The first new generation Embraer E190-E2 for Air Astana arrived at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport in Astana today arriving from the manufacturer’s factory in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
This is the first of five E190-E2 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to Air Astana following an order placed in August 2017. The Kazakhstan carrier now operates a fleet of nine Embraer E190 aircraft on domestic and low-density regional services, with the first aircraft having entered service in 2011.
The new generation E190-E2 aircraft will gradually replace older Embraer E190s in Air Astana’s fleet – which now comprises of 33 aircraft.
The new aircraft features a special Air Astana ‘Snow Leopard’ livery, which is intended to draw global attention to the threat of extinction faced by this large wild cat, which is a native of the mountain ranges in southern Kazakhstan.
Air Astana said it seeks to improve ecological protection for endangered species, like the snow leopard, as well as more widely preserving the environment.
The twin engine, single aisle Embraer E190-E2 belongs to the family of upgraded E-Jets, which offer lower operating costs, emissions and noise levels, with a range of more than 5,000 km.