Monthly Archives: April 2017

Uzbekistan Airways increases frequency of flights to Astana

the period from April 29th through October 28, 2017 Uzbekistan Airways
will increase the frequency of flights en route Tashkent,UzbekistanAstana, Kazakhstan.

airline noted that it has introduced an additional 3rd frequency of
flights en route Tashkent – Astana – Tashkent.

flights will be operated by A-320 aircraft on Saturdays.

Source –

Uzbekistan Airways to carry 7,200 pilgrims as part of Hajj-2017 program

Uzbekistan Airways has scheduled to carry 7,200 pilgrims in the
framework of the Hajj-2017 program.

According to the air company, it will begin operating flights within the
framework of the Hajj-2017 program since August 7, 2017.

The airline has plans to operate 33 flights en route TashkentMedinaTashkentby Boeing-767 aircraft.

Source –

Airbus reports first quarter 2017 results

Картинки по запросу airbus logo

SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported first quarter 2017 results and
confirmed its guidance for the full year.

first quarter performance doesn’t offer any big surprises: we are on track for
our full year EBIT and free cash flow objectives and we took a nice uptick in
cash proceeds from the sale of Defence Electronics,” said Airbus Chief
Executive Officer Tom Enders. “New order activity was low in Q1 as predicted
but let’s not forget that our strong order book of over 6,700 commercial
aircraft supports our ongoing production ramp-up. Programme execution remains
key for all our businesses!”

Order intake(1) totalled € 3.8 billion (Q1 2016:
€ 7.2 billion) with the order book(1) valued at

1,030 billion as of 31 March 2017 (year-end 2016: € 1,060 billion) and
supporting the ramp-up plans. Net commercial aircraft orders amounted to six
aircraft (Q1 2016: 10 aircraft), with the backlog comprising 6,744 aircraft as
of 31 March. Net helicopter orders rose to 60
(Q1 2016: 51 net orders), including 10 Super Puma family helicopters and 14
H145s. Defence and Space’s order intake was impacted by the perimeter changes
from portfolio reshaping.

Revenues increased seven percent to € 13.0
billion (Q1 2016: € 12.2 billion). Commercial Aircraft’s revenues rose 13
percent, with deliveries of 136 aircraft (Q1 2016: 125 aircraft) including a
higher proportion of A350 XWBs. Helicopters’ revenues increased by 11 percent
with deliveries of 78 units (Q1 2016: 56 units). Lower revenues at Defence and
Space were mainly driven by the perimeter change impact from portfolio
reshaping but were stable on a comparable basis. The sale of the Defence
Electronics business took place in the first quarter.

EBIT Adjusted – an alternative performance measure
and key indicator capturing the underlying business margin by excluding
material charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to
programmes, restructuring or foreign exchange impacts as well as capital
gains/losses from the disposal and acquisition of businesses – totalled  €
240 million (Q1 2016: € 498 million).

Aircraft’s EBIT Adjusted was € 281 million (Q1 2016: € 406 million), mainly
reflecting the aircraft delivery mix, transition pricing and some higher ramp-up

progress was made on the A350 XWB with 13 aircraft delivered in the quarter.
The programme is on track to reach the monthly production target of 10 aircraft
by the end of 2018. The level of outstanding work has improved in the
industrial system and supply chain bottlenecks are also beginning to improve. A
key area of focus remains recurring cost convergence, which is challenging, as
the ramp-up pace accelerates.

On the
A320neo programme, a total of 26 aircraft were delivered to 14 customers. The
first delivery of an A321neo occurred in April. Flight testing of the A319neo
is now underway.
The A320neo is exceeding expectations, however customers are experiencing a
number of in-service issues which need to be resolved, in particular with the
Pratt & Whitney GTF engine. The ramp-up will again be back-loaded this year
to reflect the necessary time for the implementation of product improvements.

higher deliveries and revenues, Helicopters’ EBIT Adjusted totalled € -2
million (Q1 2016: € 33 million). This reflected an unfavourable mix and lower
commercial flight hours in services as well as impacts associated with the
partial H225 grounding. The Company continues to work with the investigation
authorities and customers to resume flights and services in all regions.

and Space’s EBIT Adjusted declined to € 63 million (Q1 2016: € 107 million),
mainly reflecting the perimeter change with the underlying business performing
as expected.

A400Ms were delivered compared to two aircraft in the first quarter of 2016. Discussions
were entered into with customers as planned. Challenges remain on meeting
contractual capabilities, securing sufficient export orders in time, cost
reduction and commercial exposure, which could be significant.

Group self-financed R&D expenses were
stable at € 548 million (Q1 2016: € 547 million).

