Monthly Archives: July 2015

Airzena – Georgian Airways to increase its frequency of flights to Yerevan, Armenia

Airzena – Georgian Airways has plans to increase the frequency of
flights to Yerevan, Armenia. The Georgia’s Civil Aviation Agency granted
appropriate permission to the Air Company,  the Ministry of Economy of Georgia announced.

TbilisiYerevanTbilisi regular flights
will be operated since August 1, 2015, before the end of the summer air
navigation season with a frequency of eight times a week instead of four
flights per week, the air ticket price is EUR 55+. Georgian Airways has resumed
its flights to Yerevansince June 29th.

Airzena was established in September 1993. Initially, Airzena operated its
charter flights to the United Arab Emirates,Italy, China, Egypt,India, Syria, as well as regular flights to Austria (Vienna).
In 1999, the Air Company  has become the
national air carrier of Georgia.

In August 2004, Airzena was renamed to Georgian Airways, however, the
name of Airzena is still widely used as a short brand.

Georgian Airways’ fleet consists of medium-haul Boeing-737 and CRJ. Currently,
the Airline operates flights to 14 cities.

Source – http://sputnik-georgia.ru/

Trade Unions of aviation workers of Uzbekistan and Belarus signed cooperation agreement

Trade Unions of aviation workers of Uzbekistan and Belarus signed cooperation agreement

Republican Council of Trade Unions of aviation workers of Uzbekistan and
Belarusian trade union of aviation workers signed an agreement on cooperation
for 2015-2018.

The
purpose of this agreement is to strengthen and develop cooperation between the
trade unions of the two countries in the field of protection of social,
economic and labor rights and guarantees of aviation workers, as well as
enhance the role of trade unions in shaping public policy in the field of air
transport and the exchange of experience in modern conditions, the press
service of Uzbekistan Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) said.

Within
the document the sides will develop joint training programs to improve the
skills of trade union cadres and trade union activists, labor protection
measures and social welfare of the aviation workers.

The
parties will also show solidarity in protecting the rights of students, and
promote the development of direct contacts between the youth trade unions of
both countries.

Source – http://www.uzdaily.com/

Bombardier announces two-year Global 7000 delay

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Bombardier has announced a two-year delay for
the entry into service of the Global 7000 business jet, blaming unspecified
development “challenges”. The first of the 7,300nm (13,520km)-range business
jets will now be delivered in the second half of 2018 rather than in 2016 as
originally scheduled. Bombardier did not disclose a schedule revision for the
even longer-range Global 8000, but that was originally scheduled in 2017.

The
new aircraft family will feature the first “purpose-built, four-(cabin)-zone
aircraft” in the business jet market, says Bombardier chief executive Alain
Bellemare, speaking during a second quarter earnings teleconference with
analysts. The Global 7000 also incorporates an advanced wing optimised for both
long-range and short-field takeoff performance, he says. “These challenges have
impacted the programme schedule,” Bellemare says, though adding, “I am
confident in our performance of the aircraft and our ability to deliver to the
revised schedule.”

The
schedule delay comes three months after Bombardier announced plans to slash
production of the Global 5000/6000 business jets to between 50-60 aircraft per
year, down from a current rate of 80-85 aircraft per year.

Sales
of Bombardier’s business jets were slow in the second quarter, Bellemare says,
noting soft demand from China,
Latin America and Russia.
Although third quarter sales activity has been “good” so far, he says, the
company still believes it made the right decision to proactively reduce production
rates.

Earlier
this year, Bombardier also announced the
Learjet 85 development programme is now paused
indefinitely.

The
Global 7000, powered by GE Aviation Passport engines and featuring
Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion avionics, represents
the company’s response to new rivals such as the
Gulfstream G650 and the Dassault Falcon 5X/8X.

The
first flight test aircraft of the Global 7000 is now in the final assembly
stage, Bellemare says.

Global
7000 was the biggest in the business class cabin, while the Global 8000 has an increased
flight range. If 7000 carries ten people without refueling from London to
Singapore, from New York to Dubai or from Beijing to Washington, the 8000 with
eight passengers on board can make a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, and
from Hong Kong or Mumbai or to New York.

