The US Boeing company is entering the Central Asian civil aviation market in force. In Tashkent, company managers have signed a deal to deliver three Boeing 767 passenger jets to Uzbek Airlines. The purchase will be backed by a credit expected to be issued in November by the US Export-Import Bank. The most modern aircraft in Uzbek Airlines’s current inventory are two A-310 Airbuses. In Ashgabat, Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov and Boeing managers have signed letters of intent on the creation of a service center for Boeing planes in Turkmenistan, training of Turkmen technical personnel, and the purchase of two Boeing 757 passenger jets by Turkmenistan’s Civil Aviation Department. The country already has four Boeing jets. In addition, a British and a Turkish firm are currently involved in enlarging the international airport in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and in extending its runway. The work will make that airport into Central Asia’s largest. (22)
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