Expanded Schedule features Increase in Frequencies and New Routes
On March 25, 2018, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana is to introduce its expanded 2018 Summer Schedule, featuring an overall increase in service frequencies across the network operated out of both – Astana and Almaty hubs, as well as the introduction of a number of new routes. With the new schedule weekly frequencies from Astana increase to Beijing (5), Bishkek (5), Delhi (4), Kiev (7), London (7), Moscow (12), Omsk (7), St Petersburg (9), Tbilisi (4), and Urumqi (7), whilst weekly frequencies from Almaty increase to Baku (4), Bishkek (9), Beijing (7), Dushanbe (5),Hong Kong (3),Kiev (9), Moscow (16), St Petersburg (10), and Tbilisi (7).
A new route between Atyrau and Frankfurt is to operate twice weekly, commencing March 26, 2018. New services from Astana to Tyumen (3) and Kazan (1) in Russia are to launch in early June. The service frequency to Kazan will increase to three times a week in September.
The Summer schedule will see Air Astana serving 30 cities in 21 countries, including 13 cities in five CIS countries, Georgia and Ukraine; Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tyumen (Russia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Tbilisi (Georgia), and Kiev (Ukraine). The domestic network covers 12 cities across Kazakhstan, including Almaty, Astana, Aktau, Atyrau, Aktobe, Uralsk, Shymkent, Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Pavlodar, Kostanay, and Karaganda.
In addition to the continuing growth in frequencies and new services this summer, Air Astana passengers can also benefit from an increasing number of codeshare agreements – the most recent one signed with Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways, earlier this month. Codeshare agreements are in place with a number of carriers, such as Lufthansa, Air France/KLM, Hong Kong Airlines, Air India, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Etihad Airways, and Turkish Airlines. Air Astana has 25 interline agreements with various airlines, including Delta Airlines, and through fares are available from the U.S. and Canada.
These agreements allow Air Astana passengers to access a global route network through its partners, more flexible selection of flights and connections, as well as tariffs, to more than 400 cities.
About Air Astana
Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, operates flights to over 60 domestic and international routes from hubs in Astana and Almaty. Incorporated in late 2001, Air Astana commenced operations on May 15, 2002. The Air Astana fleet consists of Boeing 767, 757, A320 Family aircraft, including A320neo and A321neo, as well as Embraer 190 aircraft. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the CIS) and Eastern Europe to being awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax at its World Airline Awards 2012, and was recognized as ‘The Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ that year. Air Astana earned both achievements again in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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