Türkmenhowaýollary (Turkmen Airlines) Agency should purchase new cargo aircraft and increase their ability to carry cargo due to the reduction in the number of air passengers in the world, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave relevant instructions in this regard to the Head of the Agency Dovran Saburov during a government meeting on Saturday.
The Head of State also instructed the head of the agency to timely carry out major repair works and maintenance of aircrafts and take measures to ensure flight safety, TDH news agency reports.
The Agency should take steps to create modern transport and transit corridors in the country's air harbors, use airports with greater efficiency, Turkmen Leader stressed.
In his report, the Head of Türkmenhowaýollary said last year, the plan for freight traffic was fulfilled by 106.1% and that from September 1, 2020, technical take-offs and landings of foreign aircraft began at the Turkmenbashi and Turkmenabat international airports.
Since January of this year, the Agency established the regular – once a week – cargo transportation by an IL-76 transport aircraft on the Ashgabat - Istanbul - Ashgabat and Ashgabat - Abu Dhabi - Ashgabat routes, Saburov continued. Relevant work is currently underway to carry out cargo transportation in the luggage compartment of the Boeing B777-200LR aircraft from Asia to Europe and from Europe to Asia.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a Resolution in January authorizing the Türkmenhowaýollary agency to conclude a contract with the French company Airbus S.A.S. for the purchase of two A330-200 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft.