USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
Today I was talking with an exchange student who is in my school for the year, and she is from Kyrgyzstan...of course I was dying to know aviationwise how she managed to make it from Central Asia all the way to PHL, and I found out that to get part of the way here, she flew on a Kyrgyz airline from Bishkek to FRA...and from FRA took western carriers to get to PHL. This got me thinking about aviation over in that part of the world...what sort of airline operations take place there...and even GA ops as well? Can anyone comment on the aviation world over in Kyrgyzstan? What western carriers serve there?
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Ammunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
I know kyrgyzstan airlines once flew to BHX, my mom even travelled with them to india via bishkek (never again she says). The plane was an old Tu-154, extremely dirty (the whole tail area was covered in black dust) and loud during take off. The planes were not very reliable and delays were commonplace, which is why they stopped serving BHX some years ago. There was rumours of them coming back with new(er) equipment, but nothing ever materialised.
I know Uzbekistan airways serves almaty, and most probably turkmenistan airlines, indian airlines does not. Other airlines that might serve bishkek are aeroflot, air khazakstan, air tajikistan and maybe some eastern european countries? Lufthansa may also serve bishkek.
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Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
Don't know who flies into the Kyrgyz Republic, but as an interesting sidenote.....I know an ATA 757 F/O that lives here in Dayton(very nice guy by the way) and in late November he had to fly for the government between Incirlik(sp?), Turkey and Bishkek. He said it took them 5 and a half hours each way. He also told me the local authorities tried to make him and the captain pay the landing fees(LOL). He said he was unnerved by the whole experience. Just thought I would add that to the discussion!
Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3190 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
Kyrzyzstan airlines is mostly on time here in FRA, and their TU154M looks good in the new colors.
Long gone is their A320.
What is the status of Kyrgyz International, their A300-600 (TC-OAB) is back with Onur Air... and used for haj flights in basic old Saudia colors.
And then there is Itek Air which flies to IST regularly.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2110 times:
Kyrgyzstan Airlines flies to KUL and from KUL onwards to CGK although I do not know the frequencies. A Kyrgyzstan Airlines A300-600 was parked at KUL for a number of months and I do not have any idea why... maybe impounded? But I am most probably wrong as i do not even have the rego.. but last time i was there it was pouring heavily and could not see it..
* Kyrgyz Air - was flying with an A300 of Onur Air, but is now reported to be flying MD-80 between Bishkek and Moscow. I say this because a friend in Moscow was looking at their flights and it states MD-80 equipment on the route.
* Itek Air - operates a single Tu-134 and single Tu-154 on charter flights. They are now reportedly flying scheduled routes and are hosted on TCH and Amadeus (am just waiting to hear from MOW about their routes). The airline has rights for Bishkek-Utapao, Bishkek-Moscow and Bishkek-Mashhad-Dubai
* Altyn Air (IATA: QH) - A charter airline which uses aircraft leased from KHY (the Tu-154 in the photo linked by Aviastar above is a KHY example). They are also reported to have obtained the small fleet of An-28s from KHY (this was told to me by the CIS Sales Manager of KHY in Bishkek). The airline now also flies on scheduled routes Bishkek-Moscow, Bishkek-Tehran and Bishkek-Dubai. They also fly domestic routes Bishkek-Osh and Bishkek-Jalalabad with An-24 equipment.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
Thanks, Aviatsiya...was wondering when you would show up
So of those only Kyrgyzstan Airlines flies to FRA? She mentioned that there was a 25 kg limit for all luggage, I found that quite interesting...thats not a lot and shes here for a year...I wonder how she managed?
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It should be noted that the FRU-SVO flight is the only Kyrgyz Air flight loaded into any CRS at this present time.
I am still waiting to hear about where they are sourcing the MD-83 from. Also, the airline's IATA code is KT
***This is for Itek Air
* 1A PLANNED FLIGHT INFO * GI 507 3 MO 13JAN
APT ARR DY DEP DY CLASS/MEAL EQP GRND EFT TTL
FRU 0915 MO Y/HP TU5 5:30
IST 1145 MO 5:30
In doing some research on Kyrgyz Air, I came across another airline called Asia Express. They are supposedly going to operate on the FRU-BHX route. The information which I have seen would point to Asia Express being the same airline as Kyrgyz Air (the airline code is the same for each airline: KT). Asia Express will be at http://www.asiaexpress.aero. I am just waiting to hear from a couple of people regarding this operation also.