Air Astana has signed a letter of intent for up to 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at US$3.6
billion at current list prices.
If the deal, a 50/50 mixture of purchase and
lease, is finalised, the aircraft would be
operated by FlyArystan, Air Astana's low cost airline subsidiary.
Each aircraft would be configured with 189
Since beginning operations in May 2002, Air
Astana has steadily grown its business from its hubs in Almaty and
Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), sprouting a network that serves
major cities across Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Asia, China, Europe
and Russia. Air Astana operates a growing fleet that includes the Boeing
757, 767 and the Airbus A320 family aircraft.
In May, Air Astana launched FlyArystan to better
compete in the growing low-cost segment. The company says the new
airline has seen strong ticket sales in just the first few months
of operation. The airline currently operates Airbus A320ceos.
"Since its launch in May this year, FlyArystan
has exceeded all expectations and it is clear that low cost air
travel has a great future in Kazakhstan and Central Asia," said
Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana. "Air Astana has had
a strong relationship with Boeing ever since the airline started
flying in 2002 with a pair of 737NGs. Today, we operate both 757s
and 767s and we believe that the MAX will provide a solid platform
for the growth of FlyArystan throughout our region, once the
aircraft has successfully returned to service."
The entire Boeing 737 MAX family of aircraft has
been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes.