Air Astana has taken delivery of the last of six
new Airbus A320 family aircraft, with the latest aircraft being
the third to be equipped with Sharklets and configured in a 16
business class / 132 economy class configuration.
The new fleet was ordered from Airbus
during the official visit of Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of
Kazakhstan, to France in 2008 and has been funded through the
airline's own financial resources, without any state funding.
"Air Astana embarked on a major fleet renewal
programme five years ago and I'm now delighted that all six of the
Airbus A320 family aircraft ordered at that time are now in
service. The A320 is a remarkably fuel efficient, reliable,
comfortable and safe aircraft, with the latest Sharklet-equipped
aircraft bringing further aerodynamic efficiencies, cost savings,
and reduced carbon emissions," said
Peter Foster, President of Air
Air Astana commenced regular flight operations
on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network of over 60
international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty, Astana and
The airline operates a fleet of three Boeing
767-300ER, five Boeing 757-200, twelve Airbus A320 family aircraft
and seven Embraer E-190.
Air Astana became the first carrier from
Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern
Europe to be awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax in
its World Airline Awards 2012 and was named The Best Airline in
Central Asia and India. Both accolades were repeated in 2013.
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