Air Astana says signs letter of intent for 30 Boeing 737 MAX
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana said on Tuesday it had signed a letter of intent to order 30 Boeing 737 MAX for its recently launched low-cost carrier subsidiary Fly Arystana.
Kazakhstan's carrier signed a letter of intent to buy 30 737 Max jets ー the first meaningful order of the plane since April, after the second of two jetliners crashed, sending Boeing into its biggest crisis in the company's corporate history.
The American aerospace manufacturer Boeing has resumed the production of troubled 737 Max airplanes. Boeing said it would restart production "at a low rate as it implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality", The Verge reported. The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded since March 2018 following two fatal crashes that killed a total of 346 passengers and crew members. Boeing continued to manufacture the airplane, but in December 2019, the company announced plans to halt production at its Renton, Washington manufacturing plant.
A special repatriation flight took off from Kazakhstan's Karaganda Airport to India on May 26. 143 Indian nationals will return home from this flight under Vande Bharat Mission. It was the first flight from Kazakhstan to India during the lockdown period. Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Prabhat Kumar said, "Today, we are starting the evacuation from Kazakhstan. Today is the first flight from Karaganda. We are sending flights from May 26 till June 1, daily one flight. It will be taking around 1000 people to India. We have registered around 3,400 people for evacuation and rest of the people will be covered in next phase." The stranded Indian nationals across globe are being brought back to their home country under Centre's Vande Bharat Mission.