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Pakistan Airlines suspends Afghan operations citing Taliban interference

PIA suspended the Islamabad – Kabul route today. Kam Air continues to operate on the route. PIA was the only foreign airline flying regularly to Kabul, Afghanistan

From Reuters:

“Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended flights to the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday after what it called heavy handed interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff.

The suspension took place as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international company operating regularly out of Kabul, to cut ticket prices to levels seen before the fall of the Western-backed Afghan government in August.”


Chaos at Kabul Airport as Afghans try to flee the Tailban

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Airport operations have been suspended due to the security failure. Desperate people have swarmed the airport.

Information on the airport (from the website) (now dated):

Kabul International Airport is the largest airport in Afghanistan. Its international code (IATA code) is KBL. This is the one that appears on your luggage labels when you take a flight to Afghanistan.

It was renamed Hamid Karzai International Airport after the former Afghan head of state.

Hamid Karzai International Airport is located in the suburbs southeast of Kabul on the territory of the municipality of Khwaja Rawash in the wilaya of Kabul in Afghanistan and covers a total area of 850 hectares.

Created in 1924 for military and recreational activities and known as Air Base 149 Maison Blanche, the airfield began to develop and turn to civil aviation in 1940. After the Independence it was renamed the Kabul – Khwaja Rawash Airport before wearing the name of President Hamid Karzai in January 1980, a few weeks after his death.

The airport has two runways of 3500m each: one in concrete, the other in asphalt. Its capacity will be increased by 12 million passengers per year from 2018 with the new terminal under construction. It will make Kabul Airport one of the largest airports in Africa (the fourth African terminal by its capacity). It has become the hub of the national airline Air Afghanistan in its service to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Tassili Airlines , the second largest Afghan company, has also found a platform of choice.

Three terminals currently share passenger traffic: Terminal 1 inaugurated in 2006 hosts international flights, Terminal 2, dedicated to domestic flights, and Terminal 3 dedicated to charter and low cost flights. Free transportation between each of the terminals is provided by airport shuttles.

Terminal 1, of recent construction, benefits from the latest state-of-the-art technologies and guarantees travelers the highest standards of comfort and safety. Its 14 gates have telescopic bridges for boarding and disembarking passengers.

The new terminal, scheduled for completion in late 2019, will bring Hamid Karzai Airport into a new era of business development.

 Terminal 1, of recent construction, benefits from the latest state-of-the-art technologies and guarantees travelers the highest standards of comfort and safety. Split into two halls, the 82,000m² terminal can welcome up to 6 million passengers a year. Thanks to 64 check-in counters, the many airlines that share the Afghan skies can offer the best services to their passengers. Its 18 gates have telescopic decks for boarding and disembarking passengers.

 Terminal 2 (domestic flights) is dedicated to domestic flights. It offers users 20886m² of technical and commercial surfaces and can welcome up to 2.5 million passengers a year. Twenty check-in counters and six boarding gates allow travelers to start their journey in the best conditions.

 Terminal 3 (charters and pilgrimages) was upgraded in 2008. It occupies an area of 11088 m² that can welcome up to 1 million passengers a year. Six check-in counters and two boarding gates ensure smooth traffic.

The new terminal (“Terminal West “), scheduled for completion in 2019, will bring Kabul Hamid Karzai Airport into a new era of business development. With a capacity of 10 million passengers a year and 214,588m² of technical and commercial space, the West Terminal is a new stage for the airport. This new infrastructure will also benefit from a parking of 4500 seats spread over 110.000m².

Emirates uses advanced navigation technology to increase cargo capacity to Kabul

Emirates issued this press release:

Emirates Flight Operations has developed a new navigation technique that allows the airline to carry additional cargo into Kabul International airport. The innovative missed-approach procedure developed by the airline has replaced an older technique that required cargo bound for Kabul to be offloaded in Dubai during low-cloud or poor visibility weather conditions at destination.

Emirates operates a daily flight into Kabul International airport on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and within the first three months of implementation, the new solution gave Emirates the capability for carrying an additional 250 tonnes of cargo into Kabul during low-cloud conditions. In addition to increased facilitation of trade to and from Afghanistan, the procedure has also resulted in more streamlined cargo operations to Kabul, increased customer satisfaction, and enhanced fuel efficiency.

