«Dreamliner» in the sky of Uzbekistan
People of Uzbekistan celebrate the great holiday – 25th anniversary of independence that is historical event in the centuries-old famous history of our Homeland, initiated creation of new democratic state, new society. This holiday is truly the greatest and valuable for all of us. In retrospect, looking over the course made, we see striking changes in all economic sectors of the republic. Each next year becomes more fruitful than previous one. Increasing power and economic potential of Uzbekistan is the obvious proof of this fact. No wonder that such gains, enlarging the authority of our Homeland in the world, arouse our pride and admiration.
And now, in holiday, the civil aviation of Uzbekistan, one of the strategic branches of republican economy, having obtained the aircraft of new generation – Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliner” – shows its dynamic aspiration for progress. One more historical stage has begun in its development. New modern aircraft has become a worth present to jubilee of independence of our state. Aircraft was operated by flight crew of the National air company of Uzbekistan, consisting of the pilot-instructor Josef Zak, chief of new flight division “Boeing-787” Asadjon Tursunov and chief navigator of air company Stanislav Gurfinkel. Non-stop flight from Seattle to Tashkent with duration about 12 hours has been successfully performed. “Dreamliner” was accepted by the Deputy Director General of the NAC Gennadiy Kharlap, deputy directors of aviation enterprise “Uzbekistan Airways Technics” Andrey Margachev and Valeriy Kosov on the facility of the Boeing Company.
All personnel of the air company “Uzbekistan airways” prepared for this grandiose event. Large complex work on preparing the ground infrastructure, engineering-technical and flight staff was fulfilled. The new flight division, consisting of 2 pilot-instructors and 18 pilots, was established. On aviation enterprise «Uzbekistan Airways Technics» 64 specialists, including 6 instructors, were trained. Latter will train engineering-technical staff on skills building session on aircraft.
The great honour to work in non-simple, but interesting time fell to the staff of the National air company of Uzbekistan, including pilots and engineering-technical personnel. During short period pilots of the NAC successfully mastered some types of the most modern aircraft. Now the very important stage on exploitation of Boeing 787-8 aircraft is to take place. This is a new aircraft in the main with the most modern technical and technological equipment, radically different from aircraft that are the part of NAC’s fleet now. We may say with confidence that level of training, professionalism and high responsibility will allow air company’s specialists to master new aircraft and begin its commercial exploitation.
Aviators of Uzbekistan are already familiar with this aircraft, as in June 2012 the airport «Tashkent» was chosen as place of landing and presentation during well-known demonstration tour - “Dream Tour”. This fact was the indicator of importance of Uzbek market for the Boeing Company. During presentation thousand of Uzbek capital’s inhabitants saw aircraft itself and its conveniences, and pilots of the NAC had possibility to operate this unique creation of the Boeing Company in the field of passenger aircraft manufacturing.
Aircraft Boeing-787 “Dreamliner”, made the breakthrough in efficiency, economy, ecological compatibility and comfort for passengers, has been created on the base of advanced manufacturing sciences. Completely new approach to design of passenger cabin provides maximum conveniences for passengers and flight crew, necessary for long-distance flights. Fuel efficiency of “Dreamliner” reaches 10% in comparison with Boeing-767, and per passenger – up to 20%. Due to increased flight speed it will be possible to fly from Tashkent to Moscow 10 minutes faster and to London and Paris 20-30 minutes faster. Its increased flight range enables to perform flights to the most distant points of the world. Aircraft consists of composite materials on 50% and aluminum – on 20%. External noise, made by aircraft, is in 2 times lower in comparison with previous aircraft models.
Cabin size and its comfort are also impressive. Internal diameter of cabin is 1 meter wider than on aircraft Boeing-767. Comfortable and wide seats, principally new floor covering, lighting and noise insulation enable to create more pleasant sensations from fly for passengers. Passenger cabin is equipped by air saturator, as well as individual display for each passenger, intended for entertainment and nicer pastime. Already in September air company will be able to perform flights on this aircraft “Dreamliner” (having capacity 246 passengers) from airports of Uzbekistan to any airports of USA and Canada, Far East, Asia, Africa and Australia. Air company’s fleet will be replenished by the second aircraft Boeing-787 Dreamliner soon.
It is needed to note that 2016 will go down in history as year of 20th anniversary of co-operation between the NAC «Uzbekistan airways» and the Boeing Company and year of delivery of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” to the fleet of the National air carrier of Uzbekistan. History of co-operation began in 1996 when the first aircraft Boeing-767 arrived to the «Uzbekistan Airways». During these years fleet of the NAC have being replenished by new Boeing aircraft, and now they count more than ten aircraft. Putting into operation in January 28, 2016 – in day of establishing the NAC “Uzbekistan Airways” – the regional Center on repair of large aircraft components made of composite materials was one more successfully realized joint project in the frame of fruitful and long-term partnership.
Undoubtedly, "Dreamliner" is absolutely “new word” in aviation, marked revolution in the sphere of passenger aircraft manufacturing. As centenarian history of the Boeing Company shows, its designers and engineers are long on improving aircraft constructively and technologically for creation of the most comfortable conditions for passengers and for providing maximum flight safety. Looking at scalable plans and unique developments of corporation, we may say with confidence that co-operation “Uzbekistan Airways” and the Boeing Company, aimed at development of civil aviation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, will be longer, stronger and more fruitful. Safety, reliability, comfort will continue to be priorities in work of the personnel of the National air company, that has been suitably representing interests and image of our country in the world arena during 25 years.
