Patria has made an agreement with the Kazakh airline Air Astana to train their new pilots. Air Astana chose Patria Pilot Training to train their future pilots till 2022.

Patria has now started the training of first six Air Astana´s students in Patria’s facilities in Pirkkala, Finland. The training will take 18 months.

“We are very pleased to have started training of Air Astana´s first students in Finland. We are familiar with Kazakh cadets from our earlier experience, and we are confident that Air Astana´s students will be very successful in their studies and later on in their careers with the Airline”, says Jyrki Myyryläinen, Managing Director of Patria Pilot Training.

“In 2017 and 2018 Air Astana employed 15 Kazakhstan´s Academy of Civil Aviation cadets who graduated earlier from Patria. As of this year we have added Patria as one more of our ab initio training provider. Together with Patria we are looking forward to implementing Air Astana´s first A320 MPL program”, says Filippos Siakkas, Air Astana´s Director of Training.

Further information: Mikko Paronen, VP Sales, Patria Pilot Training, Tel +358 40 869 3113,

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, Pilot Training and technology solutions. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia. Net sales totaled EUR 467.7 million in 2017, and Patria employs 2,800 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Norwegian Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.

Air Astana is the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It operates scheduled, domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub, Almaty International Airport, and from its secondary hub, Astana International Airport. Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna (51%), and BAE Systems PLC (49%). The airline was incorporated in 2001 and started commercial flights in 2002. The fleet of Air Astana consists of Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Airbus A320/321 CEO&NEO and Embraer 190 aircraft. Air Astana currently operates a total of 36 aircraft and employees about 4700 people.