Kazakhstan’s national carrier, Air Astana, is launching a low-fare airline in the first half of 2019 aiming, initially at least, to increase connectivity throughout the country.

Named FlyArystan, the new carrier will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft configured to an all-economy class of 180 seats. While confirmed routes are yet to be announced, the airline will operate from multiple bases in the country and is expected to serve domestic links initially, expanding to regional and international links in the mid-term.

The airline will be entirely privately funded by Air Astana and will not require any capital from shareholders, state subsidies or external financial support of any kind. Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana said: “FlyArystan is the result of much serious thought and internal business planning and comes as a result of a rapidly changing local and regional airline business environment.”

He added: “It will be good for the mid to long-term prospects of Ari Astana, and we hope, very welcome to the Kazakhstan travelling public, who will be able to benefit from significantly cheaper airfares on domestic and regional routes.”

The new airline will operate a classic LCC model and will be led by Tim Jordan, a British-Australian national with more than 15 years’ senior LCC management experience at Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue.

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