Daily Archives: 23.03.2016

Uzbekistan Airways, Boeing prepare plan to promote Dreamliners

НАК «Узбекистон хаво йуллари» и «Боинг» готовят план по продвижению Dreamliner

The Uzbekistan’s flag air carrier, Uzbekistan
Airways, held a meeting with representatives of the Boeing Company, namely, the
Regional Director of the Department of Marketing Services for Europe, Central
Asia, Japan and Oceania Dan
Neville and Director of Public Affairs of the Regional Office for Russiaand CIS Elena Alexandrova.

During
the meeting, the representatives of the Boeing Company presented advertising
and marketing campaign to the Uzbek air company in connection with the fact
that Uzbekistan Airways is planning to receive two Boeing-787-8 Dreamliners in
September 2016.

The
Uzbek side took note of the Boeing’s proposals on the joint development of a
marketing plan, conduct a PR-campaign, produce a series of promotional videos
and posters, as well as information materials to be used during the
presentation of new aircraft by Uzbekistan Airways.

Airline
experts expressed their interest in the joint implementation of a number of
proposed projects after appropriate coordination with the Air Company’s Board,
as regards the plan for promotions.

Uzbekistan
Airways is the first air carrier in Central Asia,
beginning operation of cutting-edge long-haul Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner aircraft,
the second one in the CIS after Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), and it will be especially
symbolic event to receive these new high-class planes on the eve of the 25thanniversary of the Independence Day of Uzbekistan.

Following
the meeting, it was agreed to maintain close working contacts on all the issues
discussed and further actions on joint advertisement and information work to early
commission of Dreamliners by Uzbekistan Airways.

Source – https://www.uzdaily.uz/

 

Air Astana to entertain passengers with Georgian wine

On the eve of the Nauryz national holiday, the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier, Air
Astana, has prepared a number of pleasant innovations for its customers.

During the celebration of Nauryz in Aktau, the Air Company has
established a yurt on the main street, where the staff dressed in national
dresses offered townspeople with traditional Kazakh dishes and drinks.

Also, the air carrier supported by the Embassy of Georgia in the Republic of Kazakhstan,
holds a week of Georgian wine in the Shanyrak business hall at Astana International Airport.

A variety of luxury brands of Georgian wines, brandy and chacha are
presented for residents and guests of the capital city.

Tasting of Georgian alcoholic beverages is taking place by the air
carrier’s representative of Georgia Mr. George Dartsimelia, Sommelier
Association. As a part of the Week of Georgian wines in the Shanyrak business
hall, the measure will be attended by representatives of the heads of the
diplomatic corps accredited in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as
representatives of government and business circles.

“We are confident that this event will contribute to strengthen friendly
relations between our two countries and the development of their cultural
values, as well as economic and trade relations between Georgia and Kazakhstan”,
said Zurab Pataradze, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Georgia to Kazakhstan.

Air Astana passengers will try Georgian wines on board the aircraft.

Source – http://bizzone.info/

 

Come to Georgia on a budget: Fly Europe to Georgia for €69

Travelling to Georgia is getting easier and
cheaper thanks to a surge in low-cost airlines entering the Georgian market.

International visitors are being given an
opportunity to fly to Georgiawhile locals can venture abroad without having to pay sky-high fees that are
usually associated with air travel.

As of
today seven budget airlines fly in and out of Georgia, making air travel more
affordable for Georgians travelling abroad and for foreigners willing to
discover Georgia.

The
budget airlines that now fly in and out of Georgia are: 

  • Pegasus;
  • Fly Dubai;
  • Air Cairo.

To
find great travel deals for our international readers, Agenda.geresearched to find the cheapest flights to Georgia from all parts of the
world. We searched for the cheapest flights in September 2016, as several new
low-cost airlines will begin flying into and out of Georgia at that time.

Tourists
from 11 cities from nine countries – Berlin, Munich and Dortmund in Germany,
Milan in Italy, Thessaloniki in Greece, Larnaca in Cyprus, Kotowice in Poland,
Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, Poland’s capital Warsaw, Hungary’s capital
Budapest and Bulgaria’s capital Sofia – are now able to fly to Kutaisi
International Airport in central Georgia by Hungarian airline Wizz Air cheaper
than ever before.

One-way
travel from Europe to Georgia by Wizz Air cost about €57-70 for the most basic
flight deal – a ticket, online check-in and one small cabin bag. This deal and
others are already available for tourists wanting to come to Georgia.
Tickets first went on sale in February 2016 for the September flights.

