Troubled airliner Turkmenistan Airlines has enlisted the help of Lufthansa Consulting to advise on safety improvements, after EASA suspended the airline’s safety authorization, reports the MRO-Network.
Turkmenistan Airlines previously had EASA third-country operator (TCO) authorization, allowing it to serve destinations in the EU, but this permission was withdrawn by EASA on Feb. 4, forcing the carrier to halt European flights with its own fleet.
On Feb. 15, Lufthansa Consulting said it was working with Turkmenistan Airlines to help it meet EASA standards.
“The airline recently experienced difficulties in satisfying relevant EASA requirements and is taking matters in this regard very seriously. The operator is aware of the need for immediate action and has therefore decided to cooperate with the German aviation experts to review the existing situation and develop a corrective action plan,” Lufthansa Consulting said.
The firm will evaluate Turkmenistan Airlines’ current status, in terms of EASA compliance, and develop a plan to address any shortcomings.
This process could take a few weeks yet, so it is still vital to keep in touch with ticket agents reference flights to Amritsar. Turkmenistan Airlines have a deal in place with a Spanish Airliner to take passengers from the UK to Ashkhabad, but having spoke with various travel agents this morning and Turkmenistan main agent in Smethwick it has become apparent that the deal with this airline comes to and on March 2nd.
So if you have flights after that date whether they are returning or departing please get in touch with those agents to confirm what plans are in place to deal with flights after March 2nd 2019! Especially if you have departing or returning flights on March 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.