July 05, 2002 - Air Kazakhstan press center
The Air Kazakhstan airline, being the only active
IATA (International Air Transport Association) member in Kazakhstan
and having the status of National carrier of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, permanently pursues in order to
introduce the existing international standards and programs into the
air transportation market of Kazakhstan.
Since 2000, our company has been conducting the
preparatory and organizational arrangements to create the IATA
Settlement System (Billing and Settlement Plan – BSP) in the region.
This System, which is based on IATA international
standards, allows participating airlines to improve the financial
control on sales of air transportation, to reduce their administrative
and overhead expenses, as well as to satisfy the customers’
requirements in the best manner.
In order to BSP operating normally, it is necessary
to have a reliable infrastructure of IATA accredited agencies (i.e.
meeting to international standards). As the first step to establish
the BSP in Kazakhstan, inaugural meeting of IATA Agency Program
(Agency Investigation Panel - AIP) was held in Almaty on July 3, and
the beginning of AIP activity within the territory of Kazakhstan has
been declared. The meeting was held by Air Kazakhstan initiative as
well as IATA and IATA member-airlines representatives concerned,
operating in the Kazakhstan air transportation market, participated in
The following persons attended the meeting: Mrs.
Valerie Jackson, Director of IATA Agency Accreditation Program, Mr.
Dimitri Shamraev, IATA Regional Representative, Russia & the CIS, and
representatives of the IATA Member airlines operating in Kazakhstan
market: Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Iran Air,
Xinjiang Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Aeroflot and Air Kazakhstan
This program has an independent status and assigned
for accreditation of agencies by IATA as well as the further
monitoring of their activity. All IATA Member airlines, operating in
Kazakhstan market, will take part in AIP activity and management.
The obviousness advantage of implementing of the AIP
IATA program is to ensure that agencies meet with international
standards established by IATA, which are as follows:
Agency's financial reliability and providing their due settlements
with airlines on air transportation sales;
Agency's qualified staff, which being able to provide quality
services (booking and selling) for customers;
Accordance of the agencies to a specificity of the professional
activity (possession of an appropriate premise, equipment, security
measures and appropriate storage of the Traffic Documents, etc.).
At the same time, the agencies accredited by IATA
are able to obtain the following advantages: international status and
prestige, IATA logo and brand, standard terms conditions of
settlements, participating in the professional training programs, etc.
The above-mentioned scheme
of BSP creation in Kazakhstan through realization of an AIP has been
approved by Kazakhstan Civil Aviation Authorities and IATA
Air Kazakhstan intends to further continue the work
of organizing of Kazakhstan air transportation market in accordance
with the international rules and standards in order to improve the air
transportation market and provide high quality services for