Airline "Air Astana" was registered in 2001, and May 15, 2002 completed its first flight Almaty - Astana on airliner " Boeing 737 " . Inauguration flight visited Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Sir Richard Evans , representing two shareholders Airlines - Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the British company "BAE Systems" , respectively.
In a joint venture with the government's stakes in 51 % owned by JSC Samruk- Kazyna and the company "BAE Systems" ( United Kingdom) in 49% partnership shareholders remained stable throughout the history of the airline.
Remained stable and the mission of the airline to make domestic and international air transportation sootvetsvtii very high standards of safety and service , using a new generation of aircraft that meets the needs of Kazakhstan, one of the countries with the rapid pace of economic development. "Air Astana" is the only airline in Kazakhstan , which is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to perform aircraft maintenance to the requirements of Directive 145. In 2008, the airline "Air Astana" officially registered with IATA ( International Air Transport Association ) in register airlines have successfully passed the International operational Safety Audit IOSA. "Air Astana" was one of six airlines in CIS receiving IOSA certificate without any restrictions.
To date fleet of "Air Astana" consists of 21 aircraft of western production , average operating age is 5 years. Transmission network includes more than 50 domestic and international routes , and to date, the airline carried 2.3 million passengers. Highly qualified personnel , which provides more than 2,000 jobs , mainly consists of both local and foreign skilled workers . Since autumn 2005 the airline "Air Astana" headed by Peter Foster , a leader in the aviation business with 25 years experience . The President reports to the Board of Directors of the airline .
Recently, "Air Astana" placed an order for the purchase of aircraft classes " Airbus -320 " and " Boeing -787 " , which corresponds to the target to increase the number of aircraft to 34 units by 2014 and up to 63 units - by 2022. Having a fleet of modern aircraft , a broad line of technical and service innovations designed to ensure more reliable and convenient flights both within the country and beyond, now "Air Astana" is recognized as a clear leader among CIS airlines .
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