Kazakhstan’s Air Astana is to acquire its first full-flight simulator through an agreement for an Airbus A320 device manufactured by L3Harris.

The simulator is scheduled to be delivered to the airline in the second half of next year.

It will support a new pilot-training centre for the carrier – and its subsidiary FlyArystan – which is situated at Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan airport.

L3Harris claims the modular A320 trainer, part of its RealitySeven product line, will be the full-flight simulator in the country.

“This new simulator will play an important role in the continuous high-quality training we offer our pilots,” says Air Astana chief Peter Foster.

L3Harris says different aircraft model cockpits can be configured which allows carriers to “tailor” training to their particular fleets.

President of commercial aviation Alan Crawford adds that the simulator will give the Kazakh carrier’s crews the “highest-quality training available”.