Jul 28, 2012

‘’Armavia’’ Air Company to continue its flights to Syria

Regardless the international   persuasions and current dangers pertain to flights of Syria, ‘’Armavia’’ Air Company is going to carry out its  flights , as well as is intended to open additional flights by the support of Armenian Government. Armenpress  reports citing official announcement provided by National Air Carrier. 
‘’Armavia’’ considers necessary to allocate appropriate assistance to our foreign compatriots.  The Company already has experience in the transportation of passengers, registered particularly in the course of Lebanese conflict.
 16 months ongoing clashes resulted in the death of 7 thousand 192 people, according to the Syrian Human Rights Organization . The Arab media reports that among the dead11 thousand 897 were peaceful civilians, and 4348 were security officers. Among the victims there were 7 Armenians, 2 of which were the Syrian Army militaries. The Syrian riots make the Syrians leave the country appearing in other countries as refugees. Recently the Armenian community representatives also leave the country. The refugee status or asylum applications from Syria are considered in an accelerated procedure, at least ten days.
Source: armenpress.am

Jul 26, 2012

Armavia ready to operate two flights to Syria a week

Armenian national carrier Armavia Company has declared it is ready to operate two flights a week to Syria with the support of the Armenian Government and the Ministry of Diaspora.  The company informs that in this case the air tickets will be almost free, as it was the case with Libya a few years ago.  

Source: armradio.am

Armavia is ready to assist the repatriating Syrian-Armenians

The Armenian Ministry of Diaspora applied to the “Armavia” company asking to make available a second flight per week with Aleppo-Yerevan direction . Chief of Media and Public Relations Department of the Ministry Tevos Nersisyan informed Armenpress, that the time of flight launching is not clear enough.
Chief of Public Relations Department of “Armavia” Anahit Aivazyan gave an informatin to Armenpress, that the national air carrier and the Armenian Government are still negotiating. The company will make an announcement soon regarding the flight details.
On July 26 the Armenian Government made a modification in a decision, according to which Armenians from Syria and Lebanon, in the case of obtaining the Armenian citizenship, could get their passports from Armenian diplomatic representations. According to another decision, the Executive Body confirmed that Armenian foreign citizens could have an opportunity to obtain an Armenian visa in the checkpoints of the Armenian border.

Source: armenpress.am

Jul 25, 2012

Armenian activists held a protest action in front of “Armavia” office

Today a group of activists held a protest action in front of the general office of “Armavia” aviation-company in Yerevan. The participants of the protest action claim the company must overview preices of the flight Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan.
Civilian activist Nvard Manasyan applied to “Armavia” and especially said:
“We have borne for many years in order to have just one national aviation server. Now “Armavia” completely failed in its title as national. Now Armenians in Syria have problems and are unable to reach Armenia, but the so-called national company makes money using the tragedy of the people. We call on you to realize what “national” is and as you are protected from the equal competition we call on you to act for the nation. If you are now unable to prove that you are national, so we do not need you at all. If we have other problems in future we will not need you at all. Why are you called national? When you see the situation in Syria and the condition of Armenians in Syria you must show humanitarian attitude. Where is your social responsibility? We have a real problem today and if you are unable to settle it so throw away your title “national” and just be an aviation company and participate in the international competition equally”.
Another activist, Apres Zohrabyan, considers that “Armavia” is just cheating when it says that the ticket seller company has raised the price.
“Armenia has suffered many difficult moments. We have seen earthquake, collapse of economy and just it these hard days we had support by the Armenians in Diaspora and especially by the Armenians in Syria. And if we now let “Armavia” act in such way, it will be ingratitude by us. “Armavia” is the only company in Armenia which reacted to the Syrian events and thought that this is a good opportunity to gain money”, A. Zohrabyan says.
Note that more and more Armenians in Syria want to leave Syria and return to Motherland now. This aim is connected with the strained situation in Syria. And “Armavia” company has raised the prices of the tickets for Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight.

