Air Astana begins to retire Fokker 50s as E-190s take over

After almost eight years of reliable service with Air Astana, the first of the airline’s six Fokker 50s has been retired, as the airline transitions its regional operations to its growing Embraer 190 fleet.

Since entering into operation with the airline on 27 April 2004, the aircraft completed almost 34,000 flights during serving short haul destinations. Three further Fokker 50s will be removed from service between June and August this year, with the last two aircraft remaining in service until spring 2013.

“The Fokker 50 has proved to be an outstanding workhorse in developing new routes and has served Air Astana well over the past eight years. The aircraft has consistently demonstrated high reliability and performance on the short sectors, but the time has now come to replace it with the new Embraer 190, which offers greater speed, range, passenger comfort and operating efficiency,” remarked Peter Foster, president of Air Astana.

The Embraer 190 first entered service last year, with the fleet destined to grow to six aircraft by the end of 2012.

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