Monthly Archives: February 2015

Air Astana introduces passenger self-check-in system

Specialized kiosks have already been used  at airports in Shymkent and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Implementation of passenger self-check-in system for Air Astana’s flights
will increase the number of check-in counters and reduce the time spent on these
procedures, the Business Information Centerunder reported.

Currently, the passenger self check-in kiosks are in use in Almaty and
Shymkent. In the near future, the airports in Astana and Atyrau will also be
equipped with them. There are also talks to install terminals in Aktau.

For a while, check-in through these kiosks is available only for
domestic flights. In the future, this system will be introduced for international
destinations as well.

 “Upon the check-in procedure at
the kiosk, a passenger can spend no more than 20-30 seconds for the whole
procedure, including the direct scanning of the document or entering a booking
number, and boarding pass printing. In the case of the standard check-in
procedure at the front desk, the whole process takes more than a minute,” said Daniyar
Kurmanalin, Manager for Development, Air Astana’s Ground Handling Department.

A passenger can independently choose his/her seat and the system will provide
it automatically.

“At first, the system automatically determines and offers the
availability of seats that are mostly preferred by passengers, near windows and
passageways. And then, it  distributes
those seats that are in the middle,” Mr. Kurmanalin clarified.

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Airbus increases A320 rate up to 50 aircraft per month

Airbus has decided to further increase the production rate for its very
successful A320 Family to 50 aircraft per month from Q1 2017, matching market
demand. Additionally, Airbus is adjusting the A330 production rate to six a
month from Q1 2016 as it transitions towards the A330neo.

“As an aircraft manufacturer, it is our role, for our employees,
partners, customers and investors to anticipate market demands whilst
delivering on orders and managing revenues,” said Didier Evrard, Executive Vice
President Programmes. “Given the success of the A320 Family, both CEO and NEO,
we work closely with our supply chain, assess our manufacturing capabilities
and decide on the most appropriate rate. On wide-bodies we are adjusting A330
production in preparation for transition to NEO while in parallel the A350 XWB
is on a steep ramp-up.”

With over 11,500 Airbus single aisle aircraft sold and more than 6,400
delivered to 317 operators, the A320 family which includes the A319, A320 and
A321, is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle family.

Airbus has the most modern and comprehensive wide-body product line. It
includes the versatile A330, the larger A350 XWB and the double deck A380. Together,
the aircraft efficiently cover all airline wide-body requirements for regional,
medium and long haul operations, seating from 250 to over 500 passengers and
sharing unique levels of operational commonality.

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Aviation Services of Kyrgyzstan and Qatar sign memorandum to operate regular flights between countries

On February 25-26, 2015, Erkin Isakov, Director, Civil Aviation Agency
of Kyrgyzstan, and Ibrahim Abdulkadyr, Vice-Director, Civil Aviation Authority
of Qatar, approved a draft Interstate Air Traffic Treaty in Doha, Qatar,
the Civil Aviation Agency of Kyrgyzstan reported.

The parties signed a Memorandum stating that the Qatari national airline
will start operating its regular flights between the two countries before the Interstate
Air Traffic Treaty comes into force.

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British Airways carries out campaign for passengers from Azerbaijan

British Airways has launched a new spring campaign, which will
enable Azerbaijani tourists to travel at discounted prices. reports with reference to the press service of British Airways
that airline tickets with a discount available for the Club World and World
Traveller classes. The tourists from Azerbaijan will be able to travel
up within campaign to 30 June 2015. Rates start at EUR 484 from Azerbaijan to the UKand Europe, and from EUR 674
the United Statesand Canada.

In addition, to encourage the residents of Azerbaijan on a family vacation
this spring, experts from British Airways have compiled a list of the best
places that would suit parents and children.

According to experts, one of the best places for vacation during spring
break in 2015 are Los Angeles (California,USA), Milan(Italy), Washington (USA), Toronto (Canada)
and the island of Jersey (UK).

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Aktau – Astrakhan flight delayed because of fog at airport in Astrakhan

Fog violated activities at Astrakhan International Airport,Russia, and one arriving flight
from Aktau, Kazakhstan,
has been delayed, the Interfax-South News Agency, Russia, reported citing the
Airport’s Directory Inquiry.

“The plane from Aktau was supposed to arrive at 6:40, Moscow time. It has not yet taken off from
Aktau to fly to Astrakhan.
According to the flight schedule, it had to fly from Astrakhanairport at 7:40, Moscowtime. We can not say now for how long one will delay its arrival and departure,”
the Directory Inquiry said.

According to Astrakhan City Hydro Meteorological Center,
the current visibility at the airfield is about 200 meters.