Meanwhile
Pegasus Airlines currently brings visitors from more than 60 countries to Georgia.
Passengers can pay just €59 to land in Kutaisifrom Amsterdam, from Barcelona– €81, from Brussels – €67, from Paris – €82, from Prague
€65, from Vienna– €70 and from Tel Aviv – €70.

Flights
from Dubai in the United
Arab Emirates
to Georgia’s
capital Tbilisi begin from €190 via Air Arabia
and €197 from Abu Dhabi.

From Yerevan in Armeniato Tbilisi,
flights for September begin at €125 via AtlasGlobal. Also in September
Azerbaijan Airlines will carry passengers from Bakuto Tbilisi for
€64.

Russian
carrier Aeroflot is offering the cheapest flight from New
York
, United Statesto Tbilisi.
From
September passengers can use this route for €354.

Meanwhile
flights between Georgia and
the Iranian capital Tehranresumed at the end of last year. From August 7, 2015 Iranian airline ATA
Airlines performed Tbilisi-Tehran flight twice per week.

China has also established closer
transport links with Georgiaand from November 2015 ChinaSouthern offered passengers Tbilisi– Urumqi-Tbilisi.

Growing tourism, growing economy

Hundreds
of millions of dollars was injected into the Georgian economy through
international tourism in 2015. As the number of tourists to Georgiaincreased, the country experienced more benefits, said the National Tourism
Administration.

In the
first three quarters of 2015 Georgiaearned $1.5 million USD directly from international tourism. This was almost
three percent more year-on-year (y/y).

One international visitor spends about 600 GEL
(about $247/€222*) which goes into the Georgian economy. We are working hard to
attract more tourists to Georgia.
As a result of successful cooperation we added 33 new flights last year. More
tourists to Georgia is not
just a slogan any more, this is a reality,” said Georgia’s Economy Minister Dimitry
Kumsishvili.

More
than five million international visitors came to Georgia last year, which was seven
percent more than in 2014.

More
specifically, statistics provided by the National Statistics Office of Georgia,
Geostat, said last year 5,897,685 international visitors came to Georgia –
382,126 more than in 2014.

Last
year the largest number of international travellers came from these 10
countries:

  • Azerbaijan;
  • Russia;
  • Israel;
  • Germany;
  • United States.

Significant
growth in visitor numbers came from the following countries: 

  1. United Arab
    Emirates – 75 percent;
  2. Israel – 40
    percent;
  3. Italy – 15 percent;
  4. Latvia – 13
    percent;
  5. United States – 10
    percent.

Which airlines service the Georgian market?

As of
today 25 airline companies fly in and out of Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli
International Airport, located in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, said United
Airports of Georgia.

These
are Aegean Airlines, Air Astana, Airzena, SCAT Airlines, Fly Baghdad,
Azerbaijan Airlines, Qatar Airways, flydubai, Ural Airlines, Polish Airlines,
ATA Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Yanair, Belavia, Lufthansa,
Aeroflot, Siberia Airlines, Air Baltic, Alin Air, Turkish Airlines, AtlasJet,
Pegasus, China Southern Airlines, Air Cairo and Air Arabia.

Five
airlines fly to Batumi International Airportand these are Airzena, Arkia, Yanair, Belavia and Turkish Airlines.

Kutaisi International Airport is serviced by seven airlines,
the majority of which are low-cost airlines: Wizz Air, UkraineInternational Airlines, Pegasus, Urali Airlines, Belavia, Siberia Airlines and
Airzena.

Tourists
can travel from Kutaisi International Airport to Tbilisi, to Batumi on the
Black Sea coast, to high-mountain resorts Mestia and Kazbegi or the historical
province of Zugdidi by bus for 20 GEL (about $8.25/€7.42*).

When is the best time to fly to Georgia?

July
and August are the warmest months in Tbilisiand this is when the city enjoys its largest influx of tourists. However
flights to Tbilisican be at their most expensive during these summer months. Cheaper flights to Tbilisi are more likely
to be found during the cooler winter months of December, January and February.

In
winter travellers can explore Georgia’s
four ski resorts. These are
Gudauri, Bakuriani, Mestiaand Goderdziwhere snowboarders,
skiers and winter enthusiasts are invited to hit the slopes.

The golden months – September and October – are attractive for
travellers who love hiking in the mountains, want to taste Georgian wine and
attend the jovial
Tbilisoba festival, which brings plenty of wine and music to the
capital city’s streets. The festival is a celebration of the diversity and
history of Tbilisiand is a great time to be in the city and soak up the culture.

