Bek Air

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Bek Air
Бек Эйр
Bek Air logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Z9 BEK BEKAIR
Founded1999 (as Berkut Air)
Commenced operationsSeptember 1, 2011
Hubs
Focus citiesAlmaty
Fleet size8[1]
Destinations19[2]
HeadquartersOral, West Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan
Websitebekair.aero

Bek Air is a Kazakh airline headquartered in Oral.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In 2011, the airline was rebranded as Bek Air.

On 27 December 2019, following the crash of Bek Air Flight 2100, the airline's operations were suspended until further notice by the Government of Kazakhstan.[3]

Destinations[edit]

Bek Air's destinations include the following domestic airports:[citation needed]

 Kazakhstan

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

A Fokker 100 of Bek Air, seen in 2014.

The Bek Air fleet consists of the following aircraft as of December 2019:[5]

Bek Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
B E Total
Fokker 100 8 9 100 109 1 aircraft crashed on 27 December 2019[6]
Irkut MC-21-300 10[7] TBA Deliveries to begin in 2021. Set to replace Fokker 100s.[8]
Total: 8 10

Fleet development[edit]

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.[9]

Former fleet[edit]

In the past Bek Air operated a fleet of Yakovlev Yak-40, Tupolev Tu-154, BAC One-Eleven and Dassault Falcon 20 in an VIP-configuration.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]

External links[edit]

Media related to Bek Air at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bek Air — Бек Эйр". aviata.kz. Retrieved Dec 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Купить авиабилеты Бек Эйр, цены. Билеты на самолеты Bek Air, бронирование онлайн". www.chocotravel.com. Retrieved Dec 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David. "Bek Air grounded after fatal Fokker 100 accident at Almaty". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Bek Air. Новое направление полетов Алматы-Актау-Алматы". International Travel plus. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 18.
  6. ^ "Deaths as plane crashes near Kazakhstan airport". Dec 27, 2019. Retrieved Dec 27, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "UAC goes "all in" and signs agreements for 20 MC-21s at MAKS". www.aerotime.aero. Retrieved Dec 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "15 killed as Bek Air Fokker 100 crashes in Almaty". Airlinerwatch. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  9. ^ "MC-21 Scores New Orders". Airliner World. October 2019: 17.
  10. ^ "Dozens survive Kazakhstan plane crash". BBC News. 2019-12-27. Archived from the original on 30 December 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  11. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David. "Bek Air grounded after fatal Fokker 100 accident at Almaty". Flight Global. Archived from the original on 27 December 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-28.