Tajikistan's privately-owned carrier Somon Air has reshuffled its management team.
Over the past month, Somon Air has recruited six senior managers with experience in working at established foreign airlines.
This followed the appointment of Lloyd Paxton - former chief executive at Malev and Air Astana - as its director general in December.
Somon's managerial personnel now include two former Air Astana officials - a technical director and flight operations chief - as well as a new marketing and sales director from Oman Air.
"Prior to my coming here, I watched Somon Air for several years," he says. "I was surprised that it lacked some operational divisions which are crucial for successful business development.
"We're setting them up now. Our ultimate goal is to bring about changes enabling this airline to achieve international standards."
Somon Air has six Boeing 737s, including two -900ER and two -800 variants. It operates on routes from Dushanbe to seven Russian cities plus Istanbul, Jeddah and Frankfurt.
According to the country's transport ministry, the airline in 2011 increased traffic to around 320,000 passengers from 270,000 - although its market share slipped from 18.6% to 17.7%.
"There is no need to expand capacity at this point. We'd rather focus on improving utilisation of existing fleet," says Paxton, who envisages a potential requirement for small turboprop aircraft to serve low-density domestic and regional routes.
"But to sustain growth internationally and meet shareholder expectations, we need to obtain certification from EASA and pass the IATA operational safety audit."
The carrier has already launched an online booking system and tightened up its baggage control rules. Flight attendants will soon undergo additional customer service training, it says.
Paxton adds that if funds can be sourced "we'd also like to replace cabin interior fittings, tableware and other accessories with finer items".