Category Archives: Air Astana

Air Astana takes delivery of its first Embraer E190-E2

Air Astana made this announcement on social media:

Air Astana’s “Snow leopard” has started its journey! Meet the new improved Embraer E190-E2 with its special livery, which arrived in Kazakhstan on December 2 from Brazil.

This is the first of five Embraer E190-E2 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to Air Astana to replace the older Embraer E190s in the fleet.

The new aircraft features a special Air Astana “Snow Leopard” livery, which is intended to draw global attention to the threat of extinction faced by this large wild cat, which is a native of the mountain ranges in southern Kazakhstan.

Note: The first E190-E2 is registered as P4-KHA (msn 19020012).

Update: On December 14, 2018 Embraer made this announcement:

Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, presented its first E190-E2 jet in a ceremony held today in Astana.

The airline will receive four additional E190-E2s next year, with the last of the five aircraft, leased by AerCap, being delivered in the final quarter of 2019.

The Kazakhstan airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) routes later this month.

Air Astana’s first E190-E2 features a “snow leopard” livery, designed and hand painted by Embraer in the ‘Profit Hunter’ style. Air Astana’s snow leopard joins the now famous Eagle, Tiger, and Shark E2s with the distinctive ‘Profit Hunter’ nose art.

For Air Astana however, the paint scheme is designed to draw global attention to the threat of extinction faced by the wild cat. The snow leopard is an official symbol of Kazakhstan and is native to the country’s southern mountain ranges. Foster continued.

Currently the airline operates fleet of E190s aircraft, the first of which was delivered in 2011. The E190-E2 is the first of three new aircraft types that will make up the Embraer E2 family of aircraft developed to succeed the first-generation E-Jets. Compared to the first-generation E190, the E190-E2 burns 17.3% less fuel and nearly 10% less than its direct competitor. This makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market. The E190-E2 brings more flexibility with maximum range of up to 3,293 miles (5,300 km), about 621 miles (1,000 km) more than the first-generation E190. The E190-E2 also generates significant savings for airlines in terms of maintenance costs, with a reduction of up to 25%. It has the longest maintenance intervals with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years.

Pilots of the first-generation E-Jets require only two-and-a-half days of training without the need for a full flight simulator in order to fly the E2, which decreases the training burden and saves both time and money for the airlines. The E2 cockpit features advanced Honeywell Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics. Combined with the closed-loop fly-by-wire controls, the systems work together to improve aircraft performance, decrease pilot workload and enhance flight safety. From the passenger’s perspective, the E2 cabin features a comfortable two-by-two layout. The absence of a middle seat enables passengers to have an enjoyable flight experience with more legroom and additional luggage storage space.

Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged almost 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of a regional aircraft. Today, E-Jets are flying in fleets of 70 customers in 50 countries.

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Air Astana to launch a low cost airline, FlyArystan

Air Astana is pleased to announce that it is to launch a low cost airline in the first half of 2019.

The airline will be called FlyArystan. It will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft configured to an all-economy class of 180 seats. It will operate a classic LCC model, following the examples of highly successful airlines such as easyjet, Indigo, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. It will offer low airfares – approximately half of what Air Astana offers today – on mostly domestic routes – but it is expected to expand onto regional international routes in the mid-term.

It will operate initially 4 aircraft, growing to a fleet of at least 15 by 2022. FlyArystan will operate from multiple aircraft bases in Kazakhstan with routes and aircraft bases to be announced over the coming months.

FlyArystan’s management team has already been appointed and is drawn from Air Astana’s senior local managers, whom the airline has been developing for the last 16 years. The team will be led by Tim Jordan, a British-Australian national with more than 15 years’ senior LCC management experience at Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue.

Although FlyArystan will be a low cost airline, with very different service procedures to those of Air Astana, it is to be stressed that as a division of Air Astana, there will be no degradation of airline safety or reliability standards. All safety standards and regulatory processes to which Air Astana is subject, will automatically apply to FlyArystan. Finally, and as usual with Air Astana, the project will be entirely self-funded. FlyArystan will require no capital from shareholders, no state subsidies or external financial support of any kind.

Peter Foster, President & CEO of Air Astana, was quoted as saying “FlyArystan is the result of much serious thought and internal business planning, and comes as a result of a rapidly changing local and regional airline business environment. It will be good for the mid to long-term prospects of Air Astana, and we hope, very welcome to the Kazakhstan travelling public, who will be able to benefit from significantly cheaper airfares on domestic and regional routes”.

All images by Air Astana.

Air Astana launches a new route to Frankfurt

Now with "Expo 2017 - Astana Kazakhstan" sub-titles

Air Astana launched a new nonstop flight between Atyrau and Frankfurt on March 26, 2018.

The new service will be operated twice a week on Mondays and Fridays using Airbus A321 aircraft in a two-class layout with 28 Business Class and 151 Economy Class seats. The flight time from Atyrau to Frankfurt (KC947) is 5h 05min, with the return flight (KC948) time being marginally shorter at 4h 45min.

