Astana - Air Astana has received its first Embraer E190-E2. The flag carrier of Kazakhstan expects a total of five new generetion single-aisle of the same type.

The new E190 -E2 jets, which have been leased from Irish lessor AerCap will replace the older E190s of the Kazakh operator.

The aircraft with the registration P4-KHA arrived in Astana from Sao Paulo with stopovers in Recife (Brasil), Faro (Portugal), and Aqtöbe (Kazakhstan). It landed at the home base of the company today (December 3rd) at 11 am local time.

The brand new Embraer E190-E2 is noticeable with its special livery. With the image of a snow leopard on the nose, Air Astana wants to draw attention to the protection of this predator inhabited in Kazakhstan and is under the risk of extinction.

According to the Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer E2 jets are a lot quieter than their predecessors and consume about 17 percent less kerosene.