Monthly Archives: March 2015

Co-pilot of A-320 crashed in the Alps was afraid of losing his license due to health problems

The co-pilot of the A-320 crashed in the Alps,
Andreas Lubitz, was afraid of losing his pilot’s license because of mental
health problems, according to

This version is brought by Bild, a German tabloid, citing an unnamed
source in the investigation. “At the moment, we believe that one of the
main reasons was concluded in Mr. Lubitz’s concerns that health problems would jeopardize
his fitness to fly,” Interfax quoted.

On March 27, 2015, during a search of the Mr. Lubitz’s  apartment, one found the documents, indicating
the presence of the disease and the passage of treatment. Among them, there was
a torn sick leave issued on March 24, 2015, the day of the tragedy.

Insurers registered about US $ 300 million on payments to the families
of victims of the plane crashed in the Alps.
According to TASS, this is by twice higher of the existing standards; in the
future, this amount can still be adjusted upward.

A-320 owned by Germanwings crashed over the French Alps. All 150 people
who were on board were killed. Investigators believed that the co-pilot of this
aircraft, Andreas Lubitz deliberately admitted this air crash.

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Munich Airport adopts Amadeus’ A-CDM solution improving flight departure planning & runway capacity

Amadeus, a leading technology provider for the global travel industry,
today announces that it has contributed to optimising the airport resources of Munich Airport,
one of the busiest European airports with nearly 377,000 aircraft movements in
2014, since it started using Amadeus Airport Sequence Manager. Munich Airporthas adopted and deployed the Amadeus solution as part of the A-CDM initiatives
that the airport has been implementing and pioneering since 2007.

Amadeus Airport Sequence Manager was developed in collaboration with Munich Airportwho acted as a consultant partner during the whole development process. In its
constant strive to maximise efficiency, the airport, previously using an
inhouse optimisation tool, was looking for a new solution to further enhance
the overall airport capacity. Difficult weather conditions were of particular
interest and thus de-icing operations were included in the departure sequence.

The Amadeus solution helps Munich Airport unlock airport
capacity and reduce slot wastage. The impact of adverse conditions on flight
departure planning is reduced, in particular with de-icing procedures and in
thunderstorm conditions. The innovative de-icing sequence functions will help
the airport limit the impact on airport operations while improving departure
time. In addition, the impact of departure restrictions caused by thunderstorms
is also limited, contributing to an optimised usage of airport resources. As a
result, the capacity of the airport’s runways is maximised and better internal
coordination is achieved thanks to the common situational awareness tool
provided for all participants in airport operations.

Despite the fact that the solution was recently deployed, results have
been observed and include the following:

  • Reduced waiting time at the runway head by
  • Improved flight slot adherence by 22%
  • The inbound compared to the outbound delay
    improved by 24%

Michael Zaddach, Senior Vice President IT, Munich Airportcommented: “Although we were already using a inhouse airport optimisation
solution, we looked for a partner to develop a next-gen application that would
include a de-icing module. Amadeus was best positioned due to their experience
in the global travel industry coupled with their technology platform for
airports. Amadeus Airport Sequence Manager contributes to taking our A-CDM
initiatives further and brings the capacity of our runways to the maximum level
possible. Ultimately, we are convinced that it will play a part in achieving
operational excellence, taking Munich Airport to the next

“Many airports today are largely constrained in their ability to
transform the efficiency of airport operations, and are not able to share
accurate information across all channels in a timely manner. We have listened
to Munich Airport, one of the most innovative in
the industry, to develop a solution totally adapted to airports in need of
achieving operational excellence, regardless of their location or size. The
deployment of Airport Sequence Manager has led to a shared situational
awareness among all airport partners which has created a more integrated,
intelligent airport system with some good initial results,” commented John
Jarrell, Head of Airport IT, Amadeus.

For more information about Amadeus and its offering for airport
operators, please visit

About Amadeus

Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the
global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g.
airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel
agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management

The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, across central
sites in Madrid(corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well
as 71 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations globally. The group operates a
transaction-based business model. Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock
Exchange under the symbol “AMS.MC” and is a component of the IBEX 35 index.

To find out more about Amadeus please visit, and for more on the
travel industry.

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New agreement between AZAL and Turkish Airlines enters into force

The code-sharing agreement signed between CJSC “Azerbaijan
Airlines” (AZAL) and Turkish Airlines (THY) on March 15, 2015, entered
into force on March 29, 2015.

