Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, Air Astana, has taken a further step in its development as an independent airline by opening an engineering training facility in Almaty. This will allow the carrier to train its engineers at home, rather than sending them abroad as they have done until now.
The facility is the first of its kind in Central Asia and one of only five in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to be certified by European aviation authorities, under European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 147. It will offer training programs in 26 areas, together with a full course on Airbus A320 maintenance. Training will also be open to candidates from other carriers in Kazakhstan and the rest of the CIS.
“This is only the first stage of a much larger and comprehensive aviation school we are developing,” Timur Yakupov, Air Astana director of training, tells Aviation Week. “At its next stage, we are planning for the facility to become certified to the EASA 66 standard for self-training of entry-level engineering professionals.”
Air Astana, a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna and BAE Systems, operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 767-300ERs and 757-200s, A320s and Embraer E190s.