Turkmenistan Airlines’ air route network to be expanded since middle of December 2019

Turkmenistan’s aviators will lay their new air routes to Southeast Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as resume their flights to Europe.

In the coming days, air tickets for flights to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Birmingham (Great Britain) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany) will begin to be sold. Turkmenistan Airlines OJSC will begin to carry out passenger transportation to these countries in the second half of December 2019.

Turkmen aviators carry almost three million passengers a year on international and domestic flights. A significant event for the airline included the receipt of a certificate confirming compliance with the requirements of the European security system, and a license for air transportation to European cities.

Based on the results of a field audit conducted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the air carrier was authorized as a “third country operator”. By this, the European agency confirmed the compliance of Turkmenistan Airlines OJSC with the requirements for airlines of countries outside the specified union.

The issuance of a certificate for European flights was the result of the joint work of employees of Turkmenistan Airlines and Lufthansa Consulting experts to comply with the relevant EASA requirements. A team of specialists in quality and safety management, operation and maintenance of aviation equipment was involved in the assignment.

Together with experts, the recommendations of the European agency were implemented. Virtually all segments of the airline’s operations have introduced digital technology. AMOS integrated software, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering System, was purchased. Between the services of the airline electronic document management is carried out, trainings were conducted with staff.

Currently, the airline’s employees are studying the economic situation in the air transportation market in Europe and Asia, preparing to increase the frequency of flights and expand the geography of flights in promising directions to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Peninsula.

The national air carrier connects the further development of air transportation with these regions with the use of the latest aviation technology – the long-haul ultramodern Boeing 777-200 LR airliner. The fleet of these aircraft will replenish in 2021. This comfortable ship will have regular flights to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Routes are being developed that will allow tourists from Europe, Turkey, the CIS, Thailand and Vietnam to fly to the Arabian Peninsula through the Ashgabat International Airport. These flights can be connected with routes from Germany, England, Russia and Turkey, which will create additional conveniences for transit travelers.

Recall that on February 4, 2019 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) blacklisted Turkmenistan Airlines (Türkmenhowayollary) and banned airline flights to both EU countries and transit flights over EU territory.

The resumption of flights was reported several times, and only on October 14, 2019 Dovran Saburov, CEO, Turkmenistan Airlines, reported to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that the airline had successfully passed EASA compliance checks.

Mr. Berdimuhamedov noted that the positive results of the inspections will allow arranging passenger transportation to Europe and gave Bayramgeldi Ovezov, Deputy Prime Minister for Transport, Communications and Industry, and Dovran Saburov two months to resume flights to the EU.

Source – http://www.turkmenistan.gov.tm/

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