EBIT (reported) of € 852 million (Q1
2016: € 362 million) included Adjustments totalling a net
€ +612 million.
These Adjustments comprised:

  • A net capital gain of € 560 million from
    the divestment of the Defence Electronics business;
  • A positive impact of € 55 million related
    to the dollar pre-delivery payment mismatch and balance sheet revaluation;
  • A net negative impact of € 3 million
    related to other portfolio changes at Defence and Space.

Net income(2) increased to € 608 million (Q1
2016: € 399 million) after the EBIT Adjustments with earnings per shareof € 0.79 (Q1 2016: € 0.51).  EPS and net income included a significant
negative impact mainly from the revaluation of financial instruments. The
finance result was        € -206 million (Q1
2016: € 193 million).

Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing was
€ -1,269 million (Q1 2016:  € -2,731 million), reflecting the strong focus
on working capital amid the production ramp-up and back-loaded deliveries. Free cash flowof € -1,116 million (Q1 2016: € -3,131 million) included net proceeds of around
€ 600 million from the Defence Electronics disposal.
The net cash
on 31 March 2017 was € 9.8 billion (year-end 2016: €
11.1 billion) with a gross cash position of € 20.3 billion (year-end 2016: €
21.6 billion).


As the
basis for its 2017 guidance, Airbus expects the world economy and air traffic
to grow in line with prevailing independent forecasts, which assume no major

2017 earnings and free cash flow guidance is based on a constant perimeter:

  • Airbus expects to deliver more than 700
    commercial aircraft.
  • Before M&A, Airbus expects
    mid-single-digit percentage growth in EBIT Adjusted and EPS Adjusted
    compared to 2016.
  • Free Cash Flow is expected to be similar
    to 2016 before M&A and Customer Financing.

perimeter change in Defence and Space is expected to reduce EBIT Adjusted and
Free Cash Flow before M&A and Customer Financing by around € 150 million
and EPS Adjusted by around 14 cents.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In
2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around
134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from
100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker,
combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s
number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In
helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft
solutions worldwide.

Source –

Negotiations between Dushanbe and Moscow over aviation dispute still going on

over the suspicion of flights by two Russian airlines to Tajikistan and by Tajik private air carrier to Moscow that resumed in Moscow on April 25 are still going on.

negotiations were supposed to be concluded on April 26 but the sides have not
yet come to an agreement on flights by Russian air carrier Yamal Airlines to Tajikistan from Zhukovsky Airport,” an official source at the
Ministry of Transport of Tajikistantold Asia-Plus Friday afternoon. 

delegation participating in the negotiations is led by Deputy Minister of
Transport, Sherali Ganjalzoda. 

a flight by Tajikistan‘s
privately owned airlines, Somon Air, to Moscowhas been suspended after Russiaannounced it was barring the airline from flying to the Russian capital.

Air has no longer been permitted to conduct its four weekly flights from Dushanbe to Moscow and
three weekly flights from the northern city of Khujandto Moscow.

Russian ministry said the ban was response to Tajikistan‘s
refusal to allow Russian airline Yamal to fly to Dushanbefrom the Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow.

Tajikistan has warned Russia that flights by two Russian airlines to Tajikistan will be barred as of April 6 unless Russia reverses a decision to bar flights to Moscow by Tajikistan‘s
Somon Air.

Tajik transport ministry sent a note to the Russian Transport Ministry on April
4, saying that it would bar flights by Russia‘s
Ural Airlines and UTair to Dushanbe and the city
of Khujand if Russia‘s March 31 decision on Somon
Air was not revoked.

Tajikistan, however, has postponed the
suspension of flights by Ural Airlines and UTair to Tajikistanafter Russia‘s Transport
Ministry invited Tajik aviation authorities to Moscow for negotiations.

Tajik Transport Ministry said on April 6 that the implementation of the
decision to bar the flights was suspended because the sides agreed to hold
talks to resolve the situation.

history of this dispute dates back to early November last year.  The two
countries faced the threat of suspension of flights in early November because
of a dispute between Moscow and Dushanbeover the status of Russia’s Zhukovsky International Airport,
which was officially opened in May 2016.

Dushanbe called for a revision of existing bilateral agreements on mutual air
flights, saying that Zhukovsky is Moscow’s
fourth international airport and that it has increased the number of flights
from Moscow to Tajikistan.

Russian civil aviation authorities insisted that the Zhukovsky International Airportis not under Moscow’s authority but of the town
of Ramenskoye.

Tajikistan that time agreed only to flights
for Ural Airlines and Tajik Air from the Zhukovsky Airport.

Source –


Batumi, Qabala and Tivat are the latest additions to the airline’s network for the upcoming summer season

Flydubai, at the Arabian Travel Market, showcased its growing network
including its latest destinations for the upcoming summer season. Flights to Batumi in Georgia,
Qabala in Azerbaijan and
Tivat in Montenegrowill operate from June to September 2017, creating a network of 93 destinations
in 44 countries for the Dubai-based airline. This reflects the growth and
maturity of flydubai which since 2015 has added 18 new destinations.

flydubai we remain committed to providing our passengers with a variety of
destinations to travel to, especially during the summer season,” said Ghaith Al
Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai. “The decision to launch our
seasonal routes to complement our existing network is a direct response to
customer feedback and we hope our passengers enjoy what these hidden gems have
to offer,” he added.

popular leisure destinations reflect the diversity of its network. Last year,
its top four destinations for a beach getaway in terms of passenger numbers
were Colombo, Salalah, Male’ and Zanzibar. The airline has seen passenger
numbers to Colombogrow by 24% in 2016 compared to the previous year, with passenger numbers to
Salalah and Male’ increasing by 40% and 29% respectively during the same

those looking for a city break, Amman, Tbilisi and Beirutwere amongst the most visited destinations in 2016. The number of passengers
travelling to Amman grew by 7% in 2016 compared
to the previous year along with Tbilisiwhich saw passenger numbers double for the same period. Other popular
destinations included Istanbul and Bucharest, with passenger
growth figures of 21% and 37% respectively in the same period. The highest
growth of passengers in 2016 was seen by Azerbaijan’s
capital Baku,
which saw six times the number of passengers travel in 2016 compared to the
previous year due to changes in visa requirements.

the majority of our passengers travel point to point, our connecting passengers
are able to benefit from our interline agreements, which provide opportunities
for onward travel to more than 200 destinations,” said Jeyhun Efendi, Senior
Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) at flydubai. “This is especially
beneficial to the passengers of the 62 previously underserved markets we
operate to who are now able to access Dubai’s
efficient aviation hub and explore destinations that were previously out of

with a diverse network, flydubai continues to enhance its product offerings for
passengers. 48 out of flydubai’s 58 aircraft are now equipped with Wi-Fi and
Live TV services, providing passengers with greater connectivity throughout
their journey. flydubai’s Business Class continues to offer passengers a personalized
travel experience with increased comfort and added convenience. OPEN,
flydubai’s new rewards programme, has been well received across the region
since its launch in October 2016 and has been designed to make earning and
spending reward points simple and straightforward.

latest product offerings continue to reflect the growth and maturity of our
airline,” said Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President Commercial (GCC,
Subcontinent and Africa) at flydubai. “With
passengers being able to benefit from connectivity in the air, comfort in
Business Class and more options for travel on our network, we continue to give
passengers more reasons to fly with flydubai.”

Source –

The best low-cost airline of the Middle East, flydubai, covers 93 destinations in 44 countries

The flydubai airline was recognized as the “Best Middle Eastern Airline”
by the Business Traveler Middle East Awards. The award ceremony took place in
the framework of a major tourist exhibition Arabian Travel Market 2017, which took
place in Dubai on
April 24-27, 2017.

“The award recognizes the achievement of flydubai in building an
extensive air route network in the region, to develop the business model and
the role of the airline in forming trade and tourist flows between Dubai and the markets
previously experiencing a shortage of air services”, the airline said.

According to official data, today the airline’s air route network covers
93 destinations in 44 countries (more than 1,700 flights per week). In 2016,
the company’s passenger flow came to 10.4 million people. Since the first
flight in 2009, flydubai has managed to form a fleet of 58 Next-Generation
Boeing 737-800 aircraft. By the end of 2023, the airline will receive more than
100 aircraft. The airline employs more than 3,700 employees from 114 countries,
including Kyrgyz citizens.

The flydubai air fleet consists of 58 modern narrow-bodied Boeing 737-800
NG aircraft. Flydubai’s fleet has an average age of 3.8 years.

The airline’s profit amounted to 31.6 million UAE dirham (US $ 8.6
million) in 2016, and the total revenue amounted five billion UAE dirham (US $ 1.37

Also, flydubai presents its own travel department at the Arabian Travel
Market. “Holidays with flydubai” will simplify the organization of travel,
giving customers the opportunity to create individual tourist packages,
including flights, hotel accommodation and other additional services (transfer,
excursions, car rental, etc.). The “Holidays with flydubai” new online service
will allow customers to search, book and pay for flights, accommodation and
other services on the same portal. The platform will also allow travel agents,
distributors and flydubai sales offices to create and book individual tourist
packages. A 24-hour customer support service will be available to customers.