Information Service of the NAC
On January 28, 1992 the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan had signed the Decree on establishing the National aircompany «Uzbekistan Airways» (NAC). Systematic, stage-by-stage development of the Uzbek civil aviation, with support of the President of the country, has promoted performance of the scale program on fleet renewal, modernization of entire ground infrastructure of the NAC that has allowed to provide quality and safety of aircompany’s services not only in the sky, but also on the land. Aircraft of new generation, high professional level of the personnel are evidence of reliability and stability of the national air carrier of Uzbekistan in the aviation world.
Having achieved the object – to enter into number of leaders not only on regional, but also on the world market of air transportations, the Uzbek civil aviation became the pride of our country. Over the last 5 years only the aircompany has realized a number of large-scale projects. Regular operations of mid-haul aircraft А320, new passenger and cargo Boeing–767 were begun. Procedural and «Full-flight» aircraft simulators have been mounted in Training complex of the NAC. New cargo and passenger terminals at airport "Navoi", modern terminals in “Bukhara” and “Urgench” were opened. All airports of the republic were reconstructed and modernized and provided with reliable and perfect examination equipment, and all of them have received the status “International”. The new terminal of domestic routes "Tashkent-3" and block for departing passengers at airport "Tashkent" have been put into operation. Recently the new Business Lounge of “Uzbekistan airways” with higher comfort level for servicing the passengers of “Uzbekistan airways” and other aircompanies has been launched after reconstruction. New routes to Singapore, Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Minsk were opened. Shortly the freight flights to the capital of Islamic Republic of Iran – Tehran – will be started that will allow to expand cargo network of the international airport “Navoi”.
New systems in the field of air traffic control – RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum) and QNH (indication of flight altitude relative to mean sea level) have been put into service and allow to make more safe flights and to increase number of users of Uzbekistan’s airspace. The European Aviation Safety Agency – EASA – has confirmed the status of the NAC as safe air carrier. The aircompany has successfully passed the IOSA audit and has been recognized as the "Most punctual aircompany» in some foreign airports. Airports of “Bukhara”, “Samarkand”, “Urgench” were more that once winners of prestigious competition «Best airport of year of the CIS countries» of Association «Civil Aviation Airport». Also, that is pleasant, specialists of the NAC annually receive high state awards.
In year 2015 aircraft of the «Uzbekistan Airways» have performed 23,269 flights. 2 million 572 thousand 289 passengers have used these services. About 42 thousand tons of cargo, including paid luggage, were transported. Now cargo flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Seoul, Milan, Vienna, Hanoi, Zaragosa are carried out from airport "Navoi", where the International Intermodal Logistics Centre (IILC) was established,. During last year 692 flights were executed from IILC, the volume of cargo transportation has made 35,989.2 tons that is at 16 % more than in 2014.
Novelty of aviation technics is one of the important factors for providing the safety, regularity and availability of flights of Uzbekistan’s aircompany. Both maintenance and provision of airworthiness of aircrafts of the NAC, on which the flights are carried out to more than 40 cities of Europe and Asia, America and Japan, takes a special place in airline activity.
The national air carrier is now preparing for putting into operations two aircraft Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner, the first of which will supplement the air fleet in the run-up to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the state independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. This ultra-modern long-haul aircraft Boeing-787-8 are created on the basis of advanced technologies and have high economic efficiency and extended flight range. Absolutely new approach to design of passenger cabins provides the maximum conveniences to passengers and flight crews, necessary for long-distance flights. The aircraft will allow the air company to conduct flights with full passenger cabin from the republican airports to any airport of the USA and Canada, Australia, countries of the Far East, Asia and Africa. We remind that in June 2012 Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner landed at the capital airport during demonstration tour, thousands people of the capital saw the aircraft comforts.
In January 2016, in the day of celebration of anniversary of establishing the NAC «Uzbekistan Airways», the new Center on repair and maintenance of composite components of aircraft has begun to work on aviation enterprise «Uzbekistan Airways Technics». This enterprise has technical base and qualified personnel for rendering all kinds of line and base maintenance service and repair of aircraft both of the NAC and foreign companies, and all its services are confirmed by the international certificates,
It is necessary to note that specialists of this aviation enterprise already had experience on work with composite details of airframe of aircraft Airbus A320 and Boeing-757/767, namely, nose cones, fairing of high-lift devices, elevators and rudders, panels of floor, etc. After commissioning of the given Center the National provider of aircraft maintenance opens new horizons in development and continues successful long-term history of the enterprise of Uzbekistan in world aviation market of aircraft maintenance.
This joint project of the National aircompany and the Boeing Company proves once again that civil aviation of Uzbekistan goes with the times, aspiring to progress and adoption of the newest world technologies. The Boeing Company invested about half-million US dollars in a new facility on a gratuitous basis. The furnaces with the inert environment for processing of titanic alloys and process of pasting for repair of nose cones, as well as complete set of equipment for performance of repair of composite details of aircraft of all types were financed from these funds and supplied to the enterprise.
The qualified experts, who have taken preliminary training on repair of details from composites for aircraft, manufactured by the Boeing Company, have been involved for providing effective work of the given Center. Mechanics have received theoretical and practical training at the course “Basic Composites Repair and Metal Bond” in Singapore, and engineers have taken theoretical preparation in Seattle. Also during the current year training of experts of «Uzbekistan Airways Technics» directly on repair of composite details of aircraft Boeing-787 Dreamliner has been planned.
The dynamical forward aspiration and airline progress shows its plans which are the largest ones in the CIS. One more joint project of aircompany with South Korean partners, namely building the new passenger terminal "Tashkent-4", which will become the most modern in the Central Asia, is now realized.
All mentioned is only a part of projects which in immediate prospects are capable to lead the civil aviation of Uzbekistan to qualitatively new level and to keep the status of a safe, reliable and stable air carrier on the world aviation industry for the national aircompany.
Information service of the NAC