The SCAT An-24s have been replaced on most routes by CRJs and B737s, however they still operate to Petropavlovsk/Petropawl (PPK) from both TSE and ALA. I will fly on the following flights:
DV767/21MAR FR TSE-PPK 1445/1600 AN4 1:15
DV738/21MAR FR PPK-ALA 1715/2055 AN4 3:40
JTU6061/22MAR SA ALA-TDK 1230/1315 YK4 0:45
JTU6060/23MAR SU TDK-ALA 1400/1445 YK4 0:45
The SCAT schedule is pretty much guaranteed to ensure two different frames, since the return flight to TSE departs from PPK within minutes of the ALA flight arriving. Almost 5 hours on an An-24 will be quite a treat.
I also hoped to fly on the SCAT YAK-42, but it is apprently only used as a backup aircraft nowadays so is difficult to catch a flight on.
The Zhetysu flights can only be booked in their city offices, but luckily a local contact has manage to do this part for me. They fly daily from their base in Taldykorgan (TDK) to TSE and ALA, but these are separate flights which operate at overlapping times, therefore an overnight stay is required in Taldykorgan.
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There is a Tu-154 in Kazakhstan at an airline called "Kazakh Air Trans" who are operating charters, and KZ is also home to a couple of random Yak-40s and An-24s.
Kazair Trans were operating charters to HKT and UTP until a few weeks ago, but apparently the tour operator was looking at replacing the operator with someone using B737 equipment. I am not sure what the Kazair Trans Tu-154 is doing now, but will try to keep an eye on it.