Slz396 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
Quoting Manni (Reply 3): At last, another order for Airbus! What took them so long?
Indeed, yet ANOTHER Airbus order which comes only a few days after Paris 2007.
Guess Airbus had to no choice but to defer some of the order announcements it had bagged till after the show, because it couldn't book enough press rooms for all their briefings to the international press at Le Bourget.
Maybe they should have asked to use Boeing's Pavilion for these occasions...
"Uzbekistan Airways, Uzbekistan's national carrier, has signed a firm order for six Airbus A320 aircraft, further enlarging its Airbus fleet. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony in Tashkent."
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Zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8252 posts, RR: 74 Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1688 times:
Not sure if these were already included in previous firm order lists as well...
"Airbus also signed purchase agreements with China Aviation Suppliers Import and Export Group Corporation (CASGC) for 15 A320 family aircraft, with Shenzhen Airlines for 28 A320 family aircraft, with Sichuan Airlines for 18 A320 family aircraft, with Hainan Airlines for13 A320 family aircraft, with Spring Airline and Juneyao Airlines for six A320 family aircraft respectively, allocating 86 of the 150 aircraft purchased under the General Terms Agreement signed between CASGC and Airbus in October 2006. Nearly half of these 150 A320 family aircraft will be assembled and delivered in Tianjin."
Remcor From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
Comfort wise they've come a long way from a few years ago... I remember running across the tarmac in Bukhara trying to beat 300 other passengers (most of them poor labor migrants going to Russia for work, and carrying huge sacks of fruit and veggies) in the sweltering heat trying to clamber up the stairs onto a huge Il-86 to grab a seat before they filled up. Flight attendants were literally beating back the crowds of angry people. It was also funny to see huge spare aircraft wheels in the galley. That was in 2003.
The last times I flew Uz Airways they were a bit more organized. Still, they have huge problems:
Their route structure is dictated more by politics than by economic sense. All flights have to begin or end in the capitol, Tashkent... which is stupid. Plus, when European airlines wanted to fly straight into the touristy town of Bukhara the authorities in Tashkent promptly halted construction of their new airport terminal to prevent it (the remains of the half-finished building still stand).
Furthermore there's still a ton of corruption in the ticketing process. Try to buy a ticket for any popular route and you might hear "it's all booked up, we can't help you". Inquire a little more and they might tell you to ask someone else. Finally, after a while you learn that there are seats available on the plane if you can spare a little extra cash. Sometimes this corruption leads to overbooking, which is why you sometimes have a mad dash to get on board the airplane before it fills up (akin to musical chairs). There's no compensation for being bumped.
Domestic ticket prices are subsidized, but international fares (such as the popular Moscow routes) are pretty expensive. In short, they still have a long way to go before being considered a serious airline, imho.
Remcor From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1572 times:
Because, for instance, let's say you want to fly from Urgench to Samarkand (~9 hour drive), it means you need to buy two flights, one of which overshoots Samarkand. The geography of Uzbekistan is such that flying to Tashkent doesn't always make sense.
Last summer I had some friends with me and they wanted to do the popular Tashkent -> Samarkand -> Bukhara -> Khiva (Urgench) route. It basically had to all be done by car because you cannot fly in this manner. This kind of route would not only be filled with foreigners, but it would make great sense for locals who don't need to go to Tashkent.
Remember, you pay per leg of the flight.
There's also a ton of other politics. Look at the frequency of flights to the neighboring central asian states. One flight a week to Ashgabat? NO flights to Tajikistan. I suppose this is not the airline's fault, but it's symptomatic of central asian regional geopolitics.