Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dushanbe airport toughens security measures after attack at Istanbul airport

Dushanbe
International Airport (DIA) has toughened security measures. Only passengers
with tickets are allowed to enter the terminal while those seeing off and
meeting passengers are prohibited from entering the terminal. It is still
unknown how long this regime will last.

Meanwhile
representatives of Dushanbe International Airportsay the security measures have been toughened in connection with a terror act
that occurred at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airporton June 28.  

We
will recall that a triple suicide bombing and gun attack killed 42 people and
wounded 239 people at Istanbul‘s
main airport.

Source – http://news.tj/

Passengers of Turkmenistan Airlines could suffer in terrorist attack in Istanbul

According
to http://gundogar.org/, there was a
terrorist attack at the Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, Turkey, in the evening of June 28,
2016. Several armed men, called as  Islamists
by media, staged a gunfight with the guards, broke into the airport building and
detonated an explosive device set forth under their clothing.

The
international arrivals area was the aim of these terrorists.

As a
result of this terrorist act, 41 people died, 239 were injured varying degrees
of severity, according to NTV, Turkey.
These data are being specified.

According
to unconfirmed reports from Azatlyk Radio, at least one citizen of Turkmenistancould be among the victims.

Diplomatic
missions of Turkmenistan in Istanbul and Ankarado not comment the situation.

One hour
and 10 minutes prior these explosions, the Turkmenistan Airlines’ flight number
921 landed at the Ataturk International Airport,
as it was flying en route Ashgabat, TurkmenistanIstanbul. The same aircraft took off on a
return flight number 922 inexactly one hour after the terrorist attacks.

Source – http://gundogar.org/

European Union recognizes airport in Karaganda to be safe

The Sary-Arka International Airport in Karaganda, Kazakhstan,
is the first one in the country that was certified as a RA-3 agent. This was
reported on the official website of the Karagandaairport to Facebook.

 “The international airport in Karaganda has
been successfully validated for security in accordance with the RA-3 requirements
(to operate air cargo flights through the countries of the 3rd world into the
territory of the EU) imposed by the European Union and the European Commission”,
one said in a statement.

One noted
that the Sary-Arka International Airportis the country’s first airport certified as a RA-3 agent (Third country EU
Aviation security validated regulated agent) and it can ensure better control
of safety of cargo and mail operations.

“The
airport has all the necessary technical means to ensure the safety of cargo and
mail that are sent to the European Union”, one stated in the message. “The RA-3
certification also enables airport officials to determine the level of threat
in the case of its occurrence”.

Validation
results have been valid until June 10, 2021.

Source – http://kazinform.kz/

Azerbaijan, Mongolia to establish direct air services

Azerbaijan and Mongoliaare considering to implement regular flights between the two countries, said Azerbaijan’s
State Civil Aviation Administration in a message posted on its website.

The
negotiations between the Azerbaijani and Belarusian delegations have been held
in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar in accordance
with the previously reached agreement.

“Both
delegations have agreed the draft of “Air Services Agreement between the
Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the
Government of Mongolia,” said the message.

The
two delegations also discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation in the field
of air transportation and the prospects of scheduled flights between Azerbaijan and Mongolia, according to the message.

As a
result of the meeting, the Agreed Minutes have been signed by the heads of
delegations, which will serve as a basis for regular passenger and cargo
operation’s commencement between Azerbaijanand Mongolia.

Source – http://en.trend.az/

Azerbaijan, Belarus intend to expand cargo flights

Azerbaijan and Belarus have agreed to provide
their airlines with additional opportunities for cargo flights between the two
countries, the State Administration of Civil Aviation of Azerbaijan said on its
website, as the message was posted on Thursday.

The
talks between the civil aviation delegations of Azerbaijanand Belarus held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

“During
the talks, the parties discussed issues to expand bilateral cooperation, as regards
air services. The parties agreed to provide the designated airlines with the
right to conclude agreements on the sharing of codes, as well as additional
opportunities for cargo flights between the two countries”,  one said in a statement.

Before
the talks, representatives of Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC and Belavia signed a
protocol, which is not disclosed.

Source – http://www.trend.az/

 

Cargolux Airlines to increase number of transit flights to Turkmenistan

Cargolux Airlines увеличит число транзитных рейсов в Туркменистан

The Europe’s
biggest cargo airline from Luxembourg, Cargolux Airlines International S.A., will
increase the number of transit cargo flights operated to the airports in Turkmenistan,
the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper wrote on Thursday.

Since July
1, 2016, the air carrier will operate its weekly flights through the airports
of Turkmenistan.
In total, 11 such flights have been scheduled so far. In 2017, the air company
will daily transport goods through Turkmenbashi and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Since last
year, Cargolux has regularly been delivering shipments for various purposes through
the airport located in the seaside town of Turkmenbashi,Turkmenistan, as they go fromLuxembourg to Taipei and from Hong Kong – to Viennaand Budapest.

