Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dushanbe International Airport to take more aircraft

The Dushanbe International Airportwill be even better. The day before, Tajikistan signed a grant agreement
with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the MIR 24 TV channel informs.

“The signing of the agreement on building a cargo air terminal at the
airport in Dushanbe, Tajikistan,
is a great achievement because we had not previously developed freight
transportation”, said Rustam Halikov, Director General, Dushanbe International Airport.

The goal of this project is to build a cargo terminal and install
necessary equipment. In addition, the Dushanbe International Airport will be able to
take more aircraft. The total cost of this project is about US $ 19 million.

Source – http://mir24.tv/

SITA survey shows technology improves the passenger experience

Passengers have no problem with airline or airport staff using wearable
technology, such as smart watches and glass. This was revealed today in the
SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Survey, which reported that nearly 77% of
the 6,277 passengers surveyed would be comfortable with the use of wearable
tech to help them on their journey.

The definitive annual global survey, which sampled passengers traveling
through the world’s top 30 airports, highlights the growing importance of the
tech-savvy passenger. Among the passengers interviewed, almost every passenger
(97%) carries a smartphone, tablet or laptop when they fly, and one in five travels
with all three.

Passengers want to be able to use technology at every point of the
journey, and many already do. In total, 76% are using airline apps, and 43% say
this has made a definite improvement to their travel. More than half (53%) want
personalized alerts about any delays sent directly to their phones, and 57%
want airport maps and directions. Half would like to use their smartphone for
boarding.

Francesco Violante, Chief Executive Officer, SITA, said: “Travel is
better with technology. And tech-savvy passengers expect more personalized apps
and services consistently delivered on the web, to their phone or tablet. As
new technologies such as wearable tech, NFC and iBeacons[1] become commonplace,
they present a great opportunity for airlines and airports to engage directly
with their passengers to provide efficient services throughout the journey.”

With almost all passengers surveyed carrying a mobile device or
computer, the demand for services in-flight is also changing. An increasing
number of passengers (56%) want connectivity so that they can use their
smartphone, tablet or laptop for in-flight entertainment. Fifty-four percent
want to able to send and receive emails and text messages and make and receive
phone calls in-flight. And 45% would use their connected device to purchase
food and drinks or browse a virtual duty-free shop.

Where once passengers were unwilling to share personal or location
information with service providers, 72% are now willing to do so in order to
get more personalized services. There is still a reluctance to share
information to receive commercial offers, with less than a third of passengers
interested in this. But when it comes to improving their journey, for example
to reduce queues at the airport, some 40% said they were willing to share their
location information.   

The 9th annual SITA-ATW Passenger Survey was conducted across 15
countries worldwide with nearly 6,300 participants.  The 15 countries involved in the survey
represent 76% of total global passenger traffic.

[1] iBeacon is a technology Apple introduced with iOS 7 that uses
Bluetooth Low Energy and geo fencing to trigger the display of
location-relevant information on devices at the right time and in the right
situation.

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

Area of ​​interest 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.

SITA provides services to over 450 members and 2,800 customers in more
than 200 countries and territories. Consolidated revenue came to US $ 1.63
billion in 2013.

SITA manages its subsidiaries and joint ventures, including OnAir, the
developer of mobile communications systems in flight, CHAMP Cargosystems, the
IT service provider for commercial airlines, and Aviareto, creator of solutions
for managing aviation assets.

Source – http://www.sita.aero/

Anywayanyday.com and Amadeus enter into a Global Cooperation Agreement

On September 30, 2014,  anywayanyday.com,
the online service, and Amadeus, provider of information technology for the
global travel and tourism industry, announced a Global Cooperation Agreement.
The contract applies to all markets where the anywayanyday.com brand is
present.

Anywayanyday.com will use the resources of the Amadeus global
distribution system for airline reservations, along with other systems, as well
as high-tech solutions of the company for the e-commerce development.

The website users will have direct access to the actual rates and
information on the availability of seats on flights operated by more than 430 various
airlines worldwide with the possibility of high-speed search. Online search and
booking will be provided with using the Amadeus Web Services, as this is a technology
that is intended to build Internet projects of any complexity for independent
travel arrangements.

