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Kazakhstan to buy two new military transport aircraft from Russia

Russia and Kazakhstan will soon sign a contract for the supply of new military transport aircraft IL-76MD-90A, also known as IL-476. An informed source in the military and diplomatic circles told Izvestia Newspaper, Russia, Kazakh Air Force should receive two new flying transporters. “At the moment, the contract is in a high degree of readiness, it is planned t...

Plant in Kazakhstan to be able to do repairs of Russian helicopters

An Aircraft Repair Plant #405 JSC, Kazakhstan, has passed examination procedure by the Helicopters of Russia joint stock company and is currently recognized, as an authorized aircraft repair enterprise in Kazakhstan, according to the Defense Ministry’s Press Service. In the course of the Army 2016 international military-technical forum in Kubinka Moscow Oblast, Russia, lead...

Kazakhstan can be the first customer for the Russian Il-76MD-90A aircraft

Kazakhstan can be the first customer of Russian military transport planes IL-76MD-90A ahead of Algeria, Iran and the RSA, Kommersant reported. The sides had some progress in the talks on military and transport planes IL-76MD-90A. If the sides come to terms in the nearest future Kazakhstan can become the first country ahead of Algeria, Iran and the RSA new IL planes will be delivered to....

Ace pilots belly land passenger jet in Kazakhstan, all 116 passengers safe

Kazakh pilots safely landed a passenger plane without the use of its front wheels after a malfunction in the aircraft’s front landing gear on Sunday. The incident took place when the Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakh airline ‘Bek Air’, which had departed from Kyzylorda, was landing at Astana International Airport on Sunday morning. The pilots realized the front wheels wer...

Air Astana Captain Fired After Getting Caught with Marijuana

An Air Astana captain was fired Friday after he failed a drug test and was discovered to have a bag of marijuana on him following a flight to Kazakhstan. According to Olzhas Auyezov of Reuters.com, the unnamed Air Astana pilot had just arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from Moscow, Russia, on an Airbus 320 when a drug-sniffing dog became suspicious of him during a routine security check at Almaty...

Air Astana Signs Codeshare Agreement with Hong Kong Airlines

Air Astana has signed a codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines, making it the Kazakh carrier’s seventh codeshare partner. Air Astana customers now have the opportunity to book tickets of both airlines to reach Hong Kong Airlines’ destinations in China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. Air Astana operates services to Hong Kong twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) with a Boei...

Air Astana Net Profit For 2015 Increases By 144%

Air Astana has reported net profit (unaudited) for 2015 of US$47.4million, an increase of 144% over 2014. Passenger numbers increased by 2% to 3.86 million, whilst capacity increased by 6%. Total revenue fell by 21%from US$933million to US$738.1million. Commenting on the results, Air Astana President & CEO, Peter Foster stated, “a sharp fall in revenue was more than compensated f...

Air Astana gets full safety clearance in latest EU Air Safety List

Air Astana, the SkyTrax award-winning flag carrier of Kazakhstan, is very pleased to report that it has officially been removed from a list of airlines that have faced operating restrictions in the EU. In July 2009 all carriers of Kazakhstan were banned from operating to Europe while Air Astana was the only exception. The EU’s Air Safety Committee had recognised that Air Astana’s safet...

EBRD finances Air Astana’s technical maintenance centre

The EBRD is supporting the growth programme of Kazakhstan’s national airline, Air Astana, with a loan of up to US$ 14 million equivalent in Kazakh tenge. The loan will finance the construction of the first aircraft maintenance facility in the country, and in the entire Central Asian region, capable of serving large aircraft. The technical maintenance centre will be located at As...

Air Ambulance takes off in Kazakhstan

The Association of Medical Tourism of Kazakhstan introduced the first aircraft for scheduled and emergency transportation of critically ill patients, pregnant women and children. As noted in the Association, Bombardier Learjet 45, is good for both, domestic and  long-haul flights over distances of up to 3,000 kilometers. The aircraft has on board the latest equipmenton boa...

Swissport starts handling operations in Astana

Swissport started ground handling operations at Astana International Airport Kazakhstan 1 October. Swissport Kazakhstan as the venture will be known, is a cooperation between the airport and the Airport Management Group (AMG) – the trust management company for the chain of airports in Kazakhstan. They will jointly aim to raise the quality of ground handling services to intern...

Kazakhstan Customs Authorities Refuse to Grant Customs Import Duty

In May 2015, Kazakhstan customs authorities charged substantial additional customs duties and taxes on BEK AIR, a Dutch-Kazakhstan joint venture which is the country’s first low-cost airline. Bek Air has a fleet of 7 Fokker 100 aircraft, operating 12 domestic destinations, this year it is expected Bek Air will transport more than 0ne Million passengers. In 2013-2014, the company...