Mongolian Airlines CEO says modernization key to profitability

Mongolian Airlines CEO, Tamir Tumurbaatar, says it is essential for a small carrier to be creative if it is to survive in an extremely competitive market.

Speaking at the 73rd IATA AGM in Cancun, Tamir noted that as a state-owned carrier with a fleet of six aircraft, MIAT Mongolian Airlines has its work cut out to find a niche in a dynamic industry.

We are transitioning our passenger service system to an Amadeus platform

Nevertheless, he is determined to maintain the airline’s profitability.

“We have four Boeing 737-8 MAX on order for delivery in 2019 and 2020,” he says. “And we are also transitioning our passenger service system to an Amadeus platform.”

These developments, combined with a new Ulaanbaatar International Airport due to open in May next year, will provide the perfect foundation to develop a range of new services and products, according to Tamir.

It is important that our safety standards match global best practice

New distribution channels and a resurgent Mongolian economy add spice to the mix.

But safety is always the bottom line. “We have IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) visits in 2017 and these are our main focus,” says Tamir.

“It is important that our safety standards match global best practice.”

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