With the expansion of its fleet and the desire to transition to a state of digital maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) management, Qazaq Air, the young regional Kazakh airline, has signed an agreement to use Envision, a maintenance management software product of Rusada. This is the software company’s first Kazakhstan customer and expands its presence in the CIS region.
It means that Swiss-headquartered Rusada will now work closely alongside Kazakhstan’s state-owned regional airline “to deliver a seamless and timely transition to Envision, thereby allowing the carrier to focus all its efforts on day-to-day operations,” says a statement.
John Wainwright, technical director at Qazaq Air, stresses: “We are eager to go live with Envision. Being a web-based solution means the software is truly device-agnostic, which is crucial for us as we look to transition to a state of digital MRO.”
Qazaq Air is at a critical point in its history as it looks to add two additional Bombardier Q400s to its fleet in the coming months. “So I’m glad we will have a sophisticated technology platform in place to support our continued growth,” he adds.
Rusada chief executive Julian Stourton says: “We are extremely proud to have been chosen by Qazaq Air as their maintenance technology partner. Our ambitions and ways of working are in complete alignment, which gives me great confidence of a successful and longstanding partnership.”
Launched in 2015, Qazaq Air is 100 per cent-owned by Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan. Last year it carried 307,000 passengers, 22 per cent more than in 2017.
Currently utilising a fleet of three Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops, the carrier serves multiple destinations across Kazakhstan including Astana, Atyrau, Uralsk, Aktau, and Zhezkazgan.
The airline, which is expecting the delivery of two new Bombardier Q400s in April and May of this year, has scheduled the launch of its first international flights in the coming IATA summer season. The first three international routes will link Almaty with Bishkek and Osh in Kyrgyzstan, and will connect Atyrau with Astrakhan in Russia.
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