“We know that anywayanyday.com is very popular among Russian-speaking travelers
and it was regularly noted by prizes, as one of the best online services for
booking travel and business trips, including the Forbes rating”, commented
Forneveg Lutz, director of distribution in the region of Central, Eastern and
Southern Europe, Amadeus IT Group. “This is a great honour for the Amadeus IT
Group team that Amadeus has become a key supplier of IT-services for
Anywayanyday and will deliver the most versatile and fastest technology to
search and book travel offers. Anywayanyday and Amadeus enter into a long-term
cooperation to bring innovative solutions in the field of merchandising and
personalization of travel services to the online sales market”.

“We have been working with Amadeus for a long time, the leadership of which
helps the industry to constantly move forward and develop new services for
travelers. The Amadeus Web Services technology was first introduced by us in the
North American market in 2011 and has already proved to be a perfect one”, says
Natalia Pogibleva, CEO, Anywayanyday. “Based on this successful experience, and
to identify new challenges in the business, we decided to expand our
partnership. Online business by their very nature requires constant updates,
improvements, and interesting services. We intend to use the best of existing
solutions in e-commerce and Amadeus, with its extensive international
experience online, as it plays today a vital role for Anywayanyday as an expert
and provider of strategic technologies. By using advanced designs and
development from Amadeus, we will offer a new high-quality service in the
market by the end of 2014”.

Amadeus – Information Technology LLC, Russia, subsidiary of the Amadeus
IT Group, supplier of advanced IT-solutions for the tourism business, is a local
partner of the project.

Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the
global tourism industry and transport. Among the company’s customers, there are
service providers in the tourism and transportation sectors including airlines,
hotels, railway companies, ferry lines, and others, sellers of travel services
including travel agencies and websites, buyers of travel services including corporations
and travel management, as well as the websites offering various travel services.

The company employs about 10,000 people around the world in the central
departments of Amadeus in Madrid (The Headquarters),
Nice (Development Center) and Erding (Data Center),
as well as 71 regional commercial organizations.

The company’s business model is based on the processing of information
transactions.

The Amadeus – Information Technology LLC is a subsidiary of the Amadeus
IT Group, and is responsible for distributing products and services to Amadeus
agencies in Russia, Armenia and Belarus.

Anywayanyday.com is an international online service for purchasing air tickets
and hotel reservations. With the help of an effective system and user-friendly
interface, users can service as quickly as possible to book the most suitable air
tickets and hotels, as well as pay for them in a convenient currency. The
company works with a wide range of customers including corporate and private
clients, hotels and Internet portals. It offers its users a service program for
accumulation of bonuses, and, for each category of customers, there are specialized
offers. The company has released an Anywayanyday mobile application for
smartphones iOS and Android tablets, as well as for smartphones running on the Windows
Phone 8 operating system.

Representative offices of this company are opened in Russia, USAGermany, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Source – http://www.amadeus.ru/ 

 

Globus Airlines begins its flights on Moscow – Tbilisi – Moscow air route

TAV Georgia, the company-operator of international airports in Tbilisi and Batumi, Georgia, is in talks with the Globus Airlines, Russia.

Globus Airlines has plans to start flying en route MoscowTbilisiMoscow  since November 2, 2014, when operating flights
three times a week, on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. These flights will be
operated by Boeing-737s.

The Globus Airlines is a subsidiary of the S7 Airlines, Russia, and has
been operating since 2008. It flies to destinations in Russia, CIS and Europe.
Currently, this Air Company’s air fleet includes 13 different modifications of Boeing-737s.

Source – http://bizzone.info/

SU-27 pilots took their aircraft from village

The military fighter pilot who crashed last Tuesday went from a
collision with the settlement and they did not have time to eject.

Commanders of the Armed Forces confirmed this fact at the funerals for Erlan
Nauanov and Denis Gorbunov. The Lieutenant Colonels who are seen as heroes, were
buried with military honours on the eve, the KTK television channel, Kazakhstan,
reported.