In October 2013, the airline launched a business class flight service,
providing passengers with a choice, convenience and comfort. The greater number
of flights and the greater choice give further impetus to the rapidly
developing tourism industry, as well as the overall growth in trade and
industry of the UAE, where the aviation industry is a key factor in economic
growth. Business-class tariffs include all meals and an on-board entertainment
system, as well as all services and privileges at departure and arrival

Flydubai believes that the most important thing is to provide passengers
with a choice of what services they need and what services they would like to
pay for as part of their travel, which allows controlling the final cost of the
flight, when and at what time of day to travel, what additional services to

Source –

Manas International Airport OJSC holds annual general meeting of shareholders

April 27, 2017, the annual general meeting of Manas International Airport (MIA)
OJSC shareholders was held.

shareholders considered 15 issues, as follows:

·       To
form a counting commission;

·       About
the Board’s Report on company’s financial indicators and results and business
operations for 2016;

·       On
conclusion made by an independent auditor;

·       On
conclusion made by an Audit Commission;

·       On
implementing the budget to maintain the Board of Directors and the Audit
Commission in 2016;

·       On
the Board’s Report showing budget implementation by the MIA OJSC in 2016;

·       On
the annual balance sheet, profit and loss accounts of the MIA OJSC for 2016;

·       On
the procedure to distribute profits for 2016, the size and order of payment of
dividends for 2016;

·       On
the Board of Directors Activities Report for 2016;

·       On
the cost estimates to maintain members of the Board of Directors in 2017;

·       On
the cost estimates to maintain members of the Audit Commission in 2017;

·       On
the annual budget of the MIA OJSC for 2017;

·       To
terminate powers of the Audit Commission;

·       To
elect new members of the Audit Commission;

·       To
introduce amendments and additions to the Charter of the MIA OJSC.

the meeting, the Board of Directors adopted its Report on financial indicators
and results and business operations for 2016 and approved the annual budget for

dividends per one share amounted KGS 14.60, whereas in 2015, it was KGS 12.33
per share.

Source –

OSCE conducts training in Ashgabat on security at checkpoints and airports

On April
18 – 27, 2017 atraining session was held in Ashgabat,
, devoted
to  security at checkpoints in airports
and detection of fluoroscopic images in order to identify firearms, explosive
devices and prohibited items.

The OSCE Centerin Ashgabat organized the training course, which was attended by 19
representatives of the Aviation Security Service, Transport Police under the
Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Customs Service and the State Border
Service of Turkmenistan.

OSCE also provided the software needed for fluoroscopic image recognition
during baggage screening.

remind herein that on April 21, the President of Turkmenistan announced a
severe reprimand to Dovran Saburov, Chairperson,

March 28, aplane of one of the Swedish airlines landed at Ashgabat International Airport due to the poor
state of health of one of the passengers. Instead of placing passengers in the
hotel, they were left in the airport building’s passport control area.

Source –

Flights to Tbilisi scheduled from Sochi International Airport

The Basel Aero Company, part of one of the largest diversified
industrial groups in Russia,
Basic Element, announces on launching a new regular flight by Ural Airlines to
be operated from Sochi, Russia, to Tbilisi,
Flights will be carried out since May 1, 2017.

On May 1, 2017, Ural Airlines, a partner of the Sochi International Airport,
will start operating direct regular flights en route SochiTbilisi. The
flights will be operated twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, on Airbus A320
aircraft, with a capacity of up to 160 passengers. Thus, guests from Yekaterinburg, Russia,
will be able to stay both in the resort city of Sochi and continue their flight to the
Georgian capital.

Departure from Sochi International Airport is scheduled at 02:55 pm (Moscow time).

According to the information provided by the air carrier, the minimum
price for air tickets en route SochiTbilisiSochi will be RUR 12,950+, including all fees for round trip flight. Ural Airlines is
the only Russian airline that will operate direct flights to the Georgian
capital from Sochi.
Tickets can be purchased at the official website of the air carrier.

Airzena – Georgian Airways started operating TbilisiSochi flights,
but due to low demand, these flights were soon suspended.

Source –

Aeroflot launches Kostanai – Moscow new regular flight

June 3, 2017, Aeroflot, Russia, will start operating its regular scheduled
flights from Moscow’s Sheremetievo International Airportto Kostanai, Northern Kazakhstan.

flights will be operated on Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliners at a frequency of three
times a week.

no.  SU-1952 en route Moscow – Kostanai will be operated on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Departure is at 11:35 pm.

no. SU-1953 en route Moscow– Kostanai will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Departure is at
06:10 am.

Source –