Somon Air

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Somon Air
SomonAir logo final.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
SZ SMR SOMON AIR
Founded2007
Commenced operationsFebruary 2008
HubsDushanbe International Airport
Fleet size6
Destinations25[1]
Company sloganHospitality is our Heritage!
HeadquartersDushanbe, Tajikistan
Key peopleThomas W. Hallam II (CEO)
Websitewww.somonair.com

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan headquartered in Dushanbe[2] and based at Dushanbe International Airport.

History[edit]

The airline started operating on 5 February 2008 with regular flights to Moscow. Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikistan high-ranking officials.[3][4] Since its formation, Somon Air has been primarily focused on passenger service and transportation to Eastern Europe and other locations.[3][4]} Most flights to international destinations operate from Dushanbe.[3][4]

In early August 2009, Somon Air joined IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) IATA Billing and Settlement Plan.[3][4] 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.[4] 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.[3] In June 2013, Somon Air became the member of IATA Clearing House which provides a service for settling of interline accounts, airline-associated companies and travel partners.[3][4]

In September 2017, Somon Air obtained the IATA membership.[3][4] Somon Air is working on signing interline agreements with some of major airlines from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe and Asia.[3]

Destinations[edit]

Somon Air flies to following destinations (as of January 2019):[1]

Country City Airport Notes
 China Ürümqi Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
 Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
 Kazakhstan Almaty Almaty International Airport
 Russia Irkutsk International Airport Irkutsk
 Russia Kazan Kazan International Airport
 Russia Krasnodar Pashkovsky Airport
 Russia Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo International Airport
 Russia Moscow Moscow Domodedovo Airport
 Russia Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport
 Russia Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport
 Russia Orenburg Orenburg Tsentralny Airport
 Russia Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
 Russia Sochi Sochi International Airport
 Russia Yekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport
 Tajikistan Dushanbe Dushanbe International Airport Hub
 Tajikistan Khujand Khujand Airport
 Tajikistan Kulob Kulob Airport
 Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport
 United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport
 Uzbekistan Bukhara Bukhara International Airport
 Uzbekistan Tashkent Tashkent International Airport

Former destinations:

Country City Airport Notes
 Afghanistan Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport [5]
 Pakistan Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport [5]
 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk Khanty-Mansiysk Airport [5]
 Russia Nizhnevartovsk Nizhnevartovsk Airport [5]
 Russia Tyumen Tyumen Airport [5]
 Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport [5]
 Ukraine Simferopol Simferopol International Airport [5]

Fleet[edit]

A former Somon Air Boeing 737-400
A Somon Air Boeing 737-900ER

Current fleet[edit]

The Somon Air fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2018):[6]

Somon Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-300 2 148 148
Boeing 737-800 2 189 189
Boeing 737-900ER 2 16 168 184
Total 6

Fleet development[edit]

Somon Air purchased one Boeing 787-8 at Dubai Air Show for further fleet development. The aircraft was delivered in March 2018.[7] The 787 is currently stored, but the company still wants to launch wide-body flights this year with a 767-300ER.[8][9] The airline is considering the purchase of four Embraer 190-E2, to replace older Boeing 737 Classic aircraft. The airline planned to commence service of the new Embraers by the end of 2018, but by January 2019 there had been no further announcement.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timetable". www.somonair.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. ^ "Main." Somon Air. Retrieved on 27 February 2012. "Contacts: 40, Titova Str. Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 734012 " - Russian: "734012, Таджикистан, Душанбе, ул. Титова, 40"
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h News, Route (19 September 2018). "How Somon Air is reaching new peaks". Route News. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Baldwin, Jaimie (25 March 2018). "Somon Air — Leading the Way in Tajikistan". Airways Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Somon destinations mentioned
  6. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 33.
  7. ^ "Новости Авиакомпания Somon Air заказала новый самолет Boeing 787". ato.ru. 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Somon Air Fleet Details and History".
  9. ^ "How Somon Air is reaching new peaks". 19 September 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Авиакомпания Somon Air добавит в парк четыре самолета Embraer E190-E2". ato.ru. 4 March 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Somon Air at Wikimedia Commons