Air Astana announces new B767/787 order

Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan, announced that it has agreed to purchase four B767-300ER aircraft and three B787-8 Dreamliners, an order worth US$1.3 billion at list prices and the largest ever in Kazakhstan’s civil aviation history. The Boeing 767s will be delivered in 2013 and 2014 and the Boeing 787s in 2017 and 2019.


Air Astana announces new B767/787 order


Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan, announced that it has agreed to purchase four B767-300ER aircraft and three B787-8 Dreamliners, an order worth US$1.3 billion at list prices and the largest ever in Kazakhstan’s civil aviation history. The Boeing 767s will be delivered in 2013 and 2014 and the Boeing 787s in 2017 and 2019.

Air Astana’s president Peter Foster said the new B767s, equipped with winglets, would replace the two currently leased aircraft of this type and progressively replace its leased Boeing 757s. He also noted that the B787, with its superior range, will enable the airline to operate routes to the US, Australasia and Africa, as its business plans develops.

Air Astana also announced unaudited operating results for 2011. Net profit declined by 19 per cent to US$61.9 million. According to Foster, the decline in profitability was entirely due to fuel price rises of more than 130% over 2010. Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s soverign wealth fund Samruk Kazyna (51 per cent) and BAE Systems PLC (49 per cent).