Category: CIS

The (Avoidable) Cost of Leasing

New research suggests that many airlines would improve profitability by leasing more aircraft. Sylvain Bourjade and Catherine Muller-Vibes of Toulouse Business School analysed 16 years of data from different types of carrier, and found that “the optimal leasing level… is significantly higher than the proportion of leased aircraft in the worldwide global fleets”. One area […]

Russia’s MC-21 Maiden Flight is Set for April

The maiden flight of Russian new jet liner MC-21 is now scheduled for April, the RIA Novosti news agency reports with the reference to deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin. In December last year, he announced the first test aircraft would get airborne in spring. “The government is briefed daily on the results of addition static […]

2016 Worst for CIS-Wide Flight Safety in 25 Years

The year 2016 was marked by the record-high number of aviation accidents in the past 25 years across the 12 CIS states which are party to the Civil Aviation and Airspace Use Treaty. The statistics are contained in a report issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee (CIS), which oversees the use and management of civil […]

Russia to Test Newest A-100 Spy Jet in July

Tests of Russia’s Beriev A-100 airborne early warning and control (AWACS) prototype aircraft are set to begin in July 2017, said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov. “This is one of priorities of the current arms procurement program. I can tell you that works are on schedule and we will be carrying out state-run joint […]

Turkey Urges Open Skies Deal with Russia

Turkey is proposing a liberalization of bilateral air services with Russia, the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced at the sixth meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council. “[It’s necessary] to increase the flight frequencies between our two countries and make [the bilateral market] unrestricted, completely unlimited,” states Erdogan. The curently effective memorandum outlining the prospects of […]

Air Astana Signs Engine Services Contract

Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has concluded an exclusive long-term repair and overhaul agreement with Lufthansa Technik for the V2500 engines powering its Airbus A320 fleet. Peter Foster, President and CEO, signed the corresponding contract. Lufthansa Technik will provide the full range of engine repair and overhaul services, including warranty management and spare […]

Kazan Airport Named the Best Regional Airport in Russia and CIS

On March 14, a highly respected United Kingdom-based consultancy, Skytrax for the 4th time in the row has awarded Kazan international airport as the Best Regional Airport Russia and CIS, again is in the list of the world airport field leaders. Awarding was held during World Airport Awards 2017 ceremony in Amsterdam. Skytrax World Airport […]

Ka-52 Attack Helicopter Deliveries to Egypt to Begin in 2017

Russian Helicopters is on track to deliver this year the first examples of the Kamov Ka-52 attack rotorcraft to export customer Egypt. Parent company Rostec confirms that the first of an eventual 46 Alligators will be handed over to Cairo this year. Dating from an order revealed in December 2015, the helicopters will operate from […]

Turkmenistan Airlines Goes Private

Turkmenistan Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkmenistan and a subsidiary of state-run Turkmenhowayollary holding company, has been turned into a joint-stock company by a presidential decree, according to the government portal Turkmenistan: Golden Age. The decree reads that the carrier is now a public joint-stock company. Turkmenhowayollary, which controls the lion’s share of the company’s […]

Russian Airlines Will Need 2,000 New Aircraft by 2035

Russian airlines will require from 1,700 to 2,000 new passenger aircraft through 2035. More than a half of this number, from 1,100 to 1,300 units will be mainline airliners, Russia’s vice-minister for transport, Valeriy Okulov forecasted. The government hopes to meet with demand with locally made commercial aircraft. “The average annual acquisitions rate stands at […]