Kazakhstan to Get Rid of Soviet Planes

June 13. RIA Novosti. ASTANA

Kazakhstan to Get Rid of Soviet PlanesKazakhstan will write off all its remaining Soviet-made passenger jets by November 2012 in a bid to keep up with international aviation standards, Transportation Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev said on Wednesday.

“All the aircraft that do not live up to ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) safety standards – these are Soviet-era planes – will be withdrawn from service by November 2012,” Zhumagaliyev told the Kazakh parliament.

The minister said Kazakhstan had already bought over 50 modern aircraft.

“In the next eight years, we will purchase up to 40 planes, not only for Air Astana, the national air carrier, but other companies too,” he said.

Presently, all Kazakh airlines, except Air Astana, are banned from flying to Europe for failing to meet European safety and noise requirements.