Monthly Archives: September 2015

Airport in Uralsk, Kazakhstan, to start taking airplanes since October 15th – ADDED

The airport
in Uralsk, Kazakhstan,
will start taking airplanes since October 15, 2015, reported Elzhan Yeraly, a
reporter from Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

Work
on the overhaul of the runway of this international airport has been completed.

According
to Yerlan Kazhymov, Deputy Director branch establishment of NC Kazavtozhol JSC,
West Kazakhstan Region, reconstruction work on the project worth KZT 6.3
billion was launched last year. In 2014, one spent KZT 3,8 billion and this
year – KZT 2.5 billion were spent. This year, starting from September 1st,
in connection with the ongoing repairs, the airport has stopped taking all aircraft.
Currently, the runway is ready, it remains to install air navigation, lighting
and air traffic signaling equipment, as well as erect transformer stations. Up
to October 15th, all these works will be completed, and the airport
will resume its operations.

Source – http://kazinform.kz/

AW189 to be able to fly in icing conditions

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced that the Limited Ice Protection
System (LIPS) for the AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter has received
EASA certification. The LIPS system will allow the AW189 to further enhance its
all-weather capabilities, continuing the process to make the all-new super
medium class helicopter suitable to operate in the most adverse and harsh
environmental conditions.

The AW189 is the first helicopter in its weight category to receive an
ice protection system certification. The Limited Ice Protection System (LIPS)
permits flight within a known and defined envelope of icing conditions provided
that the capability to descend into a known band of positive temperature is
available throughout the intended route, typical of conditions encountered, for
example, over the North Sea.

Thanks to its cost-effectiveness and reduced weight, LIPS is optimal for
flight in limited icing conditions for operations such as offshore and
passenger transport as well as search and rescue. The LIPS system is available
as an option and includes ice detectors, Supercooled Larger Droplet (SLD)
marker, Ice Accretion Meter and heated windshield. The system does not require
heated rotor blades and associated equipment, while the engine air intake
heating system is already incorporated into the standard AW189 helicopter. The
AW189 equipped with LIPS retains the performance and procedures for Cat. A
operations and has only limited restrictions in terms of low temperature and
ice presence during IFR operations, therefore expanding the all-weather
operating capability of the type.

In addition LIPS AgustaWestland AW189 plans to equip a full-icing system
(Full Ice Protection System, FIPS). Its certification is expected no earlier
than the middle of next year.

Source – http://www.agustawestland.com/

Cessna prepares to supply 2500th Caravan plane

Last week, the Textron Aviation Company celebrated rollout of the 2500thturboprop family Caravan plane at the Cessna headquarters in Wichita. Bering Air, a charter operator from Alaska, will receive this
aircraft, and this anniversary Grand Caravan EX is the seventh of eight ones ordered
by this operator excluding options.

At the
rollout ceremony, Bering Air president Jim Rowe announced that the company is
turning one of the options into a firm order for a ninth aircraft. Bering Air
is headquartered in Nome, Alaska,
and is the sole means of transportation for some 9,000 people who live in 32
villages in a roadless area the size of New England.
Bering Air operates 30 aircraft and employs 120 people.

After
this 2,500th Caravan is finished at the Cessna factory, it will be flown to Anchorage, Alaska,
for upgrades such as special flooring, stainless-steel doorposts, mud flaps, a
satellite tracking system, passenger briefing system and FMradio. Bering Air used to have a single-point refueling system installed in Anchorage, but with the
latest order for the EX model, the manufacturer agreed
to include this system. Bering Air’s original eight Caravans have flown north
of 120,000 hours. The first one, bought in 1994, is still flying and has more
than 22,000 hours in its logbooks. “You’ve made a great product,” Rowe told the
Textron Aviation employees gathered to celebrate the rollout.

Currently produced four versions Caravan: Cessna Caravan – modification
to the engine PT6A-114A, Cessna Grand Caravan EX – the latest modification of
the c more powerful PT6A-140 engine, Caravan Amphibian and Grand Caravan EX
Amphibian.

Cessna Aircraft offers its customers the newest variation of the
aircraft – a Cessna Grand Caravan EX with distinctive characteristics: 867 hp
engine output by 38% which improves the rate of climb of the aircraft; take-off
distance for this modification is reduced by 20-25%.

