Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Air Astana adds frequency to India

Neelam Mathews
Nov 1, 2011

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s leading carrier, is planning to boost frequencies on existing long haul scheduled services from Almaty to Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur from December, as well as launch a new scheduled service to Hong Kong  in early 2012 and initiate a winter season only service to Ho Chi Minch City, Vietnam in late 2012.

Services from Almaty to Delhi will increase to four times a week, Almaty to Bangkok will increase to five frequencies a week,  and Almaty to Kuala Lumpur will increase to three times a week.

All long-haul services will be operated by Boeing 757 / 767 aircraft, with the Business class cabin featuring lie-flat beds and KCTV personal in-flight entertainment system.

“Expanding political, business and tourism links between Kazakhstan and Asia continue to drive strong traffic growth  on services to the region, with increased feed from Central Asia into the expanding Almaty hub also making a significant contribution.” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “Immediate frequency increases on existing services and the launch of new services to Hong Kong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City in 2012, reflect the fact that Asia is playing an increasingly important part in the strategic long-term development of Air Astana.”

Air Astana currently operates a fleet of 25 aircraft comprising two Boeing 767-300, four Boeing 757-200, ten Airbus A321/A320/A319, three Embraer E190 and six Fokker 50.  A fifth Boeing 757 will join the fleet in December 2011. The airline serves 23 domestic and 31 international destinations.

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