Category Archives: FlyArystan

FlyArystan to open a new base in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

FlyArystan has made this announcement:

FlyArystan, the first domestic low-cost carrier of Kazakhstan, plans to open a new base in Karaganda in the second quarter of 2020. This is the first regional station outside of our home base in Almaty.

The base will initially be established with one Airbus A320 aircraft with a second A320 planned to join the new base later on. The number of domestic and international routes served from Sary-Arka Airport will reach approximately 10-12.

Since FlyArystan launched the Almaty-Karaganda-Almaty route more than 200 flights have been operated with an average load factor of 93%.

All photos by the airline.


FlyArystan welcomes its first aircraft

FlyArystan on April 23 announced the arrival of its first Airbus A320 (P4-KBB), previously operated by its parent, Air Astana.

The low fare airline will launch scheduled flights on May 1, 2019 from Almaty to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), Taraz, Uralsk and Karaganda.

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FlyArystan to commence operations on May 1

FlyArystan (Almaty) is a low-cost airline and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Astana.

The new airline will commence operations on domestic scheduled flight on May 1, 2019 between Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Karaganda, Taraz, Pavlodar and Oral (Uralsk) with Airbus A320s.

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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.