Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has taken delivery of a new Embraer E190-E2 with a distinctive Snow Leopard livery. It was delivered to Astana’s Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

Based in Almaty, Air Astana operates a mixed fleet of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft. All are configured with business class and economy class seating.

Snow Leopard Paint Job

Embraer has updated their long standing E-Jet family with the new E2 series. These aircraft started entering service in April 2018 and are powered by the ultra modern Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan.

Air Astana has five aircraft on order and the first is painted as a Snow Leopard. The reason for this is that these are native to the mountain ranges in southern Kazakhstan.

There are estimated to be less than 10,000 of the species left in the wild. The airline hopes that the special livery will bring attention to the vulnerable cat.

There have been virtually no instances of this animal attacking humans. Poaching continues to be a threat, with two hundred or more killed each year for their skins and body parts.

Overall Thoughts

It’s a striking paint job that has been applied to the front of the new Embraer E190-E2. Viewing it from ahead of the aircraft is certainly more visually appealing than the side on version.

For some reason it reminds me a bit of the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 that was painted up to look like a salmon! Or perhaps the Frontier Airlines animal tails.

What do you think of the Air Astana Snow Leopard? Have you ever flown with them or been to Kazakhstan? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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All images by Air Astana via Flight Global.