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KGZ-MAP - 2013-09
Formed and started operations in 2007. Formerly "Kyrgyz Airways." Domestic scheduled flights and international charter, passenger & cargo jet services.
Manas Airport 12a
Bishkek 720017, 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.
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.
January 2012: Air Bishkek (KGZ) provides domestic scheduled flights as well as charter basis international flights to more than 10 destinations.
(IATA) Code: KR. (ICAO) Code: EAA.
Main Base: Bishkek Airport (FRU).
Turkish Technic and Air Bishkek (KGZ) signed a wheel and tire service agreement, including carbon type brake units for one year for (KGZ)'s A320 fleet. One set of A320 landing gear was recently undergoing overhaul at the Turkish Technic facilities. Turkish Technic supports (KGZ) with its spare units during shop visits of its landing gear and brakes.
A320-212 (0325, EX-32003), ex-(EY-322), ex-Kyrgyzstan Airlines.
September 2012: Air Bishkek (KGZ) will extend seasonal weekly, Bishkek – Irkutsk (IKT) service through to the winter season.
April 2013: Air Bishkek (KGZ) inaugurated a weekly service between Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city Osh (OSS) and Russia’s fourth-largest city Ekaterinburg (SVX) on 12 April. The low frequency service on the 2,000 km route will be operated using 151-seater A320s in competition with Avia Traffic (ATF) (thrice-weekly flights), Ural Airlines (URL) (3) and Aviakompany Kyrgyzstan (2).
May 2013: Air Bishkek (KGZ), the flag carrier of Kyrgyzstan, expanded its offering in the market from Bishkek (FRU) to Russia. On May 16th and 18th, respectively, (KGZ) inaugurated low-frequency services to Kaliningrad (KGD) and Ekaterinburg (SVX). While flights to both destinations are offered with weekly frequencies, and operated using one of (KGZ)’s two 180-seat A320s, (KGZ) faces competition only on the latter, with Ural Airlines (URL) (three weekly flights), Avia Traffic Company (ATF) (two) and Kyrgyzstan Aircompany (LYN) (two) already present in the market.
August 2013: Air Bishkek (KGZ) operates a domestic service between Bishkek, Osh and Isfana, together with international flights to Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, and Surgut in Russia, Urumqi in China, and Seoul, South Korea. Most of the Russian destinations, including Novosibirsk, are also connected with Osh.
September 2013: Russia and Kyrgyzstan have begun to liberalize a bilateral agreement regulating flights between the countries. At the end of August, aviation authorities agreed to add up to five weekly frequencies on routes from Moscow to Bishkek and Osh during the upcoming winter.
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.
737-3ZO (27126, N295AL), delivery.