Friday 22nd May 2015

Air Astana has opened a training centre for engineers in Almaty, with certification to EASA Part 147 standards by both the Kazakh and European aviation authorities. Training programmes are offered in 26 specialist engineering disciplines, together with a full course on Airbus A320 maintenance.

The new training centre eliminates the need for Air Astana to send engineers overseas for training and is also open to candidates from other carriers in Kazakhstan and the rest of the CIS. The centre is the only one of its type in Central Asia and one of only five centres in the CIS to be certified by European aviation authorities.

The opening of the centre marks another important step towards Air Astana opening an Aviation School in Astana in the future, which will offer training courses for engineers at all levels.

Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network of 64 routes between 39 international and domestic destinations.  Air Astana operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320 family aircraft and Embraer E-190. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax in its World Airline Awards 2012 and was named The Best Airline in Central Asia and India.   Both accolades were repeated in 2013 and 2014. In February 2015, Air Astana received the prestigious Air Transport World Market Leader Award.Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan's national wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%.

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