Kazakh air carrier acquires new aircraft

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec 4.

By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: Kazakhstan's national airline Air Astana has acquired new A320 aircraft, the company said on Dec. 4.

"Airbus A320 equipped with sharklet winglets has replenished our fleet in late November," the company said.

The new aircraft has 16 business class and 132 economy class seats. It will fly on Air Astana's national and international routes.

This aircraft is one of the six Airbuses A320 bought by Air Astana from Airbus. The purchase agreement was signed in 2008 during the official visit of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to France.

Air Astana has acquired seven aircrafts in the past 14 months. Following the arrival of new Boeing-767 and Embraer-190 in December, the average age of the company's fleet will be six years and will be one of the youngest fleets in the world.

Air Astana is the flag carrier and the national airline of Kazakhstan. It is a joint venture owned by the Government of Kazakhstan (51 percent) and British BAE Systems (49 percent).

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