Feb 24, 2011

Armavia air company president nominated for 2010 Person of the Year Russian prize

On February 24, Moscow will host an award ceremony for 2010 Person of the Year prize, with 3 Armenians listed among 27 nominees.
As Armavia air company press service told PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, Armavia president Mikhail Bagdasarov is among the nominees for Contribution to Development of the Sector.
Joint Energy Construction Corporation President Valeri Sahakyan was nominated for the same prize. The president of Moscow Interbank Currency Stock Exchange Ruben Aghanbekyan was nominated for a prize in business sector.
The director of Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre Oleg Tabakov and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev were nominated for Grand Prix.

Source: panarmenian.net

Feb 13, 2011

Armavia to carry our regular flights Madrid, Amritsar, Munich

Armavia Aircompany will soon carry out regular flights to Madrid, Amritsar and Munich cities.
Flights to Madrid will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays with departure from Yerevan at 6:05 local time.
Starting from March 9, 2011 the aircompany will start regular flights to the Indian holy city of Amritsar. Yerevan-Amritsar-Yerevan flights will operate on 3/4 and 4/5 of the week.
Yerevan-Munich-Yerevan will be carried out on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with departure from Yerevan at 10:50 am (local time), starting from March 29, 2011.
Armavia also offers convenient connections from Amritsar to Birmingham, Rome, Moscow and back to Yerevan on an exclusive low fares, Spokeswoman for Armavia Nana Avetisova told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Madrid, Amritsar and Munich are the second points of the national airline Armavia in Spain, India and Germany, along with Barcelona, New Delhi and, Berlin.

Source: news.am

In spring armenian national air carrier “Armavia” will make flights in three new directions

In spring Armenian national air carrier “Armavia” will make flights in three new directions, press-secretary of the company Nana Avetisova informs.

The company will make regular flights to Madrid on Thursdays and Saturdays at 06:05 (05:05 Moscow time) from Yerevan.

“Madrid will become the second destination point of national air carrier to Spain along with Barcelona”, she said.

From March 9 “Armavia” will start regular flights to Amritsar (India) which will also become the second destination point of the company in India. The flights will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

“Armavia” suggests convenient connections from Amritsar to Birmingham, Rome, Moscow and back via Yerevan by exclusive low tariffs.

Third new direction will be the capital of Bavaria – Munich which is the second destination point in Germany along with Berlin.

“Flights Yerevan-Munich-Yerevan will be implemented on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:50 (09:50 Moscow time) from Yerevan starting from March 29”, said Avetisova.

Source: arka.am

Feb 3, 2011

First Superjet-100 christened Yury Gagarin

Sukhoi Superjet-100. Photo: RIA Novosti 

The brand new Sukhoi Superjet 100 liner, the first produced commercially, proudly bears the name of space pioneer Yury Gagarin. The aircraft, designed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, will be delivered to Armenian air carrier Armavia at the beginning of this year. Meanwhile February 3 saw the Superjet 100 receive its Type Certification from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC).
Having received the nod from the IAC, the fly-by-wire regional jet with a 5,000 km range, designed to carry around 100 passengers, is now ready for commercial operation. The word “first” has hundreds of applications when it comes to the Superjet. For instance, this is the first passenger plane made using digital technologies. For the first time ever, such a project was carried out in close concert with foreign aircraft construction companies, including Boeing, Alenia, Thales, SNECMA and Honeywell. The aircraft is fitted out with mostly foreign-made equipment and devices, and from the very beginning asserts its absolute competitiveness.
Now it needs to demonstrate its operational characteristics, stresses the head of the avia.ru website Roman Gusarov:
"The airplane accords with modern ideas of convenience. This won’t raise any issues as it fully meets expectations for this kind of vehicle. We’ll be able to judge how reliable it is from how it fares during operation. The same can be said for the turnaround in its service and maintenance. This is an important parameter, which will strongly impact upon how well it’ll sell. Sadly, so far, the maintenance issue has been the Achilles Heel of the Russian aviation industry. But Sukhoi are establishing a principally new system together with their foreign partners. I hope that the plane will be serviced expeditiously, that parts’ delivery will be timely and the Superjet won’t be complicated and expensive to run. If all these factors fall into place, we will see a spike in demand for these airplanes," Gusarov forecasts.
At this stage, successful marketing and promotion of this airplane is becoming the number one task. There have been some achievements to this end so far, with air carriers from South East Asia, Latin America, countries in the CIS and Russia confirming 170 orders.
Competition in this sector is fierce, but the Sukhoi managed to outpace its competitors by milliseconds, just like in a 100-metre sprint, Roman Gusarov points out:
"There’s plenty of competition for this project and there are pros and cons for each manufacturer. First of all, there are the already existing Embraer planes. At the same time, there’s work happening in Japan and China on aircraft with analogous characteristics. But these planes are only undergoing development and haven’t reached the commercial production stage," the aviation expert explains.
Sukhoi plans to make no fewer than 800 Superjets by 2020. Middle Eastern countries are showing an interest in planes with a carrying capacity of up to 100 passengers. No European companies have stepped forward to place orders as yet, since Superjet doesn’t yet have European Aviation Safety Agency certification, but this is set to be rectified in 2012. This year, German carrier Lufthansa plans to hold a tender for the renewal of its regional airplane fleet and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is expected to take part.

