Air Astana gets five E190-E2s from Aercap

Air Astana gets five E190-E2s from Aercap

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has signed a long-term lease with Aercap for five Embraer E190-E2s. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2018.

The airline has leased the aircraft portfolio to replace its ageing last-generation E190 fleet, which has been operating since 2011. The E190 fleet is flying domestic routes to southern Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana, said: “As domestic and regional competition grows, we estimate the E2 will deliver up to 15% seat cost savings, which will enable us to increase capacity and market share on these routes and maintain our position as the region’s leading airline. We are delighted to have concluded the lease agreements with AerCap, with whom we have been working closely for many years.”

The airline currently operates a long-haul international fleet of Boeing 767-300ERs and 757-200s and Airbus A300ceos, as well as a medium-range fleet of Embraer E190s.

AerCap is the launch lessor customer of the E190-E2. It currently has 50 E190-E2 and E195-E2 jets on order from Embraer.

AerCap President and Chief Commercial Officer, Philip Scruggs said: “We are very pleased to confirm our lease of five E190-E2 jets to Air Astana. The E2 aircraft offer greater range and operational efficiency, which will support Air Astana’s growing network and open new market opportunities. AerCap is proud to support our partners at Air Astana and Embraer, and we wish them every success.”

Alex Baldwin
By Alex Baldwin August 3, 2017 16:32