May 24, 2011

Armavia’s flights not affected by volcano eruption

Ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano has not affected flights of Armavia air company. Not a single flight was delayed or canceled, Nana Avetisova, spokesperson for the company, told Armenian
“Flights to Europe and Russia are operated according to the schedule,” said representative of Armenian national carrier.
Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano started erupting on May 21. UK officials said ash cloud drifting from volcano will affect flights out of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland on Tuesday, Boston Globe reported.


May 19, 2011

Armavia carries out Yerevan-Berlin flight via Yerevan-Munich-Berlin

Citizens of Armenia complain that Armavia is carrying out a direct flight to Berlin from Yerevan by Yerevan-Munich-Berlin route, without informing passengers. It creates problems from passengers as they have to spend 125 minutes more aboard.
In a conversation with Armenian, Spokesperson for Armavia Aircompany Nana Avetisova said that flights U8 115/116 Yerevan-Berlin-Yerevan and Yerevan-Munich-Yerevan were combined only on May 3, 10 and 17.
“Staff members of the commercial department had informed the passengers of changes. However sometimes it is impossible to contact with passengers as they write their phone numbers incorrectly in the questionnaire or do not fill in the blank,” Avetisova said. 


Yerevan Airport Reconstruction Nearing Completion

An Argentine company managing Armenia’s main international airport pledged on Wednesday to essentially complete its multimillion-dollar reconstruction and more than double the airport capacity this year.

The Corporacion America group of Eduardo Eurnekian, an Argentine billionaire of Armenian descent, took over the Zvartnots airport near Yerevan in 2002 after signing a 30-year management contract with the Armenian government.

The agreement committed it to building a new airport terminal and modernizing other airport facilities left over from the Soviet era. The terminal’s arrivals section went into service in 2006, while work on the larger departures section is still going on.

Andranik Shikhkian, Zvartnots’s deputy managing director, told journalists that the construction will be complete by the end of this year. He said Eurnekian’s group, which operates over 30 airports across South America, has invested $160 million in the 34,000 square-meter facility.

According to Shikhkian, this will allow Zvartnots to handle up to 3 million passengers a year, up from 1.1 million passengers who used it last year. “Compared with Azerbaijan and Georgia, we will have a twice bigger capacity, both in terms of passenger traffic and use of modern technology,” he said.

Shikhkian added that the new terminal will also significantly speed up passenger check-in at Zvartnots. “In place of 24 check-in desks existing now we will have 46 ones,” he said. “Check-in lines have long been the main source of complaints by passengers.”

The official also expressed hope that the upgraded airport will attract more transit flights from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “The airport can simultaneously accept up to 10 flights per hour,” he said. “Right now, we have up to five flights every hour.”

It remains to be seen whether the expensive reconstruction will have any impact on the cost of the airport’s ground services for airlines and the national Armavia carrier in particular. Armavia has long accused the Zvartnots management of setting exorbitant tariffs that are higher than even in western Europe.

As recently last March, Zvartnots delayed several Armavia flights over the private airline’s alleged failure to pay its outstanding debts. The two sides traded recriminations before settling the dispute.

“Our airport is much cheaper than the airports in, say, Vienna or London,” insisted Shikhkian. He stressed that the airport fees have not changed since 2002.

The Zvartnots complex is also expected to become soon home to Armenia’s first-ever tax-free zone that will mainly cater for domestically grown agricultural produce to be exported abroad. It will reportedly have warehouses equipped with refrigerators, packaging facilities and a food safety laboratory.

The creation of the tax haven is envisaged by Eurnekian’s 2001 agreement with the Armenian government. The Argentine tycoon, who has a warm rapport with Armenia’s current and former presidents, owns hundreds of hectares of vineyards and orchards in the Ararat Valley adjacent to the airport. 

May 12, 2011

Armavia to assist launch of flight to Stepanakert, but won't fly there

Owner of Armavia air company Mikhail Baghdasarov said the company contributes in every possible way to the launch of Yerevan-Stepanakert flight, but is not going to operate flights itself.
Both the company and NKR authorities consider that Artsakh should have its own air company to operate Stepanakert-Yerevan flights, Baghdasarov said, answering a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter’s question whether Armavia will establish its flight to the NKR capital.
He noted that the opening of Stepanakert airport is postponed, as it is necessary to expand the runway that will make the airport more respectable, allowing it to receive also big aircrafts.


May 7, 2011

Armavia plane performing Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight lands in Yerevan

Armavia air company plane performing Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight has landed in Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport.
According to Armavia spokesperson Nana Avetisova, the plane landed in Yerevan at 7:27 p.m. local time.
Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport grounded all departing flights on May 5, stranding thousands of passengers, after jet fuel at the airport was found to be tainted. 41 passengers of Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight had been accommodated in hotels.


Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight still delayed-Armavia

Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight of Armavia Air Company is still delayed, Spokeswoman for Armavia air company Nana Avetisova told Armenian According to her, the aircraft has not yet departed from Israel.
“The flight has been delayed since yesterday due to problems with the fuel. Armavia had to put off the flight, as the aircraft was fueled at Tel Aviv airport with fuel containing oil. The planes of other air companies also face the same problem,” she noted, adding the airport in Tel Aviv has not yet commented on the matter.
All 41 passengers of Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight were accommodated in hotels in Tel-Aviv.


Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight to land in Yerevan in 2.5 hours

Spokesperson for Armavia national carrier Nana Avetisova said that the company’s Tel-Aviv-Yerevan flight has already departed from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.
“It will land in Yerevan in 2.5 hours,” Avetisova told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.
Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport grounded all departing flights on May 5, stranding thousands of passengers, after jet fuel at the airport was found to be tainted. 41 passengers of Tel Aviv-Yerevan flight have been accommodated in hotels.


Armavia continues to replenish its air depot

On May 6, Armavia air company’s depot was replenished by a CRJ200 LR plane purchased from Lufthansa CityLINE.
As the company press service reported, the plane was named after a famous Armenian painter Martiros Saryan.
Flights to CIS and European states will be performed on a newly purchased plane.
According to Armavia President Mikahil Baghdasarov, the second Sukhoi Superjet is expected to arrive in late June.


May 5, 2011

“Armaviа” increases the frequency of flights Yerevan-Moscow to five daily

National air carrier - airline “Armavia” increases the frequency of regular flights from Yerevan to Moscow from four to five daily, reported press-secretary of the company Nana Avetisova.

“From May 12, regular flights U8 520/519 Yerevan-Moscow (Vnukovo) are restored”, she said.

Currently, the planes of the company make two flights from Yerevan to Moscow airport “Domodedovo” daily and one – to "Vnukovo” and “Sheremetevo”.

National airline of Armenia “Armavia” was established in 1996 and complies with international standards of IATA. Today, “Armavia” makes over 100 flights weekly in more than 40 directions to 20 countries of the world.

President of “Armavia” Mikhail Baghdasarov plans to develop new investment projects, introduce information technologies, issues of systemic approach in the provision of safety and aviation security. Among the priorities are the improvement of quality of rendered services, service on board and provision of comfortable flight.


May 2, 2011

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 airplane landed in Venice for the first time

The Sukhoi Superjet 100, flight U8-123, landed in Venice, at "Marco Polo" airport, at 1:18 pm of yesterday, from Yerevan, Armenia, after approximately 4 flight hours.

For the first time the regional jet Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100), developed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft in partnership with Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica Group), arrives in Venice. Namely the Sukhoi Superjet 100 opens weekly flights of Armenian national carrier Armavia to Venice.

The SSJ-100 was delivered to Armavia on April 19, 2011 during a ceremony at Zvartnots airport. The aircraft was put into commercial operation within unprecedentedly short time after delivery, having started service on April 20 with flights Erevan–Moscow–Erevan.

The aircraft received the name after the first cosmonaut “Yuri Gagarin” and the tail number EK 95015.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has accumulated 24 flights in routes like Yerevan–Athens–Yerevan, Yerevan– Donetsk–Yerevan, Yerevan–Aleppo–Yerevan, Yerevan–Tehran–Yerevan, Yerevan– Tel Aviv–Yerevan and Yerevan–Simferopol–Yerevan, scoring approx. 50 flight hours.

The SSJ-100 Entry Into Service opens a new stage of the Program: the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production. The second aircraft will join Armavia fleet in June 2011.

There are currently 17 aircraft are in serial production at various stages of completion, including 6 in the final assembly shop. This year Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company plans to deliver 13 aircraft in total.

Mr. Carlo Logli, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International, was on board of the SSJ-100. Upon his arrival in Venice he stated: “It was a great satisfaction flying on board of the Sukhoi Superjet 100. The aircraft is superior for the comfort delivered to its passengers, for the larger cabin, wider seating and more spacious overhead bins.

We are pleased to see the SSJ-100 landing at Marco Polo runway, next to the headquarters of SuperJet International. Venice, in fact, is the delivery center for the western Customers. We expect the first delivery to the Mexican airline Interjet for the second half of 2012. SuperJet International, responsible for the after-sales support, is actively working in order to provide Armavia with a reliable and high-quality after-sales support. At the same time, SuperJet International is providing Armavia with Flight Crew, Cabin Crew and Maintenance staff Training Courses” concluded Mr.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is definitely the first production aircraft of modern Russia, created in partnership with world-wide aerospace leaders. The SSJ-100 represents a state-of-the-art aircraft in the 100-seat aircraft segment because of its outstanding characteristics in terms of quality, comfort and operational costs, the industry declares.


May 1, 2011

Armavia airline starts flights to Venice on Russia's Superjet-100

The Armenian airline Armavia opens on Sunday regular passenger flights from Yerevan to Venice and back using Russia's newest commercial plane, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, company's press service said.
The flights will be made regularly once a week on Sundays, the company said.
The newest Russian aircraft was delivered to Armavia at a ceremony in Armenia on April 27. Next day it completed its first passenger flight from the capital of Armenia to Moscow carrying 90 passengers.
The Superjet 100 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.
The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-95 passengers up to 4,500 kilometers.
Armavia, which bought four of the planes in 2007, plans to use the aircraft to conduct flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine.
Currently, there are 17 models in production at different stages of completion.
The company plans to manufacture at least 14 Superjet 100s this year, and 25 in 2012, and intends to sell 35% of them to the United States, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China.