“As Air Astana continues its growth, it is important that we have the right
infrastructure in place. We use SITA because it offers excellent service
quality and global coverage. Most importantly, because SITA is owned and
operated by the air transport industry, the SITA team understands and responds
to our needs very well.”

Dmitry Krasnov, SITA Vice President of Russia and CIS, said: “We are
delighted to help support Air Astana’s expansion in this rapidly growing
region. In addition, we are committed to ensuring that both Air Astana and the
region have the IT and communications services they need, including developing
our VHF and satellite communications network for cockpit datalink

SITA Type B Messaging underpins every operational aspect of air
transport, from commercial and flight operations to ground support, baggage and
cargo handling, passenger services, booking availability and aircraft
maintenance. SITA operates the largest messaging network, directly connecting
to over 2,400 members of the air transport community, switching over 100
million messages every day.

SITA’s AIRCOM Cockpit Datalink applications provide enhanced visibility
and management of aircraft communications links and ACARS message content. They
also provide operational information during flights, increasing the total
benefit of ACARS investment. For example, in addition to the air traffic
management datalink, Air Astana is using SITA’s Flight Management System Wind
Uplink. This provides key data to the aircraft flight management system for
in-flight re-analysis of weather conditions on the route ahead and can deliver
savings in the region of 100Kg of fuel per flight in normal conditions. SITA
will also provide the relevant back-office network optimization services for
both solutions.

SITA is constantly developing its VHF coverage to support the AIRCOM
Cockpit Datalink applications. It already has VHF Ground Stations at both
Almaty and Astana airports, and will soon have them at Aktau and Atyrau
airports, providing the most comprehensive network in the Kazakhstan.

Source – http://www.sita.aero/

Makhachkala – Aktau flight landed in Atyrau due to bad weather conditions

Two flights that were supposed to arrive in Aktau,Kazakhstan, from Astana, Kazakhstan,
and Makhachkala, Russia, were delayed yesterday. As
reported by the Aktau Airport, the flight from Makhachkala made
​​a forced landing in Atyrau due to bad weather conditions. The flight
from Astana, according to airport employees, took off from the capital, and the
reason for its delay were unknown.

“Other flights should arrive on schedule. The Makhachkala – Aktau flight will fly from
Atyrau to Aktau when the conditions for flight and landing will be favourable”,
the airport reported.

The expected arrival time for Aktau – Makhachkala flight was 15:10 and  for Astana – Aktau – 17:25, local time.

Source – http://incident.zakon.kz/

Hudzhand International Airport handled about 1,600 flights

Since 2014, 1,589 flights have been operated from/to Hudzhand
International Airport (HIA) located in the north of Tajikistan.

Of these, 260 flights were served with delay, including 194 arrived ones
and two departed ones. During this period, 20 flights have been delayed due to
weather and technical reasons, and 14 have been canceled.

This information was sounded at a press conference, in which Maruf
Mahmudov, Director General, HIA, participated.

According to him, during the same period, 264 items of luggage have been
delivered with a delay, or by 120 units more than during the same period last

According to Mr. Makhmudov, these inconveniences to passengers happened
due to activities of such airlines, as Somon Air, Tajik Air, Ural Airlines, DonAvia, UTAir and others.

Mr. Mahmudov noted that 11 airlines including three Tajik and eight
foreign ones currently operate in the Sughd Region, Tajikistan.

Source – http://www.avesta.tj/

Navoi Airport increases air freight traffic capacities

Over 300 flights have been operated through the inter-modal logistics
center at Navoi International Airport,
, for
Q2 2014, by which one has transported 7,187.8 tons of cargo, or by 37.1 percents
more, as compared to the same period in 2013. This information was stated by Sherzod
Ikromov, Deputy Head, Freight Traffic Service (FTS), Navoi International Airport, in his interview
for the Znamya Druzhby (The Banner of Friendship) newspaper.

He noted that the Navoi Airport is located in the heart of Central Asia, and this is, in average, a six-hour
flight from major aviation hubs of the world located in Frankfurt, Milan,
Dubai, Delhi, Shanghai and Incheon. Due to this geographical advantage and the
support of the Uzbek Government, the airport is currently emerging to the most
competitive regional logistics hub connecting Europe and Asia.

Commissioning the cargo terminal was the result of the implementation of
the investment project carrying out with the participation of Korean Air, the South
Korean airline, which has been controlling and operating the airport since 2009 in accordance with the
Uzbek President’s Decree, “On Measures to Establish the International Intermodal
Logistics Center Based upon the Navoi International Airport”.
This control will last five more years, as the agreement was extended for the
same period last year.

