Mar 042015

State owned airline “Air Moldova”, the largest flight operator in the Republic of Moldova has suspended its flights to Bucharest.

Air Moldova operated the last flight to Romania’s capital on 28 February 2015 and as of March 1st, passengers can still reach their destination using other carriers.

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Air Moldova plane Airbus A320-200 (pic: wikimedia)

Therefore, people who may want to come to Bucharest in March, can board a plane of the Romanian airline TAROM. According to representatives of Air Moldova, Chisinau-Bucharest route was suspended for lack of passengers. The point is that the Moldovans prefer to fly to other European destinations, e.g., Italy, Spain, rather than Bucuresti.

Air Moldova was established by presidential decree on 12 January 1993. The company’s main hub is Chisinau International Airport.

Currently, Air Moldova operates regular flights to 22 destinations: Athens, Barcelona, ​​Bologna, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kiev, Larnaca, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Nizhnevartovsk, Paris, Rome, St. Petersburg, Verona, Venice. There are also several seasonal flights to Antalya, Dublin, Sochi and Surgut. About 50 percent of the passenger traffic of the Moldavian market relies on Air Moldova.
Credit photo: By Pawel Kierzkowski (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Mar 042015

Gas supply from Romania to Republic of Moldova via Iaşi – Ungheni pipeline is set to commence Wednesday, announced Moldova’s Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici.

“Iasi – Ungheni pipeline transport will become operational as of Wednesday (March 4); we are already engaged in further discussions for setting up the Ungheni – Chisinau pipeline, which will allow us to fuel the entire country with natural gas from Romania and create fair competition on Moldova’s energy market,” said Gaburici during a press briefing alonside US deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, according to publication cited by Romanian media.

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Gas transportation via Iasi-Ungheni pipeline starts March, 4 (public domain)

Gateway to the West:
The natural gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni was officially inaugurated on August 27, 2014, a year after its construction kicked off, informs Radio Chişinău. The supply contract for Romanian gas was signed off on 22 December 2014 by the both authorities from Chisinau and Bucharest.

Moldova is currently purchasing natural gas from Russia at a price of 332 dollars/1000 cubic meters. By signing the contract with Romania, Moldova has obviously made a very good deal as Romanian gas costs 253 dollars/1000 cubic meters (=1010 RON/1000 c.m.), hence the gas transported from Romania is about $80/1,000 c.m. cheaper compared to that imported from Russia. Efforts are now made to extend the current pipeline to Chisinau with main intention of reducing Moldova’s dependence on the Russian gas.

Mar 042015

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis attended Tuesday the ceremony which saw Eduard Hellvig taking office and becoming the fifth director of the Romanian Intelligence Service, SRI, announced the intelligence service in an official statement posted on its website.

“The President [of the country] delivered a message that emphasized the important role of SRI in the fight against national security’s risks and threats, such as corruption, terrorist threats, cyber attacks, etc., especially considering the complicated international situation that we come up against”, it reads part of the statement.

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Iohannis, Hellvig and Coldea meet at the ceremony (pic: SRI)

In turn, Eduard Hellvig pointed out the main priority of his mandate reffering to the “strengthening of the institution’s performance, which became known after a long process of reforms designed and implemented by his predecessor, Mr. George Cristian Maior”.

Special attention will be given to “communication and transparency,” said Hellvig.

Besides the President and SRI’s management team, the ceremony was also attended by presidential adviser Adrian-George Scutaru, head of the National Security Department, and presidential adviser Sorin Dan Mihalache, head of the Chancellery of the President.

Mar 032015

Cupertino-based giant Apple sold a greater number of smartphones than Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2014, overtaking South Korean company for the first time since 2011, says market analysis company Gartner.

It appears that Apple sold 74.832 million smartphones worldwide in the last quarter of 2014, a figure which gave the company a market share of 20.4%, compared to 73.032 million devices sold by Samsung during the same period, equivalent to a 19.9% ​​share, reports CNBC.

The success earned by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones gave Apple a sales boost in the last quarter. The unveiled a profit of US $18 billion, which is seen as the highest ever recorded by a company listed on the stock market.

Apple smartphone’s sales rose up by about 49% in the last months of 2014. By contrast, Samsung, which dominated the market in 2011, recorded a slump in sales of nearly 12%.

In January 2015, Samsung reported the fifth successive quarterly profit decline of company’s mobile phone division.

Besides losing market share to iPhones, the South Korean company is facing a harsh competition from the Chinese manufacturers which are known to release cheap phones such as Xiaomi and Huawei.

In 2014, Samsung traded 307.6 million smartphones claiming a 24.7% market share, followed by Apple with sales of 191.4 million smartphones and a share of 15.4%

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