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About Bek Air

Bek Air was an airline based in Kazakhstan that was founded in 1999. Bek Air flew to the following destinations: Aktau, Almaty, Aktobe, Astana, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kostanay, Kyzloyrda, Oral, Oskemen, Pavlodar, Shymkent, and Zhezkazgan.

The airline initially operated as a business jet service, and its hub was Orak Ak Zhol Airport in West Kazakhstan.

Bek Air's fleet included 8 Fokker 100 and 3 Airbus A340-300 aircraft. In February 2017, Bek Air announced an additional frequent flight to Aktau and Shymkent, flying every Tuesday.

Bek Air ceased operations in 2020 after it failed to correct safety violations.

Destinations

The airline flew domestically to the following destinations in Kazakhstan

  • Aktau - Aktau Airport
  • Aktobe - Aktobe Airport
  • Almaty - Almaty International Airport
  • Atyrau - Atyrau Airport
  • Karaganda - Sary-Arka Airport
  • Kostanay - Kostanay Airport[4]
  • Kyzylorda - Kyzylorda Airport
  • Nur-Sultan - Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport
  • Oral - Oral Ak Zhol Airport
  • Oskemen - Oskemen Airport
  • Pavlodar - Pavlodar Airport
  • Shymkent - Shymkent Airport
  • Zhezkazgan - Zhezkazgan Airport

Economy Class

Economy Class was the standard cabin class available on Bek Air flights. Passengers travelling in Economy Class enjoyed comfortable seating and a range of services and amenities.

The specific features and offerings in Economy Class may have varied depending on the aircraft and flight route but generally included complimentary snacks or meals, beverages, and in-flight reading materials.

Passengers in Economy Class could also access the airline's in-flight entertainment system.

Business Class

Bek Air provided a Business Class cabin for passengers seeking a higher level of comfort and personalised service.

Business Class passengers enjoyed additional amenities and privileges which included dedicated check-in counters, priority boarding, spacious seating with extra legroom, better meal options and a higher level of in-flight service.

Passengers in Business Class had access to exclusive airport lounges, where available, allowing for a more relaxed and comfortable pre-flight experience.

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

Bek Air passengers with Economy tickets were allowed to bring 1 piece of carry-on baggage with a maximum weight limit of 5 kg (11 lbs) and dimensions not exceeding 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm.

Passengers flying in Business Class had a higher allowance, usually 1 piece of carry-on baggage with a maximum weight limit of 10 kg (22 lbs) and dimensions within 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm.

Checked Baggage

Economy Class passengers had a checked baggage allowance of up to 20 kg (44 lbs) but this could vary depending on the specific fare class and destination.

Business Class passengers enjoyed a higher checked baggage allowance of up to 30 kg (66 lbs) or more, depending on the fare class and destination.

Check-in Information

Online Check-in

Bek Air offered online check-in allowing passengers to check in for their flights without having to deal with long airport queues. Online check-in opened 24 hours before the scheduled departure time and closed a few hours before the flight. Passengers could access online check-in through the Bek Air website or mobile app.

Airport Check-in

For passengers who preferred to check in at the airport, Bek Air provided check-in counters at the departure terminal. Passengers needed to present their valid travel documents, such as passports or identification cards, along with their flight reservation details.

In-flight Entertainment

Bek Air offered in-flight entertainment options such as seatback screens in both Economy and Business Class, providing passengers with a selection of movies, TV shows, documentaries and more. In aircraft without seatback screens, overhead screens were available throughout the cabin, displaying various entertainment content.

Passengers could also enjoy audio channels with a range of music genres and access reading materials like magazines and newspapers on board.

Food & Drink

Bek Air provided snacks and drinks on its flights, however, hot meals were not served due to the short duration of the flights. Passengers could purchase the available snack options and beverages from the in-flight menu during their journey.

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Hub Airport

Oral Ak Zhol Airport

Oral Ak Zhol Airport is based in Kazakhstan and located 12km of Oral and south of the Oral River.

The airport is small with parking for 4 jets and two terminals (Domestic and international). The airport serves the nearby town of Aksai, serving the majority of Ak Zhol passengers. There is a frequent bus and taxi service at the airport.

Fleet

Bek Air's fleet consisted of the following aircraft:

  • 8 x Fokker 100

It had plans to add 10 x Irkut MC-21-300s to its fleet but deliveries never happened due to its suspension of operations.