Source – http://www.bizavnews.ru/

Tajik Air plans to increase frequency of flights to Almaty

The Tajik Air airline plans
to increase the frequency of its flights to Almaty from two cities of Tajikistan from
October, the Press Service of the Tajik Ministry of Transport reported.

The first additional
flight will be operated on October 5, 2015.

Currently, Tajik Air flies twice a week to Almaty, Kazakhstan,
on Mondays and Thursdays. These flights are operated from Khujand (Hudzhand) and Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The air tickets (one way economy class) for Dushanbe – Almaty segment cost EUR 100, and
for Khujand –Almaty segment – EUR 120.

Source – http://www.akipress.com/

Federal Air Transport Agency notifies Ukrainian airlines on flight operations ban to the Russian Federation from October 25, 2015

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The State Aviation Service, Ukraine,
informed the Russian air carriers to ban flights to/from Ukrainestarting from October 25, 2015. On behalf of the Ministry of Transport of
Russia, guided by the provisions of an Air Communication Agreement between
Russia and Ukraine, the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) has notified the Ukrainian
airlines committing or planning to commit flight to Russia, about a ban to
operate such flights to/from Russia from October 25, 2015, which will operate
as long as the decision of the Ukrainian authorities towards the Russian
airlines is canceled.

Unfortunately, the hasty decision of the Kievauthorities will most painfully hit the citizens of Ukraine. According to Russian
airlines, the Ukrainians form more than 70% of all passengers of the flights between
the two countries.

Air traffic in Russiaand Ukraine is carried out
on a number of air routes: from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Surgut,
there are flights to Kiev, Odessaand Lvov operating
by five Russian airlines, namely Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, Transaero, Siberia/S7
Airlines, UTair and Rossiya.

Dniproavia, Motor Sich and Ukraine International Airlines operate their
flights from Kiev, Odessa,
Zaporozhye and Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, to Moscow,
Saint-Petersburg and Kaliningrad.

Passenger air traffic between the two countries has amounted to about
800 thousand people for eight months of 2015.

Source – http://www.aviaport.ru/

Lucky Start Airlines owned by member of the Kyrgyz Parliament declared bankrupt

A Lucky Start Airlines LLC belonged to Igor Gusarov, member of the Ar-Namys
Faction, Kyrgyz Parliament, was declared bankrupt, the Erkin Too Newspaper,
Kyrgyzstan, writes.

One has appointed a special administration procedure. According to the Order
of the Department of Bankruptcy under the Ministry of Economy, Kubanichbek
Dzhunushaliev was appointed to be a special administrator. The creditors’
meeting will be held on October 9, 2015.

According to the Ministry of Justice, Kyrgyzstan, Helen Gusarova is a head
of the Lucky Start Airlines LLC and Igor Gusarov is the founder. The airline
was registered on January 18, 2001.

According to the “Open Budget” portal belonged to the Kyrgyz Ministry of
Finance, the Air Company paid taxes in 2014, totally amounting KGS 327,840 (U.S.
$1 = KGS 69 at the moment). From January 1, 2015, and to date, the Air Company
has paid a tax totally amounting KGS 621,800.

As of June 30, 2015, this Air Company has payables in the amount of KGS 112,624,052.
This was announced by the special administrator Kubanichbek Dzhunushaliev.
According to him, the total amount payable at the moment yet to be confirmed.

Source – http://tazabek.kg/

Kyrgyzstan is offered to launch Bishkek – Prague airline

Kyrgyzstan is offered to launch Bishkek – Prague airline, Marat Dzhaanbaev, CEO, Taza Bio Systems,
Czech Republican enterprise, said on September 28, 2015, at the Kyrgyz – Czech
business forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

According to him, launching this new airline is aimed to foster
bilateral tourism between the citizens of Kyrgyzstanand the Czech Republic.

“Thanks to the visa-free order, many Czech tourists come to Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz citizens are also very
interested in flying to the Czech Republicto visit such popular Czech resorts, as Karlovy Varyand Prague. Czech
ambassador conducted reform, and our citizens can obtain a Czech visa at the Embassy
of Switzerland”, Mr. Dzhaanbaev said.

Source – http://tazabek.kg/

Airport in Uralsk to be commissioned ahead of schedule

According to Yerlan KAZHIMOV, the deputy head of the Passenger Transport
and Highways Department, West Kazakhstan, reconstruction
of the airport’s runway has been 100% completed today, according to “My City”
portal.

