Air Astana Celebrates Delivery of First
Air Astana celebrated the delivery of its first
Embraer E190-E2 at a special ceremony held in the carrier's
Aviation Technical Center hangar at Astana airport on Friday.
The aircraft is the first of five ordered under
a leasing agreement signed with AerCap in 2017, with the remaining
four aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2019.
The aircraft is also the first E2 to be
delivered to an airline in the CIS.
The new generation Embraer E190-E2 aircraft will
replace older Embraer E190s in the fleet, which have operated with
Air Astana since 2011.
The new aircraft features a special Snow Leopard
livery, which is intended to draw global attention to the threat
of extinction faced by this large wild cat, which is a native to
the mountain ranges of southern Kazakhstan.
“All of us at Air Astana are pleased to receive
our first E190-E2, and we look forward to a smooth entry into
service and a simple transition for our pilots. We know Embraer's
E-Jets well, and have high expectations for their new generation
aircraft in terms of economics, environmental impact, and levels
of comfort and convenience for our customers,” said
President and CEO of Air Astana.
Air Astana will operate the Embraer 190-E2 on
domestic services across Kazakhstan, as well as to destinations in
Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and China.
The inaugural E2
commercial service from Astana to Almaty is scheduled for 19
John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer
Commercial Aviation, said, “We are honored to deliver new
generation jets to Kazakhstan by delivering this “wildcat” to our
good friends at Air Astana. For a manufacturer, there is no better
reward than to see a customer’s business continuously growing with
our products. Air Astana’s decision to embrace the E2 program is a
further measure of trust in Embraer and in the E-Jets family of
The Embraer E190-E2 belongs to a family of
twin-engine, single aisle airliners offering a maximum range of up
to 5,300 km, which is 1,000 km more than the E190. The aircraft
has improved aerodynamics, redesigned fuselage and wings and new
Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engines.
The aircraft is fitted with 108 seats in a four
abreast / two-by-two layout which provides more legroom and
additional luggage storage space. E2 has a wireless entertainment
system, which enables passengers to watch movies and listen to
music from their personal devices.
Exclusive media briefing by Air Astana's
President and CEO, Peter Foster, OBE. In the briefing, which is
completely unedited and includes the entire Q&A session from media
attending, Peter tells us about the new Embraer E190-E2 and he
shares some previously undisclosed details of the new low cost
airline that the company is about to launch. The briefing took
place on 14 December 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan.