The first of the first: Tajik Air celebrates the Civil Aviation Day

A solemn meeting dedicated to the 94th anniversary of the Tajikistan’s civil aviation sector was held today in the Tajik Air conference hall in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Today veterans and honors of civil aviation who worked with Tajik Air received well-deserved awards.

Fayzullo Sattorov, Flight Director, Tajik Air, said, “We celebrate the Tajik Civil Aviation Day on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the country’s independence. I congratulate everyone on this significant date. I note that in recent years civil aviation in Tajikistan, as one of the most important directions of the economy, has achieved great success. Tajik Air, as a national air carrier, makes a significant contribution to develop the Tajik economy, despite current difficulties, they are trying to meet all modern requirements for flights.”

Valery Sharipov, veteran of aviation of Tajikistan, said, “Today, we remember people, our veterans, who gave their whole life to develop the civil aviation sector in Tajikistan. I am often asked when it was more difficult to work? I answer, of course, it is now. But, today it is much more interesting to work, despite all the difficulties. In 1970-1980s, over 70 aircraft and helicopters were in the air. Now, we have much less. Previously, planes and helicopters, engines and spare parts for them were supplied on a planned basis. There was a reserve aircraft for every flight.

Now it is much more complicated. The financial costs are high to maintain the airworthiness of modern Boeing aircraft and other aircraft. The question of updating the aircraft and helicopter fleet has long been acute. Without substantial financial assistance from the state, this will be difficult, even impossible. We believe in the best. And this is the best thing, because, today, tirelessly, such young professionals and real experts are working who gathered in our assembly hall. With all my heart I wish everyone success and prosperity.

According to the veteran, the question of repairing the runway, construction of new parking lots for receiving a large number of planes serving the presidents of states who often visit Tajikistan is also ripe.

“I think our aviators together with the Government of Tajikistan will positively solve these issues,” Mr. Sharipov said.

Sherali Ganjalzoda, Deputy Minister of Transport, spoke about successes in the industry. He thanked the aviators and noted that Tajikistan’s aviation industry owes its success to each specialist individually, which contributes daily to the development of the country’s civil aviation.

At the meeting, the presenters were shown slides telling about the milestones in the history of civil aviation in Tajikistan. Here they are:

On September 3, 1924, the YU-13 aircraft made a flight along the Bukhara – Dushanbe air route. It is this date that is considered the birthday of the Tajik Civil Aviation. After 3 years, in 1927, a regular flight was launched en route Tashkent – Samarkand – Termez – Dushanbe.

It is noteworthy that air traffic appeared in Dushanbe two years earlier than the motor road and five years earlier than the railway.

The first airfield in Dushanbe was established in 1924 in the area where today the Safina TV building is located.

The aviation of Tajikistan developed at a rapid pace. In those years, the Stalinabad aviation hub was first formed, and the exploitation of new air routes through the Pamir Mountain ranges began.

In 1930, Dushanbe built its first class airport, and in 1931 airfields appeared in Kulyab, Garm, Pyanj and Dangara. Regular flights with the capital city were launched.

In March 1937, the Tajik Civil Air Fleet Territorial Administration was established. In 1945, new airplanes, such as Yu-52 and Li-2 appeared in the fleet. Li-2 operated its first flight en route Stalinabad – Moscow.

In 1945, the Air Traffic Control Service appeared in Tajikistan. This date is considered as the birthday of the Tajik Air Navigation Agency.

In different years, such aircraft, as AN-2 AKHR, IL-14, IL-18, AN-6, and MI-4 helicopter were developed in the air fleet of the Tajik Civil Air Fleet Territorial Administration. In the 1970s, An-24, Yak-40 and Mi-8 received a permanent residence permit in Tajikistan.

In 1954 the IL-12 plane operated its first flight en route Stalinabad – Sochi.

In 1959, the Leninabad Aviation Enterprise was established, and a year later the airport in Kulyab opened. In 1960, the Stalinabad – Frunze – Alma-Ata – Novosibirsk airline was launched.

In 1979, IL-18 operated its first flight to Afghanistan with a humanitarian mission.

Based on the efficiency of Yak-40 and An-28 aircraft use, the Tajik Civil Aviation Territorial Administration won the first place in Aeroflot of the USSR.

By the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan was a republic with modern air transport. However, in the first years of independence, civil aviation rolled back. The lack of funding from Moscow, as well as the hard years of the civil war that hit the country’s economic and social development, played a role.

Civil aviation of Tajikistan began to revive in the 2000s. Along with the Russian-made aircraft, Boeings appeared in the airspace of Tajikistan.

In 2008, the first private airline, Somon Air, was opened. In 2009, Tojikiston Airlines was reorganized into Tajik Air.

The national airline Tajik Air has set itself such tasks for its further development, as the acquisition of wide-body aircraft, the search for acceptable ways to repair, maintain the airworthiness of aircraft, ensure the safety and regularity of flights, introduce modern technologies in production and increase the number of flights.

Congratulations to the Tajik aviators on their professional holiday and we wish to implement plans that are aimed at improving the level of passenger service!

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Tajik Air OJSC was established in 1930. The airline specializes in air transportation of passengers, baggage and cargo, and also carries out maintenance and repair of aviation equipment. Expansion of the air route network, safety, reliability and comfort are the main tasks for Tajik Air, which determine the strategy of its development. At present, over 500 aviation experts work with Tajik Air.

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