Wildlife conservation reaches new heights with the first Embraer E190-E2 passenger jet delivered to Air Astana (Kazakhstan's national airline) proudly displaying its jaw-dropping "snow leopard" livery.
No doubt Borat would give a double thumb's-up to Air Astana's first of five Embraer E190-E2 passenger jets... and he wouldn't be alone.
The twin-engine, single-aisle jet plane flew from Brazil to Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport in Astana, capitol of Kazakhstan, sporting spectacular nose art celebrating the endangered Snow Leopard.
Air Astana's new jet isn't the first to promote Big Cat conservation – we reported on Transaero's “Siberian Tiger” 747 jumbo jet just last year – but the Kazakh national air carrier's Snow Leopard jet earns honorable mention for its ethereal beauty.
Kudos also to Air Astana for taking the opportunity provided by their recent purchase to promote the cause of an endangered species native to the Central Asian country. “Very nice” of them, one might say.
It's estimated that up to 200 of the IUCN-declared Vulnerable big cats roam the rugged southern mountain ranges of Kazakhstan, including the Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve where they enjoy official protection.
Astana Airlines' new snow leopard-faced E190-E2 jet, on the other hand, is much easier to see: it's on display for a limited time at Astana International Airport. (via Mechtraveller and China Plus, photo credit TASS via VCG/Marina Lystseva)