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Air Astana is the principal airline and the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The airline operates scheduled domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub, Almaty International Airport, and from its secondary hub, Astana International Airport.
Air Astana flies to many destinations including Abu Dhabi, Aktau, Aktobe, Amsterdam, Almaty, Baku, Bangkok, Delhi, Beijing, Dubai, Dushanbe, Kuala Lumpur, London, Omsk, Oral, Orenburg, Paris, Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh City, Frankfurt, Bishkek and many others.
Air Astana has codeshare agreements with Air France, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air India, Bangkok Airways, Etihad Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines.
Air Astana's fleet consists of A319-100, A320-200, A321-200, B757-200, B767-300ER and Embraer 190.
Air Astana a joint venture between Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and BAE Systems.
Air Astana operates a 2 class service, Business and Economy, on all aircraft, and Economy Sleeper on its Boeing 757 fleet. The Boeing 767 and 757 are equipped with the individual in-flight entertainment system supplied by RAVE in both cabins. On other aircraft it offers hand-held personal entertainment systems in the business class of all flights longer than 3 hours. Hot meals and alcoholic beverages are offered on all flights in Business, Economy, and Economy Sleeper. Air Astana has recently opened its lounge "The Shanyrak", the only airline lounge at the Astana International Airport.
Air Astana allows 30kg of checked baggage for Business Class passengers and 20kg for Economy Class passengers.
Frequent Flyer Program
Air Astana operates a frequent flyer club called Nomad Club to reward regular passengers with the airline.
11th January 2018
Major blizzard causes state of emergency in Kazakh capital
The Mayor of Astana, Asset Issekeshev, has declared an emergency situation today in Astana, asking that all businesses and state institutions cease operations. The only operations which were asked to continue were emergency services. This, of course, included Nazarbayev International Airport, although conditions are set to improve towards the evening hours. Air Astana have been forced to cancel 30 flights and delay 4, including 14 international journeys.
11th September 2017
Air Astana is the first airline to offer Inmarsat GX Aviation on Wide-Body
Rockwell Collins’ cabin system is now on-board Kazakhstan-based Air Astana’s fleet of Boeing 767s, Rockwell Collins said. The cabin system uses Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Aviation capabilities to provide in-flight connectivity.
11th September 2017
Air Astana in-flight wifi no available
Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana has begun offering passengers in-flight wifi following the installation of the service on its first B767 aircraft.
The airline will be installing wifi on all three of its B767s, with accessibility open to business and economy class passengers in three payment options. These range from Light (15MB), Business (50MB) and Super (100MB), all operating at an estimated speed of between two to five mbps. This opens up the option for web browsing, using social media, checking email and listening to audio, though likely not video streaming. Air Astana’s second B767 is set to be outfitted with wifi capability on October 20 this year and is the first airline to offer GX Aviation on widebody aircraft. The carrier’s B767s are outfitted with 30 business class seats in a staggered 1-2-1 layout and 193 economy seats in a 2-3-2 set up.
9th September 2017
Air Astana seeks easier visa norms for Indians
Kazakh national carrier wants to connect Delhi and Mumbai with daily flights. Air Astana started flying to India in 2004, and now operates 10 flights a week —seven between Almaty and Delhi, and three between Astana, the capital, and Delhi. The airline expects to launch a flight to Mumbai in 2019, and aims to fly from Delhi and Mumbai every day to Astana and Almaty, operating up to 21 flights a week. It also carries business to Hyderabad and has a tie-up with Air India for transit/connect passengers.
22nd June 2017
Kazakh national carrier starts flights to New Delhi
Air Astana will start direct flights from Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, to New Delhi, on July 2. The service will be operated thrice weekly utilising both the Airbus A320 and Embraer 190 aircraft. On Mondays and Thursdays, flight KC 241 will depart Astana at 07.20 and arrive in New Delhi at 10.55, with the return flight КС 242 departing New Delhi at 12.00 and arriving in Astana at 17.00. On Sundays, flight KC 249 will depart Astana at 20.35 and arrive in New Delhi at 00.10 the following day, with the return flight КС 250 departing New Delhi at 01.10 and arriving in Astana at 06.10.
Air Astana launched weekly nonstop Uralsk Frankfurth services using an Airbus A320 configured with 16 business and 132 economy-class seats
Agreements with partner airlines will allow passengers in both directions to connect seamlessly in Frankfurt across flight networks in Europe and North America. Air Astana operates flights to more than 60 domestic and international routes. Its fleet consists of Boeing 767, 757, Airbus A319, A320, A320neo, A321 and Embraer E190 aircraft.
In November 2016, Air Astana announced it was planning to open a hangar at its base at Astana airport. The new hangar, which is to be open by May or June of 2017, is planned to be used for maintenance. It will also enable the airline to offer maintenance services to other carriers. Currently, the hangar is being built for maintenance purposes of the narrow-body A320 family, but it also will be capable of handling larger, wide-body airliners Boeing 767s and 787s, which are planned to be delivered to the carrier by 2019. The new service center will focus of carrying out light forms of maintenance, especially A-checks. The new hangar will also include special shops, which carry out wheel maintenance, avionics procedures, etc.
In November 2016, Air Astana announced it had taken delivery of its first A320neo at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse in the presence of airline executives and government officials. The aircraft leased from Air Lease is part of a deal announced at Farnborough Airshow 2015 for 11 A320neo family aircraft. The A320neo will join Air Astana’s Airbus fleet of 13 A320 Family aircraft, operating on domestic and international network. Air Astana’s A320neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney engines and features a two-class cabin layout, seating 16 passengers in business and 132 in economy.
Air Astana announced a code-sharing deal with Lufthansa. Kazakhstan’s largest airline Air Astana made a significant step to enhance its potential in European direction having signed a code-sharing agreement with German air carrier Lufthansa. The ceremony was held on March 15 in Astana and the document shall become effective from March 26, 2017. The new codeshare will cover Air Astana’s flights from Astana to Frankfurt and Lufthansa’s flights from Frankfurt to Almaty and Astana. As a result, both carriers will extend their route networks and be able to offer their passengers through fares and single ticket check-in for both passenger boarding and baggage throughout the companies’ connection flights. The agreement also implies the parties will launch a single-code flight between Atyrau and Frankfurt within the next 12 months. Apart from that, business-class passengers and members of Air Astana’s Nomad Club frequent-flyer program will now have access to Lufthansa’s business lounges. The fleet of the national flag-carrier consists of nine Embraer 190s, an A320neo, an A319, eight A320s, four Airbus 321s, plus five narrow-body Boeing 757s and three heavy Boeing 767-300ERs.
In April 2017, Air Astana announces commencement of Kostanay - Hannover service, flying 2 x Weekly from 17th June 2017. The service will be operated by an Airbus 320, on Saturdays and Sundays.
In March 2017, Air Astana strikes a code-sharing deal with Lufthansa. Kazakhstan’s largest airline Air Astana made a significant step to enhance its potential in European direction having signed a code-sharing agreement with German air carrier Lufthansa. The ceremony was held on March 15 in Astana and the document shall become effective from March 26, 2017. The new codeshare will cover Air Astana’s flights from Astana to Frankfurt and Lufthansa’s flights from Frankfurt to Almaty and Astana. As a result, both carriers will extend their route networks and be able to offer their passengers through fares and single ticket check-in for both passenger boarding and baggage throughout the companies’ connection flights. The agreement also implies the parties will launch a single-code flight between Atyrau and Frankfurt within the next 12 months. Apart from that, business-class passengers and members of Air Astana’s Nomad Club frequent-flyer program will now have access to Lufthansa’s business lounges.
In April 2017, the government of Kazakhstan outlined additional plans concerning the privatisation of multiple state-owned enterprises including Air Astana. Air Astana CEO Peter Foster has since reiterated that the carrier is still heading for a mid-2018 IPO despite comments attributed to National Economy minister Timur Suleimenov suggesting a possible delay until 2019/20.
In April 2017, Air Astana announced its summer schedule with a major growth in services operating from the rapidly developing Astana hub. The new schedule sees service frequencies from Astana increase to Beijing (4) and Urumqi (6), China, Istanbul, Turkey (4), London, UK (5), Novosibirsk, Russia (7), Omsk, Russia (5), Tashkent, Uzbekistan (3), St Petersburg, Russia (7), Tbilisi, Georgia (4), and Yekaterinburg, Russia (7). In addition, Air Astana will be resuming a service from Astana to Kiev, Ukraine on 2nd June 2017.
In June 2017, Air Astana announced it was resuming Kiev-Astana service. Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has resumed flying between the Kazakh capital, Astana, and Kiev, Ukraine, three years after suspending the service in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Exploiting its Central Asia location, the carrier will hold down capacity by partly operating the five weekly flights with Embraer 190s. Astana is 2,830 km (1,760 mi.) west of Kiev, well within the 4,445 km range of the carrier’s eight E190LRs.
In June 2017, Air Astana announced it was launching Christian Lacroix and Furla amenity kits. Air Astana has launched new amenity kits by French fashion house Christian Lacroix and Italian designer Furla. According to the carrier, the Furla women’s bags “captivate the brand essence in a miniature version of the brand’s famous retail handbags including the quintessential Furla gold zip pull”. Meanwhile, the Christain Lacroix kits “embody the spirit of the famous Parisian atelier which is known for its flamboyant prints and bold use of colour and feature the company’s signature butterfly pattern”.
The kits also now feature slippers, “replacing the flight socks commonly found in on-board amenity. The new kits will be offered to business class passengers on short and long-haul flights. The airline recently added a fifth weekly frequency to its route between London Heathrow and the Kazakh capital Astana. The new Sunday service adds to existing departures on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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Almaty Internationa Airport
Almaty International Airport is the largest international airport in Kazakhstan. It is located about 15 km (9.3 mi) northeast of Almaty , the country's largest city and commercial capital. Airlines that fly from and to Almaty International Airport include Asiana Airlines, Aeroflot, KLM, Pegasus, Turkish Airlines.
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Air Astana, the fast expanding flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has announced the launch of a new twice-weekly nonstop service between its home base in Almaty with Hong Kong commencing February 2012.
Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, will expand its Asian network with the launch of services from Almaty to Kuala Lumpur beginning Oct 31, 2009.
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