Posted on: 06 July 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Kazakhstan-based start-up Qazaq Air is to join the family of Bombardier Q400 operators when it launches domestic services with three Q400s leased from Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi.
Qazaq Air is a subsidiary of Kazakhstan's Sovereign Wealth Fund, Samruk Kazyna, whose project director Blair Pollock commented, "We selected the Q400 aircraft because it has the speed and range required to service the long sectors in the Kazakh market, and has proven its reliability in regions with hot and very cold temperatures. In addition, the aircraft's cabin will provide a quiet, comfortable experience for our passengers, and our airline will undoubtedly benefit from the aircraft's excellent operating costs.
"We thank Falcon Aviation for providing us with their aircraft and for all their support in the months running up to this launch,” Pollock continued. “We look forward to improving the air transport offering to the Kazakh people. Many of the 12 routes on which the Q400 aircraft will operate are not currently served by any other carrier. Qazaq Air will be connecting people and helping them benefit from the growth of the Kazakh economy."
"We are delighted that the Q400 aircraft has been selected for the development of the regional air transportation network in Kazakhstan and we wish Qazaq Air much success," added Colin Bole, senior vice president, sales and asset management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.