|Founded||1999 (as Berkut Air)|
|Commenced operations||September 1, 2011|
|Headquarters||Oral, West Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan|
The airline was founded in 1999 as a business jet operator, Berkut Air, and since started domestic scheduled services. In 2008, Bek Air purchased shares of stock in Oral Ak Zhol Airport, which is currently a base airport for the company. Bek Air has committed to investing KZT10 million (USD30,000) a month in order to reconstruct the airport's runway, which is in poor condition.
In 2011, the airline was rebranded as Bek Air.
Bek Air's destinations include the following domestic airports:
- Aktau – Aktau Airport
- Aktobe – Aktobe Airport
- Almaty – Almaty International Airport
- Atyrau – Atyrau Airport
- Kyzylorda – Kyzylorda Airport
- Nur-Sultan – Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport
- Oral – Oral Ak Zhol Airport
- Oskemen – Oskemen Airport
- Pavlodar – Pavlodar Airport
- Shymkent – Shymkent Airport
The Bek Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of December 2019:
|Fokker 100||8||—||9||100||109||1 aircraft crashed on 27 December 2019|
|Irkut MC-21-300||—||10||TBA||Deliveries to begin in 2021. Set to replace Fokker 100s.|
Bek Air acquired its first Fokker 100 in 2012 after initially leasing aircraft from InvestAvia. In 2013, a second Fokker 100 was purchased from Mass Lease from the Netherlands and between 2014 and 2017, another 6 Fokker 100 aircraft were leased from Mass Lease. In 2019, 1 more Fokker 100 was bought from Air Panama. At the 2019 MAKS Air Show, at Zhukovsky International Airport, Moscow, Bek Air signed a letter of intent for 10 Irkut MC-21 aircraft. Delivery of the new aircraft was expected to be in the second half of 2021 and to replace the existing Fokker 100s.
Accidents and incidents
On 27 December 2019, a Fokker 100 operating as Bek Air Flight 2100, headed to Nur-Sultan, crashed shortly after takeoff from Almaty International Airport at 7:22 AM, killing twelve of the ninety-eight people on board. The aircraft was unable to climb and was lost on radar. It crashed into a concrete wall as well as a vacant two story building under construction. As a result, Bek Air's flight authorization after the accident was suspended by authorities.
Media related to Bek Air at Wikimedia Commons
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