According to him, the terminal is equipped with the latest technology,
making it one of the best in Central Asia. The
terminal, as a freight forwarding unit in the logical chain of well-developed
infrastructure, covers the entire spectrum of services to receive goods/cargos,
their temporary storage and shipment using different types of transport. This
is advantageous location for mixed traffic, as suitable access to roads and
parking areas for heavy vehicles is available just before the cargo apron at
the airport; these roads are connected to the railways and this allows you to
reduce work by times, as regards intermediate goods delivery.

Currently, a global network of transcontinental air travel through the Navoi International Airport includes 11 flights per week
operated by Korean Air on Boeing-747 and Boeing-777 aircraft when servicing
such air routes, as Incheon – Navoi – Milan,  Incheon – Navoi – Tel Aviv and Incheon – Navoi

The regional network includes 18 roundtrip flights operated by Uzbekistan
Airways on the A-300 aircraft from/to Navoi to/from such destinations, as Delhi, Dubai, Frankfurt andTianjin, as well as a charter cargo air
transportation program on the Navoi – Hamburg– Navoi air route.

Under the Korean Air’s leadership, the Navoi International Airport continues its
expansion, further steps are undertaken for its modernization and improvement
of the quality of services. There are plans to increase its air freight traffic

Prospects of the airport’s activities, as a transcontinental
transportation hub, first of all, are linked with further development of the Navoi
FIEZ (free international economic zone). This will promote enhancing the
welfare of the people and strengthen the infrastructure of Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

Source – http://www.uzdaily.uz/ 


Baku – Bishkek – Baku flight to be launched

One launches Baku, AzerbaijanBishkek,KyrgyzstanBaku flight, this information was reported by the Press Service
of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Kyrgyzstan.

One clarifies that, starting from October 26, 2014, aircraft belonged to
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) CJSC will begin operating its regular direct flights
on this air route.

The flights will be operated by a comfortable aircraft, Airbus-A320, on
Tuesdays from Baku(departure is at 20:20, local time) and on Sunday (departure from Bishkek is at
10:10, local time).

Source – http://www.24.kg/

Amadeus continues growth in Asia Pacific as JAL signs for Altéa as part of IT transformation programme

Oneworld member JAL will migrate to Amadeus’ full Altéa Suite for
reservations, inventory and departure control modules.

JAL will fully modernize its passenger service system (PSS) across both
its domestic and international business.

Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry,
and Japan Airlines (JAL), one of the leading Asia-Pacific carriers which
operates more than 220 aircraft domestically and overseas, today announce that
an agreement has been reached for Amadeus to provide the airline with its full
Altéa Suite of IT solutions.

The agreement, which sees JAL become the latest oneworld airline to
adopt Amadeus’ Altéa, will allow the airline to replace its existing passenger
service system, which was originally activated back in 1969. With this in mind
JAL will migrate to Altéa in order to deliver a modern, customer-centric IT
foundation across both its domestic and international routes.

JAL undertook the decision to modernize its approach to IT as part of a
wider corporate transformation programme. To ensure a smooth migration to the
Altéa Suite, the process will be supported by the local Amadeus Airline IT team
based in Tokyo.

Hideki Kikuyama, Senior Managing
Executive Officer Management Division Route
Airlines said, “We are very proud
to have signed this important contract with Amadeus as it becomes a strategic
IT partner to Japan Airlines. Our aim is to deliver a high quality, full
service offering for international flights whilst delivering convenience and
simplicity for domestic flights. The latest approaches to customer management
and IT are fundamental to this strategy and we have found a partner in Amadeus
willing to invest in only the most modern, future-looking and cutting-edge

Julia Sattel, Senior Vice President, Airline IT, Amadeus added, “We are
extremely pleased to welcome JAL into our growing Altéa community. This
agreement follows a period of sustained growth for our suite of products and
services across the entire Asia Pacific region in particular. Indeed, as well
as JAL we are currently working with a number of leading airlines across the
region, and our commitment to Asia has never
been higher. Both in Asia Pacific and beyond we are helping our customers to
better connect, manage and serve the evolving 21st Century traveller”.

Sattel continued, “In parallel, as our technology is based upon open
systems we are confident that it will deliver the flexibility, responsiveness
and scalability required to cater to JAL’s evolving commercial requirements”.

