Category Archives: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s regional Bek Air Airlines plans to acquire 10 MS-21s after the start of their mass production

The main event of the MAKS-2019 in Zhukovsky near Moscow, Russia, at the end of August 2019 included the presentation of MS-21. The Irkut Corporation, Russia, intends initiate serial production of this latest passenger aircraft in 2021.

When talking to reporters, the President of Irkut Corporation PJSC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft JSC Ravil Khakimov said that Kazakhstan’s regional airline named Bek Air plans to acquire 10 MS-21s after the start of their serial production. An Agreement of Intent was signed.

Nowadays, Bek Air operates a very good but rapidly aging regional Fokker 100 aircraft, the production of which was discontinued in 1997. The air company’s fleet must be updated; its further development depends on this. But why exactly the MS-21?

According to Mr. Khakimov, the catalog cost of the MS-21 will be 20% lower than that of its foreign counterparts. To date, the situation is approximately as follows:

  • MS-21-300 – US $ 96.1 million;
  • Boeing-737 MAX 8 – US $ 110.9 million;
  • Boeing-737 MAX 9 – US $ 116.6 million;
  • A 320 neo – US $ 106.2 million.

MS-21-300 is the basic version with its carrying capacity of up to 211 passengers and a flight range of up to 6,000 km. The liner, according to its developers, is based on two criteria, namely economic efficiency and comfort.

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FlyArystan Airlines announces on opening its new air base in Aktobe

The Kazakhstan’s low-cost airline will be based in another regional city of Kazakhstan – in Aktobe starting from the second quarter of 2020, the air carrier announced at a press lunch for Aktobe media, which was held today, September 13, in the central city of the country’s fourth region.

Peter Foster: No capitalization required for Air Astana

Peter Foster, President, Air Astana, responded to a statement made by Aybek Alzhanov, Deputy Chairperson, Civil Aviation Committee, regarding the planned additional capitalization of the air company, Kazinform reported.

Air Astana receives top award from Airline Passenger Experience Association

For the second year in a row, the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), USA, has assigned Air Astana, Kazakhstan, five stars in the Major Airlines nomination. Winners were announced at an award ceremony in Los Angeles on September 9, 2019.

Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport’s runway to be closed for repairs

The runway of the Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport, Kazakhstan, will be closed for repairs, Kazinform reports referring to the airport’s press service.

Resident of India removed from flight at Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan

Transport police removed from a flight an Indian citizen who committed an administrative offense, reports with reference to the Transport Police Department.

Kostanay – Nur Sultan (Astana): new flight to be launched by FlyArystan

On October 3, 2019, the Kazakhstan’s low-cost airline named FlyArystan will launch its new domestic flight en route Kostanay – Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana). Flights to Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport will be operated daily on Airbus A320 airliners according to the following flight schedule:

Semey – a new city in FlyArystan Airlines’ air route network

Since October 4, 2019 FlyArystan Airlines, Kazakhstan’s low cost air carrier, expands its air route network and is pleased to announce launching a new destination from one more city in Kazakhstan – Semey. One-way air ticket price for the Nur-Sultan – Semey flight comes to KZT 5,999+ (USD 1 = KZT 386.5), which is by 58% lower, as compared to the current prices among competitors for this flight segment.

Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee names the main reason for high cost of air tickets

The Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) under the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development talked about the main reasons for the high cost of air tickets in Kazakhstan, Kazinform reported.

Fire at a flea market in Kazakhstan’s Almaty: aviation to be involved

The Almaty Emergency Department, Kazakhstan, commented on the fire in the market in Almaty, according to the Kazinform News Agency.