Turkmenistan Airlines, together with Lufthansa Consulting, continues to raise their performance in satisfying relevant EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirements.
According to Lufthansa Consulting, the Turkmen operator is continuously working on the management system changes. This involves improvement of main management systems, particular the Safety and Quality management system, documentation development and process implementation, personnel training, software implementation and equipment procurement.
Thus, on 29 May, the management of Turkmenistan Airlines accompanied by Lufthansa Consulting presented a progress report on the improvement in safety standards to the EASA Third Country Operators (TCO) team.
To stay informed about the continuous efforts by Turkmen Airlines to resolve the initial findings and work on the corrective action plans supported by Lufthansa Consulting, EASA has welcomed the next progress meeting during the second part of July. As a further step towards achieving compliance, the Turkmen airline company expressed its intention to start the formal request for the mandatory on-site assessment by EASA in August 2019.
Lufthansa Consulting airline safety experts continue to support Turkmenistan Airlines in guiding the implementation of the safety improvement measures and monitoring the progress along its comprehensive action plan.
Lufthansa Consulting underlines that Turkmenistan Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkmenistan. The airline operates domestic and international passenger and cargo services to transport more than 5,000 passengers daily within the country and nearly three million passengers annually on the international and domestic routes together. The fleet consists of modern aircraft, such as Boeing 737, 757, 777 and a cargo fleet of IL 76.
Turkmenistan Airlines, at the request of the European Aviation Safety Agency, has suspended flights to the EU countries since February; however, it was announced to the media that EASA has no complaints about Boeing operated by Turkmenistan Airlines, and they fully comply with current standards, as well as their technical service.
The EU ban is caused by discrepancies in European and American aircraft safety systems. In Europe, the history of the aircraft is recorded from the time of production at the plant, while in the United States – since its procurement. The flag carrier of Turkmenistan has twenty Boeing, and registration of their history was carried out according to American requirements. Currently, this issue is rather a technicality-origin that is being resolved with the support of Lufthansa Consulting.