Air Kazakhstan airline will start flights in the spring of 2015, said company President Nurzhan Shakirov.
“The airline plans to buy 10 aircraft Q400 and carry out the first flights starting in spring 2015,” he said Shakirov N. at the presentation of the aircraft Q400 Next Gen on Sunday.
According to him, the pilots will be trained first in Canada.
“We think, in the first year, part of the crew will be formed of local personnel,” he said about the company's plans.
He informed that the cost per aircraft is $23 million. In his opinion, the main task of the company is implementation of safe transportation. Safety affects many factors that impact the price of tickets.
“Transportation needs to be available and we expect that the price will be slightly lower than it is now. But it is still untimely to say how much lower it will be,” - said N. Shakirov.
The head of the Air Kazakhstan explained that the company will carry out flights from 3 main hubs - Astana, Almaty and Atyrau.
As said the Director of business development and sales, Russia and CIS Bombardier company, Mark Gilbert, the catalog price of the aircraft is about $30 million. The aircraft presented in Astana was delivered from the plant in Toronto and after demonstration it will be handed over to the customer - the United Arab Emirates.
“At the stage of the company formation, foreign employees will be involved, but the whole idea is that the company will be run by Kazakhstani staff,” said M. Gilbert.
Earlier it was reported that Air Kazakhstan will launch flights by the beginning of 2015.
Recall that in February this year, the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has met with the President of Bombardier, Pierre Baudouin, in which he announced plans to create another domestic airline company Air Kazakhstan, which will perform domestic flights.
Q400 - 70 and 78-seater Canadian turboprop aircraft was commissioned in 2000. The cruising speed of the aircraft is 667 km/h.