Last
year, the manufacturer has put 290 aircraft, including 204 business jets, 84
commercial aircraft and two amphibious aircraft. These results represent an
increase by 22%, as compared with deliveries in 2013: 238 aircraft (180
business aircraft, 55 commercial aircraft and three amphibious).

Source – http://www.flightglobal.com/

Airbus’ profit increased to EUR 1.23 billion in Q2 2015

French aerospace giant Airbus
Group
(EADSF.PK, EADSY.PK)
increased its net profit by 5% in
the second quarter of 2015 due to the good results of the commercial aircraft
division, despite the write-off of a military transport unit, according to the
Business Internet Portal.

The index includes the write-off of the unit for the production of
military transport aircraft amounting to EUR 290 million. Euro. The air crash of
one of the A400M aircraft in May 2015 in Spain forced Airbus to temporarily
stop flights and delivery of these aircraft, later the restrictions were
lifted.

Airbus’ earnings before interest and tax or EBIT, as well
as one-off factors rose 15% up to EUR 1.23 billion in the second quarter, as
compared to EUR 1.07 billion a year earlier. The company’s revenue in
April-June increased by 16% to EUR 16.8 billion. The volume of the Company’s order
book as of June 30th totaled to EUR 927 billion. against EUR 858 a year earlier. In the
first half of 2015, Airbus has received orders for EUR 53.9 billion (EUR 27.7
billion for the same period in 2014).

Source – http://www.aex.ru/

Turkmenistan, UK mull prospects for intensifying co-op in various spheres

Photo: Turkmenistan, UK mull prospects for intensifying co-op in various spheres | Turkmenistan

The UK delegation
led by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the UK Foreign and
Commonwealth Office Tobias Ellwood is on a working visit to Ashgabat, said the
message from Turkmen government.

During
the meeting held at Turkmenistan’s
Foreign Ministry, the sides discussed the possibilities of expanding the
cooperation on a number of spheres such as energy, civil aviation, sports and
tourism, said the message.

They
also expressed interest in cooperation in ensuring human rights and freedoms by
exchanging experience in this sphere.

The
two sides expressed commitment to intensifying the cooperation at the level of
foreign ministries of the two countries by enhancing the political dialogue and
organizing mutual visits.

Talking
about the cooperation in trade and economic sphere, the sides emphasized the
fruitful activities of Turkmenistan-UK Trade & Industry Council (TUKTIC).

They
stressed the importance of strengthening the legal framework and practical
implementation of the agreements by organizing joint projects, as well as by
working out a joint action plan to improve the relations.

Such UK companies as Dragon Oil, Burren Energy,
Gaffney, Cline & Associates, De La Rue and others operate in Turkmenistan. TheUK regards Turkmenistan as
one of the key players in the international energy sphere.

Source – http://en.trend.az/

Almaty, Minsk to increase flights this fall

Almaty, Kazakhstan,
and Minsk, Belarus,
will increase flights this fall, Igor Cherginets, Deputy Director General of
Marketing and Foreign Economic Activity, Belavia Airlines, said in his interview
with Belta News Agency, Belarus.

 “Another flight frequency to Almaty
will be added in the winter flight schedule. There is a significant transit
flow on this air route. Now, our biggest aircraft, Boeing-737-800, designed for
189 seats fly to this city. Aircraft are almost completely loaded when flying in
both directions, with the majority of transfer passengers”, the Deputy Director
General said.

As previously reported, Belavia launched air services en route Minsk – Almaty on April 29th.
Launching of this flight was made possible by the acquisition two Boeing-737-800s
of the new generation in leasing with increased range and higher carrying capacity,
as compared to other flights operating by this air company. Currently, flights
to Almaty International Airportare operated twice a week at nights.

Belavia is the largest airline of Belarus, a leading freight. At the
end of January 2014, the airline began its operations in the legal status of the
opened joint stock company. The airline’s air fleet includes 27 aircraft, and
it operates its own regular flights to 47 airports in 27 countries in Europe,
CIS and Asia. As a result of 2014, the Air
Company carried more than 1 million and 972.7 thousand passengers or by 22.3%
more than in 2013. Since 1997, Belavia has been a member of the International
Air Transport Association (IATA), since 2010 – a member of the European Regions
Airline Association (ERAA).