According to Oxu.Az, the agreement signed between AZAL and Turkish
Airlines allows passengers to take advantage of great opportunities for better
connections and increased flexibility of travel between the two countries.

As part of the code-sharing agreement Turkish Airlines will indicate its
marketing code on flights of AZAL by route Baku
Istanbul Ataturk – Sabiha Gokcen – Ankara.

AZAL, in turn, will indicate its marketing code on flights of Turkish
Airlines by route IstanbulBaku– Nahichevan – Ganja and Sabiha Gokcen – Baku.

In addition, in sectors outside of Istanbuland Baku, both
airlines will offer an expanded network for its passengers.

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Pegasus Asia launches Bishkek – Yekaterinburg flight

On April 15, 2015, Air Manas Airlines, Kyrgyzstan,
(Pegasus Asia) will launch its regular international flights en route Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Yekaterinburg, Russia. The flights will be
operated twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, by Boeing-737-800.

The flight schedule is as follows (time is local for each airport):

On Wednesdays,  the flight # ZM-515/516
departs from Bishkek at 10:50, arrives in Yekaterinburg at 12:40. Departure from
Yekaterinburg is at 14:20, arrival in Bishkek is at 18:05.

On Saturdays, departure from Bishkek is at 08:40, arrival in
Yekaterinburg is at 10:20. Departure from Yekaterinburg is at 11:45, arrival in
Bishkek is at 15:10.

The Bishkek – Yekaterinburg air line is also served by Ural Airlines,
Air Kyrgyzstan and Avia Traffic Company.

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Negotiations on flights between Georgia and Russia delayed

Negotiations between the aeronautical authorities of Georgia and Russia on frequency of flights are delayed
due to the fact that the Georgian side protects the interests of its national air
carriers, Natia Mikeladze, First Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable
Development of Georgia, said on Tuesday, March 31st.

At this stage, the airlines of Georgia  and Russiacontinue operating 18 weekly flights (each country) on the Moscow,RussiaTbilisi,GeorgiaMoscow air route.

“We were not expecting any delegations, especially from Aeroflot,
respectively, those negotiations, which began in December 2014 continue to this
day… It is because of the fact that we basically protect the interests, first
and foremost, of our country and our national air carriers, so negotiations on
these issues are delayed,”, Mrs. Mikeladze said.

Regular direct flights between Russiaand Georgiawere canceled in 2006 after the deterioration of relations between the two
countries, and then, for a time, they had been restored in 2008, and then,
again, they suspended after the August events and rupture of diplomatic
relations between the two countries.

The decision to restore the regular air services was made in September
2014. After the restoration of direct flights between Georgia and Russia, the scheduled flights have
been operated by four airlines. Three of them are Russian, namely S7 Airlines, Transaero
and Aeroflot, and one is Georgian, Airzena – Georgian Airways.

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Turkmenistan Airlines’ air traffic controllers send an open letter to President stating “they no longer able to endure the humiliation”

Yesterday, an independent newspaper, Chronicles of Turkmenistan,
received an open letter from Turkmenistan Airlines’ air traffic controllers addressed
to the President of Turkmenistan with the request to publish this letter, in
which air traffic controllers are complaining about their wage sizes and the
number of labour hours.

“We know that reprisals from the authorities on air traffic controllers
will follow for this, but we can not be humiliated any more,” one said in the

In their letter, air traffic controllers complain that the leadership of
Turkmenistan Airlines, they say, “has not been fulfilling the President’s decrees
in relation to them since 2008.”

In particular, they cite the example of the Presidential Decree issued in
2013 to increase the salaries for everyone who makes a profit doubled.

“We are the only industrial structure of Turkmenistan Airlines, which
makes a profit, but we were spared, salaries were raised by twice to all
categories of workers including pilots, flight attendants and aircraft
technicians working with international airlines, but our wages were increased
by 25% only,” air traffic controllers write.

One reported, in total, 240 people are involved in this structure only, and
it brings an annual income coming to US $ 65-70 billion for servicing foreign
aircraft only at minimum cost, as they fly over the territory of Turkmenistan.

After another Presidential Decree on increasing salaries since January 2015,
it turns out that air traffic controllers’ salaries were higher by 40-60% (depending
on qualifications) before 2015.

“Almost all allowances have been cut. As a result, our salaries have not
been increased by 10% but  decreased by
40-60%, which is about 600-1,000 Turkmen Manat,” the Air Company workers

Also, in their letter to the President of the country, they indicated their
dissatisfaction with the working week that exceeds 36 hours, despite the Decree
to amend the labour law, according to which, the air traffic controllers’ workweek
must not exceed this standard (36 hours).