“Currently, there are works there on the reconstruction and the installation
of the air navigation system, lighting, and others”, Mr. Kazhimov told.

According to him, work is carried out ahead of schedule. In the next two
weeks, the working committee will examine the runway.

Recall, last year, one has begun the reconstruction of artificial runway
at this airport. During two months (from September 1st through November
3rd) aircraft had flown across Atyrau. On November 3, 2014, the
airport opened after the first phase of its reconstruction. The second phase
continued in May 2015. During the entire summer, work went during the day, and on
September 1, 2015, the airport was closed to flights. Renovation includes
repairs of the taxiway, parking area, the runway has been lengthened by 400 meters and extended by
three meters. In addition, they have been building an emergency station and
transformer substation here nowadays. One has been allocated KZT 6.3 billion from
the national budget to reconstruct the runway.

Source – http://www.zakon.kz/

Air Astana passes fifth IATA operational Safety Audit

Air
Astana has successfully undergone the International Air Transport Association’s
Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for the fifth time. The airline first passed
the audit in 2007 and then again in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

During
the latest audit in May 2015, documentation and implementation of nearly 1,000
IOSA standards were verified on all aspects of the airline’s activities. These
included organization and management, flight operations, operational control
and flight dispatch, engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground
handling, cargo operation and security. The audit undertaken by accredited IOSA
audit organization AQS. It must be noted that since its third edition, the IOSA
Standards Manual incorporates elements of the ICAO SMS Framework.

“We
are pleased to have yet again successfully completed IATA’s Operational Safety
Audit,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.

The
next audit is scheduled in 2017.

Source – http://airastana.com/

Logitravel to become the first European Online Travel Agency to go live with Amadeus Fare Families

Logitravel is to become the first European Online Travel Agency (OTA) to
implement Amadeus Fare Families, which enables airlines to differentiate their
offer by creating bundles of services, such as priority boarding, extra luggage
or VIP lounge, under specific fares. These fares can then be branded and made
available across the airline’s different sales channels.

Through Logitravel’s implementation of Amadeus Fare Families, travelers
will benefit from a broader value offering of airline products to choose from,
more comparison, as well as the ability to personalize their travel experience.

Amadeus Fare Families will be available on Logitravel’s website by early
November, when the solution is expected to be fully implemented. Upon
completion, consumers will enjoy a similar offering between the OTA’s website
and that of airlines pursuing a branded fares strategy.

With this implementation, Logitravel continues down its path of
innovation in airline merchandizing. In April 2015, the OTA implemented Amadeus
Ancillary Services, enabling customers to customize their travel experience by
purchasing a la carte services offered by airlines, such as extra luggage or
preferred seating.

To date, 17 airlines have implemented Amadeus Fare Families and close to
80 airlines have already implemented Amadeus Airline Ancillary Services. The
numbers continue to grow each month, both on the airline and OTA fronts, as
merchandizing assumes a key role in delivering greater choice to consumers and
generating additional revenues across the industry.

“Amadeus’ technology allows us to increase the selection that we offer
to our customers, putting us on a par with, or even improving upon, what the airline
offers directly,” said Tomeu Bennasar, Managing Director of Logitravel.com.
“With this new solution we estimate that we will increase our sales between 5
and 15%, in addition to offering a more complete service to the traveler.”

“Amadeus has, and continues, to invest significantly in merchandizing
technology so that airlines and travel agencies can align with evolving
traveler needs. We are excited to see the traction that Amadeus’ merchandizing
solutions are enjoying on both the airline and OTA fronts. These solutions are
already delivering results and incremental sales across the industry,” comments
Pedro Espin, Associate Director of Merchandizing & Personalisation at
Amadeus IT Group.

Logitravel is an Online Travel Agency specializing in the organization
of cruises, hotel reservation, and the formation of travel packages. The agency
was founded in 2004 and has offices in Spain,Italy, France, Germany,Portugal, the UK, Braziland Mexico.
Workforce Logitravel has more than 400 professionals with extensive experience
in the tourism industry. In 2014, Logitravel’s turnover amounted to more than 514
million euros, and more than two and a half million passengers booked their travel
packages through this online travel agency.

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
companies).

The Amadeus group employs around 13,000 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.

Source – http://www.amadeus.com/