Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first A320neo at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft leased from Air Lease Corporation is part of a deal announced at the Farnborough Airshow 2015 for 11 A320neo Family aircraft. The A320neo will join Air Astana’s Airbus fleet of 13 A320 Family aircraft, and will be operated on its domestic and international network.

Air Astana’s A320neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney engines and features a two class cabin layout, seating 16 passengers in business and 132 in economy.

Peter Foster, President and CEO, of Air Astana, said: “The A320 Family has proven to be a success in service with Air Astana over the past ten years, for its passenger appeal, low operating costs and reliability.”

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, confirmed to detail its plan for an initial public offering (IPO), scheduled for October 2017 – October 2018. The airline will be initially listed on the national stock exchange of Kazakhstan, with potential secondary listings in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, said: “We congratulate Air Astana on their first A320neo delivery. Becoming the first operator of the world’s most advanced single-aisle aircraft in the CIS.“

The airline now operates a fleet of 30 aircraft of various models and serves 64 domestic and international routes within Central Asia as well as Russia.