Travelport and Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, have announced the signing of a new long-term, full content agreement. The agreement extends Travelport’s and Air Astana’s existing relationship and provides all Travelport-connected travel agents globally, with access to all of Air Astana’s content.
Air Astana has cancelled the planned launch of flights connecting the capitals of Kazakhstan and Mongolia due to the revocation of permission by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia. The carrier had been due to launch direct Astana-Ulaanbaatar flights from June 2nd, 2016. The intergovernmental Air Services Agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Mongolia was signed in 1992 and the memorandum of understanding establishing the number of flights to be operated was signed in 2014.
Air Astana and two of Europe’s leading airlines, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, have deepened their cooperation by signing a codeshare agreement for flights between Astana and Paris operated by Air Astana. Effective for flights from March 11th 2016, this three times a week service will now carry the marketing code of both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France.
Air Astana has officially been removed from a list of airlines that have faced operating restrictions in the European Union. In July 2009 all carriers of Kazakhstan were banned from operating to Europe while Air Astana was the only exception. The EU’s Air Safety Committee had recognised that Air Astana’s safety standards were fully compliant with the international standards and establish a system for safe flights, but had imposed a cap on the airline’s existing number of services to the EU at the time.
An Air Astana Embraer 190 has become one of the first of 30 aircraft in the fleet to feature the distinctive Astana Expo 2017 logo on both sides of the fuselage. “Astana Expo 2017 will strongly focus on the eco-friendly energy, with exhibitors in the fields of demand, innovation and practical solutions expected to take a high profile at the event,” said Peter Foster, president, Air Astana.
Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has launched MyUpgrade, an innovative online tool that enables existing economy class customers to bid for an upgrade to Business Class before their flight. The tool gives passengers the chance to name their own price, within a minimum and maximum range, to be considered for an upgrade to the premium cabin.
Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag-carrier, has confirmed it will re-launch services between Astana and Dubai on October 25th. The non-stop flight will be operated four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays using an Airbus A320. The service from Dubai to Astana offers greater convenience to Dubai based passengers as well as those located in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Astana EXPO 2017 has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, to become a partner in the exhibition. Under the deal the airline will hold the exclusive status of Official Air Carrier of EXPO 2017. The official signing ceremony was held in Astana earlier, with the signatories being Astana EXPO 2017 chairman, Akhmetzhan Yesimov, and Air Astana president, Peter Foster.
Air Astana increased its operating profit by 115 per cent to $23.9 million in the first half of 2015. Net profit was $8.3 million, versus a loss of $36.4 million in the first half of 2014 – largely the result of a book loss following a local currency devaluation. At the same time passenger numbers increased by four per cent to 1.82 million.
Air Astana, the Kazakh flag carrier, has signed a deal for seven Airbus A320neo family aircraft, comprising two A320neo, one A321neo and four A321neo Long range. The new aircraft will be acquired on operating leases basis from Air Lease Corporation of Los Angeles, USA.
Air Astana, the award-winning flag carrier of Kazakhstan, has confirmed the appointment of Simon Rickman to the role of sales and marketing Manager, UK & Ireland. Based at Air Astana’s London office, he reports directly to Michael Whitehead, regional general manager for the UK, Ireland, Americas, Turkey, and MEA.
Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s winning flag-carrier, has bolstered its presence in the Middle East with the recent inauguration of direct daily flights to Almaty International Airport from Dubai International Airport. The route is served by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class layout – 16 business class and 132 economy seats with lead in economy class. Almaty is complemented by Air Astana’s four times weekly services from the capital Astana to Abu Dhabi which have been operating since 2010.