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Started operations in 1999. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
128 Chui Ave, Appt 10
720001, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
KYRGYZSTAN (REPUBLIC OF KYRGYZSTAN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1991, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 198,500 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BISHKEK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS KYRGHIZ.
August 2008: ACCDT: An Itek Air (IKA) 737-219 (676-22088, /80 EX-009) passenger plane from an airline banned in Europe over safety concerns, crashed shortly after taking off from Kyrgyzstan's main airport, killing 65 of 7 Flight Crew ((FC)/Cabin attendants (CA)/83 passengers on board, officials said. It was en route from Bishkek to Tehran. About 10 minutes into the flight to Tehran, Iran, the crew of the 737 reported a technical problem and said the plane was returning to the airport, said an official at Manas International Airport, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to give her name.
Kyrgyz Interior Minister, Maldomusa Kongatiyev told the "Associated Press (AP)" the plane was carrying 83 passengers and seven crew (FC)/(CA) members, when it went down six miles from the airport in the Central Asian country. Major Damian Pickart, Public Affairs Officer for the Manas American air base, which is at the airport, said the USA base sent ambulances and firefighting equipment in response to a Kyrgyz request for help. There were reports of thunderstorms in the area around the time of the accident. The airplane had passed a safety check in July. Ali Hazemi Longnedy, a survivor, told "Agence France Presse" that the pilot (FC) told passengers following takeoff, that the plane was experiencing engine problems. Kyrgyzstan officials said they had recovered the flight data recorder.
Emergency and government officials said the plane belonged to Itek Air (IKA), a Kyrgyz company, but was operated on wet-lease by Iran Aseman Airlines (IRB).
Itek Air (IKA) has been banned from operating in European Union (EU) airspace because of failure to meet safety and aviation standards, according to a list published by the (EU) last July 24.
Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman, Ramis Satybekov said the crash was likely caused by either an engine failure or a malfunction in the plane's flight control system. Daudova, however, said the cause of the crash was decompression of the jet.
Kyrgyzstan is a poor, mountainous country west of China. The (USAF) air base in the ex-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan supports operations in nearby Afghanistan. The United States has two bases in Central Asia: the one in Bishkek and the other in Uzbekistan, which are leased to support the USA military operation against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE & PHOTOS - - "IKA-ACCDT-AUG08 & -A."
August 2010: Itek Air (IKA) is a private airline operating a scheduled passenger jet airplane service to Bishkek and Osh to Moscow.
Employees = 77.
(IATA) Code: GI - 420. (ICAO) Code: IKA (Callsign - ITEK AIR).
Main base: Bishkek Manas Airport (FRU).
July 2014: Russian aviation authorities have offered to remove all restrictions on the number of frequencies and destinations between Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan representatives said they would be ready to discuss the rule changes later this year.
In addition, Russian authorities have offered to add 26 frequencies to the Moscow - Bishkek route and 20 frequencies on Moscow - Osh for the summer 2014 season, not the winter 2015 season, as earlier announced.
Russian authorities explained that decision based on seat load factors on the routes over >80%. Last year, Russia and Kyrgyzstan added new frequencies on the routes between the countries.
Russia’s industry experts say the bilateral agreements between Russia and former (USSR) republics are sometimes tougher (in an effort to protect local airlines) than those between Russian and European countries. But over the last few years, Russia persuaded several countries to change the rules. In 2011, Russia agreed to liberalize rules with Ukraine. In January 2014, flight rules were liberalized between Russia and Armenia.
Note: ITEK AIR (IKA) is listed on the latest (EU) blacklist released 03.04.2012 of airlines whose operations are subject to a ban within the (EU)*. *Airlines listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased airplanes of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.