First Embraer E190-E2 for Air Astana

Air Astana's first new generation Embraer E190-E2 features a Snow Leopard livery. (Photo: Air Astana)

The first new generation Embraer E190-E2 for Air Astana arrived at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport (IATA: TSE) in Astana on December 3, following ferry flights from the manufacturer’s factory in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

This is the first of five Embraer E2 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to Air Astana, following an order originally placed in August, 2017. The airline currently 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 Embraer E190-E2 aircraft will gradually replace older Embraer E190s in its fleet.

The new aircraft features a special Air Astana Snow Leopard livery, which the airline hopes will draw global attention to the threat of extinction faced by this beautiful large wild cat, which is a native of the mountain ranges in southern Kazakhstan. The carrier said it seeks to improve ecological protection for endangered species, like the Snow Leopard, as well as more widely preserving the environment.