Monthly Archives: January 2015

CEO of Tajik Sugurta Enterprise – Tajik Air’s passengers will not be able to get their insurance in case of emergencies

Aloviddin Sattorov, Director General, Tajik Sugurta State Unitary
Enterprise, asked journalists today to inform people that if a Tajik Air’s
aircraft are involved in emergencies the passengers of this Air Company will
not be able to get their insurance.

According to him, Tajik Air, the state-owned air company, owes TJS 25
million to Tajik Sugurta SUE. This is the amount of insurance policies, which
the airline sold to its passengers. However, he did not specify for what period
such a huge amount was formed.

He also said that out of the total debt, TJS 17 million should have been
transferred to the state budget.

He said that the Tajik Government cancelled the Tajik Air’s debt last
year before Tajik Sugurta because of the unstable financial situation in this
state air company. “This air company, according to a government decree issued
in 1999, charges the cost of the insurance policy in the amount of 2% of the
ticket price when selling air tickets to passengers. This decision is still
there, however, it is unknown where the money goes, obtained by the airline,
because we are not transferred the money, citing that the very Government’s  decree contradicts the Civil and Aviation Code
of the Republic of Tajikistan”, Mr. Sattorov
said. “But I know that the leaders of Tajik Air offered to annul the decree to
stop charging the amount of insurance policies from passengers”.

Mr. Sattorov also complained to journalists that the country starts hardly saying that the mandatory State
Insurance should be canceled. “In this case, it is possible to eliminate Tajik
Sugurta and more than one thousand people may be left without work”, he stressed.

 “People believe us, they pay
insurance policies, and last year, we even exceeded the plan for all types of
insurance by 110.1%, even taking into account the fact that airlines did not
pay us. The amount of payments received from the population amounted TJS 64,840
thousand. Of these, TJS 44,395 thousand is compulsory insurance and TJS 20,445
thousand is voluntary insurance. As compared with the previous year, for the
period of insurance payments, we received TJS 5,562 thousand by all kinds of
payments or by 9.4% more than last year”, Mr. Sattorov cited the figures.

Meanwhile, the Asia Plus News Agency, Tajikistan, tried to find out who
will pay insurance to passengers in emergency situations on board Tajik Air’s
planes. We contacted Anwar Nurov, Chief of the Department of Aviation under the
Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan.

He said that, in future, Tajik Air, which collects insurance payments
from passengers, will transfer the funds in the amount of 2% per ticket cost to
Tajik Sugurta. “In case of emergencies related with Tajik Air’s planes, the passengers
will always be able to get their insurance from Tajik Sugurta”, he assured.

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Two years have passed since CRJ-200 aircraft air crash near Almaty, Kazakhstan

On January 29, 2015, it was exactly two years since the air crash of the
CRJ-200 aircraft belonged to SCAT Airlines near Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This air crash killed 21 people. But the official causes of this tragedy
has still been unknown. Pending the results of the examination, relatives and
colleagues of the victims of the accident are living all the time, the 31 TV
Channel, Kazakhstan,

The AN-2 air crash activated barely stirred the silent pain of the own
loss, Nina Krivonosova, a mother of the killed stewardess, recognized. Life has
been derailed since the death of her eldest daughter, Irene. The girl went to
the civil aviation sector when she was 20 years old. She loved and was proud of
her profession.

Nina Krivonosova, mother of the deceased Irene Krivonosova, says, “I can
not believe. Only when I come to the cemetery, I already feel that she is not
with us now. And, as the plane flies you think, “Well, she will arrive now”.
Time, they say, treats. It does not cure anything!”

Irene Krivonosova was a stewardess on the Kokshetau – Almaty flight. On January
29, 2013, CRJ-200 crashed near Almaty at 13:13, local time.
21 people were killed including all passengers and crew members.

In that flight, Mrs. Krivonosova lost not only her daughter, but also her
hope for the future. The woman told that Irene was carrying all the family’s
savings, US $ 28,000  in flight to
transfer a relative to buy an apartment in Anapa. The money was never found.
But troubles if pursued grief-stricken mother. Six months after the air crash,
the Krivonosova’s apartment was robbed, robbers took half a million tenge, a part
of the compensation paid to the family by the airline, and all the gold,
including the Irene’s pectoral cross.

Alexander Ghazaryan made a special trip from Astana to commemorate his colleagues.
He knew Irene and was a close friend for Vladimir Evdokimov, the Commander, who
died in the same plane.

