Kazakh regional carrier Qazaq Air is looking to introduce jets to its fleet in order to expand its network.

The airline’s management has visited Dublin to discuss options with a number of possible lessors, aircraft manufacturers and financial firms.

Qazaq Air has not disclosed its specific requirements.

But the airline – based in Astana, the country’s capital – has five De Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprops.

It operates primarily domestic services, with a handful of connections to nearby international destinations.

“To increase passenger traffic and expand the route network, the company plans to purchase jet aircraft,” it states.

“The increase in the fleet will make it possible to launch [more] international flights and provide passengers with affordable tickets to new destinations.”

Qazaq Air emerged in mid-2015 having been established with the support of Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna.

Qazaq Dash 8-c-Qazaq Air

Source: Qazaq Air

Qazaq operates a fleet of Dash 8-400 turboprops