During
this period Georgiaoffers wine tours in its wine-making region Kakheti, where grape picking takes
place, which tourists are encouraged to get involved in.

International
media promote Georgia

Georgia has been selected among the top
international holiday destinations for 2016 by several international media.

Travel
experts from
The Guardian newspaper’s travel section picked Georgiaas a place that was “less crowded than much of Europebut offers much more bang for your buck.” The pick highlighted cheap
flights, Caucasian mountains, sights and venues in capital Tbilisi and the local wine culture as some of
the reasons to visit the country this year.

Meanwhile
English-language travel and entertainment website
Brightside.ge
described Georgia
as a “small and wonderful country [where] you can find happiness at any
time of the year”.

Popular
global television travel shows,
Travel Channel, named Georgia as one of the great destinations to
visit in 2016. The piece said Georgiaas a Eurasian destination was top of the must-see countries for history buffs
and architecture fans.

American
television station
CNN named Georgia as a top travel destination for 2016.

Georgia was also named among the top 50
travel spots for this year by New York-based
Travel
+ Leisure magazine
.

Source – http://agenda.ge/

Tashkent International Airport strengthens security measures after terrorist attacks in Brussels

The Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan, has strengthened
security measures in connection with blasts at the Brussels Airport in Belgium, a source in the country’s
main air harbour told Sputnik.

Special services of this airport carefully check all arriving and
departing passengers and their luggage. One has strengthened security measures
at the entrances to the airport, as police selectively checks passing vehicles.

“A special intelligent security system, which includes several levels to
identify terrorists and other criminal elements has long been running in all
international airports in Uzbekistan.
In spite of this, we are constantly monitoring the situations occurring in the
world, and respond to them accordingly. When we got information about the
terrorists who carried explosives to the airport in Brussels, we decided to act. Although, the airport
security level in Uzbekistanis one of the best in the world”, the source said.

Now, the situation is calm at the airport, the source noted, and the
passengers hardly feel these strengthened security measures. Those who have
used the services of domestic airports know, he said, that there has always
been an increased level of control here.

The National Aviation Security Programme was adopted in Uzbekistan at the turn of 2000s, and it includes comprehensive series of measures that were
not disclosed for obvious reasons, the source said.

One of the well-known measures is to use special services to protect
airports. So, police works on the approaches to airports, as the objects
themselves are directly protected by the staff of the National Security
Service, whose officers have special aviation security courses. In addition,
the National Airline of Uzbekistan has been applying a rule for the past 25
years to limit an access to aircraft for any foreign personnel at airports in
other countries. Only Uzbekistan Airways’ engineers fly abroad in air company’s
planes.

Another interesting point is to use officers of the special services,
who study the behavior of people in the areas near airports, and they can
quickly neutralize terrorists, if necessary.

A series of explosions thundered in the Brussels International Airport and the subway at
around 08:00a.m. local time. The authorities have announced an increased level
of the terrorist threat, and they even temporarily closed the state border with France.
According to recent reports, more than 30 people were killed, and about a
hundred were injured in these terrorist attacks.

Source – http://ru.sputniknews-uz.com/

SCAT Airlines, Kazakhstan, denies message about benefits for residents of Nazarbayev street in Kazan

SCAT
Airlines, Kazakhstan, issued
a message that it gives no any discounts to residents of Kazan, who live on the street named after
Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“We officially
declare herein that the SCAT Airlines does not perform this action, and has no
plans to continue such initiatives”, the air carrier’s Facebook post says. The Air
Company believes that “such actions are discriminatory, not only for the residents
of Kazan, but
also for all the other cities in our air route network”. SCAT holds regular
promotions and special offers, which always involve a city as a whole, rather
than their specific areas”.

Earlier,
Azamat Sabirov, head of the AVT Agency, said that residents of the Nazarbayev
street “will have a big discount” on the SCAT Airlines’ flights to Astana, Kazakhstan.

The street,
named in honour of the president of Kazakhstan,
appeared in Kazanin the summer 2015 on the eve of the Nursulutana Nazarbayev’s 75th anniversary.
Previously, it was called Esperanto. Renaming of this street provoked protests
by local residents and social activists of Kazan. However, the Court considers renaming of
this street to be legal. Earlier this year, Kazan residents who live on the Nazarbayev street
were encouraged with free tickets to a UNICS – Astana basketball match.

Source – http://www.kommersant.ru/