Air Astana is in discussions with Boeing over firming up its 2007 letter of intent for six 787-8s.
The Kazakhstan carrier's president Peter Foster said that the airline had been negotiating the contract in 2008 when Boeing's programme "hit its first snags, so the whole thing went on ice for three years".
Boeing last month delivered the first 787 to launch customer All Nippon Airways, and speaking during a briefing in Almaty, Foster said the contract was "very much on the table". The original letter of intent was for three firm 787s and purchase rights for three more. Delivery for the aircraft would likely be in 2019 and could enable Air Astana to fly to the USA.