Start-Ups FlyArystan launches operations

FlyArystan has officially commenced scheduled passenger services. The carrier is a new Eurasian low-cost carrier.

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FlyArystan has started flying on domestic routes within Kazakhstan. The newly founded low-cost airline, which is a subsidiary of flag-carrier Air Astana, operated first flights from Almaty International Airport to Taraz and Uralsk. Both routes will be served with Airbus A320 aircraft, which are configured with 180 seats.

Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana said: “FlyArystan adds strength to what we can now call the Air Astana Group. It enables us to effectively compete in the growing low-cost travel segment in our country on better than equal terms with other airlines. FlyArystan gives us the opportunity to grow the overall market by taking customers from other forms of travel and we are proud to be playing an important social and economic development role in Kazakhstan by creating this exciting new airline.”

“FlyArystan presents a great opportunity for both Kazakhstan citizens and foreign visitors to travel more easily and comfortably across this vast country with lower airfares,” added Tim Jordan, the new head of FlyArystan.

FlyArystan seeks to launch an alternative transport for people that would usually use busses or trains on the routes. As the country is very large, passengers can now travel fast and cheap between several domestic destinations. With ticket prices, which are 50% less than the ones from parent airline Air Astana, FlyArystan seeks to acquire a wide passenger clientele in order to operate profitably.

Regarding the business model and to what the future may hold, FlyArystan wrote in a statement: "FlyArystan follows the classic LCC model, following the examples of highly successful airlines such as easyJet, Indigo, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. It will offer low airfares and initially serve only domestic routes. The airline plans to expand onto regional international routes in the mid-term. FlyArystan will initially operate four aircraft, with the fleet growing to at least 15 by 2022. FlyArystan will operate from multiple aircraft bases in Kazakhstan.  More routes and aircraft bases will be announced in the coming months."

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