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Umrah – 2015 Programme

Under the Umra – 2015 Programme, 31 charter flights will be totally
operated en route Tashkent, UzbekistanJeddah,Saudi ArabiaTashkent, and there are plans that Uzbekistan Airways’ Boeing-757G
/ 767 planes will carry  5,494 pilgrims toSaudi Arabia.

Mr. Bahriddinov, Head of the Commercial Charter Flights Department,
Uzbekistan Airways, said that one has created all possible conditions for pilgrims
to meet international standards. A special group of qualified professionals will
serve pilgrims on four separate check-in desks. Flights from Tashkentto Jeddah have been operated during the period from February 9th to March
23, 2015, and from Jeddah to Tashkent– since February 19th  to April
2, 2015.

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Global Business Indicator – Business aviation picks up in 2014

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the world’s leading provider of
maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry,
has released its 2014 Business Aviation Index, which tracks flight hours for
business aircraft by region, industry and cabin type. According to JSSI’s 2014
Business Aviation Index, flight hours increased by 1.2% globally.  With declining fuel prices taking hold,
flight hours increased by 2.5% in Q4, compared with flight hours for Q4

“While the pace of the US economic recovery gained steam,
an economic slowdown throughout the world certainly had an impact on flight
hours,” said Neil W. Book, President and Chief Executive Officer of JSSI.
“There were still some bright spots worth noting, where we saw solid
growth in the real estate industry and business jet charter.    Solid charter numbers are promising,
because they represent business jet usage across a wide range of
industries.  Regionally, the North
American market remained consistent with the prior year, but Europe and the Middle East saw nearly 10% growth between 2013 and

JSSI Index: By Industry

While overall flight hours grew at a slower pace than the last few
years, by industry, Real Estate led the way with double digit growth in the
last quarter (10.8%) while the Aviation Industry had the strongest gains for
the year (4.4%.) Conversely, Manufacturing (-13.7%) and Construction (-6.9%)
contracted significantly in 2014.

Industry           Quarter-over-Quarter  YTD 2014 vs YTD 2013

Aviation                       -0.5%                                     4.4%

Business Services         7.2%                                       -5.1%

Construction                -4.3%                                     -6.9%

Consumer Goods         -11.0%                                   -1.7%

Financial Services        -0.2%                                     -0.5%

Healthcare                   -19.5%                                   0.8%

Manufacturing              -0.4%                                   -13.7%

Power & Energy          -8.7%                                     -3.9%

Real Estate                   10.8%                                     4.1%

JSSI Index: By Region

When looking at the data by region, Business Aviation experienced growth
from Q3 to Q4 in only two markets – Central America and South

Region             Quarter-over-Quarter              YTD 2014 vs YTD 2013

Africa                           -4.0%                                     -15.1%

Asia-Pacific                 -2.6%                                     -4.3%

Central America           6.9%                                       -4.3%

Europe                         -9.4%                                     9.1%

Middle East                 -9.0%                                     9.1%

North America             -0.9%                                     0.1%

South America             6.2%                                       5.0%

Book continued, “Due to the cyclical nature of business travel, the
fourth quarter is often less active than the third quarter.  Therefore, it is very encouraging to see
quarter over quarter growth in Central and South America.” 

JSSI Index: By Aircraft Type

Observing Business Aviation activity by aircraft type provides insight
as to exactly how the business community is flying. For the first time, the
JSSI Business Aviation Index is releasing annual data on helicopter usage:

Aircraft Type               Quarter-over-Quarter              YTD
2014 vs YTD 2013

Helicopter                                -26.4%                                   3.2%

Large Cabin                             -0.7                                        4.6%

Medium Cabin                          3.6%                                     -0.3%

Small Cabin                             -4.1%                                     -0.6%

“It is a good sign to see the strong growth in the large cabin
sector.  This is an excellent indicator
that the large corporate flight departments are using their aircraft for
business all over the world.  With the
decline in the cost of fuel, coupled with less negative rhetoric toward the
business aviation community coming out of Washington, we are very optimistic for a
strong 2015,” continued Mr. Book.

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Transport Prosecutor’s Office, Almaty, comments on theft of money from passengers

As a part of the coordination of the fight against crime, the Air Transport
Prosecutor’s Office in Almaty,
, (hereinafter,
the Prosecutor’s Office), together with the bodies of internal affairs on
transport adopted organizational and preventive measures to combat the theft of
another’s property. As a result, thefts at the airport in Almaty declined by 44
crimes or 50.6% in 2014.

