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Air Astana To Extend Regional Footprint

December 17, 2018 / Neelam Mathews

As Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana awaits delivery of its delayed A321LRs to replace its to-be-retired Boeing 757-200s, having become the second operator after Norway’s Wideroe to take delivery of the first of its five Embraer E-190 E2s, it is moving on its sizeable plans to develop its regional footprint.  The first E2 will enter commercial service from Astana to Almaty on Wednesday and four more examples are set to join its fleet next year. The E2s are part of the airline’s short-/medium-haul fleet renewal and growth to support expansion from its Astana and Almaty hubs into Central Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and China. All five E2s are leased from AerCap and will replace older first generation E190s in the fleet.  With the leases of its nine E190s expiring by 2021, we are keen to get into the E2 program, said Air Astana president and CEO Peter Foster, indicating the airline would look at an additional four E2s on top of th...