Source: times.am

Jul 21, 2012

Armavia deems speculations over Aleppo-Yerevan air tickets possible

Armavia Armenian airline company has officially denied the Syrians’ statement on the alleged letter the company received from RA Ministry of Diaspora.
“Dwelling on the rumors regarding the high ticket prices for Aleppo-Yerevan route, Armavia assesses the information as false,” according to the company’s press service.
Armavia’s message further named aircraft provision (a special expensive aircraft was purchased for the purpose), passenger service and transportation among the company’s goals.
In the message, Armenian national airline offers to address all issues related to the price and sale of tickets for Aleppo-Yerevan-Aleppo route to Syrian agents in charge of them. Air tickets for Aleppo-Yerevan route have been sold out until for the late August, which doesn’t rule out speculations.
“Special programs should be implemented in the given case. Armavia air company exercises no other rights and privileges besides its direct obligations,” the message reads.

Source: panarmenian.net

Jul 17, 2012

Armavia has not raised the ticket prices

Armenian national airways Armavia airline has not raised the ticket prices. As Armavia airline company informed Armenpress, there are no significant changes concerning to the departing aircraft charges in the course of the last two months.
The increase was  within 2000-5000 AMD, resulted by euro exchange rate fluctuations air company   commercial department informed. The flights to Moscow, Krasnodar, Simferopol, and Barcelona prevail among the frequently travelled directions. No ticket price rising is recorded pertain to these directions.
Armavia has denied circulating rumors on the increase of Syria-Armenia flights and that  resultantly   our compatriots prefer coming Homeland by transit ways.
Currently Aleppo-Yerevan flight ticket costs 118 600 up to 210 300 AMD. Weekly one flight is implemented on Mondays.
Armavia has suspended its flights to Syria during several months, clarifying with the interstate complicated situation in Syria.
Yerevan-Aleppo flights were reopened on July 9.

Source: armenpress.am

Jul 13, 2012

Armavia Airlines Resumes Syria Flights

An Armavia plane flew to Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, on Monday and returned to Yerevan the following day for the first time in nearly four months.
The company suspended the flight service in March, citing the worsening security situation. Air communication between the two countries has been carried out only by the Syrian Air airline since then. Its Yerevan-Aleppo flights have been fully booked until September, a fact that led to calls for Armavia to enable more Syrian Armenians to take refuge in their country of ancestors.
The Armenian carrier said late last month that it has decided to resume the weekly service at the request of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. The airline spokeswoman, Nana Avetisova, said on Wednesday that all 104 tickets for its first July flight from Aleppo were quickly sold. Avetisova denied reports that Armavia has sharply raised the ticket prices.
Hundreds of Syrian Armenians are believed to have moved to Armenia in recent months. According to immigration authorities in Yerevan, about 3,000 of them applied for Armenian citizenship last year and another 2,700 in the first five months of this year.
Garbis Arabaltian, a middle-aged hairdresser from Aleppo, was among 320 people who arrived in Yerevan on a Syrian Air flight early on Wednesday. He was greeted at the Zvartnots airport by his teenage son, who migrated to Armenia two months ago and has already found a job at a Yerevan hotel. “It’s better to be in the homeland,” said the young man.
Arabaltian said his wife and younger son will join them soon. “My wife had a real ordeal last week,” he told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).  “She was at a clinic where [armed men] terrorized a doctor.”
“Things are very tense,” said one woman. “We don’t know what will happen next. For example, there was an explosion yesterday. Everyone was shocked but fortunately … nobody was hurt.”
Not all arriving Syrian Armenians have decided to relocate to Armenia on a permanent basis. Some of them said they plan to stay in the country for several months and monitor further developments at home.
“This is our third trip to Armenia this year,” said one man who arrived at Zvartnots with his family. He said he will fly back to Aleppo later this month and will be joined by his wife and children in September.
He said the turmoil in Syria is not the only reason why they travelled to Armenia. “There is a desire to come to Armenia and this situation is helping us to do that. We also have [Armenian] identity and own a home here,” he explained.

Source: asbarez.com

Jul 10, 2012

“Armavia” to get Airbus and Boeing types of aircraft

“Armavia” airlines representatives met the ones of “Airbus” and “Boeing” companies in the Great Britain aviasalon, after which the national run airline has decided to acquire “Airbus” and “Boeing” types of each aircraft.
As “Armavia” airlines spokeswoman Nana Avetisova  stated  in the interview with “Armenpress”, the transaction details are kept confidential and will be known only after the end of the aviasalon. Earlier, the “Armavia” company refused the intention of acquiring another aircraft from “Sukhoi” company. The mass media speculates the information  that  the Compnay's unstable financial condition resulted in the refusal of  the deal .
The Armenian airlines signed a contract with the “Sukhoi” company on acquiring two aircraft. The first supjet was delivered to “Armavia” on April 19 ,2011 : the second one should be already achieved this month.The Russian newest aircraft currently operate only two airlines – “Aeroflot” and “Armavia”.

Source: armenpress.am

Armenian national carrier prefers Airbus and Boeing to Superjet

Armenian national carrier Armavia said it plans to purchase Airbus and Boeing airliners.
Representatives of Armavia met with counterparts from both producers during the Farnborough International Airshow in Britain, Interfax reports.
Air company said the details of the deal will be issued later after the close of the air show.
Meanwhile, this week Armavia announced it refused to buy the second Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane. The reason might be financial difficulties the company is faced with, the agency says.
A handover ceremony of the first Sukhoi Superjet-100 that arrived in Armenia was held at the Zvartnots international airport in Yerevan in April 2011.

Source: news.am

Jul 9, 2012

Armenia Cancels SSJ Order

Armenian national carrier Armavia will not be buying a second Sukhoi Superjet 100, the company has said.
"Armenia is not going to buy it," airline spokeswoman Nana Avetisova told Interfax on Monday. She did not give a reason for the cancellation.
Armavia, which has a single Superjet, was the first airline to launch commercial flights using the SSJ in April 2011. It was due to take delivery of a second aircraft between June 20 and July 30 this year. The only other SSJ operator so far is Aeroflot, which has eight of the aircraft. Russian media have reported that Aeroflot's fleet has been plagued by technical difficulties. The Superjet's reputation suffered a blow when one flew into the side of an Indonesian volcano during a demonstration flight in May, killing 45 people.

Source: themoscowtimes.com

On Board: Armavia resumes air link for ethnic Armenians fleeing from war-torn Syria

Armenia’s national air carrier Armavia has resumed the Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight, which was suspended in late March over escalating violence in Syria. The direct Armenia-Syria flight has great importance for Christian Armenians caught amid the internal strife in Syria.

Armavia airline press secretary Nana Avetisova told ArmeniaNow that now the company will have only one flight per week; and if the demand grows the number of flights will grow, respectively.

Late in March the national air carrier suspended the Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight explaining its step by the danger connected with the civil war in Syria. But because Syrian-Armenians keep coming to Armenia and taking refuge here (their number has reached about 3,000), and Syrian Airlines carrying out the Yerevan-Aleppo-Yerevan flight has sold out all tickets up until September, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, turned to Armavia, asking the company to resume the flights to and from Aleppo.

Meghri Hayitian, 21, moved to Armenia together with her family about four months ago. She told ArmeniaNow that she had been informed about more Syrian-Armenians’ arrival.

“On July 11, some of my relatives will arrive in Armenia by plane, too,” Hayitian said.
However, as Syrian-Armenian journalist Harut Yekmanian told ArmeniaNow, most Syrian-Armenians still prefer escaping to neighboring Lebanon and European countries and not Armenia. (According to the data of Armenia’s Diaspora Ministry, more than 50,000 ethnic Armenians reside in Syria). Yekmanian says that throughout this year the Aleppo-Yerevan flight has always been overloaded, and it is wrong to suppose that now more Syrian-Armenians have started coming to Armenia.

“Those who used to come for a visit are the ones now coming to Armenia,” Yekmanian concludes.
Information has recently been circulated in the press that Armavia has hiked the ticket price for the Yerevan-Aleppo flight up to 237,000 drams (about $568) against the previous 119,000 drams (about $285). Avetisova reported that the ticket prices had become 128,000 drams (about $306), and the price increase is connected with safety issues and Syria’s refusal to provide insurance. Nevertheless, it is impossible to find a ticket at $306 in travel agencies in Yerevan. For example, Geographic Travel representatives told ArmeniaNow that all the economy class tickets are sold out until August, and the tickets of higher class cost 250,000 drams (about $600).

Source: armenianow.com

Jul 4, 2012

Armavia denies information about its sale

Armenia’s national air carrier, Armavia, considers the widespread news about the sale of the company absurd and announced the company is expanding the geography of flights and continues its normal work.

As Armavia’s spokesperson told Armenpress, the airline is launching Amman and Milan summer flights.

Russian media is awash with reports that Armavia may be sold to former MP Harutyun Pambukyan, who is reportedly ready to offer $55 million for acquiring it from Mikhail Bagdasarov. According to sources, Armavia has serious financial problems and debts.

Armavia is the only Armenia-based airline. Its aircraft fleet includes 11 airplanes. It carries out 100 flights a week in more than 40 destinations.

Source: armenianow.com

Jul 3, 2012

Armenia’s national airline company denies news about its sale

Armavia Airline Company is not being sold, Company Press Secretary Nana Avetisova told Armenian News-NEWS.am. 
According to her, the news about Armavia being sold is absurd and, on the contrary, the Company is currently attempting to expand the geographical scope of its flights.   
As Armenian News-NEWS.am informed earlier, the Russian gazeta.ru  website on Monday posted a large article on Russian companies’ desire to purchase the Armavia Airline Company, which is Armenia’s national carrier. And it was even mentioned that the initial business deal price is US$ 55 million.      
To note, former Armenian MP Harutyun Pambukyan was co-owner of the Max Group Company. But according to most recent information, he left the company and, now, he conducts business in Moscow.
And Pambukyan already made a formal offer to Armavia’s owner Mikhail Baghdasarov, gazeta.ru wrote.

Source: news.am

“Armavia” company may be bought by Harutyun Pambukyan

Armenian businessman, former deputy Harutyun Pambukyan wants to buy “Armavia” aviation company from his current owner Mika Baghdasarov. Russian Gazeta.ru has written an article named “Moscow pretends “Armavia””. In the article the news agency refers to its sources and informs that “Armavia” will be sold to the Armenian businessman living in Moscow.
Armenian national aviation-company has some financial problems and “Rosaviation” aims to expand Armenian market for the Russian companies.
According to the source Harutyun Pambukyan has already made the appropriate offer to the “Armavia” owner.
“He offered 55 million USD for the aviation company”, the source informed the news agency but not announce the names of the Russian investors who pretends for the actives.
According to the source the company may be sold till the end of this year.
“Armavia” is the only aviation company in Armenia. The company’s air park consists of 3 Airbus A319, 2 Airbus A320, 2 CRJ-200LR, 1ЯК-42 and 1 Sukhoi Superjet 100. 1 SSJ-100 is expected soon as well.

Source: http://times.am

No sale of Armavia airline – rep

The reports on the sale of Armavia airline to the businessman Harutyun Pambunkyan and a number of Russian businessmen are false.

Armavia Press Secretary Nana Avetisyan refuted the reports as absurd.

She noted that the airline is expanding its flight geography – more flights to Beirut will be made, and a flight to Birmingham has been opened.

Amravia plans to lease an Airbus А320. The airline has also opened new flights, Amman and Milan, for the summer season.

Russian mass media reported that a pool of Russian investors intends to purchase the Armavia airline.

Armavia owner Mikhail Baghdasarov reportedly received a business proposition from Harutyun Pambunkyan, an ex-member of Armenia’s parliament, who is now residing in Moscow. He is reportedly offering $55m for the airline. The airline may be sold by the end of this year, the source reports, without naming the Russian investors.

Source: tert.am

Armenian businessman Harutyun Pambukyan wants to buy Armavia

A businessman, former MP Harutyun Pambukyan wants to buy Armavia airline from its current owner Mikhail Baghdasarov, gazeta.ru says, citing its sources.

The national carrier has serious financial issues while Rosaviatsia wants to expand Armenian market for Russian airlines.

According to the source, Pambukyan has already proposed a deal to the owner. “Together with his Moscow partners, he is offering $55 million for acquiring the airline,” the media reports, without revealing the names of the Russian investors. The source claims the deal may be concluded by the end of the year.

Armavia is the only airline in Armenia.

Source: tert.am

Pambukyan will "Armavia" kaufen

Der Unternehmer Harutyun Pambukyan will mit seinen Kollegen in Moskau die Gesellschaft "Armavia" kaufen. Die Gesellschaft hat ernste Finanzprobleme.
"Pambukyan will mit seinen russischen Kollegen "Armavia" mit 55 Millionen Dollar kaufen", - darüber schreibt Gazeta.ru.

Source: slaq.am