Monthly Archives: March 2016

Flights from Moscow to Gabala and Ganja cancelled

One has cancelled international flights of Ural Airlines, Russia, on the route MoscowRussiaGabalaAzerbaijan and MoscowGanja, Azerbaijan, cancellation took place at the Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport,
one said in a statement posted on Wednesday on the airport website.

Aircraft of this airline should have to fly to Ganja and Gabala from Moscow’s Domodedovo at
09:10 a.m. local time on March 30th.

No any reasons for flight cancellations are specified.

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Qatar national flag air carrier expected to employ customer services agents in Tajikistan

Airways is expected to employ specialists for its ground service in Tajikistan.

to the company’s website, a delegation of Qatar Airways will arrive in Dushanbe in mid-April to
discuss this issue.

Airways’ website says, “We are looking for Customer Services Agent
with natural flair of delivering unforgettable service to all passengers
travelling with Qatar Airways at Hamad International Airport.
 This includes the feeling that the journey has been memorable throughout
and be able to constantly and consistently meet / surpass the needs of the
passengers.  Fresh graduate with hospitality background are welcome, as
well as applicants with work experience in the field of customer service, hotel
and travel industry. Airport experience is an advantage but not necessary.
 Applicants must have warm, cheerful and expressive personality,
interactive, service oriented, can handle pressure and can generously be
patience with different passengers coming from different walks of life.”

specialists will be selected on a competitive basis in three stages: 1) through
online system, 2) through interview (April); and 3) practical training in Qatar(May).    

Airways Company Q.C.S.C., operating as Qatar Airways, is
the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar.  Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, the
airline operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 150
international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South
Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania from its base
at Hamad International Airport,
using a fleet of more than 150 aircraft.

Airways Group employs more than 31,000 people, of which 19,000 work directly
for Qatar Airways. The carrier has been a member of the Oneworld alliance since
October 2013, the first Gulf carrier to sign with one of the three airline

is an airline alliance founded on 1 February 1999.  The
alliance’s stated objective is to be the first-choice airline alliance for the
world’s frequent international travelers. Its central alliance office is
currently based in New YorkNew York, in the United States

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Air Astana informs on changing schedule for flights to Baku

Air Astana announces that in connection with the fact that the
Government of Azerbaijan decided to abolish transition to so-called summer time
since March 27, 2016, the time of arrival and departure from Baku is shifted by one hour before, as
compared to the time indicated in the previously purchased air tickets.

An updated flight schedule is published in booking/air ticket
reservation systems:







We, Fr,



KC 111


3h 45m

We, Fr,



KC 112 


3h 20m

Mo, Th,



KC 113


3h 15m

Mo, Th,



KC 114


3h 00m

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Statistical data on Uzbekistan for passengers and cargo transported by air in 2015

Air transport carried 2,180,800 people in 2015 or by 6.7% less than in
January-December 2014, in this regard, passenger turnover amounted to 6,780,700,000 passenger-km or by 3.7%
below, as compared to the level of January-December 2014.

Freight transportation by air totaled 24,500 metric tons, which is
higher by 6.2% than the level of January-December 2014, cargo turnover
increased by 4.8% and amounted to 131,000,000 metric ton-km.

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Astana International Airport fined at more than KZT 16 mln for violations of anti-monopoly legislation

Municipal Department for Natural Monopolies Regulation and Competition
Protection (AREM) carried out an investigation of violations of anti-monopoly
legislation by the International Airport of Astana.

“According to the results of the investigation, one has established violations
of antitrust laws in the following steps – a limiting  access to the forecourt of the airport for the
services provision of taxi operations, in particular, to the first line, the
use of different terms to consumers through the provision of some areas in
arrival territories to individual consumers for accommodation of dispatching taxi
services, separate entrance and information placing on the airport’s website”, one
said in a statement.

By a decision of the Municipal
Specialized Inter-District Court
, the Astana International
Airport JSC was imposed a fine to the amount of more than KZT 16 mln, AREM told

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Fokker representative to arrive in Kazakhstan to investigate emergency landing of Bek Air plane

representative of Fokker, a Dutch aircraft manufacturer, will arrive in Kazakhstan to investigate the emergency landing
of Bek Air plane at the Astana Airport.

“Yesterday we informed the manufacturer of Fokker about the incident. Their
representative is arriving in Kazakhstanon Tuesday. Today [on Monday -editor] I was at the Ministry of
 Investments and Development and asked to include Fokker representative in
the commission.  Moreover, the company told us that they will repair the
plane. The company will send its specialists and together with our engineers
they will recover the plane which will be returned to exploitation,” the head
of the company said.

