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Name: AIR KAZAKHSTAN
7JetSet7 Code: KAZ
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: CIS
City: ALMATY
Country: KAZAKHSTAN
Employees 1400
Web: airkaz.com
Email: mail@airkaz.com
Telephone: +7 (3272)57 29 82
Fax: +7 (3272) 57 25 03
Sita: ALADD9Y
Background
(definitions)

ESTABLISHED IN 1996 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1997. A K A "KAZAIR." DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
11 OGAEV STREET
ALMATY 480079, KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan (Republic of Kazakhstan) was established in 1991, covers an area of 2,717,300 sq km, its population is 19 million, and its capital city is Astana. The official language is Kazak.

Kazakhstan, located between Russia and China, is a vast and boundless nation with unlimited natural resources and potential. It is the world's ninth largest country in size, and the largest of the Central Asia states of the former USSR; it is equivalent to the size of Western Europe. Kazakhstan holds about four billion tons of proven recoverable oil reserves. The Gross National Product (GNP) is expected to triple by 2015.

JANUARY 1994: KAZAKHSTAN IS BIGGER THAN WESTERN EUROPE, BUT ONLY HAS 19 MILLION POPULATION. IT HAS LARGER OIL RESERVES THAN SAUDI ARABIA, & GOLD, IRON ORE, AND URANIUM. ALMATY, IS THE ORIGINAL CAPITAL, BUT THE NEW CAPITAL IS ASTANA (AQMOLA) IN CENTRAL KAZAKHSTAN. ALMATY REMAINS THE ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL CENTER. ALMATY WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS ALMA ATA.

1 747SP (21962), LEASED, FOR VIP.

FEBRUARY 1994: 4/2 ORDERS (February 1995) 767-300ER'S (PW4056), FOR SERVICE TO EUROPE & ASIA.

DECEMBER 1994: $3 MILLION LOAN FROM GOVERNMENT, NOT GIVEN, AND IN DANGER OF GOING BANKRUPT. A K A KAZAKHSTAN NATIONAL AIRWAYS

JANUARY 1995: GERMANIA (GER) BUYS 33%.

1 737-300, BAVARIA (BAV) LEASED.

INCDT: (KAZ) AN-26 (UN-26080) OVERRAN RUNWAY ON TAKEOFF AT SAMBALO, KAZAKHSTAN, AND COLLIDED WITH TREES.

FEBRUARY 1995: 1 DC-10-30CF, EX-WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) (1ST IN (CIS).

JULY 1995: 767 ORDERS DE-IMPLEMENTED.

SEPTEMBER 1995: MAK (RUSSIAN INTER-STATE AVIATION COMMITTEE, GROUNDED THE 747SP, UNTIL AIRWORTHINESS MODIFICATIONS DONE.

OCTOBER 1995: NEW ROUTES: ATYRAU, VIENNA, BUDAPEST, KIEV, ST PETERSBURG, & KALINGRAD, WITH TU-154'S, DUSHANBE (AN-24), FERGANA, IRKUTSK (YAK-40, 42). ADDITIONALLY, AMSTERDAM, LONDON (LHR), PARIS (CDG), AND ROME, NEXT YEAR.

DECEMBER 1995: PURCHASED ROYAL BRUNAI AIRLINES (RBA) VIP CONFIGURED, 757-200 (NB053).

APRIL 1996: 1 FALCON 900B, FOR PRESIDENTIAL USE.

JULY 1996: SOLD 747SP, & 757-200, TO AIR FINANCE EUROPE. 747SP, (RG092), IS NOW BASED IN MIAMI. 757-200 (NA053), IS REGISTERED IN ARUBA, AND STATIONED AT KAZAKHSTAN, STILL BEING USED AS THE PRESIDENTIAL AIRPLANE, AND IS OPERATED, AND MAINTAINED, BY ORIENT EAST AIRWAYS (ORE).

EDUARD VLASSOV, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, RESIGNED TO JOIN ORIENT EAST AIRWAYS (ORE) AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, (LATER, TO BECOME BOEING (TBC) FIELD SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE, MOSCOW).

OCTOBER 1996: DECLARED BANKRUPT BY GOVERNMENT & TO BE LIQUIDATED. ASSETS TRANSFERRED TO AIR KAZAKHSTAN.

NOVEMBER 1996: ACCDT: (KAZ) IL-76F = ALL 37 FATALITIES, FROM MID-AIR COLLISION ON APPROACH (LANDING) AT NEW DELHI, INTO SAUDI ARABIAN (SVA) 747-100 TAKING OFF = 312 FATALITIES.

