Details of Boeing 737 MAX purchase for Kazakhstan's FlyArystan revealed
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 4
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Plans of Kazakhstan’s lowcoster FlyArystan to purchase 10 Airbus A320 planes won’t affect plans of its parent company Air Astana to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airliners for FlyArystan, a representative of Air Astana told Trend.
As announced earlier this year, Air Astana has signed letters of intent to purchase Boeing 737 MAX airliners as the base fleet of the low-cost airline FlyArystan. The supply of this aircraft type will begin at the end of 2021.
However, as earlier a representative of FlyArystan told Trend, the company was planning to acquire fourth Airbus A320 before the end of 2019, and by the end of 2020, the air fleet of the company was to include 10 planes of the same model.
Thus, according to the representative of Air Astana, the commissioning of Boeing planes will only be possible following their successful re-certification by all international regulatory authorities and after they are proven reliable for operation until the end of 2021.
“Planned start of operation of the planes as a part of FlyArystan fleet is not for another two years. Taking into consideration the expected return to service of Boeing planes around the world, we will have 1.5 years to analyze its work world-wide,” the official said.
Furthermore, due to the fact that FlyArystan company is currently using Airbus planes only, Boeing will provide Air Astana with an extensive training and technical support package for pilots and engineers, and will also send the company representatives for the commissioning period of the planes.
Air Astana is the flagship of Kazakh aviation and the major air company in the country. Air Astana implements both internal and international regular flights.
FlyArystan is the first and only low-cost air company of Kazakhstan and a fully owned subsidiary of Air Astana. The company started selling tickets online in March 2019.
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