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Dubai. Air Astana commitment to purchase 30 B-737 MAX planes

The carrier intends to order this model for its new low-cost airline -DATA SHEET

Air Astana intends to order 30 B-737 MAX 8 airplanes to serve as the backbone of its new low-cost airline FlyArystan, the Kazakh flag carrier and Boeing announced at the "Dubai Airshow" (November 17-21). The companies today signed a letter of intent for the 30 airplanes with a list price value of $3.6 billion.

Since beginning operations in May 2002, Air Astana has steadily grown its business from its hubs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), sprouting a network that serves major cities across Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Asia, China, Europe and Russia. It operates a growing fleet that includes the B-757, B-767 and the A-320 family.

In May, Air Astana launched FlyArystan to better compete in the growing low-cost segment (see AVIONEWS). The company says the new airline has seen strong ticket sales in just the first few months of operation. The plan is to expand the fast growing domestic network, with international services to Moscow commencing next month.

The 737 MAX 8 is part of a family of airplanes that offer 130 to 230 seats and the ability to fly up to 3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers), and with improvements such as the CFM International LEAP-1B engine and Advanced Technology winglets.

The technical data sheet of the B-737 MAX aircraft is attached to this AVIONEWS.  

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency