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The State of Civil Aviation in Central Asia Post-Pandemic and Amid Russia Sanctions

The pandemic of 2020-21 took a toll on civil aviation worldwide, and Central Asia was no exception. However, since then and post-February 2022, the region’s leading economies - Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan - have improved passenger air transport through low-cost carriers and made themselves more attractive for air cargo. In addition, Russia is steadily exiting the market due to sanctions, whilst Beijing is looking to fill the void. Air cargo: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Less than a month ago, the Silk Road in the Sky—Kazakhstan Cargo Hub regional forum on cargo transportation and logistics took place. It was held under the auspices of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) with the support of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and the country’s Aviation Administration. The forum hosted talks between various organizations, with documents signed between Astana, Karaganda, and Aktobe airports with MNG Airlines, MSC Air Cargo, Coyne Airways, and Alpha Sky (Kazakhstan). Memorandums of cooperation were also concluded between TIACA and the airports of Aktau, Aktobe, Astana, Karaganda, Uralsk, and SCAT Airlines, as well as between TIACA and the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS). More than 300 participants from 30 countries attended the forum, representing organizations across the freight transport chain, including shippers, forwarders, ground service providers, airports, airlines, manufacturers, and IT service providers. According to the Civil Aviation Committee under Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure, the cooperation of local companies with the international community, as well as their use of advanced technologies, is expected to boost Kazakhstan’s trade with the other countries of Central Asia by 2.4 times – from $6.3 billion to $15.0 billion – amid a $560 million increase in Kazakhstani exports. The Government of Uzbekistan, meanwhile, began looking into the idea of making the country a regional transshipment hub back in September 2022, when Central Asia was seeing an influx of emigrants from Russia, especially Russian men fleeing mobilization. The lion's share of Uzbekistan Airways cargo traffic represents China-Europe deliveries transiting through Uzbekistan. For these deliveries, the company has operated routes such as Tianjin–Athens, Hong Kong–Amsterdam, and Shenzhen–Chalons-Vatry (Paris), with plans to increase freight volumes with the routes Tashkent–Guangzhou–Tashkent (currently being implemented), Tashkent–Lahore–Tashkent (to be launched in 2025-26), Tashkent–Xi'an–Tashkent (launch scheduled for this year), Tashkent–Chengdu–Tashkent (planned for 2026), and Tashkent–Dhaka–Tashkent (to be launched in 2027). Foreign players have shown increased interest in Uzbekistan’s transit potential, as well. For example, Poland’s SkyTaxi has launched cargo transportation from China through Uzbekistan to Europe. The first plane landed in Tashkent back on June 11, 2022. Indeed, Tashkent Airport has gained importance as a transfer point for technical stops and refueling. On July 7, 2022, Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West cargo carrier made its maiden flight on the Baku–Navoi–Hong Kong route. The company delivers goods from Europe to Asia, as well as from the U.S. to Africa. In 2020, an open skies policy was introduced across all regions of Uzbekistan, giving international airlines access to the country’s airports and ground services. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s open skies policy was extended last year until...

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production in Kazakhstan

On June 20, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (KMG) Askhat Khasenov attended a meeting with the management of the American company LanzaJet and the Japanese investment company Mitsui to discuss the production of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) in Kazakhstan. SAF is an environmentally-friendly version of Jet-1 fuel that reduces carbon emissions by 80%. According to KMG, a preliminary feasibility study for the possible construction of a SAF production facility in Kazakhstan has already been completed by KMG and Air Astana with financial assistance from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The next stage is developing a feasibility study for the actual implementation of the project. Air Astana is currently exploring the use of SAF by its air fleet. Regarding the concept of low-carbon development, the share of SAF consumption by the airline company will gradually increase to 5% by 2040, 15% by 2050, and 25% by 2060. Three large oil refineries owned by KazMunayGas are ready to produce Jet A-1 aviation fuel, which could be mixed with SAF in the future. LanzaJet recently opened LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels in the US, the world's first SAF production facility, with plans to produce 1 billion gallons of SAF by 2030.  

Kazakhstan Becomes First CIS country to Join ICAO Program on Environmentally-Friendly Aviation Fuel

Kazakhstan has become the first CIS nation to sign an agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and join the program in the field of environmentally-friendly aviation fuel (ACT-SAF). "ICAO has set a goal of achieving net zero emissions from international flights by 2050. To achieve this goal, during the visit to Kazakhstan of the Regional Director of the European/North Atlantic Bureau of ICAO, Nicolas Rallo, an agreement was signed between Kazakhstan and ICAO on the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Program for Capacity Building Support and Training in the Field of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (ACT-SAF)," reported the press service of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Kazakhstan. According to this document, ICAO will assist Kazakhstan in developing and participating in ACT-SAF program activities, including the exchange of best practices and relevant information, participation in training seminars and workshops, technical assistance in issues related to SAF in national action plans, and the implementation of specific projects on SAF. As previously reported, the use of SAF reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared to the use of conventional fuel. However, in 2024, the availability of clean jet fuel is expected to account for no more than 1% of total global demand. As a transit state between Europe and Asia, Kazakhstan could play a greater role in expanding the use of SAF in international flights. As a raw materials base for SAF production, bio-ethanol, municipal solid waste, and in the future, blast furnace and coke gases are being considered in Kazakhstan. The project for the creation of the Regional Hub of Clean Aviation Fuel (SAF) in Almaty will be presented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on June 21 in Astana during the forum, Central Asia - Silk Road in the Sky, by ISF, an international consulting company which won the EBRD tender to become the project consultant.

Kazakhstan: Plane with 100 people on board crashes, at least 12 killed

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (TCA) — A Kazakhstan-based Bek Air plane with 95 passengers and five crew on board crashed early on December 27 after takeoff near the Almaty airport, RFE/RL reports. Continue reading

Turkmenistan’s airline company resumes flights to UK, Germany

ASHGABAT (TCA) — Turkmenistan's flag carrier resumes regular passenger flights to Europe. Flights to Birmingham (UK) and Frankfurt (Germany) have been included in the timetable of Turkmenistan Air Company. Regular flights (once a week) are starting this week, state-run Newspaper Golden Age reported. Continue reading

Tajikistan: US donates radiation detection equipment to Dushanbe airport

DUSHANBE (TCA) — On October 22, the Charge d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the donation of radiation detection equipment to the Dushanbe International Airport. This equipment was donated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) in partnership with the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Agency of Tajikistan. Continue reading