Daily Archives: 06.10.2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search resumes in Indian Ocean

Crews resumed the deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight
370 after a months-long pause while a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean’s floor was mapped.

The ship GO Phoenix, which left Jakarta in late September, arrived in
the search area—about 1,800
west of Australia—and began sweeping the area on
Monday with a sonar device known as a tow-fish.

Based on information released by Australian authorities, an independent
group of satellite experts and other analysts said they expected the search to
start at the southernmost point of the previously designated high-priority
area, which is about the size of the Australian island state of Tasmania.

“It’s an acknowledgment that the further south solution is more likely”
to answer the puzzle of where the plane went down, said Tim Farrar, a northern
California-based satellite industry consultant. A focus on the southern end of
the search suggests investigators have concluded the Boeing BA +1.76%  777 went faster and flew further than
projected by many earlier analyses.

But the shift portends difficulties for search teams. The ocean is
deeper further to the south, storms tend to be more violent and logistics are
harder as search ships have to sail potentially hundreds of additional miles
from Australian ports

Searchers are hoping to answer what has become one of the greatest
mysteries in aviation history. Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijingon March 8 with 239 passengers on board. Investigators believe the plane crashed
when it ran out of fuel.

Potentially, the underwater hunt could end up moving so far south that
it may even extend beyond the previously designated lower-priority search
areas, Mr. Farrar said.

Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety
Bureau, the agency leading the multinational hunt, said another ship, Fugro
FUR.AE -0.81%  Discovery, docked in the
Western Australian port of Fremantle on Sunday to
be fitted with a tow-fish and other equipment. After several days of fitting and
testing the equipment, the ship is due to set sail and should arrive in the
search zone about Oct. 17.

A third vessel that will take part in the search, Fugro Equator, is
completing the bathymetric survey of a long but narrow arc of seafloor where
the search has been concentrated. It is slated to finish mapping by the end of
the month, after which it is scheduled to journey to Fremantle, where it will
be fitted with similar search equipment, Mr. Dolan said.

Military search crews spent about 100 days scanning the ocean surface
for debris after the Boeing 777 went missing but turned up nothing linked to
the aircraft. An initial underwater search also failed to find any trace of
Flight 370.

Australia selected Dutch oil-and-gas
consulting firm Fugro NV to lead a rebooted search for the
Malaysian jetliner in early August after a month-long tender process. The ship
GO Phoenix was sent by Malaysia’s
government to assist Fugro’s vessels.

The area where the plane is thought to have crashed was largely unknown
to scientists before ships began mapping the seabed, which at points is about 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) below the

The three search ships will tow the delicate equipment about 100 meters above the
seabed through areas now known to have deep crevasses, undersea mountains and
volcanoes, Mr. Dolan said.

The tow-fish are fitted with side-scan sonar and can carry video
equipment to help crews aboard the ships spot any debris for Flight 370. The
device that will be carried aboard Fugro Discovery also will have a sensor
that, when turned on, can detect traces of jet fuel, Mr. Dolan said.

Source – http://online.wsj.com/

Asian Express Airlines’ flight schedule on Hudzhand – Barnaul and Astrakhan – Dushanbe air routes

On October 2, 2014, Asian Express Airlines, Tajikistan,
launched its regular flights en route Hudzhand, TajikistanBarnaul, Russia.
The flights are operated once in every two weeks on Thursdays by Boeing 737
leased from Tajik Air.

Departure of the flight #KV-505 from Hudzhand is at 01:30, arrival in Barnaul is at 07:05.
Departure of the flight # KV-506 from Barnaulis at 10:55, arrival in Hudzhand is at 12:25. Time is local for all airports.

Other airlines do not operate their flights on this air route.

On September 29, 2014, Asian Express Airline launched its new air line, Astrakhan, Russia Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The flights to the
capital of Tajikistan are operated once in every two weeks on Mondays by Boeing 737 leased from Tajik

Departure of the flight # KV-411 from Dushanbe is at 11:00, arrival in Astrakhan is at 12:40. Departure of the flight # KV-412 from Astrakhan is at 17:00, arrival in Dushanbe is at 20:50. Time is local for all airports.