The pilots’ bodies in zinc coffins were delivered yesterday to Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan. They had no any chance
to escape. As a result of hit, the cockpit came to the land to the depth of almost
five meters. The family members, co-workers, command and simply countrymen came
to say goodbye to them. We remind herein, on September 23rd, a
military fighter, SU-27, crashed in the Almaty Region, Kazakhstan.
The pilots were operating their training flight. Currently, the investigation
considers several versions, including a technical failure of the aircraft.

The aircraft was repaired last time five years ago by Belarusian
designers. Erlan Nauanov has four children, the youngest of whom is only four months
old. Denis Gorbunov, who was parted at home in Kostanai Region, has two sons, 15
and five years old.

Nurlan Karbenov, Deputy Chief of the Air Defence Forces, Kazakhstan,
says, “Our great heroes, they had time to eject… There was a village on the
way of the plane, and spending precious seconds, they save people’s lives. The
pilots do not die, they fly away and not come back. Forgive me, as a commander
for I did not save them”.

Source – http://incident.zakon.kz/ 

 

Problem of creating hub at Manas International Airport to be discussed in Kyrgyzstan

A round table on establishing an air hub at the capital’s Manas International Airport will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,
with the involvement of all stakeholders, According to Valery Diehl, Deputy
Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan,
this event has been scheduled for October 24th.

There are plans to form a civil air hub based on the former U.S. air
base derived from the territory of the republic this year. Mr. Diehl admitted,
“Work in this direction is difficult. There have been many proposals from those
wishing to take part in the project, we have the list of already 14 companies
willing to cooperate. But the complexity is the form, in which one should make
such reformatting: either it will be a joint venture, or we will sell stocks,
and so on. It is necessary to choose the best option, to decide whom we will
take, as a partner”.

It is envisaged to discuss all these questions during the roundtable, Mr.
Diehl said for the Evening Bishkek Newspaper. “We will invite potential
investors, MPs, and members of the public to take part in these discussions”,
he said.

Source – http://www.vb.kg/ 

 

Asian Express Airlines operates its first flight from Dushanbe to Astrakhan

The Tajik airline, Asian Express Airlines, has operated its first flight
from Dushanbe, Tajikistan,
to Astrakhan, Russia, and back.

The Air Company reported to the Asia Plus News Agency, Tajikistan, the
flight was operated by Boeing 737-400 aircraft on September 29th.

“The flights on this air route will be operated in every 14 days.
Accordingly, the next flight en route DushanbeAstrakhanDushanbe  will be operated on October 13th”, the
Air Company noted.

The one way air ticket’s price for this flight comes to TJS 1,400 and the
Airline takes aircraft on lease from the Tajik Air OJSC.

“The Asian Express Airlines’ own planes currently in need of intensive
care, as they have been stationary for a long time. After carrying out these works,
we will begin to operate them”, the Airline explained.

In addition, the Airline begins flying from Hudzhand,Tajikistan, to Barnaul, Russia,
since October 1st.

As for the flight en route Hudzhand – Tomsk, Russia– Hudzhand that was scheduled to be operated by the Airline on September 27th,
it has been postponed, and the Airline hopes to address this issue in the near
future.

“No any airlines currently fly from Tajikistanto Tomsk. Our
main goal –is to launch new destinations, which are not yet flying or flights
are operated there with a long interval”, the Airline said.

Asian Express Airlines was registered in Tajikistan in early 2013, it has
received its license to operate flight activities. Asian Express Airlines
acquired such medium-liners, as BAe Avro RJ85 and RJ 100 and Airbus A-320 for
long-haul flights to Russia,Europe and the UAE.

At present, two private airlines, Somon Air and East Air, and one national
airline, Tajik Air, have been registered in Tajikistan.

In addition, airlines from other countries operate their flights to Tajikistan, as
they are involved in passenger air carriages on a parity basis.

Tajikistan has also registered three airlines
operating air cargo, Khatlon Air, Asia Express and Par Air.

Source – http://news.tj/

Fall spotting to be organized at Manas International Airport

There is a plan to organize the first spotting timed to the Civil
Aviation Day at  Manas International Airport on October 9,
2014.

In honour of this event, the Airport’s Administration invites
professional photographers, cameramen and fans of aviation photo and video
sessions to take part in this spotting event.

