Boeing scored a commitment for its highly-scrutinized 737 MAX program from Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan. At the Dubai Airshow, the airline signed a Letter of Intent for 30 MAX 8 aircraft which will join the fleet of its low-cost arm, FlyArystan.
This agreement follows yesterday’s announcement by SunExpress, a joint venture between the Lufthansa Group and Turkish Airlines, to exercise options for ten additional 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Boeing desperately needs airlines to sign agreements like these, in order to demonstrate their endorsement of the safety and reliability of its MAX aircraft.
“Since its launch in May this year, FlyArystan has exceeded all expectations and it is clear that low cost air travel has a great future in Kazakhstan and Central Asia… Air Astana has had a strong relationship with Boeing ever since the airline started flying in 2002 with a pair of 737NGs. Today we operate both 757s and 767s and we believe that the MAX will provide a solid platform for the growth of FlyArystan throughout our region, once the aircraft has successfully returned to service.”Peter Foster, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Astana
FlyArystan commenced commercial operations in May 2019 with an Airbus A320 aircraft.