Friday, December 14, 2012
Jet Aviation, Air Astana Become New Airbus Operators
Kazakhstan national carrier Air Astana and Indian airline Jet Airways took delivery of new Airbus aircraft. Air Astana took delivery of its first A321 and Jet Airways received its new A330-300.
(Jet Airways' new A330-300)
Both airlines will introduce the new aircraft on commercial flights later this month. The new A321 is the first aircraft directly ordered by Air Astana from Airbus, the first of six A320 family aircraft that the carrier ordered in 2008.
“The arrival of the first owned Airbus A321s at Air Astana is not only a major event for the airline, but also for the government of Kazakhstan. Having launched the airline with minimal capital in 2002, we are pleased to have built up sufficient financial strength to the point where we are now taking delivery of a new fleet of substantial value. Air Astana hasentered an important new phase of its development,” said Peter Foster, president of Air Astana. More