Source – http://gazeta.kz/

Georgian Airlines increases Odessa – Tbilisi – Odessa flight frequencies

Since August 8, 2015, Georgian Airlines adds the second flight frequency
en route Odessa, UkraineTbilisi, GeorgiaOdessa for
the convenience of its passengers. Now, the flights will be operated on
Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing from Odessa International Airportat 12:05, and from Tbilisi– at 09:00, local time for each airport. Flight
 duration is two hours.

Georgian Airways operates its direct flights to Tbilisi on its CRJ aircraft with two classes
of service on board.

Recall, Georgian Airways operated its first flight to Odessa on July 1, 2015. Then, the Air Company
announced on its plans to increase the frequency of flights due to the high
public interest in this air route.

Georgian Airways (Airzena) was established in September 1993. Its air fleet
includes medium-haul Boeing-737 and CRJs. The airline is based in Tbilisi International Airport.
In 2010, Georgian Airways has become a member of IATA (International Air
Transport Association).

Source – http://www.odessa.aero/

Alitalia flight from Tbilisi International Airport to Rome postponed

An Alitalia Airlines flight from Tbilisito Rome has been postponed, this information was
confirmed by representatives of Tbilisi International Airport.
Reportedly, the flight was scheduled for 05:00 AM.

According to the airport’s information service, the tickets will remain
valid and the flight will be implemented at 18:00 PM.

Passengers are quite dissatisfied with the situation; reportedly, as
Alitalia representatives have explained, the crew is overtired and requested
some time to recuperate.

Source – http://www.interpressnews.ge/

Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan called terms of launching flights from Astana to financial centers worldwide

The
Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan called the terms of
launching the flights that will connect Astana,
Kazakhstan
, with
the financial centers of the world.

As you
know,  in his “100 Concrete Steps Nations
Plan” to implement five institutional reforms, the President of Kazakhstan noted
the creation of an Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) based on the
infrastructure of Astana EXPO-2017 with giving it a special status. Nursultan
Nazarbayev noted the need to create a network of regular and comfortable air
traffic from Astana to the leading financial centers.

“Currently,
one operates flights to Frankfurt, Beijing, Istanbul, Moscow, London, Paris and Seoul. The last two
flights have been recently launched (to Paris
in March, to Seoul– in June 2015). There are plans to launch five more destinations before the
end of 2019 (to Dubai – in 2015, Hong Kong – in 2016,Tokyo – in 2017, Singapore– in 2018, New York and Shanghai – in 2019).

To develop
international passenger air traffic, we propose simplification of visa regime
for such countries, as China,Japan, Singapore, the citizens of which
exhibit their high tourist activity”, one said in response to a formal request from
Kazinform.

Along
with this, the Ministry said to Kazinform that, in 2014, the total volume of
cargo transportation by air transport worldwide amounted to 51.3 million metric
tons. This includes 19.6% (10 million metric tons) accounted for the Asia – Europe
destination, of these, the transit of goods through the airspace of Kazakhstan comes
to 1.5 million metric tons per year. Only 90 thousand metric tons out of 1.5
mln cargo are handled at the airports of the country, which is 6%.

“In
order to make full use of the transit capacities and organize multimodal
transportations, we started working to reduce barriers in this area, by making
a number of changes in the tax and customs legislation of Kazakhstan for
the introduction of electronic document turnover for the carriage of goods/cargos.
As a result of this step, we expect to serve up to 30% (500 thousand metric tons)
of transit cargos through the airspace of Kazakhstan by 2020”, the Ministry of
Investment and Development of Kazakhstan reported.

Source – http://kazinform.kz/

 

Boeing says debris found in Indian Ocean similar to jet like MH370 – media

Officials from Boeing on Wednesday thought debris found in the Indian
Ocean was consistent in appearance with a Boeing 777, the type of plane flown
by Malaysia Airlines that disappeared in March 2014, according to U.S.media report.

French aviation authorities have already announced that they begin an
investigation, as the Reunion Island is a French
overseas territory.

Cleaners found debris on the coast of supposedly an aircraft wing having
a length of two meters. One of them said that the debris is covered with
barnacles, which means that it has long been in the water.

The Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing-777 was flying from Kuala
Lumpur
to Beijingand went missing on March 8, 2014. There were 239 people on board.

The search for this aircraft has no avail.

Source – http://kazinform.kz/