Private Kazakh airline joins IATA

Private Kazakh airline SCAT joins IATA SCAT is the first private Kazakh carrier to become a member of IATA (SCAT Airlines)

SCAT Airlines, a privately-owned Kazakh carrier, has become a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline reports.

Acceptance follows SCAT’s successful November 2015 registration as an IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certified airline. The acknowledgement of its safe practices has, since August 2017, allowed the carrier to request permission from the European Union to operate flights on an individual basis, whereby the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recognised SCAT as a third-country operator (TCO).

The only other Kazakhstan-registered IATA airline member is Air Astana, the Republic’s national airline.

Another bold move aimed at enhancing SCAT’s international credentials is the carrier’s decision to modernise its ageing fleet with the addition of Boeing 737MAX-8s. The private Kazakh airline took delivery of its first B737MAX-8 aircraft last week, one of six it has on order, with options for five more of the type. The latest addition is the first factory-fresh aircraft in the airline’s 20-year  history.

SCAT Airlines was established in 1997. It operates a network of domestic services and also serves international destinations in the CIS. The airline’s current fleet consists of one Boeing 767-300, four B757-200s, one B737-700, three B737-300s, three B737-500s, and six Bombardier CRJ 200s.

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