Published on January 20th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Squawk 7000 – An Irishman in Kazakhstan

Tony Regan COO of Air Astana shares his story on running an airline in Central Asia


Tony Regan has over 35 years of experience in aviation. Before joining Air Astana in 2012, he was General Manager Operations and OPS post holder at Cityjet from 2001 where he was responsible for all operations functions. Before that he was a Director at CAE Parc Aviation. His early career was as a pilot with the Irish Air Corps where he held several Operational appointments including Chief Flying Instructor retiring with the rank of Commandant. He joined me on the phone to talk more about his work in Central Asia and the opportunity he took to work in Kazakhstan.


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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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