Somon Air

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Somon Air
SomonAir logo final.png
IATA
SZ
ICAO
SMR
Callsign
SOMON AIR
Founded 2007
Commenced operations February 2008
Hubs Dushanbe International Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 20[1]
Company slogan We'll Take Good Care of You!
Headquarters Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Key people Lloyd Paxton (CEO)
Robert Bryant (Director of Engineering and Maintenance)
Tom Nichols (Director of Flight Operations)
Website www.somonair.com

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan with an office headquartered in Dushanbe.[2] The airline operations are based at Dushanbe International Airport. The airline started operating on February 5, 2008 with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai. Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikstan high-ranking officials.

Since formation, Somon Air has been primarily focused on passenger service and transportation to Eastern Europe and other locations. Most flights to international destinations operate from Dushanbe.

Destinations[edit]

Somon Air flies to following destinations (as of March 2014):[3]

[Hub] Hub
City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Almaty Kazakhstan ALA UAAA Almaty International Airport
Dubai United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Dushanbe Tajikistan DYU UTDD Dushanbe International Airport [Hub]
Frankfurt Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport
Irkutsk Russia IKT UIII International Airport Irkutsk
Istanbul Turkey IST LTBA Atatürk Airport
Kazan Russia KZN UWKD Kazan International Airport
Khanty-Mansiysk Russia HMA USHH Khanty-Mansiysk Airport
Khujand Tajikistan LBD UTDL Khujand Airport
Krasnodar Russia KRR URKK Krasnodar International Airport
Krasnoyarsk Russia KJA UNKL Yemelyanovo International Airport
Moscow Russia DME UUDD Domodedovo International Airport
Nizhnevartovsk Russia NJC USNN Nizhnevartovsk Airport
Novosibirsk Russia OVB UNNT Tolmachevo Airport
Orenburg Russia REN UWOO Tsentralny Airport
Saint Petersburg Russia LED ULLI Pulkovo Airport
Sochi Russia AER URSS Sochi International Airport
Tyumen Russia TJM USTR Roshchino International Airport
Ürümqi China URC ZWWW Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Yekaterinburg Russia SVX USSS Koltsovo International Airport

Fleet[edit]

Somon Air operates following aircraft (as of March 2014):[4][5]

Somon Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Seats Notes
J Y Total
Boeing 737-300 2 0 0 148 148
Boeing 737-800 2 0 0 189 189 Equipped with winglets
Boeing 737-900ER 2 0 16 168 184 Launch customer in Central Asia & CIS
Total 6

Somon Air started operations by wet-leasing a Boeing 737-800. Now the airline owns two Boeing 737-800s. In the spring of 2010, the company wet-leased a third Boeing 737-800. In the fall of 2011, the airline obtained two new 737-900ER aircraft from Boeing. Somon Air is the first airline in Central Asia and CIS to operate 737-900 family aircraft.

Flight Geography[edit]

In line with its strategic policy, Somon Air is rapidly expanding the airline's flight network. At present, the airline operates to a total of 22 destinations. Out of the Dushanbe airport, Somon Air flies to Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Dubai (U.A.E), Istanbul (Turkey), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Urumqi (China), the Russian cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, and the northern Tajik city of Khujand. Additionally, there are regular flights out of the city of Khujand to Krasnoyarsk and St. Petersburg. Every year, the company operates flights to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj season for carriage of pilgrims (Hajis), including charter flights from Khanty-Mansiysk and Nizhnevartovsk.

International Cooperation[edit]

In the new era of globalization and international integration, partnerships between airlines play a major role in developing and expanding the aviation market. In this context, Somon Air is working on signing interline agreements with some of major airlines from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe and Asia.

In early August 2009, Somon Air joined IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) IATA Billing and Settlement Plan. As of January 2013, the airline participates in 14 BSP countries. BSP is a settlement system designed to simplify the selling, reporting and remitting procedures between passenger sales agents and airlines globally. Nowadays, BSP is used in more than 179 countries and territories worldwide serving over 400 airlines globally.

In April 2013, Somon Air jointed the IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement (MITA). The IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement (MITA) is an agreement where passengers and cargo use a standard traffic document on various transportation modes to reach the final destination on a particular routing. More than 350 of international and domestic airlines worldwide participate in MITA.

In June 2013, Somon Air became the member of IATA Clearing House The IATA Clearing House provides a secured service for an efficient and on-time settling of interline accounts between the world's airlines, airline-associated companies and travel partners.

In addition, Somon Air is closely cooperating with such well-known companies as DNATA, FRAPORT, THY, SHELL etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.somonair.com/en/flights.php
  2. ^ "Main." Somon Air. Retrieved on 27 February 2012. "Contacts: 40, Titova Str. Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734012 " - Russian: "734012, Таджикистан, Душанбе, ул. Титова, 40"
  3. ^ Somon schedule
  4. ^ Somom Air CH-Aviation
  5. ^ "Somon Air orders two 737-900ER aircraft". Flightglobal.com. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 

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