Source:  english.ruvr.ru

Sukhoi SuperJet-100 to get certificate from Interstate Aviation Committee

MOSCOW, February 3 (Itar-Tass) -- The Interstate Aviation Committee Committee (IAC) will issue a type certificate for the Sukhoi SuperJet-100 plane on February 3.
The IAC Aviation Register has also decided to issue a certificate of civil aircraft designer to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company.
The company said “the type certificate will allow commercial operation of the plane and confirm its conformity with the rules and regulations of the Interstate Aviation Committee.”
The new plane will replace Tu-134 jets. The first SSJ-100 should be handed over to Armavia in early 2011. Currently, orders for 170 new planes have been confirmed.
Aeroflot plans to receive the first two SSJ-100 planes in March 2011. It can receive a total of ten such planes this year, 12 in 2012m and eight more in 2013. Aeroflot has ordered 30 SSJ-100 planes.
The plane has completed all certification tests, making 1,060 flights and flying 2,500 hours. All evidential documents have been collected and handed over to the IAC (Interstate Aviation Committee) Aviation Register. The manufacturer plans to receive a certificate for an upgraded version of the plane from the European Aviation Safety Agency in the middle of 2011 in order to take the SuperJet to the global market.
The plane has been designed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. It was reported earlier that serial plane supplies would begin before the end of 2010. The first planes would go to Aeroflot and the Armenian airline Armavia.
Aeroflot said in late October 2010 that it would not received SuperJet-100 planes before the end of the year.
Aeroflot Deputy Director-General for Finance and Investments Shamil Kurmashov said, “Sukhoi is delaying plane supplies, and Aeroflot will receive the SuperJet not at the end of 2010 but in the first quarter of 2011.”
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft confirmed that the first planes would be handed over to Aeroflot before the end of 2010. However the first plane will be handed over to Armavia in early 2011.
The SuperJet-100 should replace Tu-132 planes now in operation. Initially, plane supplies were scheduled for the end of 2008.
The SuperJet, the first new Russian passenger plane over the past 20 years, is being created through unprecedentedly broad international cooperation that involves more than 30 major international aerospace companies, system and component suppliers.
Sukhoi SuperJet-100 integrates the world's best industry practices and solutions. All aircraft will be certified in accordance with both Russian and international requirements. SSJ100's technical and operational performance make the product fully marketable and capable of taking a solid share in the highly competitive global market. Thus, Sukhoi expects to sell 800 aircraft until the year 2024, while the global demand for the aircraft of this class totals 5,400. So far the company had secured 73 solid orders for the aircraft.
The SuperJet-100 was formerly referred to as the Russian Regional Jet, or “Sukhoi RRJ.” The name was changed on 17 July 2006. The aircraft will be equipped with two Saturn/SNECMA PowerJet SaM146 turbofans.
The Superjet-100 is intended to compete against the Antonov An-148, Embraer E-Jets and the Bombardier CSeries programs. Sukhoi CEO Mikhail Pogosyan claims the SSJ will have 10-15 percent lower operation costs than its Embraer or Bombardier counterparts and its wider cabin will offer more comfort; at the catalogue price of 27.8 million dollars, it should also be cheaper by 18-22 percent. On the other hand, both Embraer and Bombardier offer much more comprehensive after-sales and maintenance network.
SuperJet-100 will in the future provide the basis for a whole family of planes, including transport and special purpose planes. However now the main goal is the certification of the plane and serial production of 60-70 planes annually.
The project is implemented by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company created in 2000. Experts say that the SuperJet-100 project will secure Russia's leadership on the market of regional planes. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is a subsidiary of the famous Sukhoi combat aircraft manufacturer. It was created to implement the latter's civilian projects. The chief task of the company is to develop a regional Superjet-100 plane that will replace Tu-134 liners that are now in use.
The Sukhoi SuperJet-100 family consists of two types of aircraft of basic and increased flying ranges with the carrying capacity of 75 and 95 passengers respectively.
The company is trying to make the two types of plane as universal as possible in order to increase the number of potential buyers.
The design of the plane meets the requirements applicable in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the West. 

Source: itar-tass.com

Feb 1, 2011

Mit Armavia neu von München nach Eriwan

Armeniens größte Fluggesellschaft expandiert auf dem deutschen Markt und nimmt München in das Streckennetz auf.
Ab dem 31. März 2011 können Passagiere zwei Mal pro Woche von München nonstop nach Eriwan fliegen. Neben der bereits bestehenden wöchentlichen Verbindung von Berlin in die armenische Hauptstadt bietet Armavia dann insgesamt drei Nonstop-Flüge pro Woche an.
Jeden Donnerstag und Samstag steuert Armavia Eriwan von München aus an. Um 13.40 Uhr starten Passagiere in München und erreichen nach einen knapp vierstündigen Flug Eriwan um 20.30 Uhr. Den Rückflug bietet die private armenische Fluggesellschaft jeweils am gleichen Verkehrstag an. Um 10.50 Uhr verlässt Armavia den Flughafen in Eriwan und landet um 11.55 Uhr in München.
Neben München bedient Armavia auch die Strecke Berlin (Tegel) – Eriwan mit einem wöchentlichen Nonstop-Flug (dienstags). Auf allen Flügen ab Deutschland setzt die private Fluggesellschaft Maschinen des Typs Airbus A319-100 ein, in denen jeweils 134 Fluggäste Platz finden.

Source: dmm.travel

Snow does not disrupt Armavia’s regular flights

Armenia’s national carrier Armavia said the abundant snow that has been falling from early hours today morning has not disrupted its regular flights to tens of destinations.

A spokeswoman for the company, Nana Avetisova, told ARKA that as of 12 pm all flights on the schedule were operated at time.

According to weather service, snow has been falling across the whole country from early hours of the morning closing roads in some mountain areas and passes.

Source: arka.am