Sovico Group takes over Qazaq Air

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Sovico Group takes over Qazaq Air

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Vietnamese conglomerate Sovico Group, major shareholder and founder of VietJetAir, plans to acquire Kazakh airline Qazaq Air. This significant expansion marks another step in the company's internationalization strategy and could have far-reaching implications for the aviation industry in Central Asia.

The acquisition was announced after a meeting between Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Nguyen Thanh Hung, head of Sovico Group. A binding agreement in principle has already been signed between Kazakh sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC and Aviation Holdings Company, part of Sovico Group. This agreement stipulates that the Vietnamese investor will provide Qazaq Air with at least twenty Boeing 737-8 and Airbus A320/A321 aircraft within the next five years.

The Sovico Group has steadily expanded its presence in the international market in recent years. With VietJetAir as its flagship airline, the company has proven its ability to successfully provide cost-effective and customer-focused air transport services. Qazaq Air's planned fleet expansion underlines Sovico Group's commitment to playing a significant role in Kazakhstan.

The acquisition of Qazaq Air by Sovico Group is not only an expansion of the air transport business, but also a strategic investment in Kazakhstan's infrastructure. Nguyen Thanh Hung expressed the company's interest in taking over the operations of several Kazakh airports as well as investing in logistics warehouses. These steps could significantly strengthen Sovico's position in the region and open up new opportunities for economic cooperation between Vietnam and Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh government has worked intensively over the past 12 months to divest its 100% stake in Qazaq Air. After initial disinterest from other investors, Samruk-Kazyna had to adjust its conditions to make the takeover attractive. The agreement now reached with Sovico shows that the efforts have been successful and that a promising future lies ahead for Qazaq Air.

Qazaq Air currently operates five Dash 8-400 aircraft, operating mainly domestic flights to secondary and tertiary cities of Kazakhstan as well as some Russian destinations. The planned fleet expansion with modern Boeing 737-8 and Airbus A320/A321 will significantly increase the airline's capacity and range. This could enable Qazaq Air to expand its market presence and explore new international routes.

VietJetAir, the largest airline in the Sovico Group, already operates a fleet of seventy-eight A320/1ceo and neo family aircraft and seven A330-300 aircraft. VietJetAir's extensive experience in operating modern aircraft types could be instrumental in smoothing the transition and integration of new aircraft at Qazaq Air.

The acquisition of Qazaq Air by Sovico Group brings with it both challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, the company must ensure that the integration of the new aircraft and the expansion of the route network go smoothly. On the other hand, this acquisition offers the opportunity to exploit the potential of the Kazakh aviation market and improve regional connectivity.

Kazakhstan, as the largest country in Central Asia, has significant economic resources and growing demand for improved transportation options. By investing in Qazaq Air and local infrastructure, Sovico Group could make a significant contribution to the country's economic development while strengthening its own market position.

The acquisition of Qazaq Air by Sovico Group marks an important milestone in the Vietnamese conglomerate's expansion into Central Asia. With planned investments in modern aircraft and local infrastructure, the company is demonstrating its long-term commitment to the Kazakh market. This strategic decision could not only transform the aviation industry in Kazakhstan, but also open up new opportunities for economic cooperation between Vietnam and Kazakhstan.

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René Steuer is an editor at Aviation.Direct and specializes in tourism and regional aviation. Before that, he worked for AviationNetOnline (formerly Austrian Aviation Net), among others.
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