To date, more than 120 airlines have contracted Amadeus Altéa. Based on
existing contracts, Amadeus estimates that by 2015 the number of Passengers
Boarded (PBs) managed by Altéa will be around 800 million.

Source – http://www.amadeus.com/

Delegation of the Kyrgyz Republic headed by the Mufti flies to Saudi Arabia to clarify pilgrims’ air transportation

A delegation of the Kyrgyz Republic headed by the Mufti has flown to Saudi Arabia to
resolve issue related with air transportation of pilgrims, one reported in the
Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan.

According to this source, it has been still unclear what airline will carry
Kyrgyz pilgrims.

Recall that due to a conflict of interests between Saudi Arabia and Dubai’s
airline, the Hajj 2014 Programme in Kyrgyzstan could be in jeopardy. FlyDubai has won the
contest announced by the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan.
However, Saudi Arabiainsists that a Flynas company registered in Saudi Arabia should be engaged in
this carriage.

Note that, according to calculations made by the Spiritual
Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan, the fare comes to US $ 1,300 per
pilgrim this year. In case of changing the airline, the costs will be increased
up to US $ 1,500.

Source – http://www.24.kg/

Ukraine International Airlines to change its air routes to Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi

The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kiev), the country’s largest air
carrier, is forced to change the route of its flights to such destinations, as Baku,
Yerevan and Tbilisi to eliminate the use of Russian airspace closed to
Ukrainian airlines, as a result of the sanctions, the Interfax News Agency

The Air Company’s Press Service reported it would take longer routes,
increasing travel time and, consequently, fuel costs and other operating

Earlier, one reported that Russia has banned the transit of
Ukrainian airlines’ flights through its airspace.

“There is one decision that is accepted by the Government: it is the
termination of transit flights for Ukrainian airlines that fly over Russian
airspace to a number of countries, such as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey”,
said Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia, at a Governmental meeting on

At the same time, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukraine, reported to this news
agency that the State Aviation Service had not received any official
notification regarding the ban.

In turn, Eugene Haynatsky, Director, Style Air Company, noted that the
ban on the use of Russian airspace extends the time of flights by 15-30

He also said that after the closing of all airways in the Eastern
Ukraine, Ukrainian airlines have been flying for several weeks to the Caucasus
and Turkey through Odessa skirting the Crimea.

“Duration of these flights, of course, is increased by 15-30 minutes,
and the economy of these flights suffers greatly. These restrictions apply not
only to the UIA and Dniproavia, because regular flights to Georgia are also operated by Wizz Air Ukraineand Yanair in particular”, Mr. Haynatsky said.

At the same time, Vadim Tretiak, Sales Manager, Wizz Air Ukraine, previously said Interfax that the
routes, on which this airline flies do not run through the above-mentioned
areas, respectively, the decision of the Russian Federation does not affect
the performance of this air carrier.

Source – http://www.aex.ru/ 


Aviation Training Center, Kazakhstan, to be sold for KZT 256 million

There are plans to sell the Aviation Training Center LLP for KZT 256
million in the course of privatization in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports
citing a Gosreestr.kz portal. Recall, privatization in Kazakhstanaffects 23 companies of the state property. Commercial tender for the sale of Aviation
Training Center LLP was scheduled for August 29, 2014.

The new owner of this company will be required to keep the main profile
of activity for five years. Trades take place on the portal of the state
registry. The participant who has the highest bidder will be announced to be
the winner. As previously reported, on the results of fiscal year of 2012, this
LLP could get profit amounting KZT 75.6 million.

Source – http://tengrinews.kz/

Air Astana to resume its flights to Dubai

On September 1, 2014, the Air Astana Airline, Kazakhstan,
will resume its flights to Dubai,

The daily flights en route Almaty, KazakhstanDubai will be operated on the Airbus A320/321

The flight schedule is as follows:

KC895 Almaty 7:55 – 10:25 Dubai(Wednesday);

KC895 Almaty 7:55 – 10:30 Dubai(Wednesday and Sunday);

KC895 Almaty 7:55 – 10:30 Dubai(Sunday);

KC896 Dubai11:25 – 17:40 Almaty (Monday, Thursday);

KC896 Dubai11:40 – 17:55 Almaty (Sunday);

KC896 Dubai11:40 – 17:55 Almaty (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday);

KC896 Dubai12:10 – 18:25 Almaty (Tuesday).

Source – http://www.trans-port.com.ua/