Start-Ups Air Astana to launch new low cost subsidiary

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Air Astana has announced plans to launch an own low cost airline subsidiary in the first half of 2019.

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The Republic of Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world. Over 18 million people live in the country in Central Asia.

The country’s flag carrier Air Astana has now confirmed plans to establish an own low cost brand in the next year. The airline will be called FlyArystan. It will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft configured to an all-economy class of 180 seats.

According to the press release, FlyArystan will start with domestic routes but is expected to expand onto regional international routes in the mid-term. It will operate initially four aircraft, growing to a fleet of at least 15 by 2022. FlyArystan will operate from multiple aircraft bases in Kazakhstan with routes and aircraft bases to be announced over the coming months.

Air Astana Airbus A320
Air Astana Airbus A320 © Air Astana

Peter Foster, President & CEO of Air Astana, was quoted as saying “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 operates a fleet of 33 aircraft from its bases at the two international airports in Astana and Almaty. Beside 16 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, Air Astana operates five Boeing B77-200 and three B767-300ER on international routes. For its regional routes, nine Embraer E190 complement the fleet.

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