Kazakhstan air companies to buy over 50 airplanes by 2020 01 апреля 2013, 17:37
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Kazakhstan air carriers will purchase over 50 airplanes by 2020, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Kazakhstan Minister of Transport and Communications Askar Zhumagaliyev.
“Not only Air Astana, but also other airlines bought 16 planes last year. This year they are going to buy another 14 aircrafts. The approximate number of planes to be purchased by our local airlines by 2020 is 56,” Zhumagaliyev said in the Majilis (lower chamber of the Parliament of Kazakhstan).
Besides, he noted that prohibitive measures will be applied to companies if their aircrafts are found incompliant with ICAO requirements. According to the Minister, 14 airplanes have already been banned from passenger transportation in Kazakhstan.
“As a result of all these measures 80 percent of the airplanes servicing regular passenger flights are Western-made. And clearly we will continue this practice, not only for regular passenger transportation, but also for all air companies,” the Minister said.
Chairman of the Majilis Commission for Economic Reform and Regional Development Seitsultan Aimbetov said that the parliament insisted on enhancing control over technical condition of aircrafts in Kazakhstan.
According to him, there are currently 497 civil aircrafts registered in Kazakhstan state registrar. “According to the experts, the wear of the aircrafts fleet is over 80 percent and their exploitation period exceeds 20 years, while the aircraft’s nominal service life is not more than 30 years. The outdated fleet of aircrafts not complying with the ICAO standards remains a major drawback of Kazakhstan’s civil aviation,” he said.
The deputies also raised the issue of the deficit of qualified aviation personnel, especially flying personnel, insufficient fuel base and lack of repair shops, insufficient development of airports’ infrastructure and low level of aviation services.
Speaking of the pilots qualification, the Minister of Transport and Communications noted that the Civil Aviation Academy did not train the professionals good enough, in particular, because of lack of the needed simulators. He told that the Transport Ministry was working on this program jointly with the Education Ministry. The Minister said that the funding for simulators would be allocated in the nearest time. Grants for training aviation professionals abroad were also made available as part of Bolashak education scholarship program.
According to the Minister, 21 aviation incidents happened in the period from 2008 to 2013 in Kazakhstan. 15 of them happened because of human factors.
By Renat Tashkinbayev