The program of the event will include the following:

  • Making photos of the terminal building including
    the process of checking-in passengers and their baggage, making photos on boarding
    bridges, and picture of a general view of the terminal building;
  • The possibility to capture aircraft ground
    handling procedures directly on the platform;
  • Photo session of aircraft in motion –
    during takeoff and landing directly on the runway;
  • Making photos on board the aircraft belonged
    to the Air Manas Airlines

The participants will be provided with transport from Bishkek to Manas International Airport and vice versa.

The best works will be exhibited in the airport building, where the
authors will have an opportunity to show their work to all passengers and
airport visitors.

Spotting is a documentary or artistic photographs of aircraft, the
purpose of which is to provide the most original, bright and unusual photos of
any aircraft or land-based aircraft objects.

Source – http://www.24.kg/ 

 

Airlines in Europe cleared for mobile phone use during flights

The European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can
be left switched on during flights, BBC reported.

EASA says
that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk. The announcement clears the
way for airlines to permit the use of mobile phones, once they have conducted
their own safety reviews.

Currently
airline passengers have to switch devices to flight mode and make calls from
the airport terminal. The EASA sets the framework for airlines making safety
decisions.

The agency
said each airline would still have to go through an assessment process,
ensuring aircraft systems are not affected by the signals from portable
electronic devices before establishing their own rules for their operation.

As a result
there could be a delay in implementing the new rules at some airlines. It also
says that airlines may opt for different policies on the use of mobile devices.

This move
strips away the last regulatory hurdle stopping airline passengers in Europe from making phone calls or using wi-fi on any
flight, even while taxiing.

But that
doesn’t mean you’ll have to endure the bloke next to you babbling on about his
work for an hour during your next flight. First of all, you can’t get a signal
at 33,000 feet.
Not yet anyway.

Secondly, the
airlines will need to pay to kit out their planes so that phones and wi-fi
work. And thirdly, there’s the passengers.

British
Airways, for example, already has a business-class-only flight from London to New
York
that lets passengers use wi-fi and send texts.

But they
block voice-calls, because whenever they survey passengers, most baulk at the
idea of everyone around them talking on the phone during a flight. Airliners
remain one of the last places work can’t get hold of you on the phone.

Source – http://www.bbc.com/

Japan signs grant agreement for improvement of Dushanbe International Airport

The Exchange of Notes took place today afternoon between the Ambassador
of Japan to Tajikistan Mr. Takashi Kamada and the First Deputy Minister for
Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Ms. Ozoda Emomali regarding the implementation of
a project at Dushanbe International Airport.

Based on the Exchange of Notes, the Senior Vice-President of Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Hideaki Domichi and the Minister
for Finances of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr.
Abdusalom Qurbonov signed the Grant Agreement for the Dushanbe International
Airport Improvement Project.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tajikistan Office notes
that under this Project, the Government of Japan extends 1.9 billion Japanese
Yen (equivalent for 18.6 million USD at current rate) to the Government of
Tajikistan, through JICA, for the construction of cargo terminal and
installation of Instrumental Landing System (ILS) and Precision Approach
Lighting System (PALS) at Dushanbe International Airport.

Tajikistan is a landlocked country and
aviation plays a vital role for it in terms of movement of passengers and
goods, as well as for connecting it with other countries.

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of passengers who used Dushanbe International Airportincreased by 15 to 18 percent annually, and the amount of cargo handled also
increased.  While there is a growing need
for safe, efficient airport operation, flight cancellations and delays occur
due to heavy fog and other adverse weather conditions in the airport vicinity,
making installation of the air navigation safety equipment needed for safe air
operation an urgent issue.  Degradation
of the cargo terminal, constructed about 50 years ago, is serious, making it
difficult to control the temperature and handle large-sized cargo, and so
improvement of the cargo terminal is a priority for supporting goods
distribution in Tajikistan.

The project will provide a safe landing system for aircraft and improve
the cargo infrastructure, which is expected to improve the safe operation of aircraft
and the distribution of goods.  In
addition to this project, JICA is implementing aviation security training for
employees at Dushanbe International Airport,
providing inclusive support for efficient operation and improved safety and
reliability at the airport.

Source – http://news.tj/