Dry to Laos

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In March 2013 the Russian "Superjet" began working life in airlines outside the CIS. Naturally, this has caused great interest of the international aviation industry and the media, especially since the "Superjet" is the brainchild of the world-famous company "Sukhoi", which develops and makes unrivaled military aircraft, but in the civil aircraft industry is still a rookie. Member, however, was very diligent and persistent in achieving their goals, and the result was not long in coming — created by world-class aircraft, which begins to slowly but surely take its place in the global aviation world.

The foreign press, as compared to the Russian press, and "brotherly nations" is not blocked by Articles parochial squabbles about ethnicity and the aircraft with the arguments about the need psevdoprofessionalov "Superjet" as such. On the plane just is not enough information. There are, of course, the official notes on the first flights, the beginning of operation, etc., but there is no "depth" approach to the plane. Especially confusing Russian thoughtless actions of regulatory bodies, which in the West simply do not understand.

German aviation magazine AERO International met for the first time near the living aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100. In the May issue of the magazine published an article about the early commissioning of the first Laotian "Superjet". The article is filed under "Gallery", that is, it is framed as a photo essay, respectively, and the style of her writing, not officially, technical, and artistic. Nevertheless, it is a very informative and interesting.

We offer it to your attention:

"Is Ripe" Superjet "for the world market?"

With the first delivery of the aircraft airline Lao Central Airlines «Sukhoi Superjet 100" should now show themselves outside of their home country.

[…] Despite the fact that Laos is bordered by China, these countries have little in common. In the small south-east Asian country a little of everything and a smaller one. It is also characteristic for airports and airlines. Lao Central Airlines, for example, a private airline, which was the basis of a few years ago, and since mid-March 2013 has three aircraft. One of them — the aircraft "Sukhoi Superjet 100". In this case, the airline is the second largest operator of the Russian Regional Jet outside the former Soviet Union. Astrid Rebien and Dietmar Plath watched the preparations for the commencement of operation on the ground.

About two years ago the operation of the first aircraft Superjet 100. We will not be unfair to the aircraft and its manufacturer if we say that "Aeroflot" and "Yakutia", and the former operator of "Armavia" had experience with it not only a positive nature. But we also know the fact that airlines are making purchases of aircraft in the aviation industry giants, are not immune from problems, as evidenced by recent examples from the A380 and B787. After all, the entire fleet of aircraft "Dreamliner" in mid-January did not have permission to fly after two of them serious incident occurred with lithium-ion batteries. [..]

"Supersamolet" In the kingdom of Laos for "Million Elephants," as one of the typical Asian allegory of tightly fenced off against the Western world Laos, start another competition, this time, for the favor of private airline passengers. This new force, along with the existing Lao Airlines, has its own name — Lao Central. In this new associates itself with the former communist state in its own way, making a firm order for three aircraft "Superjet 100" with an option for 6 cars. However, not out of nostalgia, and of strong conviction.

«Superjet is a great regional aircraft, which with its saloon for 93 passengers and with its range of flight as if created for us" — says Richard Miller (Chef Executive Adviser airline). The Aussie is one of the many foreigners whose knowledge is put to the airline, and that should move the first private airline in the country forward. The potential for this is enough assures CEO Savanhphone Phongsavanh, daughter of chief concern. With the economic opening of the country in the mid-80s and the tourism sector is growing, and along with it the air. "There is enough space for the two airlines," — says Phongsavanh. And the "Superjet" should help with the "skim the cream".

Lao Central expects another two aircraft Superjet 100 this year. The first was passed in February, "the second will arrive in June, the third in September," — says Mr. Miller. They will complement the fleet of aircraft Boeing, consisting of 2 x B737-400 (one of them now not in use) with the same two-class passenger cabin.

Mr. Miller stressed: «Lao Central is not a low-budget carrier, as it is distributed in most of the media. Lao Central — is a regular airline. " Which is true, so far only flies to Luang Prabang in the country and in neighboring Thailand Bangkok from its home airport of Vientiane.

In fact, not all that smooth. In 2010, a group of Phongsavanh, specializing in banking and hotel sector, bought Lao Capricorn Air Company and renamed it Phongsavanh Airlines. In 2012, the airline was again renamed the Lao Central, «in the first line due to western languages, the name was easier to pronounce," — said Mr. Miller, who is now firmly holds the reins of the airline in his hands, but for the sake of This was to prove their "aptitude". The Lao government, as it were, and did not put a spoke in the wheel of a private airline, consisting in direct competition with the state Lao Central, but the bureaucratic mill millstone turn slowly. In addition, says Mr. Miller, it is very difficult to find qualified staff in the country. Therefore, the airline and held its first regular flight only 3 May 2012.

"At the present time we fly 9 times a week to Bangkok, in addition to the daily morning flight we offer on Friday and Sunday evening flights. Also, we serve every day in the line of Luang Prabang "- counts, Mr. Miller. But the planned deal. "In the coming months we want to start new routes. Now estimated flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Kambodzhii and of course in developing Myanmar. "Kunming in China and Hong Kong are also included in the range of interests. Over the medium term, attract Lao Central Japan and Korea. Not the least of- for this airline eyeing the aircraft with greater range, and more specifically, to the Boeing 737-800. Plans include the introduction of long-term prospect of the fleet and long-haul aircraft, with the possibility of flights to northern Europe.

But it’s the music of the future. Now everything revolves around the "Superjet". First of all, it comes to training staff that is prepared both in Moscow and in Venice: the training of pilots and cabin crew training of technical staff with the company "Sukhoi". "The introduction of new aircraft into the fleet due to the huge amount of work", — said Mr. Miller. In comparison, relatively easy to get hold of new pilots. "Every day on my desk lie between one and two summaries." But on the arrival of the new aircraft will increase and needs. "We need three crew on the plane," — says the chief pilot of the airline American Steve Hartman. Savanhphone Phongsavanh, by contrast, hopes that the entry of a new type, and the beginning of new routes, will increase passenger traffic. "Only in 2013 we expect 70 percent increase in the number of passengers."

Authors: Astrid Rebien (text), Dietmar Plath (Photos) | The magazine "AERO International"
Graphics and translation: S-Jet

About the Journal:
The magazine "AERO International" | o Journal of Civil Aviation
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Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy, France, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia

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About the Authors:
Dietmar Plath (Diemar Plath) — is the chief editor of the magazine "AERO International"

  • He worked all his life in the aircraft industry
  • Prior to joining
    the magazine served as head of the service to work with the press and the public at the company Airbus Deutschland
  • Since 1997, the chief editor of the magazine
  • On account of his 110 countries (photo-) news reports about airports, airlines, etc.

Rebien Astrid (Astrid Roben) | Editor

  • Since 1998 he has worked for the magazine since 2001 on an ongoing basis
  • specialization: German airlines and airports
  • International aviation in the form of photo coverage
  • Author of the book "Take-off"

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