MAY 1997: BEING REFORMED AS AIR KAZAKHSTAN.

DECEMBER 1997: COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH ORIENT EAGLE (ORE) FOR WET-LEASE OF 737-200'S. 1 737-291, "TRIPLE J" LEASING, AFTER "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK. WILL ENTER DOMESTIC SERVICE, BEFORE BEING USED FOR (CIS) ROUTES. (ORE) WILL ALSO PROVIDE FLIGHT CREWS, ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE SUPPORT.

APRIL 1998: 1 737-200, AERO CONTROLS LEASED, COOPESA (COO) "C" CHECK.

30,000 EMPLOYEES.

ENGINEERING & TRAINING SERVICE BY AEROPLEX (HGA), HUNGARY.

LIVERY SAYS "AIR KAZAKSTAN."

JUNE 1998: NEXT MONTH, TO BEGIN 737-200 FLIGHTS TO MOSCOW ORIGINATING IN NEW CAPITAL, ASTANA (FORMERLY AKMOLA). BUDAPEST FLIGHTS FROM ALMATY, WITH FUEL STOP IN AKTARAU.

JULY 1998: TU-134A (63235) BOUGHT FROM LATAVIO.

OCTOBER 1998: 737-200 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO AEROPLEX, BUDAPEST.

NOVEMBER 1998: 737-2M8 (22090), EX-MALEV (HGA), GECAS (GEH) LEASED. 1 IL-86 (51483204035) DELIVERY.

MARCH 1999: YETEKBAY YERBOL, PRESIDENT, REPLACES RUSTEM BEKTUROV, NOW 1ST VP.

APRIL 1999: 30,000 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1999: MR PONOMAREV, VP MAINTENANCE & FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

2 A310'S, EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), BOUGHT FROM BOEING, TO BE OPERATED TO ISTANBUL, HANOVER, BEIJING, BANGKOK, MOSCOW, & TEL AVIV.

JUNE 1999: A310-300 (JT9D-7R4) (399), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), FOR OPERATIONS TO NEW DELHI. 2ND AIRPLANE TO DELIVER SOON.

AUGUST 1999: 5-YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LTK) (DLH) FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR 2 A310-300'S.

SEPTEMBER 1999: 2ND A310-300 DELIVERY, EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), BOEING (TBC) LEASED. 737-200 (PG629) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, AT AEROPLEX, ON GROUND SINCE JUNE 1999, DUE TO UNRESOLVED FINANCIAL ISSUES.

OCTOBER 1999: COMPLETES 1ST 767 "C2" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT PLANT 243 REPAIR FACILITY.

DECEMBER 1999: TO DUBAI, AND LONDON HEATHROW (A310). PLANS FOR SERVICE TO SEOUL, KARACHI, AND KUALA LUMPUR.

JOMART TOKTAROV, PRESIDENT.

FEBRUARY 2000: PLANS FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS SUCH AS DELHI. A310-322'S ARE OPERATED TO FRANKFURT AND HANOVER. CODE SHARE WITH AEROFLOT (ARO), TO MOSCOW.

737-200 IN "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT AEROPLEX, HUNGARY. WILL INCORPORATE >30 SERVICE BULLETINS, & (TCAS) INSTALLATION.

MARCH 2000: VICTOR DUDIKOV, MAINTENANCE CHIEF, REPLACES MR PONOMAREV, WHO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED AS STATION MANAGER, LONDON.

APRIL 2000: TOGETHER WITH TRANSAERO (TRX), KRASAIR (KRA), & URAL AIRLINES, FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL) TO COORDINATE SCHEDULES & CODE SHARE, ON (CAL)'S TRANS-ATLANTIC SERVICES.

2,455 EMPLOYEES. SITA: ALADD9Y.

(http://www.airkaz.com). (mail@airkaz.com).

MAY 2000: VLADIMIR AGISHEV, CHIEF, WESTERN FLEET.

JUNE 2000: CONTRACTED TRANSAERO (TRX), TO PROVIDE 737-200 ENGINEERING SUPPORT.

JULY 2000: 737-2Q8 (22453), EX-AEROSVIT (UKA) GECAS (GEH) 7 MONTH LEASED.

AUGUST 2000: USA TRADE & DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (TDA) AWARDS GRANT OF $110,080, TO KAZAERONAVIGATSIA, STATE-OWNED AVIATION COMPANY, TO UPGRADE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) SYSTEM. TOTAL INVESTMENT $1 MILLION, IN FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2000, FOR BETTER AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) COMMUNICATIONS.

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 737-200 (24103), JAPAN TRANSOCEAN AIR (SWL) LEASED NOVEMBER 2000.

