Turkmenistan Airlines launched scheduled passenger flight on the route Ashkhabad – Kazan - Ashkhabad
First flight arrived at Kazan international airport on Wednesday, 14th of December. After parking airplane, ribbon-cutting ceremony held. Minister of Transport and Road, Lenar Safin, and Director General of Kazan international airport, Alexey Starostin, welcomed first passengers.
High-ranking guests participated in the ceremony beside the airstairs, among them were: Embassy Trade Representative in RF, Serdar Valiev, authorized representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in Turkmenistan, Ruslan Kabirov, State Committee on Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan and Investment-driven Development Agency.
Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Chairman in Turkmenistan, Alexandr Dadaev, headed delegation. During ceremony, officials mentioned the significance of the flight in the light of strengthening partnership between the Republic of Tatarstan and Turkmenistan.
Lenar Safin emphasised that new flight is primarily convenient for business entities. New route opening will be a stimulus for business relationships development between Turkmenistan and Russia.
Director General of Kazan international airport JSC, Alexey Starostin, commented: “This flight certainly important and I would call its opening as a historic event. The fact is that until recently flights from Russian Federation to Ashkhabad were from Moscow and Saint Petersburg. And now we opened the flight from Kazan – third capital of Russia. ”
This way this flight is to a certain degree is an exclusive product for our passenger».
20 turkmenian students that study in Kazan participated in the opening ceremony as well. As students shared, thanks to the new flight now they can get home faster.
Then boarding on the aircraft was announced in a festive atmosphere and with a wish of a good flight. First passengers flying from Kazan got memorable gifts from airport and Airline Company. Flights will be 2 times a week on a comfortable air liner Boeing 737-800.
Flights from Kazan:
· on Monday at 00:50 a.m. with arrival to Ashkhabad at 06:20 a.m.;
· on Wednesday at 23:20 p.m. with arrival to Ashkhabad at 04:50 a.m. next day;
Flights to Kazan:
· on Sunday at 21:30 p.m. with arrival to Kazan at 23:20 p.m.;
· on Wednesday at 20:00 p.m. with arrival to Kazan at 21:50 p.m.;
Local time indicated for each airport.
Reference: Airline Company Turkmenistan Airlines – national carrier of Turkmenistan. Aircraft fleet consists of Boeing 717, Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Boeing 737-700, longer-range liners Boeing 767-300ER и Boeing 777-200LR.Photo: Almaz Mustafin