Kabul airport is situated in a wide valley at an elevation of 5,800 feet and is surrounded by mountains that are over 11,000 feet tall. The airport has a number of constraints associated with it because of the challenging terrain, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and other security requirements. Kabul airport’s primary Runway 29 has two established missed-approach* procedures with one of them requiring that an aircraft be able to climb at a steep angle when cloud cover is lower than 1,200 feet. Previously, whenever meteorological reports predicted cloud cover below this level at Kabul airport, cargo was offloaded in Dubai to make the aircraft lighter to ensure that in the event the aircraft had to execute a missed-approach* at Kabul airport, it could achieve the required climb gradient. However, this measure often resulted in cargo not arriving on time at Kabul leading to other associated costs for both Emirates as well as the customer.

In order to optimise cargo loads without compromising on safety, Emirates Flight Operations Support developed a new missed-approach navigation procedure with an easier climb gradient for Kabul airport’s Runway 29 taking advantage of the Boeing 777 aircraft’s superior navigational accuracy. The team worked with a specialist flight design agency, DFS Aviation Services, with regulatory credentials to analyse the terrain around the airport and develop a new procedure that could be implemented without delays in working with the local ATC.

Once the initial design was ready, it was coded into the Emirates Flight Management System and tested extensively on flight simulators to confirm theoretical performance calculations as well as ensuring that the aircraft would indeed be able to clear any obstacles in the case of a go around. Finally, the Flight Operations Systems team then developed detailed training guidance in order to support pilots flying to the airport.

Since implementation, Emirates has been able to carry significantly more cargo into Kabul leading to lower cost, more efficient operations including maintaining the ‘Delivered as Promised’ customer commitment, without compromising on safety or regulatory requirements. Optimising payload and minimising chances of aircraft return to Dubai has also resulted in important savings in fuel costs as well as lower carbon emissions.

In addition to the new technique developed for Kabul airport’s Runway 29, Emirates has also used advanced technology to put together detailed guidance for pilots to operate to Kabul’s Runway 11 ensuring the highest possible levels of safety and efficiency. Emirates’ Flight Operations Support team have also used similar technology to successfully enhance operational efficiency at other airports such as Seychelles, Addis Ababa, Eldoret and Basra.

Emirates has invested significantly in its capabilities- including in pilot training technology and equipment that allows it to derive maximum benefit from the modern aviation and ground technology systems without compromising safety. This helps Emirates improve the efficiency of its operations, reduce costs and environmental impact and at the same time improve customer satisfaction.

* A Missed Approach is a published procedure which must be followed in the event that an aircraft conducting an Instrument Approach for landing is unable to continue the approach and/or achieve the required visual references to be able to complete a landing.

A Go Around is the term used for a discontinued landing. A Go Around may include a missed approach but can occur for a variety of reasons including after when the aircraft has transitioned onto visual reference.

Emirates will now operate the last Airbus A340-500 flight on October 3

Emirates (Dubai) will now operate the last Airbus A340-500 revenue flight on October 3 (extended from September 30) per Airline Route.

The last flight will be EK 641 from Kabul, Afghanistan to Dubai arriving at DXB at 1620 (4:20 pm) local time.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-541 A6-ERH (msn 611) arrives back at the Dubai hub.

Emirates aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Airline Aircraft Type Endangered Species List (click on the photo link below for the full list with details): 

Endangered Species List Mosaic 9.22.15

Emirates arrives in Afghanistan, its 78th country served

Emirates (Dubai) on December 4 launched its newest route to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Kabul is the 138th destination of the fast growing airline and Afghanistan is the 78th country now served by the carrier.

The route is operated by an Airbus A340-500 configured in a three cabin configuration, offering 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 204 Economy Class seats. Emirates is the only airline which offers First Class from Dubai to Kabul.

EK 640 will depart Dubai daily at 09.55 hours and arrive in Kabul at 13.15. The return flight, EK 641 will leave Kabul at 15.30 hours and arrive back in Dubai at 18.00.

The day before on December 3 Emirates celebrated the launch of Airbus A380 service to Los Angeles, becoming the world’s longest A380 service in operation.

The landmark flight, crossing the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada, has a published duration of 16 hours 20 minutes, more than enough time to delve into over 400 hours of in-flight Hollywood movies.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-541 A6-ERC (msn 485) arrives at Zurich.

Emirates: AG Slide Show

Video: The A380 inaugural flight to Los Angeles: