Airline Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has received the first aircraft A320neo. The ceremony of transfer of aircraft took place in the headquarters of Airbus in Toulouse in the presence of executives and officials. About it reports a press-service of the Airbus.
The aircraft will be operated by agreement on the operational leasing company Air Lease Corporation under a contract signed at the Le Bourget air show in 2015. Currently, the airline operates 13 A320 family aircraft on domestic and international routes. In total the airline should get the 11 aircraft of the A320neo.
Received A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney and have a two-class interior layout, designed to accommodate 16 passengers in business class and 132 in economy
“The A320 family aircraft have been successfully operated in our Park for the past 10 years. They have proved their high efficiency, reliability and popularity among passengers, ” said Peter foster, President and CEO of the airline Air Astana. “The A320neo family offers considerable advantages from the point of view of passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and operating performance, especially on routes to Asia and Europe.”
“We congratulate Air Astana airline receiving the first aircraft A320neo and with the status of the first operator of the high-tech single-aisle aircraft in the CIS. Sure the airline will appreciate all the advantages of unification A320neo c current fleet of A320 aircraft, its fuel efficiency and unparalleled levels of passenger comfort “ said John Leahy, Airbus commercial Director.
The A320neo family is today the most commercially successful family in the world. Since the launch of the programme in December 2010, Airbus has received more than 4,800 87 orders from customers for this aircraft, which accounts for almost 60% of the market in this class. The aircraft of the A320neo is equipped with new generation engines and Sharklets wing tips, thereby reducing fuel consumption by 15% this year and by 20% by 2020. In addition, the A320neo family aircraft offer even more comfort to the passengers and have the quietest cabin in its class.