OSLO – Aircraft lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has on September 29th, announced the delivery of an Airbus A320neo to Kazakh low cost carrier, FlyArystan (KC). The aircraft will be on long-term lease and enters the books as the first A320neo delivered to FlyArystan (KC), by Aviation Capital Group (ACG).
Aviation Capital Group (ACG) Vice President Marketing for Central Asia, Middle East and Africa, Claudio Cheinquer, calls the delivery exciting, saying: “ACG is very excited to be a partner of Air Astana and FlyArystan in this momentous occasion.”
Vice President Claudio Cheinquer further added: “This is the airline’s first new A320neo from Airbus’ assembly line, and it marks a major milestone evidencing the airline’s successful growth trajectory.”
FlyArystan (KC) is set to further expand their route network with affordable flights to a larger market. Currently, FlyArystan (KC) flies to over 60 destinations, both international and domestic, all operated with the airline’s current fleet of 11 Airbus A320-200ceo’s.
Managing Director of FlyArystan (KC), Adrian Hamilton-Manns, commented on the announcement, saying: “FlyArystan is the first low-cost carrier in Central Asia. We operate more than 60 domestic and international destinations with a fleet of 11 A320s. With the arrival of our 12th aircraft, our first new Airbus A320neo, FlyArystan will expand our route network and will offer affordable flights to a larger market.”
He further added: “The increased seat capacity from 180 to 188 seats per aircraft is the most significant eco-project in the FlyArystan profile. This new aircraft, which we have named Leo, will be the first of 7 committed A320neo Family aircraft and will start the era of young generation fleet.”
“The A320neo Family aircraft will enable us to lower fares and encourage more people to travel. It’s a very exciting time for FlyArystan.”
FlyArystan (KC), is a Kazakhstan based low cost airline, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The low cost carrier is a formally owned subsidiary of Kazakh carrier, Air Astana.
Founded in November of 2018, the carrier commenced with sales in late March of 2019, with their inaugural flight running on May 1st the same year.
During a press conference in early November of 2018, Air Astana Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Peter Foster, was quoted saying: “FlyArystan is on the one hand a response to demand for lower airfares in a more competitive local market, on the other, a recognition of the huge opportunity for low cost air travel throughout Central Asia and the Caucasus.”
With the airlines key people being Air Astana CEO Peter Foster, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ibrahim Canliel and FlyArystan’s own Managing Director, Adrian Hamilton-Manns, the carrier has come a great way with it’s expanding fleet and route network.
As it becomes apparent, the A320neo will benefit FlyArystan already from the first delivery, as it further enables the airline to expand their route network whilst their aircraft fleet increases. However, these destinations remain unknown as of now.
The delivery of the A320neo also sets a mark in the book for Aviation Capital Group (ACG), as FlyArystan enters the already going partnership between Air Astana, its mother company, and ACG.