Alexander Gazaryan, the Crew Commander, says, “Each person has written
on his forehead, what will happen to him/her. Who will die from what. Who will
be hit by a car, or something else. We had a case, also related with CRJ. A man
was hit by a car and died after a flight, can you imagine? He worked with our
air company. He came from his flight, went home, was crossing the street. He
was adult. He
 was struck by a car and died.

11 out of 16 killed passengers were from Kokshetau. Among them, there
was a businessman named Abilzhan Omarov. Even in two years after the tragedy, his
family are experiencing an acute sense of irretrievable loss.

Aibat Karimov, Mr. Omarov’s son, says, “He always said, “Be strong”.
When I was sick, he always supported me and lifted my mood, we talked about the

Despite the fact that a special commission has promised to announce the investigation
results at the end of January, to this day, the exact causes of the CRJ-200 air
crash have been unknown. Home version of Kazakh experts is concluded in icing aircraft
wings. But Canadians tend to think the crew lost control over the aircraft.

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Almaty International Airport operation to ensure aviation security evaluated positively

An exit session of the commission, chaired by  Yuri Ilyin, Deputy Mayor, with the
participation of representatives of NSC (National Security Committee),
prosecutors, Interior Department and other subordinate organizations was held
at Almaty International Airport JSC.

The discussed issues included  aviation security and the movement of vehicles
on the station square, the Airport’s Press Service reported.

The Commission heard a report on the continuous monitoring of
anti-terrorist security of airport facilities and extensive use of modern means
of detection that meet the ICAO standards requirements in the field of aviation

Two-projection inspection equipment, referring to the standard 2, has
been inculcated in 2014 among the airports of Kazakhstan and this is done for the
first time here. Furthermore, in accordance with the ICAO recommendations, since
2014, the airport has been operating a highly effective barrage equipment (anti-ram
devices) at its checkpoints. For these purposes, the airport has invested over
KZT 782.1 million for the last three years.

Measures are undertaken to provide with comprehensive modernization of the
station squire infrastructure. One has put an automatic parking system in
place, set a stop for public transport and allocated separate parking lots for
Eco-Taxi city taxis in the amount of 50 cars, and 420 vehicles have an access
to the station square. Also, one laid new asphalt surface and applied reflective
markings, installed a video system recording traffic violations, this system is connected to the Interior
Department for Traffic Control.

The total cost of Almaty International Airport to modernize the station square amounted KZT 456.4 million. The obtained
results were made possible due to the full support from the City Mayor’s

Mr. Ilyin praised the work of Almaty International Airporton providing aviation security and instructed law enforcement agencies to take
action against “illegal” taxi to regulate movement on the station square.

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Aulie-Ata International Airport to open in 3rd quarter of 2015 in Taraz, Kazakhstan

The reconstruction of the passenger terminal in Taraz is coming to an
end. After completion, international passenger airport “Aulie-Ata”
will have all the features and characteristics of the modern airport with a
high level of service and technical support.

As the press service of the governor of Zhambyl region informs, the
air-terminal complex, the construction of which began in 2012, is expected to
be commissioned in the third quarter of the current year. The total cost of the
project is about 1.3 bln tenge.

As earlier reported, previously the completion of the project was
scheduled for May 2014, but it was postponed due to lack of finances. Early in
2015 it was decided at the session of the regional maslikhat to increase the
capital stock of “Taraz” Social-Entrepreneurship Corporation by 300
mln tenge in order to extend this amount of money to “Aulie-Ata”
airport as a short-term loan for completion of construction.

The building of the airport and the apron will meet all the
international standards after the reconstruction.

The new passenger terminal with the floor area of 5.5 thousand sq meters
will have the capacity of 200 passengers an hour ensuring the growth the
passenger traffic and a high level of service.

In 2013, the take-off runway was built at the airport. It allowed the
airport to render services to all types of modern airplanes including Boeing
and Airbus.

The press service of the governor of the region informed that all the
work held in the airport was financed from the national budget in the amount of
4.7 bln tenge.

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Tashkent International Airport provides services to 2.8m passengers a year

The Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan, annually provides
services to over 2.8 million passengers, the Uzbekistan Airways’ Press Service

Over 2.8 million passengers annually arrive and depart to and from the mainairport of Uzbekistanlocated in the country’s capital, Tashkent,
the Airline noted.

New block for departing passengers, new terminal for domestic flights,
transit hall, equipped in line with international standards were launched at
Tashkent Airport with the capacity of 1,300 passengers a hear to improve
service and comfort for passengers in the capital’s airport.

The Uzbek airline said that VIP and CIP halls of the Tashkent International Airport are being reconstructed

Soon, new runway will be commissioned at Namangan International Airport, which will allow
to accept all airplanes with no any limits.

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Baltic Aviation Academy receives supplement for CARC approval

In addition to already existing approval of Civil Aviation Regulatory
Commission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for Baltic Aviation Academy aviation training
courses, training centre received another certificate extending the list of
approved type rating training with Embraer 135/145. Previously ATO status
holding aviation training centre based in Vilnius (Lithuania) informed
receiving the approval to provide Boeing B737-300/500 and Airbus A320 type
rating as well as TRI/SFI qualification training for Jordan pilots.

Baltic Aviation Academy has requested the current Embraer
135/145 supplementation after acknowledging the needs of the clients in the
region. With the strong background of Ab Initio, Type rating and additional
training for pilots, along with a huge experience in cabin crew and ground
handling training, Baltic Aviation Academy is able to assist clients with the
full package training solutions.

BAA being an approved training organization of EASA country (Lithuania) may
conduct training for EASA member states’ companies. During 2014 company has
been approved by Civil Aviation Authorities of China, Malaysia, Russia,Cuba, Moldavia and
other counties. Approvals for different aircraft type rating training courses
had been also issued to Baltic Aviation Academyby Brazil, Philippines, Nigeria,Belarus, Ukraine, AfghanistanMyanmar, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Israel.

Baltic Aviation Academy is an Aviation Training Center approved by the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Based in VilniusLithuania, Baltic Aviation Academy offers courses of
initial training of pilots, training on aircraft type, training for flight
attendants, ground maintenance specialists and other aviation services. Baltic Aviation Academy clients are representatives of
Europe, CIS, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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Boeing reports record annual revenue, US $ 90.8 billion

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] reported record fourth-quarter revenue of
$24.5 billion on higher deliveries and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) that
increased 23 percent to $2.31, reflecting strong performance across the

Fourth-quarter 2014 core operating earnings (non-GAAP) increased to $2.3
billion and GAAP earnings from operations increased to $2.0 billion.
Fourth-quarter 2013 results included a $406 million non-cash charge ($0.34 per
share) related to the A-12 settlement.

Revenue rose 5 percent in the full year to a record $90.8 billion and
core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 22 percent* to $8.60 on record
deliveries. Full-year 2014 GAAP earnings per share was $7.38.

Core earnings per share guidance for 2015 is set at between $8.20 and
$8.40, while GAAP earnings per share guidance is established at between $8.10
and $8.30. Revenue guidance is between $94.5 and $96.5 billion, including
commercial deliveries of between 750 and 755. Operating cash flow is expected
to be greater than $9.0 billion.

“Strong operating performance in the final quarter of 2014
propelled us to some of our best-ever results and sealed a fifth consecutive
year of core operating earnings growth. By responding to strong demand with
market-leading and proven products and capabilities, and delivering them more
efficiently, we are strengthening a powerful business platform that is
providing increased returns for our shareholders,” said Boeing Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney.

“Our Commercial Airplanes business successfully increased
production rates and set an industry record for annual deliveries while also
growing its backlog to new highs on record new orders for the year. Our
Defense, Space & Security team navigated a challenging market environment
to achieve solid revenue and healthy margins while also winning significant new
contracts,” said McNerney.

“For 2015, we will continue to build on our commercial airplanes
market leadership, strengthening and repositioning our defense, space and
security business and working to better meet the needs of our customers by
focusing on improving productivity, executing to development plans and
delivering our industry-leading portfolio of innovative aerospace products and

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Pegasus Asia – we did not start aviation in Kyrgyzstan but we will change it (interview)

One rarely speaks about domestic aviation nowadays. Ordinary citizens
remember about these talks only when they have to fly somewhere.

Our airlines have reasons for joy and even outright pride.

Today, we talk with Ilgar Alptekin, CEO, Air Manas / Pegasus Asia TM LLC,
and his deputy, Ermek Omuraliev. Exactly this air company acquired the Boeing
737-800 NG aircraft, as this is the first new generation aircraft in the Kyrgyzstan’s history
of civil aviation.

