Kazakhstan keen to collaborate with Bombardier

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Kazakhstan’s government has floated the idea of partnering with Bombardier to form a new joint-venture airline.

During the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, the country’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev tentatively discussed the matter with Bombardier chief executive Pierre Beaudoin.

A spokesman for the president quotes him as saying: “We plan to launch a new operator called Air Kazakhstan, which would be focused on providing domestic services.

“Jointly with BAE Systems of the UK, we’ve already set up our national carrier Air Astana. I believe this experience could be used for creating a similarly structured new airline.”

Nazarbayev has also proposed that Bombardier open a representative office in Astana to co-ordinate joint efforts toward developing Kazakhstan’s airline industry.

Beaudoin has expressed willingness to evaluate local business opportunities. “Supplying aircraft is only a part of these,” he says. “Looking further ahead, there are also prospects for co-operation in pilot training and MRO services.”