MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16495 posts, RR: 48 Posted (6 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 4025 times:
I'm trying to fly to ASB and I was wondering if anyone could tell me a)how the following flights look:
May 23 IAHFRA #441
May 24 FRAASB #612
May 28 ASBFRA #613
May 28 FRAIAH #440
and b) how does ASB do for LH in general? It seems like a very unique destination for LH seeing as they're the only EU airline that flies there. What kind of traffic are they taking to ASB? Is it mostly VFR or business? Both?
It's natural gas, but I'm curious whether LH or Germany has a connection to Turkmenistan that no one else has I guess. For instance, I would think ASB would be a better market than FRU (Bishkek) for BMED.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 9): I would think ASB would be a better market than FRU (Bishkek) for BMED.
In some investigating work I did a couple of months ago, I gathered that there is strong intellectual exchange between Kyrgyzstan and the West at the moment: especially the United States, and other EU nations as well.
Now Kyrgyzstan being the youngest of the independent former Soviet Republics, is on, from what I have gathered in news reports and official State Department press releases is on a "Fast-Track" of "Westernization". (Wrapped up in the blanket of combating terrorism....call it what you will.)
With this comes a requirement for a ready means of transportation for diplomats and contractors, etc.
The current airlines into Manas International Airport (FRU) are; Kyrgyzstan Airlines, Altyn Air, Itek Air, Uzbekistan airways, Enkor, Kyrgyz Air, China Xinjiang airlines, Botir Airlines, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, and of course BA/BMed.
From that list I can only assume some wise individual has relegated these airlines to a secret State Department list of carriers to avoid...giving BA/BMed the market, since A). The UK is our strongest ally in the campaign, and B). BMed is an airline specifically tasked with flying to locations with special considerations, or more blunt, places where BA might have to employ unique operation standards, (i.e., increasing it's exposure to the overall cost of insurance) but whereas the financial payout is just too large to ignore.
They can charge what they want.
This is only my guess in answer to your curiosity.
Frunze, or Bishkek, as it is now known, is the home to the coalition base in support of NATO's Afghanistan activities.
In addition to the USAF 376th Expeditionary Wing, (FA-18/C-5/C-17/KC-135), other nations include; The UK, Australia (KB-707), South Korea (personnel), Italty (personnel), the Netherlands (C-130), Denmark (C-130), Singapore (air-refueling ??), (Norway (C-130), Spain (C-130), and France (Mirage 2000/C-135FR) have/had a presence at the unofficially named Ganci Air Base at Manas Int'l. (Named for Chief Peter J. Ganci Jr., chief of the New York City Fire Department who gave his life Sept. 11)
Official name is Manas Air Base because of some obscure DoD rule in how military bases are named.....(I believe they cannot be named after U.S. Heroes.)....but the guys on the ground still refer to it as Ganci. Good for them.
The situation in Kyrgyzstan is fluid and changes daily...some of the information may be out of date at this point. I believe France and Singapore are no longer involved at this point in time.
Remcor From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2943 times:
I took a domestic Turkmenistan flight from Ashgabat. A security guard tried to intimidate me into giving him $10. If that happens to do what I did: tell him to go to hell.
Germany has been trying to build up its presence in Central Asia. Germany has a military base in Termez, Uzbzekistan near the Afghan border and is real keen on the energy resources of the region. Funny thing is, that there's only 1 weekly flight between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Says a lot about how cooperation is going between Central Asian countries.
Ashgabat is a zany, weird city - you'll love it. Get the Lonely Planet Central Asia guidebook, it'll give you a brief history that'll make you appreciate this fascinating part of the world.
It's too bad that President for Life Sapparamut Niyazov Turkmenbashi died last year. He had a cult of personality that was only rivaled by Kim Il-sung of North Korea. Cities were named after him (look at the name of the large town on the Caspian coast), months of the year named after him and his mother, and I'm not sure but I'd bet you're flying into Turkmenbashi Airport also.
Like most Central Asian's, though, the people are extremely hospitable.
A330-300, although it was listed as an A300 about three months out
It used to be operated by an A300 (ABA) with a different config than the A300's (AB6) flying in Europe.
LH installed the old C-class seats from the 744 and 343 in these birds. Therefore quite a comfy ride on a A300.
Due to demand LH switched to the 333 since summer schedule, and CAI now sees 2x daily A300 iso 2x 330.
flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4 Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2754 times:
Quoting Stirling (Reply 12): The current airlines into Manas International Airport (FRU) are; Kyrgyzstan Airlines, Altyn Air, Itek Air, Uzbekistan airways, Enkor, Kyrgyz Air, China Xinjiang airlines, Botir Airlines, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, and of course BA/BMed
China Xinjinag Airlines was merged into China Southern six years back.
Remcor From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2636 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 16):
That's what initially drew me to Turkmenistan. However for the Turkmen it's probably a good thing that Turkmenbashi died even though his replacement isn't much better.
We'll see, things take time. He fired the veteran secret service chief this week, whom many analysts think held a lot of power in the Turkmen government for decades. So there are a few indications that Turkmenistan may improve... eventually.
Anyway, you'll have a blast. I also recommend other Central Asian states.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
Quoting 777way (Reply 15): China Xinjinag Airlines was merged into China Southern six years back.
And to think I got that from the Masan website! http://www.airport.kg/eng/airlines.htm
As I mentioned in my previous post, good and accurate information for this region of the world is hard to come by, Thank you for the update!
EKSkycargo370 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 150 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2433 times:
My cousins flew to BKK via Ashgabat on Turkmenistan Airlines.On arrival into Ashgabat they were allowed off the aircraft.My cousin went to take a photo of the plane and airport and rapidly had a machine gun pointing in his nose by the local authorities.They described the exeperience like something out of the dark ages and the flight was apparently a never to be repeated experience!
Remcor From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 19): As a sidenote, I just happened to find out yesterday that Turkmenistan Airlies is one of the few intl carriers without an official website.
That could be partially because there's no public internet access allowed in Turkmenistan. I've heard that recently they've allowed a internet cafe to open in Ashgabat, but I've also heard that people have to show their ID and there's soldiers posted in front. That's fine for you and me, but it's pretty intimidating for an average Turkmen who dares to want to get some non state-run news. In that context, it's understandable that Turkmenistan Airlines wouldn't have a website.
I did get to fly in one of their Tu-154's before they retired them, though. That was a sweet ride.
Quoting EKSkycargo370 (Reply 23): They described the exeperience like something out of the dark ages and the flight was apparently a never to be repeated experience!
Oh come on, that's flavor! That's what makes for good stories later!
25 Buckieboy: I have no visibility whether you are a UK citizen or not. The section on the attachment, "Local Laws and Customs" specifically mentions airports and
26 JFK787NYC: After TurkManBashi died (Turkmenistan President) there has been a flood of flights into the country. It is actually very hard to find an empty seat on
27 MaverickM11: Are there many standby's traveling IAH/FRA midweek? What are the odds of scoring an upgrade ?
28 MaverickM11: Can anyone at LH give me an update on how many seats are available for the following flights? Feel free to private message me. Thanks! May 23 IAHFRA #