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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Caucasus Travel Agency Flies Behind the Times

MTKMV-Avia said its clients are far from U.S. problems.
More than six weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington, a ticket agency in the Caucasus is still using an advertisement that shows an airplane flying by the World Trade Center towers.

For almost a year, KMV-Avia Service ticket agency's offices in Mineralniye Vody and Kislovodsk have greeted their clients with the window-sized poster with a KavMinVodyavia aircraft flying by the now-destroyed twin towers, despite the fact that the airline doesn't even fly to the United States.

The posters were in place Thursday, but the agency said they will be taken down by Monday.

"We have long been working on that, but technically, it's not that easy," said a ticket agency employee. "We are now looking for a worthy replacement; there are only a few buildings of such beauty and scale in the world."

The agency's general director was not available for comment.

KavMinVodyavia's commercial department was unaware such pictures were used to advertise the airline, but was not too upset about it. "These are beautiful buildings, it's a beautiful city and a wonderful country, why not show our airplane with this background?" said Sergei Bragin of the commercial department.

"We are not trying to offend Americans by reminding them about those events, but our clients are far from the problems [in America]."

KavMinVodyavia flies to a few dozen destinations in Russia and operates charter flights from Moscow to Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.