“Tell me, how did the current Air Manas appear, please, give a brief

Mr. E.Omuraliev: “As you know, the civil aviation sector, as well as our
economy, went through a difficult phase of testing associated with the
protracted process of transition economy. With the transition to market
relations, each of the domestic airlines had to deal with all the issues and
problems itself, relying on its own strength and resources. Air
 Manas was no exception.

After analyzing the situation, it became clear that we needed a
strategic partner. On the other hand, the efforts of our country to attract
foreign investment have born fruit: after a series of mutual visits by leaders
of our country to Turkeyand the Turkish leadership to us. Influential business circles, as well as
small and medium businesses, turned their attention to Kyrgyzstan. Top
officials of the two countries was given impetus to trade and economic
relations, and, in late 2012, on the basis of pre-existed airline with the same
name, one has created, in fact, the new Kyrgyz airline, Air Manas, where 51%
owned by the Kyrgyz side and 49% are owned by our strategic partner and one of
the leading airlines in Europe, Pegasus Airlines”.

“What are the main results in 2014?”

Mr. I. Alptekin: “After a stage of the Airline’s revival within the
airline’s development strategy, we set measurable goals and objectives. If, in
2013, we set goals for the acquisition of the Boeing 737-400 aircraft (a series
of classic design) and commencement of domestic flights en route Bishkek – Osh – Bishkek and we reached
them, then the past year of 2014 was also successful for us in terms of the
implementation of what was planned. I would like to mention two major events:
the first one is that our airline introduced international quality standards,
ISO 9001: 2008, the second one is that we acquired the new generation Boeing
737-800NG aircraft, the first one in the history of civil aviation of Kyrgyzstan.

In November 2014, the Air Company became the first winner of the ISO
9001: 2008 Quality Management System International Certificate in Kyrgyzstan among
domestic air carriers, as we successfully passed the necessary stages of
certification. Obtaining this certification is the first serious step in the
airline’s way out of the EU’s blacklist. The ISO 9001 Certification is a
multi-level process that will help our company to continuously improve the
quality of work, improve and promote our internal production processes, thereby
striving towards a common goal – to satisfy our customers.

As regards acquisition of the new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, it
is very gratifying for us to note that this success was noted among the “main
events in the former USSR in 2014”and this was mentioned in an authoritative edition of the ATO.RU business
aviation portal, «Air Transport Observer”.

“What is the strategy of Manas Air?”

Mr. I. Alptekin: “We are planning to be one of the first airlines in Kyrgyzstanto exit from the black list of the EU. The strategy itself is in two theses: “To
fly is the right of every citizen of the country” and “We did not start
aviation in Kyrgyzstan,
but we will change it in a positive light”.

Mr. Omuraliev: “Let me give you an example so that our citizens would better
understand our thesis. When we were in Turkeywe conducted research on the low-cost concept and studied what was the success
story of the Pegasus Airlines, Turkey.
We learned that the ordinary citizens who previously traveled by intercity
buses, spend 10-15 hours on the long-haul roads, and later, with the advent of
Pegasus Airlines, they were able to get to the desired destination by plane for
almost the same money, spending just a couple of hours. Or, this is a notable
example of Turkish MPs who book air tickets for an evening flight on Friday en
route, let’s say, Ankara – Trabzon (this is 730 km or about 11 hours by
car), to meet with their constituents, and then taking a morning ticket on the Trabzon
– Ankara route, they again return back to the capital and easily manage the
meetings of the Turkish Parliament. That is why we say that flying is the right
of every citizen – whether you are a deputy or a simple citizen of the country”.

“Why did Air Manas decide to take a commercial brand of Pegasus Asia?
What is the secret (or is this an advantage)?”

Mr. I. Alptekin: “We need to ensure that a good percentage of aircraft
loading is for sustainable development. Imagine yourself, a tourist from Europe wishes to purchase a ticket to Bishkek. Along with
other well-known companies among the alternatives, there will be an air ticket of
Air Manas or Pegasus Asia. Of course, (s)he chooses a more recognizable brand,
Pegasus Asia, moreover, this flight will be at quite affordable price. It is
thanks to the brand, we have a high percentage of passengers from Europe who
fly through Istanbul to Bishkek and back from
Bishkek by a transit flight to Europe through Istanbul”.

