Air Astana Receives EU Loan to Build MRO Hangar


Kazakhstan’s flag-carrier Air Astana is planning to construct a maintenance hangar with financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The bank has approved a loan up to $14 million for the project, it says.

Designed to service “large aircraft”, the projected hangar at Astana International airport will be the “first aircraft maintenance facility” in Kazakhstan, says the bank.

While Air Astana is employing MRO specialists outside Kazakhstan to service its aircraft – mainly in China and the UK – the new site should enable the airline to conduct the checks in-house.

Third-party customers are to be served at the facility too.

Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database shows Air Astana has 13 Airbus A320-family aircraft, five Boeing 757s, three 767s and nine Embraer 190 regional jets.

The carrier has orders for three Boeing 787s.

Kazakhstan’s government has a 51% shareholding in Air Astana, with the remainder being held by BAE Systems.

The hangar financing is a follow-up to a loan worth 8.5 billion Kazakh Tenge ($27.6 million) which the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided earlier this year to help finance a modernisation programme for Astana’s airport.

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That scheme is aimed at “improving safety standards as per ICAO requirements” and doubling capacity, the bank says.