Kazakh national carrier replenishes its fleet with new Airbus
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep. 10 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Kazakh national carrier Air Astana received the second Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet winglets, the company reported.
This aircraft is the fifth of the six Airbuses ordered by Air Astana from the Airbus concern. The purchase agreement was signed in 2008 during Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's official visit to France. The sixth aircraft from this order will be delivered in November 2013.
"Air Astana is delighted to receive our second Airbus A320 airliner equipped with "sharklet" winglets, that significantly improve aerodynamic efficiency, ensure lower fuel consumption and reduces environmental impact", President of Air Astana Peter Foster said.
"This latest delivery reflects the airline's strategic commitment to replenish the fleet with efficient, reliable and comfortable aircrafts," he added.
The new aircraft has 16 business class and 132 economy class seats. It will fly on Air Astana's domestic and medium range international routes.
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).