“The civil aviation sector, perhaps, is the one, about which people
remember rarely. What pain points do you see here? And how do you resolve this

Mr. I. Alptekin: “When it comes to airlines, here, once again, we have various
factors in mind. For example, having a good air fleet, i.e. the aircraft that
can perform safe flights. Purchasing or leasing an aircraft is a very expensive
pleasure as well as the maintenance of the aircraft’s airworthiness: in this
aspect, domestic airlines require at least privileges on delivery of equipment
and spare parts for aircraft. And then it will be necessary to go to the
accession of Kyrgyzstanto the Cape Town Convention. There is also a shortage of trained pilots and
technicians who know how to manage and maintain these aircraft: we do not have
a lot of Kyrgyz pilots, and the available ones fly with domestic airlines, as
well as a large number of pilots fly abroad; it is necessary to prepare our own
pilots. And not only pilots, but also aviation technical workers, etc. The
problem is the availability of tickets for final consumers. But we solve this
by optimizing all costs, we save on everything, except what is related to
safety. We adopt in the low-cost concept from our strategic partner: those who
buy tickets in advance for a specific date, that person buys his/her air ticket
at the lowest price at that time, plus a passenger only pays for the services (s)he
intends to use. I will say clearly: we make every effort so that Kyrgyzstan and
the Kyrgyz people would ultimately benefit from the activities of our airline”.

“What are your plans for 2015?”

 “Since February 20, 2015, we
begin our direct flight to India,
which will be operated twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, and the starting
price for one-way air ticket comes to US $ 139.99. Also, we increase our frequencies
for flights to Moscow, i.e. it will be operated five
times a week from Bishkek and twice a week from Osh at a cost of US $ 99.99+.

Also, there are plans to launch other international flights in the near
future. You will find out about this later.

The next important step will be the passage of the IOSA 1 audit, scheduled
for the second half of 2015. Currently, IOSA is an advanced harmonized tool in
the aviation industry to maintain a high level of safety, the introduction of
global best practices and successful integration into the community and
internationally recognized air carriers”.

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Astana International Airport to select a single cab operator before April 2015

The capital’s airport will select a single cab operator until April
2015, reports citing the Marketing and Public Relations Department,Astana International Airport.

“A competition for the definition of a single taxi will be held in
February-March 2015 after the announcement in the media. The competition for
the selection of the official carrier of passengers assumes improving the
service and to deliver passengers from the private taxi drivers’ obsessions”, –
the Airport’s Marketing and Public Relations Department said in response to a

A legal entity that complies with the legislation of Kazakhstan in the
field of road transport, which has at least one taxi adapted for disabled
passengers using special vehicles, have professional experience driving
personnel having base GPS, availability of information and dispatching service
or a contract for information and dispatch services may become a tender
participant. More detailed conditions will be published on a purchases website.

“One cannot say for sure that one taxi will deliver us from obsessive taxi
drivers, but it will reduce their number”, the Airport explained.

In addition, the Marketing and Public Relations Department replied about
the cost of paid parking, which many citizens consider to be excessive one.

“The cost of parking is due to various factors. In accordance with the
legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, parking
tariffs were agreed with the relevant government agencies. You will pay nothing
if your car has been parked on a paid parking lot for less than 30 minutes. In
addition, one operates an alternative free parking lot for 130 and 150 cars.
The international experience shows that foreign airports apply practice when parking
without payment ranges from 5-15 minutes, and in some airports, there is no free
parking at all”, the Airport’s Marketing and Public Relations Department said.

Note, Askar Muratbaev, Deputy Finance Director General, Airport
Management Group, said earlier today at a briefing in the Kazakh President’s Central
Communications Office that the approach to the prices and quality of service atAstana International Airportwill be changed in the first half of 2015.

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Astana Airport to cooperate with a global player in catering production – Airport Management Group

Catering services in the capital’s airport will be provided by one of
the world leaders in the field of catering, Askar Muratbaev, Deputy Director General,
 Airport Management Group, a finance
management company, announced today.

“This year, the focus will be on the implementation of quality standards
of service that will meet international standards and, accordingly, the quality
will be improved. We are currently negotiating to attract an international
leader in the provision of ground services for passengers and aircraft at the
airport in Astana”, Mr. Muratbaev noted.

Also, according to him, the management company is working to improve the
quality of catering.

“We plan to attract one of the global players in the production of
catering in the capital’s airport. This year, we start a new shop catering. As
for the service inside the airport, there will be a slightly different
approach. In particular, it becomes more commercialized, one introduces more stringent
of the airport to all participants of any economic activity, especially due to
the passenger service. These requirements will meet the expectations of
passengers”, he concluded.

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