Finally, air traffic controllers suggested the President to create a
separate state structure, State Air Navigation Agency at the level of the Government
and asked to take action against the Turkmenistan Airlines leadership for
failure to follow decrees.

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Commission to establish this week what caused incident at Osh International Airport

“A commission has been formed to investigate the today’s incident at Osh International Airport,” Erkin Isakov, Director
of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD), announced the Vecherniy Bishkek
Newspaper today, March 30, 2015.

Recall, the pilots of the aircraft that landed today at about 9:00 am at Osh International Airport were unable to stop the plane due to bad weather conditions and the
snow-covered runway. As a result, the plane skidded off the runway. According
to eyewitnesses, as a result of this incident, there were no any victims.

“The commission consisted of representatives of the CAD has already been
working,” Mr. Isakov said. “I hope, within a week, they will identify the
causes and circumstances of the incident. If at the end of the investigation,
one reveals that the incident was caused by improper preparation of the runway,
the airport will get into 
But now, inspectors check the friction coefficient, how much it meets the
requirements and they clarify the pilot’s actions and possibility of a late
touchdown,” the official told.

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Osh International Airport operates normally now

The Osh International Airport, Kyrgyzstan, has resumed its operations. Exactly
at 16:00, local time, a flight from Moscowlanded at the airport, Uson Mirzakhodzhayev, Air Traffic Controller, Osh International Airport, reported to the
Vecherniy Bishkek Newspaper today, March 30, 2015.

“At 16:00, we reported about resuming airport operations. Now, all
flights are refueling and we will depart them,” Mr. Mirzakhodzhayev said.

According to this Air Traffic Controller, the aircraft belonged to Air
Manas (Pegasus Asia trademark) skidded off the runway this morning and
interfered the overall flight operations from/to this airport, and, finally, we
managed to extract the plane from ground.

“About 90 minutes ago, we extracted the aircraft. It was pulled out
by special trucks owned by the airport. The plane has no any serious damages,”
Mr. Mirzakhodzhayev said.

Recall, the pilots of the aircraft that landed today at about 9:00 am
atOsh International Airportwere unable to stop the plane due to bad weather
conditions and the snow-covered runway. As a result, the plane skidded off the
runway. According to eyewitnesses, as a result of this incident, there were no
any victims.

Meanwhile, there was a national football team of Kyrgyzstan in
the aircraft that skidded off the runway.

One should note the Osh International Airport was temporarily closed due to an emergency and many flights to Osh were strongly delayed.

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Passengers cannot fly to Osh and stuck at Manas International Airport, Bishkek

Because of the airplane stuck at the airport in Osh,Kyrgyzstan, the passengers of
the Bishkek – Oshflight have been unable to depart from the Bishkek’s Manas International
Airport (MIA) for the fifth hour, the MIA said today, March 30, 2015.

According to this source, an aircraft belonged to TEZ JET Airlines was supposed
to fly to Osh this morning at 8:00, local time, but due to the fact that the airport
in Osh was closed, the flight is delayed. “Right now, there are about 100
passengers in the waiting room. In total, one should operate six flights today
from Bishkek to Osh.
Of these, TEZ JET has two scheduled flights on this air route. The last today’s
flight to Osh is
scheduled for 17:20, local time,” the MIA reported to the Vecherniy Bishkek

Recall, the pilots of the aircraft that landed today at about 9:00 am atOsh International Airportwere unable to stop the plane due to bad weather conditions and the snow-covered
runway. As a result, the plane skidded off the runway. According to
eyewitnesses, as a result of this incident, there were no any victims.

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Direct flights to be launched between Baku and Nizhniy Novgorod

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) CJSC will open a direct regular flight on
Baku, Azerbaijan – Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia – Baku air route in the early
summer of 2015, said the message posted on the website of the Strigino
International Airport of Nizhniy Novgorod.

The direct flights on the mentioned route will start since June 6, 2015.

“The flights will be carried out by Embraer-190 aircraft on Saturdays,”
said the message. “Starting from July 29, the flights on the mentioned route
will be carried out on Wednesdays as well.”

Previously, in 2014, Maharram Safarli, AZAL Spokesperson, told Trend
that the company intends to launch new regular flights to such Russian cities,
as Perm, Krasnoyarsk,
Nizhniy Novgorod and the Belarusian capital of Minsk during the spring-summer season.

Currently, AZAL air fleet consists of modern planes that meet all safety

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