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Kobalia made NATO come down to earth2011-11-25 12:28
The Georgian government has banned airlines Sky Georgia to deliver goods to Afghanistan. The motivation of the authorities is questionable, and damages, including branding, will be serious.
The history of the ban Sky Georgia to serve flights for NATO continues accumulating the details. Just last week, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Vera Kobalia signed the paper to suspend the license which the airline operates to carry out such activity.
The story is strange. Formally, Georgian Ministry of Economy has banned flights on the grounds that the company allegedly had not adhered to certain technical standards - and the aircraft, on board of which NATO cargos were transported, "had some technical flaws". This is a quote from the speech itself Madame Minister. Just look at the photograph of Veronika Kobalia to understand that this is unlikely to understand aviation well enough. This can be seen. In a number of interviews, she was never able to formulate specific flaws of the ill-fated aircraft.
But this is only half of the story. The temporary ban on flights of aircrafts of Sky Georgia was submitted on the basis of a report of experts of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. In our view, it is doubtful that this Georgian department's employees are experts in the field of aviation. But maybe we're behind the times and we do not know something about the new standards of the Georgian government. However, the main interesting thing is the fact that the above-mentioned experts carried out evaluation the state of the aircrafts of Sky Georgia not in Georgia, but abroad, since they do not fly "home".
Well, now the main thing. Five IL-76 in question, all the time - for the past two years - served the supply of NATO. The Alliance, of course, has got its own specialists, certification and technical means necessary in order to examine the state of transport. And these same experts have recognized the aircrafts serviceable and airworthy. But the "experts of the Ministry of Economy of Georgia", apparently, are better qualified than their counterparts in NATO. No wonder they decided that in fact the aircrafts had some flaws.
NATO members are now going to Georgia to find out all the circumstances on the spot. Actually, it's simple. The Sky Georgia was engaged in the maintenance of flights of NATO under contract with the military alliance for two years. In Georgia, it is a monopolist in this market.