Lufthansa and Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana are planning a
bilateral cooperation with the signing of a corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.The objective of
the partnership is to expand the flight offering for customers of both
Peter Foster, President of Air Astana, and Gotz Ahmelmann,
Vice-President Alliances, Strategy and Subsidiaries of Lufthansa
Passenger Airlines, signed the Memorandum of Under-standing in the
Kazakhstan capital Astana this afternoon.
As of 2008, customers of both airlines can benefit from codeshare
flights and mutually coordinated flight schedule as well as an extended
offer of flights between Germany and Kazakhstan. In addition, Lufthansa
passengers will enjoy better onward connections within Kazakhstan and
Central Asia. For the passengers of Air Astana the cooperation intends
to offer better connections to the worldwide Lufthansa network, in
particular, to destinations within Europe, the USA and Canada.
Furthermore, the aim of this cooperation is to coordinate the frequent
flyer programmes of both airlines, in order to facilitate the combined
collection and redemption of miles. Miles & More members should already
be able to collect miles on various Air Astana routes as of the end of
October this year.
Lufthansa is the leading European airline in the Kazakhstan market with
a daily flight to Almaty, the economic metropolis and former capital,
twice weekly with an ongoing flight to Astana. Air Astana is the market
leader in Kazakhstan and one of the fastest growing carriers in the CIS
Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country by landmass in the world and is
characterized by its extensive natural resources and the high growth
rate of its gross domestic product (2006: plus 10.6 percent). In total,
around 400 German companies are represented in Kazakhstan.