In
addition to these cities, European pilots will pass transit goods through the
Turkmenbashi airport to Singaporeand Ho Chi Minh City.
This year, the airline plans to carry out transit flights through the Ashgabat International Airportas well.

“The
choice made by Europeans, as regards the international airports in the Caspian
Sea seaside and in Ashgabat, as transit points along the routes connecting the
cities of Europe and Asia, is due, first of all, to their favourable
geographical location at the crossroads of sea, air, railway and automobile
routes connecting Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia”, the newspaper writes.

Source – http://www.trend.az/

 

Yekaterinburg – Baku flight delayed for technical reasons

The
today’s Yekaterinburg – Baku flight has been
delayed for two hours for technical reasons, the Baku’sHeydar Aliyev International Airport told Trend.

The
plane was scheduled to depart from Yekaterinburg’s  Koltsovo International Airportat 11:30a.m. local time.

“The flight
has been delayed for about two hours. One expects that the aircraft will take
off from Yekaterinburg at 01:30p.m. local time and will arrive in Baku at 03:40 Bakutime. Accordingly, the Baku– Yekaterinburg flight will be operated with a delay, too”, the airport said,
without specifying the exact time of the return flight operation.

Source – http://www.trend.az/

 

Amadeus receives Red Hat award for achievements in cloud computing innovation technology

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Amadeus has been awarded “Cloud innovator of the year” by open source
solutions provider
Red Hat, for a project it describes as providing ‘a
wonderful example of what is possible with open source’. This commendation
follows the successful launch of Amadeus Cloud Services last June, supported by
an open source project Amadeus developed in collaboration with Red Hat on
OpenShift Container Platform. Red Hat Innovation Awards honour customers and partners
for their outstanding and innovative use of Red Hat solutions and Amadeus will
be recognised this week at the 2016 Red Hat Summit, taking place in San Francisco, USA, from June 28th – 30th.

Dietmar Fauser, Vice
President Architecture, Quality and Governance, Amadeus said
: “We are
very proud to receive this award, recognizing how Amadeus Cloud Services is
shaping the future of travel through technology. This is also recognition for
the smart, innovative, agile team of developers we have across Amadeus
globally.

“We have publicly adopted an industry-defining cloud strategy to help
our customers achieve rapid time to market, better scalability and improved
performance. Through Amadeus Cloud Services, our solutions are also available
to run on our own global private cloud as well as on multiple public cloud
providers depending on customer choice and business need. Amadeus’
container-based cloud solution decreases system latency to enable better
customer service, increase platform availability, streamline operations through
automation, and reduce time to market for new services.”

Marco Bill-Peter, Vice
President, Customer Experience and Engagement, Red Hat, said:
 “Open
source technologies – and Red Hat solutions – are enabling exciting
innovations in organizations around the world. We’ve been fortunate to work
closely with Amadeus on so many levels based on a common technological vision
and goals. Because we have done this with open source, this level of
collaboration and innovation can benefit the broader community and
enables Red Hat to deliver significant business value to other customers.
Amadeus Cloud Services is a wonderful example of what is possible
with open source.”

Over the last 12 months, Amadeus Airline Cloud Availability was
developed, using Amadeus Cloud Services technology. This innovative solution
solves the challenge of ever increasing flight search volumes. Airline
‘look-to-book’ ratios – average number of search requests before a flight
booking is actually made – were previously as low as 10:1. Today, these can
easily run to 1,000:1. Amadeus Airline Cloud Availability was successfully
piloted by Lufthansa in 2015, easily absorbing a 20 fold increase in
transaction volumes. The solution is now in production with Lufthansa.

Amadeus is also using Amadeus Cloud Services as the foundation for its
collaboration with InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) to develop a
next-generation Guest Reservation System (GRS). This will revolutionize the
technological foundations of the global hospitality industry. It will result in
a first of its kind, standardized, scalable and flexible global technology
eco-system for the hospitality industry, which will enhance value for IHG’s
guests, owners and hotels.

Olaf Schnapauff, Chief
Technology Officer for Amadeus Global Operations said
: “Amadeus
Cloud Services significantly simplifies our historic approach to operations and
meets demand for distributed computing with multi-data centre capability. Operating
in the cloud enables us to deliver automated recovery, removes the
micro-management of underlying infrastructure, and makes more efficient and
effective management use of our applications generally. Crucially, it delivers
far superior responsiveness, driving and enabling ‘always on’ ultra-high
availability of our products, services and solutions.”

