Air Kazakhstan may start flight service in early 2015, Samruk-Kazyna

February 27, 2014

The New airline Air Kazakhstan will be registered with the authorized agency before May and early next year may launch domestic flight service, Samruk-Kazyna head Umirzak Shukeyev said.

“Our time frame is as follows: to obtain registration until May, hire an operator, whom we have already chosen, buy planes by the end of the year, deliver them and start flying probably early next year,” he said at a briefing in Astana on Thursday.

“At the request of the president, we started creating the second domestic company to focus mainly on domestic destinations. We have signed a partnership agreement with Bombardier to supply 10 aircraft,” added Shukeev.

Samruk-Kazyna will be a shareholder of the new airline, and keep its shareholding in Air Astana along with BAE Systems.

“Both companies (Air Kazakhstan and Air Astana – IF-K) will work in partnership. As a shareholder in both of them, Samruk-Kazyna will keep their interests in harmony, but we still believe it is necessary for the airlines to coexist in a healthy competition,” he said.

Source: Interfax-Kazakhstan