According to him, the plane was assembled in 1994, its cycle made only
35,000 landings with 90,000 planned ones.  

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Inspection to check Bek Air Airlines, Kazakhstan, as its plane landed on “belly”

An unscheduled inspection of the activities of the Bek Air Airlines, Kazakhstan,
the aircraft of which made an emergency landing on one of these days in Astana,
will begin on Tuesday, the Press-Service of the Kazakh Prime Minister reported on

The Bek Air’s  Fokker 100 aircraft
was flying en route Kyzylorda – Astana and made an emergency landing at 10:36a.m.
local time on Sunday in Astana airport. Preliminary cause is the non-issuance
of the nose landing gear. There were 121 people on board, including five crew
members. No one was injured.

According to the Prime Minister’s Press Service, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Deputy
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan,
held a meeting on this incident on Monday. It was attended by representatives
of the Ministry of Investment and Development, the Main Transport Prosecutor’s Office,
the Interior Ministry and the National Security Committee. The Ministry of Investment
and Development formed a special commission to investigate the incident with
the participation of representatives of the aircraft manufacturer and
independent experts. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Sagintayev instructed to
take preventive measures to prevent such accidents.

 “The Civil Aviation Committee together
with concerned governmental agencies were tasked to develop an action plan to
improve the level of safety for Bek Air. In addition, one will start an
unscheduled inspection of the air carrier’s activities since March 29, 2016”, one said in a

Nurlan Zhumasultanov, Chairperson of the Board, Bek Air, said during the
meeting that the Airline will soon begin to undergo the IOSA audit.

As previously reported, the emergency landing fact was entered to the
Unified Register of pre-trial investigation under the criminal article “Violation
of Safety Rules and Operation of Air Transport”. The criminal case was taken in
the production by special prosecutors of the Main Transport Prosecutor’s Office
and  a pre-trial investigation is carried
out nowadays.

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Chronology of landing Bek Air’s aircraft without front landing gear promulgated

Экипаж аварийно севшего в Астане самолета представят к наградам

has promulgated chronology of landing the Bek Air’s plane without its front
landing gear, according to

The Main
Transport Prosecutor’s Office reported that the dispatch service of the Astana International
Airport, Kazakhstan, received a report at 09:58a.m. local time on March 27,
2016, about going around due to activated signal on malfunctioning the landing
gear of the Bek Air’s  Fokker-100 aircraft,
as it was operating its domestic flight en route Kyzylorda – Astana.

10:07a.m.m,  emergency services of Astana International Airport declared an
alarm, at 10:25a.m., the airport’s runway was filled with special fire-resistant
foam. At 10:36a.m., the plane made an emergency landing in Astana airport
without released front landing gear located in the forward part of the aircraft.

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Aircraft production factory in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, suspends its production, as it has produced no any aircraft for five years


A KazAviaSpektr (Kazakh Aviation Spectrum)  aircraft production factory in Karaganda, Kazakhstan,
stopped production of “Farmer” aircraft, Alexander Vashchenko, director of the
enterprise,  said to

“We have suspended our production of “Farmers” to clarify issues with
our Russian partners. There are many issues of technological character. The
plane we have assembled is ready by 90 percent, but until we resolve  all of these questions we will not resume
production. If we start producing we need to start with a quality product”, Mr.
Vashchenko said. Meanwhile, he noted that, in the case of resolving all
matters, it is not excluded that a “Farmer” aircraft will still off the
assembly line of the domestic aircraft factory in future.

According to Mr. Vashchenko, the company continues operating nowadays,
and its jet direction will not change. “At present, we have a few partners –
from Kazakhstan and the U.S. We are in
the negotiation process for the production of agricultural aircraft and
unmanned aerial vehicles”, Mr. Vashchenko said.

We remind herein that KazAviaSpektr in Karaganda was launched in 2011. Since then,
it has  produced no any single plane.
Last pre-term was called to be October 1, 2014. Management of the plant accused
the Russian partners of disrupting the timing. The Russians, in turn, accused
the Kazakh partners in arbitrariness. Afterwards, the authorities called the Karaganda aircraft production
factory to be ostentatious, because of this, several officials were punished.

We add that in addition to “Farmer” aircraft, the company planned to
produce other types of agricultural planes: a “Farmer-2” is costing about US $145
thousand and “Farmer-500”– US $ 200 thousand+. It is also expected to release four multipurpose “Sunkar”
aircraft for private aviation. Moreover, in addition to Kazakhstan’s own needs, the aircraft production factory
planned to sell agricultural planes on the market of the CIS and Russia. According
to Mr. Vashchenko, these plans were pushed back because of the difficult
economic situation.

