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Planes. FlyArystan created from a rib of Air Astana

Kazakh domestic low-cost but with international ambitions

It's called FlyArystan and was officially launched yesterday by the CEO of the parent company Air Astana Peter Foster. Born as a carrier for national connections but with international ambitions: by the end of the year new cross-border routes will be added to the network with the aim of making the low-cost a pan-Asian airline of the central States. Initially it will connect Almaty with various cities such as Astana, Pavlodar, Shymkent, Taraz and Uralsk. It will use two Air Astana A-320 planes; planned for the end of 2019 the arrival of two other aircraft of the same model (they will become 15 by 2022) that will allow the company to "jump" across the border to neighboring countries including Russia. The second intention according to Foster declared is to exploit the demand for low-cost travel in the region, which has a population of around 100 million people.

Furthermore, the strong demand for low-cost international connections in neighboring countries is a great catchment area for potential routes to Kazakhstan. A start of the long-awaited operations by the new low-cost, whose birth had already been announced several times in 2018 also by Foster.

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