Daily Archives: 23.10.2014

Boeing, COMAC open facility to transform “gutter oil” into aviation biofuel

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) today
opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly
referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation
biofuel. The two companies estimate that 500 million gallons (1.8 billion
liters) of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil.

“Strong and continuing teamwork between Boeing and COMAC is helping
our industry make progress on environmental challenges that no single company
or country can solve alone,” said Ian Thomas, President, Boeing China.
“By working together for mutual benefit, we’re finding innovative ways to
support China‘s
aviation industry and build a sustainable future.”

Boeing and COMAC are sponsoring the facility, which is called the
China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project. It will use a technology developed
by Hangzhou Energy & Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. (HEET) to clean
contaminants from waste oils and convert it into jet fuel at a rate of 160 gallons (650 liters) per day. The
project’s goal is to assess the technical feasibility and cost of producing
higher volumes of biofuel.

“We are very happy to see the progress that has been made in the
collaboration between Boeing and COMAC, especially the achievement in aviation
biofuel technology,” said Dr. Guangqiu Wang, Vice President of COMAC’s
Beijing Aeronautical Science & Technology Research Institute. “We will
continue to work with Boeing in energy conservation and emissions reduction
areas to promote the sustainable development of the aviation industry.”

Sustainably produced biofuel, which reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80
percent compared to petroleum through its lifecycle, is expected to play a key
role in supporting aviation’s growth while meeting environmental goals. The
Boeing Current Market Outlook has forecast that China will require more than 6,000
new airplanes by 2033 to meet fast-growing passenger demand for domestic and
international air travel.

Boeing and COMAC have been collaborating since 2012 to support the
growth of China‘s
commercial aviation industry. Their Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation
and Emissions Reductions Technology Centerin Beijingworks with Chinese universities and research institutions to expand knowledge
in areas that improve aviation’s efficiency, such as aviation biofuel and air
traffic management.

Biofuel produced by the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project will
meet international specifications approved in 2011 for jet fuel made from plant
oils and animal fats. This type of biofuel has already been used for more than
1,600 commercial flights.

Source – http://boeing.mediaroom.com/

Aeroflot issues flight schedule on Moscow – Tbilisi – Moscow air route

Starting from October 26, 2014, Aeroflot launches its own regular flight
en route Moscow, Russia Tbilisi, Georgia Moscow, the Air
Company’s Press Service reported.

“Aeroflot has plans to fly to the capital of Georgia daily from the Terminal D of Moscow’s Sheremetievo International Airport on modern, comfortable Airbus A-320 airliner on the following schedule: the flight
#SU1892 takes off from Moscow at 23:20, arrives
in Tbilisi at
03:10. The return flight # SU1893 departs from Tbilisi at 04:20, arrives in Moscow at 06:05. Time is local for all airports”, the Air Company said.

“The expansion of the air route network and the continuous improvement
of the quality of services is the key to successful implementation of the Aeroflot’s
strategy to create a global network of the world-class airline”, Aeroflot stressed.

Source – http://www.aex.ru/

Successful use of agricultural aviation in Uzbekistan for cotton defoliation

Aircrews operating their An-2 planes belonged to a Special Aerial Work
(SAW) Air Company successfully coped with the task related with defoliation of
cotton.

Every year, from August to September, Uzbekistan conducts defoliation of
cotton. In the current year, the agrochemical process was scheduled to be held
on the sidelines having a total area of
​​758,000 hectares. In this regard, the share of aviation treatment ranged
from 7 to 15 percent.

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan,
as well as according to the order of the Director General of Uzbekistan Airways
and the Action Plan for the Defoliation of Cotton, 33 AN-2 aircraft were provided
for this purpose in 2014 to be operated in all regions of the country. 37
aircrews were checked for their readiness, as they passed both theoretical and
flight training. A special commission adopted 46 operational airfields.
Contracts for supply of aviation gasoline were concluded with regional offices.
During the preparation phase, there was a number of measures jointly with the Antonov
Enterprise, Ukraine, to increase the resource indicators for AN-2 aircraft. The
Uzbekistan Airways Technics (UAT) Aviation Enterprise timely completed control
and restoration work on these aircraft.

In total, 73,000
hectares
were processed from the air. Significant amounts
of chemical works were carried out in Kashkadarya (20,000 hectares),
Ferghana (18,300
hectares
) and Syr Darya(13,000 hectares)
regions. One most fruitfully used aircraft in the Syr Daryaand Samarqand regions, where one operated 15-20 flights every day. Due to the
increased requirements for acceptance of airfields and aircraft operational works,
the downtime for these planes were significantly decreased, as compared to the last
year, thus allowing more efficiently use agricultural aviation resources.

One should note that the SAW Air Company  performed its chemical works on cotton
defoliation at the appropriate level, with full flight safety.

