Foster Prepares To Launch Air Kazakhstan

President of Air Astana, Peter Foster, has spoken out on its plans to launch a new regional airline, Air Kazakhstan. He commented: “Air Astana has been involved in the discussions of the formation of a regional airline with our majority shareholder, Samruk-Kazyna, since we retired the Fokker 50 fleet last January. There are many domestic airports we cannot serve with our all jet fleet, and it was therefore imperative that steps be taken to serve these cities with modern turboprops operating to internationally compliant standards. Bombardier’s Q400 clearly meets this criterion. We welcome the decision [to form the airline], and expect to work closely with the new airline to jointly develop these markets for the benefit of both airlines, and of the travelling public.” 

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