MIAMI — Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has taken delivery of the first of 11 Airbus A320neo on order, in a lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).

Air Astana has an Airbus A320 family aircraft fleet, comprised by one A319, eight A320-200s and four A321s. The new A320neos will be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, and will feature a two-class cabin layout, with 16 seats in business and 132 in economy.

“The A320 Family has proven to be a success in service with Air Astana over the past ten years, for its passenger appeal, low operating costs and reliability” Peter Foster, President and CEO, of Air Astana said in a press release.

Last June, Pratt & Whitney delivered to Airbus the first improved PW1100-JM powerplant. Technical issues, and the documentation thereof caused the airframer to miss the proposed target of getting the first A320neo, intended to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015 to launch customer Qatar Airways.

To date, 31 A320neos have been delivered to 14 customers worldwide: AirAsia, Avianca Brasil, Azul, Frontier Airlines, GoAir, IndiGo, LATAM, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, VivaAerobus, Volaris and now Air Astana.
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