Source – http://www.uzairways.com/

Uzbekistan Airways takes part in TOP RESA Exhibition in Paris

The Uzbekistan’s
national air company, Uzbekistan Airways, took part in TOP RESA, the annual
international tourism exhibition in Paris,
France
.

The Top Resa International French Travel Market (IFTM), being one of the
major forums in Europe, shows all the areas of
tourism, business travel and event-industry. This year, the Paris Porte de
Versailles exhibition complex included 348 stands where one presented 160 world
tourist destinations and 1,200 brands. Exhibition halls covered Europe and the
Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Caribbean.

The Uzbekistan’s tourist
potential in the French capital was represented by a single national stand, on
which foreign tour operators were able to gain a holistic impression of the
tourist product of Uzbekistanincluding the country’s hotel and transport infrastructures.

The participants and guests of this Exhibition paid special attention to
wide possibilities of the Uzbekistan’s
national air carrier, Uzbekistan Airways. They were provided with detailed
information about the new flights, destinations, air fleet modernization,
ground infrastructure, as well as technological innovations, which are offered
nowadays by Uzbekistan Airways. One also actively advertised the Paris, France  – Urgench,
Uzbekistan
, flight.

Uzbekistan represents the most important
tourist destination for thousands of Frenchmen. And the national airline of Uzbekistan, which has been operating its direct
flights en route Tashkent, UzbekistanParisTashkent  for 16 years, continues offering its services
adequately. Tourists who have visited Uzbekistan and used the services of
Uzbekistan Airways, highly appreciate the conditions created for tourists and
noted the high level of service offered by the national airline.

Source – http://www.uzairways.com/ 

Boeing recorded net profit growth by 18% in Q3 of 2014

The Boeing Company, the world’s largest producer of aerospace and
military equipment, recorded net profit growth by 18% in the third quarter of
2014 due to strong demand for airliners, and the financial results exceeded the
analysts’ expectations, Interfax reported.

In addition, Boeing improved the estimate of annual profits for the
third time this year – from US $ 7.90-8.10 per share to US $ 8.10-8.30 per
share, thus confirming the revenue forecast in the range of US $ 87,5-90
billion.

According to the Company, its net profit for the three months ended
September 30, 2014, has jumped to US $ 1.362 billion, or US $ 1.86 per share,
from US $ 1.158 billion, or US $ 1.51 per share, for the same period last year.
The adjusted revenue without the cost for pension payments increased from US $
1.80 to US $ 2.14 per share in the Q3. The quarterly revenue has been increased
by 7% – from US $ 22.13 billion to US $ 23.78 billion.

Over the past quarter, the Boeing Company has increased deliveries of commercial
aircraft by 9% – up to 186 units. The Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division’s revenues
were increased by 15% in July-September – to a record of US $ 16.11 billion, the
operating profit – by 11%, up to US $ 1.8 billion.

In doing so, the department responsible for military equipment also returned
to profit growth, including by reducing costs. The Division’s revenues have decreased
by 2% down to US $ 7.91 billion, the operating profit has jumped by 27% – up to
US $ 856 million.

Just this year, Boeing intends to supply 715 – 725 commercial aircraft to
world markets by increasing the production of Boeing-737s and Boeing-787s.
Thus, the Company expects to surpass the record result of 2013 at 648 aircraft.

During the pre-trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the
Boeing’s shares rose by  more than 3%. The
Company’s capitalization has decreased by 6.9% since the beginning of 2014 – down
to US $ 91.6 billion.

Source – http://www.aex.ru/

Passengers flying by direct flights from New York to Baku can get visa at the airport in Baku

The passengers flying by direct flights en route New
York
, USABaku, Azerbaijanwith Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) will be able to get their visas to Azerbaijan immediately upon arrival in the Baku/Geidar
Aliev International Airport, the website of the Azerbaijani Embassy in the United States reported on Thursday.

Such passengers will be able to issue their short-term visa (up to 30
days) at the visa office of the Consular Department under the Foreign Ministry
of Azerbaijan at Baku/Geidar Aliev International Airport.

Source – http://www.trend.az/

Dushanbe International Airport is operating normally despite haze

Despite adverse weather conditions in Tajikistan today, October 23, 2014, the Dushanbe International Airport is operating normally, as there are no any flight delays, Mahmadyusuf Shodiev,
Spokesperson, Dushanbe International Airport,
assured the Asia Plus News Agency, Tajikistan.

He added the visibility at the airport has been good so far and all
flights are taking off and landing at the airport, as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the Airport’s online flight board shows that one has already
canceled flights to Kabul, Afghanistan, BishkekKyrgyzstan, and Chelyabinsk, Russia. Mr. Shodiev said that
weather conditions at these destinations do not allow aircraft to take off from
the airport in Dushanbe.

Source – http://news.tj/