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The Chief Executive Officer of Somon Air Thomas W. Hallam II became a member of the Nominating Committee of International Air Transport Association (IATA). It was announced at the 75th Annual General Assembly of IATA in Seoul (Republic of Korea). The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world's largest gathering of airline leaders.

The Nominating Committee is a subsidiary body of the Annual General Assembly of IATA and consists of 10 members. This Committee is convened by the IATA Corporate Secretary, in consultation with the Board Chair and the Director General of IATA with the responsibility to make recommendations to the next General Assembly for the membership of the IATA Board of Governors.

Regional Director of IATA Raimonds Gruntins congratulated Thomas W. Hallam II with the nomination as a new member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Nominating Committee and stated: «It is a great achievement and a great responsibility. I am certain your extensive aviation experience and international background will be true assets to the Committee, and that you will use this opportunity to grow ties with the other members to continue developing aviation in both Tajikistan and Central Asia. For this reason, it is extremely important to have Somon Air (the only member from Tajikistan) in our association actively participating in shaping the future of aviation. Furthermore, your presence is an assurance that Central Asia airlines comply with the highest safety standards, namely IOSA, ensuring safety remains the number one priority for airlines and the industry. This was clearly stated in Dushanbe during the first Central Asia CEO Roundtable you brilliantly co-organized with the Civil Aviation Authority of Tajikistan last month».

To date, Somon Air has successfully operated flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In the fleet of the airline, there are Boeing 737-300, -800 and -900 aircraft. Since 2017, Somon Air is IATA-member.

Somon Air became an official member of the Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreements (MITA) Cargo which is sponsored by International Air Transport Association (IATA). The airline got a confirmation on MITA Cargo membership on July 4th, 2019.

Membership in MITA Cargo gives the airline the ability to expand its multilateral cargo relationships with other major airline partners as well as increasing Somon Air’s customer base. “For Somon Air a MITA Cargo membership is a big achievement-one of many we have recently accomplished. MITA Cargo membership will allow our relatively new airline to be viewed as an equal partner in the international cargo market along with other international airlines. Membership means that the shipping of cargo from start to finish will be a simpler process. The cost to ship cargo will also decrease as there will only be one air waybill eliminating the multiple charges along the route.” stated Thomas Hallam, Somon Air CEO.

Somon Air became an IATA member in 2017. The airline operates flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The airline fleet consists of Boeing 737-300, -800, -900.

The applicant must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or more (men to 28, women to 26)
- Able to swim (swim test will be part of the recruitment process)
- Able to pass medical examination
- Minimum height 1.70 m (men), 1.65 m (women)
- In possession of a valid international Tajik passport
- High level of English, Tajik and Russian (language test will be part of the recruitment process)
- Customer oriented attitude / enjoys to work with people
- University degree (if the applicant is a student, a certificate from the university is required)
Please send the package of documents (CV, copy of passport, 2 recent Color Photos (one close-up picture and another full body picture), copy of diploma and copy of English language certificate, if any) at: hr@somonair.com or hand over to Somon Air / HR department, on 40 M. Mastongulov str. Dushanbe, Tajikistan before 15 August 2019.
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Somon Air recently opened an aviation training center for aviation specialists at its headquarters in Dushanbe. The aviation training center represents the airline’s continued growth and commitment to air safety.

“The training center was created not only for Somon Air but for all of Tajikistan aviation. Our doors are open to everyone. We are extremely proud of our small contribution in the training of our professional personnel.” stated Chief Executive Officer Thomas W. Hallam II. The aviation training center is certified by the Civil Aviation Agency under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and is licensed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The aviation training center offers initial training, retraining and ongoing training of crew and ground support services. Trainings are conducted by experienced personnel as well as instructors who have been trained in modern aircraft operation at leading world training centers. Training courses will be provided for cockpit crew, cabin crew, engineering and technical staff, personnel who arrange cargo and dangerous cargo shipments and all other aviation safety specialists who work on the Boeing 737 Classic and Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.

The training center will also provide captain training for qualified applicants. Other courses offered are accident rescue procedures, crew resource management and of course aviation safety issues. Staff will be trained on how to properly evacuate the aircraft in the event of an emergency, the proper use on board of a fire extinguisher, how to properly serve passengers, baggage handling, fueling, etc.

Somon Air currently operates flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The fleet is comprised of Boeing 737-300, -800 and -900. Somon Air became an IATA member in 2017.