Kazakhstan, Israel Forge Commercial Ties

July 10. Air Cargo World

Kazakhstan-based Deta Air has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) covering maintenance of its freighter fleet and training of its technicians.

The long-term agreement, announced June 30, spans work potentially worth tens of millions of dollars to IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group, according to an IAI statement.

Under the first phase of the pact, Bedek Aviation will perform heavy checks on two of Deta Air’s DC-10-40SF aircraft, part of a fleet that includes Russian cargo planes.

The Almaty-based carrier expects to carry 12,000 tonnes of cargo in 2009 on a route network connecting Kazakstan, China, Korea, Europe and the Middle East.

The agreement was signed by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister, Karim Masimov, during Peres’ recent visit to Kazakhstan.

IAI employs 16,400 people and is a leading developer of aviation and aerospace technology. The company says its order backlog has grown from $1 to over $8 billion this year.