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Qazaq Air started Q400 operations

The Bombardier Q400 club has a new member. Qazaq Air is now in its second week of operations with the Canadian made turboprop aircraft. Flying out of Astana, Kazakhstan, the airline uses three Q400s leased from the Abu Dhabi based Falcon Aviation Services leasing company.

Many of the 12 – all domestic – routes operated by the new aircraft are not served by any other carrier. “We will be connecting people and helping them benefit from the growth of the Kazakh economy,” project director Mr. Pollock of the airlines mother company Samruk Kazyna said.

The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries worldwide and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 6 million flight hours. The aircraft has transported more than 370 million passengers worldwide.

Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 546 Q400 aircraft.

Source: Bombardier
Featured image: The Q400 NextGen turboprop of Qazaq Air (Image © Bombardier)

Debut for Kazakh Air Force Sukhoi Su-30SM

The Kazakh Air Force received its two of its four ordered Sukhoi Su-30SM (“Flanker”) multirole fighters on 17 April 2015, manufacturer Irkut announced. They two-seat jets of the 4++ generation arrived at Taldykorgan Airbase, or the 604th Air Base, after they were handed over to Kazakhstan at the Irkut aviation plant last month.

The Sukhoi Su-30SM (Cy-30CM) during a test flight (Image © Irkut)
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The Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazahkstan (Qazaqstannıñ Qarwlı küşteri) are known to operate up to 26 older Sukhoi Su-27 “Flankers” from Taldykorgan. Ten of those are or have been upgraded to the new Su-27BM2 (single-seat) and Su-27UBM2 (two-seat) standard. Moreover, a dozen Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 “Flogger” fighter-bombers fly from Taldykorgan.

Compared to earlier Flankers the Su-30SM (spelled Су-30CM in Cyrillic) has engines with enhanced thrust-vectoring, meaning the entire nozzle section of the engines can move in different direction to give the aircraft superb maneouverability. It also has a newer radar, a new wide-angle HUD, new communications and other systems. Moreover, it can fly a wider range of weapons. The first Su-30SM made its flight on 21 September 2012.

The Kazakh Air Force will show off its new Su-30SM jets during an official World War II memorial anniversary fly-past on 7 May 2015 in Astana.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): One of the Kazakh Air Force four new Sukhoi Su-30SMs landing (Image © Ministry of Defence Kazakhstan)

Sunrise for the Sukhoi Su-30SM (Image © Irkut)
Sunrise for the Sukhoi Su-30SM (Image © Irkut)

Thirty-six Fokker aircraft found new home

Thirty-six Fokker aircraft found a new home in 2014, with four new as well as nine existing Fokker operators, the Dutch company announced. Fokker Services – one of the successors of the legendary Fokker company – placed thirteen Fokker 50s, ten Fokker 70s and seven Fokker 100s. The leases on another two Fokker 50s were extended, as well as on four Fokker 100s.

“Latin America continues to represent a significant market,” a company statement reads. “Fast-expanding Insel Air, based in the Netherlands Antilles, has added 4 Fokker 50s, making 7 in total, while also taking 3 long-range Fokker 70s to expand its international network. In Surinam Fly All Ways also took delivery of 2 Fokker 70s. Mexico’s Air Cuahonte (Mayair) took delivery of a Fokker 50 to grow its regional operations. The Peru Navy, which operates all 4 Fokker 60 aircraft, also took delivery of 2 Fokker 50s.

The Fokker 50 popularity increased in Africa. Four airlines added a total of 6 Fokker 50s to their fleets. Kazakhstan’s Bek Air added 2 Fokker 100s to its fleet, making a total of 6, serving both scheduled and charter routes.

In Germany ACMI specialist Avanti Air purchased 2 Fokker 100s and started operating this month, while Dutch Denim put 2 Fokker 100s on its AOC. An undisclosed operator also purchased 1 Fokker 100.
Papua New Guinea’s Air Niugini added an initial long-range Fokker 70 to its fleet of 7 Fokker 100s. Transnusa from Indonesia also took delivery of a Fokker 70, while leases on a couple of Fokker 50s were extended. Virgin Australia Regional Airlines had leases on 4 Fokker 100s extended as well, while Australian stalwart operator Alliance added 3 Fokker 70s to its ever growing Fokker fleet.

Fokker Services does not sell nor lease Fokker aircraft itself, but supports others who do. More than 500 Fokker aircraft remain operational worldwide, while the last aircraft – a Fokker 70 – left the factory of the in 1996 bankrupt declared Dutch aircraft company in 1997.

Source: Fokker Services
Featured image: Archive photo of a Fokker 28 of Austrian Arrows at Stockholm-Arlanda IAP. Austrian Arrows has merged in Austrian Airlines (Image © Marcel Burger)

C295s for Kazakhstan confirmed

The first Airbus (f.k.a. EADS f.k.a. CASA) C295 of the Kazakhstan Air Force (Image © Airbus Military)
The first Airbus (f.k.a. EADS f.k.a. CASA) C295 of the Kazakhstan Air Force (Image © Airbus Military)

The Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan has confirmed an order for two additional EADS/Airbus C295 tactical transport aircraft including spares and ground equipment.

The pair is part of an initial agreement from 2012 calling for the delivery of 8 C295s. Two of those have been delivered in 2013, the recently confirmed third will follow in 2014 and number four will join the Kazakh military transport fleet in 2015. The final four have not been confirmed yet.

Meanwhile EADS/Airbus is trying to expand the portfolio of the C925 and improve its performances further. At the Spanish production plant near Madrid trails have begun with a firefighting version of the C295. Moreover, Airbus will introduce the C295W in 2014, featuring as winglets and higher engine power ratings, giving increased performance in all flight phases and lower fuel burn.

Source: Airbus