Air Astana has signed an agreement to take delivery of three Boeing 787-9s through lessor Air Lease as it continues its fleet modernization programme.
The twinjet is expected to debut in the fleet of the Kazakh flag carrier in the first half of 2025, with deliveries ending in the first half of 2026.
“The Boeing 787-9 is an important aircraft for Air Astana’s fleet modernization as we expand our routes and focus on the passenger experience,” says Air Astana CEO Peter Foster. “The Dreamliner offers fuel economy and range flexibility, which will greatly contribute to the operation of our growing fleet.”
Foster has previously indicated that the 787 will replace the carrier’s three 767-300ERs — the only widebody in its fleet.
The airline placed an order for three 787-8s directly with Boeing in 2012, but that particular deal is no longer listed on the aircraft backlog.
Air Astana’s fleet modernization program is largely driven by the arrival of A320neo family jets, although it also has a contract of intent for 30 737 Max 8s.
From 40 aircraft today, the group – including low-cost unit FlyArystan – said in August it wanted to have 59 aircraft by mid-2025 as it increases frequencies to international destinations, particularly in Asia.