As reported by the Prosecutor’s Office, an agreement was reached between
the linear police department (hereinafter, LSP) at the Almaty International Airport and the leadership
of this airport in the past year to implement operational support of inbound
air cargo. This has significantly reduced the possibility of theft of passengers’
property “on the ground”. But, this year, there are new ways for embezzlement, in
flight in the cabin.

Since December 2014 through February 2015, the duty of the LSP received
a number of complaints from people affected on board the aircraft during the
flight en route Almaty, KazakhstanHong Kong.
Funds were stolen from six Kazakh residents worth over USD 50 thousand..

All crimes were committed at night, when the passengers were asleep and
could not be assumed that in a confined space, it would seem, there may be such
a daring crime in a safe place.

 “We consider a number of
versions, one of which is crimes by the citizens of China; for this purpose, one carried
out remedial measures for the establishment of transit passengers among Chinese
citizens who followed these flights. On February 10, 2015, as a result of measures
taken by employees of criminal police at the international airport on suspicion
of theft, one has detained Chinese citizens who were transit passengers and arrived
from Beijing to Almaty  trying to fly later to Dubai,” the Prosecutor’s Office said.

During the inspection of the citizens of China,
one has found funds in the amount of $ 3,000, YAN 3,000, and two cell phones,
as they were stolen on the same day from the passengers’ hand luggage when
flying en route Beijing– Almaty.

As regards this incident, a LSP investigator has commenced pre-trial
investigation at Almaty International Airport.
On the same day, Chinese citizens were put in prison in Almaty.

The investigating judge of the Turksib District Court of Almaty sanctioned
suspects to apply a  measure in the form
of detention.

Currently, one is checking the detainees’ involvement to previous crimes

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Air Astana named Airline Market Leader of the Year at the 41st annual Air Transport World Awards

Air Astana celebrated in Washington DC last night the honour of being
named Airline Market Leader of the Year at the 41st annual Air Transport World

Accepting the accolade on behalf of the airline’s 4,300 employees
President and CEO Peter Foster noted the airline’s achievements these past 12
years have taken it on “a remarkable journey.”

“We are proud to be the youngest airline to win such prestigious
recognition”, he said, addressing the 200-strong audience and thanked the
people of Kazakhstanespecially for their support.

Air Transport World Editor in Chief Karen Walker lauded the Kazakhstancarrier for its creativity, determination to succeed and its consistent
profitable performance. Since Air Astana was founded in 2002 with an initial
investment of $17 million, the airline has been profitable every year, bar one
and has not called on any further funds or guarantees since inception,
meanwhile building up a modern, western fleet of an average five years of age.

The ATW Achievement Awards are widely regarded in the industry. Other
award winners on the night included London Heathrow Airport/ Star Alliance, Boeing and Lufthansa.

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We should manually fly, and not rely on transit carriages – Deputy Prime Minister

Civil aviation is on the second position in importance after the state
of motor-roads, Valery Dill,  Deputy
Prime Minister, said at the board meeting of the Ministry of Transport and
Communications of Kyrgyzstan on February 25, 2015.

“If we follow the chronology of events for the 25 years of independence,
we can see that the civil aviation sector has not had dynamic development. At
present, we do not have our own national airline with our attributes, which we
could be proud of. Why don’t we develop aviation? Both domestic and
international airlines are not developed. We are now steadily working on a
program to develop the civil aviation sector. Please, put an end to this
matter. We should clearly know why we created this program, what we need to
know where we go, and what we want,” he said.

According to him, the Kyrgyzstan’s
removal from the EU’s blacklist is very important.

“We are in this list, and we are unreliable now. The problem is safety,
then we have an insufficient level of safety and who is wrong? The engaged body
is guilty. We must rapidly move in this direction to get out of this list. We
need to fly and go to the next level, but we still hope that the transit
flights will save us, that someone will fly and take our passengers,” Mr. Dill said.

He also noted the importance of issues relating to frequency, especially
for such destinations, as Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. “We need to increase our frequencies
for our air companies but we always have problems with these frequencies,” he

The Vice Prime Minister also addressed the “Open Skies” issue.

“I myself have studied this issue. This is a program, in which the states
have agreed among themselves in the military sector and allow foreign aircraft
to fly over their territories and to fix everything related to military
activities. In our case, the “Open Skies” concept implies “open for all
airlines” and let everyone who wants arrives to us or departs from us. It’s a
little bit wrong. We have generally removed this concept. We are currently
working on airports in Bishkek and Osh,
and a concept for them was identified two years ago. What has been done?
Nothing has been done. Because we live in market relations. While we do not see
economic preferences none will come to us,” he said.

According to Mr. Dill, work of professionals and competent managers is important

At the end, he called for the Ministry of Transport to pay attention to
this sector and take an action.

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