Astana’s Maintenance Hub

KAZAKHSTAN CARRIER Air Astana officially opened its new engineering facility in Almaty on September 23. The maintenance centre, which is equipped to handle non-destructive testing and repairs to wheels, batteries and aircraft structures, is expected to save the carrier over $1 million in its first year as the airline moves away from third party engineering providers. The facility represents a major cornerstone in Air Astana’s plans to establish a leading aircraft maintenance centre for Central Asia and the CIS.
“Both we and the government of Kazakhstan are committed to seeing the country become the region’s focal point for aeronautical engineering excellence, both in terms of the availability of highly qualified manpower resources and international standard MRO capabilities,” commented Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “The opening of our new engineering facility in Almaty represents a major step towards reaching this national goal.”