Air Astana has unveiled plans to launch a low
cost airline in the first half of 2019.
The airline, which will be
called FlyArystan, will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft
configured with 180 economy class seats.
FlyArystan will operate a classic LCC model,
following the example of successful LCCs such as Cebu Pacific
The airline will offer low
airfares, approximately half of what Air Astana offers today, on
mostly domestic routes in the short-term with plans to expand onto
regional international routes in the mid-term.
FlyArystan will initially operate
four aircraft, growing to a fleet of at least 15 by
2022, from multiple aircraft bases in Kazakhstan.
FlyArystan’s management team will be led by Tim Jordan, a British-Australian
national with more than 15 years’ senior LCC management experience
at Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue.
Peter Foster (pictured), President & CEO of Air Astana,
said, “FlyArystan is the result of much serious thought
and internal business planning, and comes as a result of a rapidly changing local and regional airline business environment. It will
be good for the mid to long-term prospects of Air Astana, and we
hope, very welcome to the Kazakhstan travelling public, who will
be able to benefit from significantly cheaper airfares on domestic
and regional routes.”
Air Astana has highlighted that all safety standards and regulatory processes to which
it is subject to, will automatically apply to FlyArystan as well.
The project is to be
entirely self-funded with FlyArystan not requiring any capital from
shareholders, nor state subsidies or external financial support.
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