Jan 27, 2010

Russia to certify Superjet 100 airliner in July

Russia's Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company will receive the necessary certification for its new Superjet 100 regional airliner this July, the Russian industry minister said on Wednesday.
The certification procedures have delayed the delivery of the first aircraft to Armenia's national airline Armavia and Russia's flagship air carrier Aeroflot, which was due to begin in December 2009.
In late 2009, Sukhoi was running tests in line with European, U.S. and Russian standards, which would allow the Superjet 100 to operate without restrictions anywhere in the world.
"The certificate is scheduled to be received in July 2010. A total of 3.2 billion rubles [$105.5 million] has been invested in the charter capital of the Sukhoi company as part of state support to complete certification and start serial production," Trade and Industry Minister Viktor Khristenko said.
The Superjet 100 project is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.
Sukhoi, part of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), plans to manufacture at least 700 Superjet 100s, and intends to sell 35% of them to North America, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China.
Currently, the company has at least 122 firm orders for Superjet 100 airliners.
MOSCOW, January 27 (RIA Novosti)

Source: rian.ru

Jan 14, 2010

Armenian Armavia announses air fare discounts

YEREVAN, January 12. /ARKA/. Armavia has offered  discounts for passengers of Yerevan-Moscow-Yerevan flights, the press office of this Armenian air company reported on Monday.
Besides, the company offers holiday discounts.
Male passengers can enjoy a 15-percent discount from January 28 till February 23 for all the direct flights of the company. Females can buy their air tickets at a 20-percent discount from March 8 till April 7.

Armavia was established in 1996. In 2005, Mikhail Bagdasarov, president of Mika Limited, acquired the full package of the company’s shares. Armavia has three A 319, two A 320 and also CRJ-200 airbuses. The company operates 250 flights every month.

Source: arka.am

Jan 13, 2010

Yerevan-Tbilisi flights cancelled

Yerevan-Tbilisi flights are cancelled starting January 15, 2010, Armavia AirCompany Press Secretary Nana Avetisova informed News.am.  According to her, the flights were cancelled due to absence of demand. “The number of people willing to fly to Tbilisi dramatically reduced this winter,” Avetisova said not ruling out the resumption of flights in spring.
Avetisova denied the information that the reduction of passengers is conditioned by the high airfares, adding that fares are affordable, meanwhile finding difficulty in specifying them.

Source: news.am

Jan 9, 2010

Armavia resumes flights to Larnaca

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Armavia Airway Company resumes flights to Cyprus.

Starting February 23, 2010, flights to Larnaca will be available via Yerevan-Beirut-Larnaca route, company's press service reported.

Armavia Airway Company LLC is the national air carrier of the Republic of Armenia. The company was founded in 1996. Currently the company is operating about 250 flights to over 30 countries of the world.

Larnaca is a city of the Republic of Cyprus situated on the southern coast of Cyprus. It has a population of 72,000 (2001) and is the island's second largest commercial port and an important tourist resort. The island's largest airport, Larnaca International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city.

Larnaca was founded by Phoenicians and was known as Kition, or (in Latin) Citium. The biblical name Kittim, though derived from Citium, was in fact used quite generally for Cyprus as a whole, and occasionally by the Jews for the Greeks and Romans.
Larnaca is colloquially known as "Skala" meaning "ladder" or "landing stage", referring to the town's status in history as an important port.

Source: panarmenian.net

Jan 4, 2010


The paper ticket is now a thing of the past.
United Airlines was the first airline to issue electronic tickets, back in 1994. A decade later however, only 20% of all airline tickets were electronic. The industry was missing out on an opportunity to save US$ 3 billion a year. Aside from the substantial cost savings, electronic tickets are also more convenient for passengers – they would no longer have to worry about losing tickets and changes to itineraries could be made more easily.
In June 2004, IATA set an industry target of 100% ET in four years. At the time, many believed this was an unrealistic goal. Evolving standards, uncertainty about the return on investment and skepticism about the customer acceptance of paper in parts of the world were some of the reasons why e-ticketing hadn’t taken off.
It took only four years to reach 100% ET. On 1 June 2008, the industry moved to 100% electronic ticketing. Together, IATA and airlines, travel agents, airports, system providers, and GDSs have moved an entire industry from the paper age into the full electronic era. Armed with a mandate from the IATA Board, StB was able to mobilise the industry. Through local engagement, the ET team was able to understand and meet the varying needs of airlines – from those who needed little help to those who hadn’t issued a single electronic ticket. And by engaging and understanding the needs of partners – from GDS’s to ground handlers – StB facilitated the adoption of ET across the industry.

Source:  http://www.iata.org/stb/e-ticketing/