The new Atyrau–Frankfurt route will be operated under a codeshare agreement with Lufthansa, marking an extension of the cooperation between Air Astana and the German flag carrier.

Since March 2017, when the codeshare Agreement was initially launched on the route between Astana and Frankfurt, Air Astana have operated flights into Terminal 1 at Frankfurt, easing connectivity and transfer times between the two airlines.

Atyrau–Frankfurt is the third direct service offered by Air Astana between Frankfurt and Kazakhstan, complementing the existing daily services from Astana and weekly service from Uralsk. The carrier offers an additional seven connections between Almaty and Frankfurt through its codeshare agreement on Lufthansa operated services.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A321-231 P4-KDB (msn 5404) (Expo 2017 – Astana Kazakhstan) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 930848.

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Cathay Pacific and Air Astana to codeshare

"Expo 2017 - Astana Kazakhstan" sub-titles

Cathay Pacific and Air Astana has announced an agreement that will enhance travel options for Cathay Pacific customers traveling to and from Kazakhstan and for Air Astana customers traveling to and from destinations in Asia and Australia via the airlines’ hubs in Hong Kong and Almaty respectively.

Commencing on March 15, 2018, Cathay Pacific will place its “CX” code on Air Astana’s nonstop flights between Hong Kong and Almaty, the financial and cultural heart of Central Asia, as well as on connecting services between Almaty and Astana, the Kazakh capital.

Air Astana currently flies twice weekly between Hong Kong and Almaty, on Tuesdays and Fridays, but will be upping frequency by adding a third service, on Mondays, from March 25.

Cathay Pacific will also codeshare on Air Astana’s five weekly services between Bangkok and Almaty (going daily from March 25) and four weekly services between Seoul and Almaty, giving customers additional options for travel between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan.

Air Astana will place its “KC” code on selected Cathay Pacific services operating between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore.

 

Top Copyright Photo: Air Astana Boeing 757-2G5 WL P4-EAS (msn 29488) (Expo 2017) LHR (SPA). Image: 934651.

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Air Astana now offers in-flight connectivity on its Boeing 767s

Air Astana Boeing 767-3KY ER WL P4-KEB (msn 42221) (Expo 2017 Astana Kazakhstan) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937625.

Air Astana has completed the installation of Rockwell Collins’ cabin system, which supports Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) service, across its fleet of three Boeing 767 aircraft.

The IFC service is available to both Business and Economy class passengers, who can now connect to the Internet, use various applications for instant messaging and social networks, listen to audio and check their mail using personal computers, tablets or smartphones.

Air Astana’s passengers can choose from three connectivity packages. The airline’s Light option covers 15 MB; the Regular option covers 50 MB; and the Super option offers 100 MB. All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of 2 to 5 Mbps.

In September 2017, Air Astana became the first airline in the world to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation onboard a widebody aircraft when the installation on its first Boeing 767 was completed.

It’s Boeing 767 aircraft are operated on domestic trunk routes and high-density, long-haul routes out of Almaty and Astana.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Boeing 767-3KY ER WL P4-KEB (msn 42221) (Expo 2017 Astana Kazakhstan) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937625.

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Air Astana takes delivery of first Airbus A321neo

Air Astana (Almaty) has taken delivery of the first Airbus A321neo at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is on an operating lease from Aercap, with the deal including two further A321neo and one A320neo aircraft for delivery planned in 2018.

The Air Astana A321neo is configured with 28 Business Class and 151 Economy class seats, all of which are equipped with personal IFE systems. The A321neo is powered by the latest generation Pratt & Whitney engines, which together with aerodynamic improvements, make it the quietest aircraft in its class and also delivers fuel consumption 15% lower than the previous model. The cabin features larger overhead-bin capacity and a new mood-lighting system with LED technology.

The aircraft will be operated on Air Astana’s network of domestic and regional routes.

Air Astana currently operates 13 Airbus A320 aircraft and one A320neo, which was delivered in 2016. The carrier plans to increase the fleet of A320neo family aircraft to 17 by 2020.

Photo: Air Astana. The pictured Airbus A321-271N D-AYAK (msn 7567) became P4-KDC when it was officially haned over on December 30, 2017.

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Air Astana to lease three Airbus A320neo aircraft from SMBC

Air Astana's first Airbus A320neo is delivered on November 8, 2016

SMBC Aviation Capital has issued this statement:

SMBC Aviation Capital has announced that it has concluded a three Airbus A320neo aircraft deal with Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan. This is a new customer for SMBC Aviation Capital and the aircraft will be provided from the company’s order book of 110 A320neo aircraft with Airbus.

The A320neo will be fitted with Pratt and Whitney GTF engines and will have delivery slots in the last quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

Air Astana is the first operator of this type of aircraft in the Central Asian region and has plans to grow its neo fleet to 17 aircraft by 2020.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWBM (P4-KBH) (msn 7124) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934984.