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Plane сrash in Rostov, Russia, could occur due to conflict between pilots

in Rostov-on-Don could crash due to a conflict in the cockpit.

As “Kommersant”
writes, after decoding of flight recorders from the Flydubai’s Boeing 737-800, that
crashed in Rostov-on-Don airport, the pilot error  version is a dominant one in the air crash investigation.
When you try to climb the plane after an unsuccessful approach, the piloting
pilot apparently lifted the plane’s nose too much, thus ensuring the reducing speed
and the loss of its stall. As a result, there was a conflict in the cockpit:
the pilot partner shouted: “Where do you fly? Stop!”, but all his attempts to “win”
the wheel made matters worse only.

to a source close to the investigation, through decoding the parametric data
and voice recorders of that Boeing, containing exhaustive information on all
the circumstances of the last flight of the liner, experts have managed to
reconstruct the crash. Making the second attempt to land at the airport of
Rostov-on-Don early in the morning on March 19th, the flight FZ981
crew was forced to abandon the landing again. Both approach of the pilots,
according to the flight recorders, were made in an automatic mode, and whenever
they were interfered by the weather. The fact is that because of the squally wind,
and in addition, it was constantly changing its direction, so-called traction
of the Boeing that provides aircraft’s movement along a predetermined path on reducing
or lifting on autopilot was malfunctioning.

this in mind, the crew decided go to the next round in manual mode. Located at
an altitude of about 270
and being in a distance of about 6 km from the runway, one of
the pilots pressed TOGA (Take off. Go around) key, specifying the command for
the plane to fly around, and he turned off the autopilot, taking control of the
plane to himself. In the upcoming lifting, the pilots had already to set their
own pitch, or angle of inclination of the plane’s nose, focusing on the
so-called director pointers on the device.

the crew, as experts believe, did not take into account the specifics of the
transition from the landing into climbing mode for the Boeing 737. The fact
that when the plane approaches the runway under autopilot it is in a rather
complex configuration, as its altitude wheel is bent for diving and the tail stabilizer
works in the opposite direction, thus lifting the plane’s nose. If the
go-around occurs in the automatic mode, the on-board computer smoothly changes position
of all controls. In the case of commission of this maneuver by hands, the pilot
instinctively pulls the wheel to himself, thus placing both the steering wheel
and stabilizer in a climbing position. A pitching moment is increased by flaps,
which are retracted after pressing TOGA and, as a result, Boeing rushes up in
fighter mode instead of smooth climbing.

pilots, as experts believe, did not recognize this spontaneous maneuver of the liner
because of their fatigue or lack of work experience. When the speed of the
aircraft, which was released on supercritical angles of attack, began to
plummet, the conflict took place in the cockpit. The managing pilot, when continuing
climbing, tried to get up speed, thus, he increased engine operating mode to
take-off one. His partner thought that the Boeing’s nose should be lowered at
first. He cries warning his partner: “Wait. Where? Stop! Stop!” and at the same
time, he tried to stop climbing, pushing his wheel from himself. As a result,
control of the aircraft, as the experts say, was completely lost: the Boeing’s on-board
computer began to receive electrical impulses from all the manipulations made
by the pilots at both helms, which work synchronously in normal mode. The crew
agreed their actions only when both pilots felt the negative overload – the feeling
experienced by a person, for example, in a falling elevator. However, by that
time, it was too late – uncontrollable Boeing, which was carrying 62 people, swept
to the ground at a speed of 325
and at an angle of about 45 degrees. In the
remaining few seconds before the collision, both pilots were just screaming in
terror and despair.

can not yet recognize on the negotiations in the cockpit records of the pilots
who made a fatal mistake, and who tried to fix it. The fact is that they did
not mention positions of each other in their short dialog, and the voices and
intonation of their voices were strangely similar. Investigators have even had
the impression that the conversation is carried out by the same person. Experts
believe that one will have to involve colleagues who knew the pilots or their
relatives for the identification of crew members on records.

that the FZ981 crash, according to experts, was quite close under the scheme of
contingency situation on board to another accident with the Boeing-737-500 of Tatarstan
Airlines, which occurred in November 2013, when it was landing at Kazan airport. Its crew, when
going to the second round because of bad weather, also brought the plane to the
supercritical angles of attack and “dropped” it into the resulting loss of
speed and further uncoordinated actions of pilots. When proving this version,
investigators conducted an experiment by offering 11 civilian pilots of Boeing-737
to go-around from low altitude on the aircraft simulator. Only four pilots
managed to do this then. At the same time, all participants of that experiment,
without exception, stated that the maneuver was so difficult for them that they
carried it under stress.

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