Air Astana has secured export credit agency (ECA) financing for a new Airbus A320 aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery in May.
HSBC is the arranger of the ECA-guaranteed loan, confirms the carrier.
The Kazakh flag carrier has closed ECA-guaranteed financing for four A320 family aircraft out of a total of six units delivering through September this year.
Air Astana has received three A320/A321s that were financed with ECA support guaranteed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
The fifth and sixth aircraft, due in June and September, have yet to be mandated, says the Almaty-based carrier.
The aircraft are part of an order for six A320s powered by International Aero Engines V2500s placed in June 2008. In 2011, the Kazakh carrier converted two A320 orders into the larger A321 model.
The carrier says it uses its own cash to finance the remaining 20% of the purchase price.