For the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards, nominations were received with
judges selecting one winning project in each of six categories that
exemplified the most innovative achievements used to answer complex IT
challenges with Red Hat solutions. From among the category winners, an
overall 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year will be selected by the community
through online voting. Voting will open at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, June 27, and close at
11:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 29. The winner will be announced during an
awards ceremony on Thursday, June 30, at the
2016 Red Hat Summit.

Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the
global travel industry and transportation. The company’s customers include
service providers in the tourism and transportation, such as airlines, hotels,
railway companies, ferry companies and others, as well as sellers of tourist
services, namely travel agencies and websites, and buyers of travel services,
such as corporations and travel management.

The company employs about 13,000 people around the world in the Amadeus
central offices in Madrid (headquarters), Nice (the Development Center) and
Erding (the Data Center), as well as 71 regional commercial organizations.

Source – http://www.amadeus.com/

Air Astana launches a new Almaty – Tehran flight

On June 30, 2016, the Kazakhstan’s
national air carrier, Air Astana, launches a new direct flight en route Almaty, KazakhstanTehran, Iran. These flights will be
operated three times a week on modern Embraer-190 aircraft, having 88 passenger
seats of the economy class and nine seats of the business class”, according to
Air Astana.

The flight schedule is as follows: the flight #KC 251 takes off from
Almaty at 10:55 am, arrives in Tehranat 01:20 pm. The return flight # KC 252 departs from Tehran at 02:20p.m. and arrives in Almaty at 07:05
pm (time is local for all airports). These flights are operated on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays.

The opening of this new destination will give impetus to develop tourism
between the two countries, and will increase the air company’s transit flow of
passengers due to convenient connections to such cities, as Beijingand Urumqi. The
new flight will contribute to the development of business and cultural ties
between Iran and Kazakhstan.
According to the MFA of Kazakhstan, the commodity turnover between the two
countries amounted to about US $1 billion in 2015. In addition, Kazakh-Iranian
joint enterprises operate in Kazakhstanand one develops cooperation in cultural, scientific sectors and trade.

Ibrahim Zhanlyel, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing Department,
Air Astana JSC, said: “I am confident that our Iranian guests will be
interested in the history and culture of Kazakhstan, but apart from that
Almaty has to offer luxurious mountain ski resorts, cultural events throughout
the year, great variety of shopping malls and fine dining at a reasonable price
and quality. The new destination, connecting Kazakhstanwith Iran, will provide
convenient connections to the Air Astana’s flight network in the CIS and Asia,
in particular to Beijing and Urumqi”.

The average duration of the Almaty – Tehranflight is three hours and 55 minutes, Tehran– Almaty flight lasts three hours and 30 minutes. The minimum cost of a round-trip
economy class air ticket, including all taxes except for the service, is KZT 97,867+,
in business class, it comes to KZT 315,070+.

Source – http://www.kursiv.kz/

SCAT Airlines’ plane went to alternate airport due to terrorist attack in Istanbul

A plane belonged to SCAT Airlines, Kazakhstan, was forced to fly to the
alternate airfield due to the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, Victoria
Ulyanova, Chief of the Public Relations Department, SCAT Airlines, told Tengrinews.kz.

“The flight of our airline, departed from Aktau to Istanbul on June 28th. The plane
was approaching the destination airport when bombing occurred there. In
connection with the events in the Atatürk International Airport,
our plane landed at alternate airfield in the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.
Our plane flew back to Aktau at 07:45a.m. Istanbultime on June 29th. We are closely monitoring the situation and will
additionally inform our passengers on time and airport of departure to / from
the city of Istanbulin the period from June 29th through July 3rd”, Mrs. Ulyanova
said. She added that the flight is operated three times a week by Boeing-737
aircraft.

In connection with the incident in Istanbul, Turkey, SCAT Airlines kindly
asks all its passengers departing from/to Istanbul in the period from June 28th through July 3rd inclusive, to contact around the clock a number of
the call center or in the Facebook and Vkontakte social networks to get to-date
information about the airport and the departure time of flights.

“If necessary, air tickets can be rebooked for other dates at the
request of passengers and this will be carried out for free and without paying
any fines and charges. Withdrawal of air tickets will be carried out according
to airfare application conditions”, the Air Company added.

Earlier, Air Astana reported that its clients who have decided to
abandon the flight to Turkeyafter the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, may be reimbursed the full cost of
their tickets by the Air Company. This applies to flights departing Istanbul and Antalyabefore July 15, 2016.

Recall, three explosions occurred on Tuesday, June 28, at the Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.
According to CNN Turk, shots were heard at the airport, too. According to
eyewitnesses, the shooting was carried out from the airport parking area.
According to preliminary data, the explosions at the airport were committed by
the terrorists who threw their grenades. At least, 36 people were killed.

Source – https://tengrinews.kz/