Other airlines do not operate their flights on this air route.

In the near future, this Tajik airline is going to launch several
flights from Dushanbe and Hudzhand to the cities
in Russia.

Source – http://www.airlines-inform.ru/ 

Ural Airlines begin operating regular flights, Moscow – Tbilisi, since October 27, 2014

Ural Airlines, Russia,
along with other Russian airlines, also embarks on its flights between Moscow, Russia,
and Tbilisi, Georgia,
said TAV Georgia, the operator of the Tbilisi International Airport.

The Federal Air Transport Agency, Russia, with reference to the note of the
Georgian Foreign Ministry, reported earlier on permission to resume MoscowTbilisiMoscow regular flights.
Permission to carry out these flights was given to  Aeroflot, VIM-Avia, Globe, S7 Airlines,
Transaero, Ural Airlines and UTair.

Ural Airlines will begin operating its flights to Moscow’s  Domodedovo International Airport since October
27, 2014, by flying twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays”, the TAV Georgia’s
statement said on Friday. The paper recalls that this airline has been
operating weekly flights from Tbilisito Yekaterinburg since 2011.

Earlier, TAV Georgia announced
that Aeroflot would begin flying to Tbilisi on October 27, 2014, whereas the Globe Airlines, a member of the S7 Airlines Group,
– since November 2, 2014.

Before the resumption of regular flights, there were only direct charter
flights from Russia to Georgia and
back, and they were operated by several airlines, including S7 Airlines and
Georgian Airways.

Source – http://bizzone.info/

Passenger air traffic grows at Kutaisi International Airport, Georgia

According to the Georgian Airports Association, when considering the
period from January to September 2014, the  passenger air traffic has been increased and
amounted to 178,547 people at Kutaisi International Airport,
while it was 188,862 people for the entire year of 2013.

In addition, Wizz Air Airlines operated its first flight on September 3,
2014, from Georgia to Budapest, Hungary,
which will fly from Kutaisi to the capital of Hungary twice a
week, on Wednesdays and Fridays.

According to the Association, Wizz Air is a low-cost airline that
started flying from the airport in Kutaision the first day of its opening in 2012. The first flight was operated in the
direction of Kiev, followed by other airlines to Warsaw, KatowiceLvov, Kharkov, Donetsk, Vilnius, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

Currently, five airlines including Wizz Air, S7 Airlines, Ural Airways,
Belavia and Georgian Airways work at Kutaisi International Airport.

In 2012, the airport served 380,172 passengers.

Source – http://bizzone.info/

Air Astana may be the best airline in Asia – the President of Kazakhstan

Air Astana is ready to compete with global air companies, Tengrinews.kz
reports citing Nursultan Nazarbayev, the  President of Kazakhstan.

“We created Air Astana from the very beginning jointly with the Sir
Evans, Member of the Board of Directors, Samruk-Kazyna JSC. There was no the
civil aviation sector in Kazakhstan,
everything was stopped and did not actually work. And we created a small
company with our big doubts. And today, Air Astana is the leader of the former
Soviet Union, it is ready to enter the world’s best level and show the best
performances in Asia on safety, transparency, quality and service capacities”,
Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a forum devoted to transformation of Samruk-Kazyna.

Source – http://tengrinews.kz/ 


Uzbekistan Airways introduces charges for transportation of television, video devices

Changes to the rules of transportation of luggage with the planes of
Uzbekistan Airways have been introduced since October 1, 2014.

In line with new rules, television, video and radio equipment are
transported in registered luggage with announcement of value. At the same time,
the passenger should pay fee equal to 10% of announced value of the luggage,
the airline said.

If the passenger at registration/check-in of luggage refuses to register
of these devices as the luggage with announced value, the airplane will not be
responsible for safety of the luggage, Uzbekistan Airways said.

Source – http://www.uzdaily.uz/