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MBB-2013-05 - PEGASUS ASIA DIVISION
MBB-MAP - 2013-09
Formed and started operations in 2006. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Manas Avenue 9
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.
April 2013: Air Manas (MBB) has formed a joint venture (JV) with Pegasus Airlines (PGS), Turkey to create Pegasus Asia (PGZ). Initially, it will use a single wet-leased 737-82R (38175, TC-AVP - - SEE PHOTO - - "MBB-2013-05 - PEGASUS ASIA (PGZ) DIVISION") to operate daily services between Istanbul and Bishkek.
May 2013: Air Manas (MBB) operates scheduled and charter, domestic, regional and international jet services.
(IATA) Code: M2. (ICAO) Code: MBB.
Main Base: Bishkek Manas International Airport.
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 5 weekly frequencies on routes from Moscow to Bishkek and Osh during the upcoming winter
November 2013: Pegasus Asia (PGZ), a joint venture formed by Turkish low-cost carrier (LCC) Pegasus Airlines (PGS) and Kyrgyz airline, Air Manas (MBB), said its arrival in Kyrgyzstan has seen airfares in the Central Asian republic drop by as much as -60% as it introduces competition on flight sectors.
(PGZ) is part of (PGS)’s expansion into the region, which (PGS) (CEO), Ali Sabanci has said suffers from high fares due to airline monopolies and restrictive regulatory regimes in the patchwork of former Soviet republics.
Several of the Central Asian republics have few, if any, air links to the Middle East and Europe, and often have small, loss-making national carriers. Sabanci believes there is considerable untapped potential in the region and sees passengers from the region transiting Istanbul for onward travel to more distant destinations.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the arrival of Pegasus Asia (PGZ)’s second 737-400 airplane, formerly used by (PGS), Pegasus Airlines (PGS) General Manager, Sertac Haybat said the aim is to create a Central Asian hub at Manas Airport outside the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
Pegasus Asia (PGZ) launched flights between Bishkek and Istanbul in March. “In line with this aim of ours,” Haybat said, “we have carried 59,000 guests on these daily flights in the last 8 months. With the competition we created in the region with these Istanbul to Bishkek flights, we were able to cut the cost of these flights by -60%.”
Pegasus Asia (PGZ)’s new airplanes will be used for domestic flights to Osh and internationally as far as Dubai and Moscow.
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 to Bishkek route and 20 frequencies on Moscow to 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 >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.