Air Astana has signed an agreement for long-term leasing of 5 Embraer E190-E2 airliners from AerCap. The aircraft delivery on long term lease from AerCap order book with Embraer will begin in the final quarter of 2018.

“We are very pleased to confirm our lease of five E190-E2 jets to Air Astana. The E2 aircraft offer greater range and operational efficiency which will support Air Astana’s growing network and open new market opportunities. AerCap is proud to support our partners at Air Astana and Embraer, and we wish them every success,” said AerCap president, Philip Scruggs.

“The acquisition of the E2 is the logical replacement of the E190 which we have been successfully operating since 2011. The E190 has enabled us to open up smaller markets in southern Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including smaller domestic routes. As domestic and regional competition grows, the E2 we estimate will deliver up to 15% seat cost savings, which will enable us to increase capacity and market share on these routes and maintain our position as the region's leading airline,” said Peter Foster, the President of Air Astana.

Air Astana started regular flights on May 15, 2002 and currently has the network of the destination that includes over 60 international and domestic flights operated from the hubs in Almaty and Astana. Its aircraft fleet consists of 31 airplanes such as Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320, including A320neo and Embraer E190.