Will Air Astana Refuse From Nine Embraer Aircraft?
In February 2017, Air Transport World (ATW), the famous news resource, specializing in aviation, published a note that the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier Air Astana modernizes its air fleet. Referring to Peter Foster, President, Air Astana, the ATW said that Air Astana has hired Seabury, a consulting firm. It will run the possibility to renovate the Air Astana’s fleet of small aircraft, flying over short and medium distances, given that the airline expects more deliveries of new Airbus A319neos.
In turn, Ato.ru, a well-known business aviation portal, said that Air Astana would replace its Embraer-190s to new generation aircraft”. This news is amazing, as Air Astana had taken delivery of these brand-new medium-range Brazilian Embraer airliners directly from the production factory for four years, during 2011 – 2014. The air carrier already has nine such planes. In general, the Air Astana’s air fleet includes 31 liners.
Has the Air Company really disappointed in Embraers, as the oldest plane is only six years old? Or, perhaps, the Brazilian aircraft were unable to withstand the strong northern frosts? They say, at a temperature of -30C in Astana, the airline employees have to warm them in special hangars. Forbes.kz asked the air carrier addressing it these questions.
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, inresponse to our publication, Air Astana put an end to this issue: “Air Astana plans to continue operating Embraer-190s on its air route network”.
“Starting since 2011, Air Astana has gained extensive experience in operating these aircraft in extreme conditions (cold winter and hot summer). Along with Air Canada, our airline is one of the world’s leading operators of Embraers in winter conditions, and now we have no problems with these aircraft.
Currently, one has been developing new types of regional aircraft. The Air Company always focuses on the high-tech new-generation aircraft and pays great attention to its aircraft fleet, and will continue to monitor the market of new aircraft engineering development, including this model”, the air carrier responded.