OCTOBER 2000: 1ST 9 MONTHS = -$5.3 MILLION (NET LOSS): 362,000 PASSENGERS (PAX), 4,000 TONNES.

TO DUBAI (A310).

NOVEMBER 2000: VLADIMIR AGISHEV, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR. IGOR TEREKHOV, DEPUTY MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

DECEMBER 2000: KAZAKHSTAN GOVERNMENT SEPARATES THE AIRLINE FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC), AIRPORT AUTHORITY, AND AVIATION REGULATORY AUTHORITY.

ALEXANDER KRINICHANSKY, PRESIDENT.

1 737-2T4 (23444), EX-XIAMEN (XIA), AERFI (AFJ) LEASED. 1 737-2Q3 (N241AG), EX-AIR GULF FALCON, AERGO LEASED.

JANUARY 2001: ERKIN KALIEV, PRESIDENT.

1 ORDER (December 2001) 767-200ER VIP, FOR PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN. SEE (KZA).

MAY 2001: ACCORDING TO THE "ALMATY HERALD," AIR KAZAKHSTAN (KAZ) IS PLANNING TO ACQUIRE MORE WESTERN AND RUSSIAN AIRPLANES THAT MEET THE NOISE & NAVIGATION STANDARDS FOR EUROPE.

AUGUST 2001: 1 TU-134A3 (60645, EW-65133), BELAVIA (BLV) LEASED.

JANUARY 2002: 737-200 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT (AMECO) (BEJ). OTHER 737-200 "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK, AT EURALAIR (ERA), TO TAKE 35 CALENDAR DAYS.

July 2002: 737-300 being scrapped at Ferihegy Airport. Owner "donated" stripped down airplane to airport fire department, to be used as an evacuation, & fire training device.

September 2002: Air Astana (AKZ) takes over Almaty - Moscow route from Air Kazakhstan (KAZ).

October 2002: Almaty - Uralsk (737-200, 4/week). Aktau - Istanbul (737-200, weekly).

November 2002: Takes over Irtysh Avia.

January 2003: Almaty - Dushanbe (737-200, 2/week).

1 Tu-134A3 (62545, UN-65776) to Kaz Trans Air. 2 Tu-154M's (93A-957, UN-85775; 93A-966, UN-85782) deliveries.

February 2004: Suspended operations.

March 2004: Filed for bankruptcy. Since December 2003, it has suspended many routes and announced the sale of assets in Pavlodar and Ust' - Kamenogorsk. All route authorities have been transferred to Air Astana (AKZ), although the company lacks the equipment to serve them. The final Air Kazakhstan (KAZ) service was at end of February 2004, Pavlodar - Kostanai - Hannover rotation.

April 2004: 1,400 employees.

Air Kazakhstan (KAZ), as the national airline, operates domestic and international services.

Parent organization/shareholders: Kazakhstan govt (100%).

Owns: Irtysh Avia (100%).

Alliances: Indian Airlines (IND); Iran Air (IRN) & Uzbekistan Airlines (UZB).

Main Base: Almaty (Alma-Ata) airport (ALA). SITA: ALADG9Y.

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Aktau; Aktyubinsk; Almaty; Astana; Atyrau; Karaganda; Kostanay; Kzyl-Orda; Pavlodar; Semipalatinsk; Shimkent; Taldy Kurgan; Uralsk; Ust-Kamenogorsk; Zhambyl; & Zhezkazgan.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Bangkok; Budapest; Delhi; Dubai; Frankfurt; Hanover; Istanbul; Moscow; Seoul; & Tel Aviv.

May 2004: Declared bankrupt.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
KAZ-737-200
KAZ-A310

May 2004:

1 727-232 (JT8D) (1604-22046, N533DA), 3/05.

0 737-2M8 (JT8D-15) (664-22090, /80, UN-B3706 "ALMATY"), EX-(HGA), (GEH) LSD 11/98. RTND.

0 737-2Q3 (JT8D) (1565-24103 UN-B3704), EX-(GFG), AERGO LSD 12/00. RTND.

0 737-2Q8 (JT8D) (748-22453, /81 UN-B3705), EX-(ABL)/(UKA), (GUI) 7 MTH LSD 7/00. RTND.

0 737-2T4 (JT8D-17A) (1154-23444, /85 40 30 UN-B3703), EX-(GUN)/(XIA), (AFJ) LSD 12/00. RTND AERGO CAPITAL, LST (PHX) 8/04.

0 737-291 (JT8D) (219-20364, /69 "AKMOLA" N730TJ), EX-(FRO), AEO/TRIPLE J LSD 10/97. RTND.

0 DC-10-30CF (CF6-50C2), EX-(WLD), 1ST IN CIS, RTND.

2 A310-322 (JT9D-7R4) (399, /85 UN-A3101; 412, /86 UN-A3102), EX-(SWS), (TBC) LSD 6/99, (DLH) MAINT. 16F, 54C, 105Y.

5 AN-24B (AI-24) (07306210, /70 UN-46396; 07306407, /70 UN47277; 07306504, /70 UN-47284; 17307203, /71 UN-47832; 17307305, /71 UN-47833), 40Y.

8 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (27308205, /72 UN-46492; 37308305, /73 UN-46500; 37308805, /73 UN-46626; 47309505, /74 UN-46664; 07306603, /70 UN-47923; 17306702, /70 UN-47299; 67310509, /76 UN-47350; 17307203, /71 UN-47822), 40Y.

1 AN-26B (AI-24VT) (13404, /83 UN-26579), FREIGHTER.

3 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (1033414485, /93 UN-76371; 1033416520, /93 UN-76374; 1013409282, /91 UN-76810), FREIGHTER.

6 IL-86 (NK-86) (51483204035; 51483204036, /84 UN-86069; 51483204038, /84 UN-86071; 51483205047, /84 UN-86077; 51483206057, /86 UN-86086; 51483207069, /89 UN-86101; 51483209084, /90 UN-86116), 350Y.

3 TU-134A (D-30-II) (61012, /79 UN-65147; 62798, /80 UN-65787)(63235), EX-LATAVIO. (60645, EW-65133, (BLV) LSD 8/01. (62545, UN-65776; TO (KAZ) TRANS AIR 1/03). 76Y.

2 TU-154B-2 (NK-8-2U) (521, /82 UN-85521; 589, /83 UN-85589), 164Y.

4 TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (93A-957, /93 UN-85775; 964, /93 UN-85780; 965, /93 UN-85781; 93A-966, UN-85782; 1/03), 162Y.

7 YAK-40 (AI-25) (9310727, UN-87271) (9311027, /73 UN-87274; 9621647, /76 UN-87491; 9541545, /76 UN-87492; 9540146, /76 UN-87498, 6/03; 9512039, /75 UN-87501; 9530842, /75 UN-87543; 9610846, /76 UM-88154), 36Y.

6 YAK-40K (AI-25) (9812056, /77 UN-87202; 9641050, /77 UN-87213; 9731454, /77 UN-87909; 9750556, /77 UN-87934; 9640252, /76 UN-88249; 9720953, /77 UN-88271), 36Y.

4 YAK-42D (D-36) (4520424116690, /92 UN-42703; 4520424209017, /93 UN-42712; 4520429740556, UN-87934; 4520424310017, /93 UN-42721; 4520423307017, /93 UN-42730), 104Y.

Management:
(definitions)

ALEXANDER KRINICHANSKI, PRESIDENT (AIR KAZAKHSTAN GROUP).

YERKHIN KALIYEV, PRESIDENT (1/01) (T: 7-3272) 573-157).

TEMIRBULAT BAISANOV, HEAD OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

HADJIMURAT TEMIRHANOV, VP CORPORATE MANAGEMENT (5/99).

VICTOR DUDIKOV, VP MAINTENANCE (2/00) (ALADD9Y).

BULAT NAURZALIEV, VP PRODUCTION (6/01), HEAD FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

MUHIT KUBAYEV, VP PRODUCTION CONTROL (5/99) (ALADD9Y).

MS ZHULDYZAI TAZHENOVA, VP FINANCE.

BEIBET AKHABAYEN, VP COMMERCIAL & MARKETING.

STANISLAV PANIN, DEPUTY TECHNICAL VP. (T: 7-3272) 335-506).

SERGEI URCHENKO, ASSISTANT TECHNICAL VP.

VITALIY MASSALITIN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (ALADD9Y)
technical.director@airkaz.com).

VLADIMIR AGISHEV, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR (WESTERN FLEET) (12/00) (ALAFF9Y) (gpd@airkaz.com). (T: 7-3272) 336-349).

IGOR TEREKHOV, DEPUTY MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR (12/00), & MANAGER ENGINEERING (WESTERN AIRPLANES).

ANDREY MIKHAYLENKO, CHIEF ENGINEER (11/00).

MUSTAFA SHAIMAGAMBETOV, CHIEF OF ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.

VITALIY SHEVTSOV, HEAD OF FLIGHT SAFETY DEPARTMENT (ALADD9Y)
(vitaliy.shevtsov@airkaz.com).

 
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