Air Astana to purchase 30 737 MAX airplanes for FlyArystan

Boeing has announced Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana intends to order 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes for its new low-cost airline FlyArystan, the company said.

The companies signed a letter of intent for the 30 airplanes with a list price value of $3.6 billion.

In May, Air Astana launched FlyArystan to better compete in the growing low-cost segment. 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).

Air Astana operates on a network of 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan The fleet comprises 38 Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320/A321 (CEO/NEO/LR) and Embraer E190/E2 aircraft.

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