FlyArystan, a subsidiary of Kazakh flag-carrier Air Astana, takes to the skies today for the first time. The low-cost carrier operated its first revenue flights from Almaty International Airport.
FlyArystan, the brand-new Eurasian low fare airline from Kazakh flag-carrier, Air Astana, is on the final countdown to the launch of services in May. Inaugural domestic routes from Almaty International Airport will depart for Taraz and Uralsk.
Air Astana will be increasing the frequency of services from both Almaty and Astana to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan with effect from April 1st.
Air Astana has declared unaudited net profit for 2018 of US$5.3 million, driven by higher revenues and higher jet fuel costs. The figure last year was $39.1 million.
The first next generation Embraer E190-E2 was delivered to Air Astana earlier at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport. This is the first of five Embraer E190-E2 aircraft scheduled to be delivered to Air Astana following an order originally placed in August 2017.
Air Astana will launch a low-cost airline in the first half of 2019, to be called FlyArystan. It will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft configured to an all-economy class of 180 seats.
Air Astana recorded a ten per cent increase in passenger traffic and a 17 per cent uptick in revenues in the first half of the year compared with the corresponding period of 2017.
Air Astana is launching new flights from Astana to two destinations in Russia – Tyumen and Kazan. This latest network expansion coincides with the delivery of the airline’s second Airbus A321neo.
Cathay Pacific and Air Astana have announced an agreement that will enhance travel options for customers travelling to and from Kazakhstan.
Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, will offer daily, non-stop flights from Nazarbayev International airport in Astana to London Heathrow from June 1st. The additional frequencies, on Wednesdays and Fridays, are already available for sale.
Air Astana posted a profit of US$39 million in 2017, returning to profit after its first ever loss in 2016. The airline recorded passenger growth of 12 per cent and revenue growth of 22 per cent in 2017, after seeing both fall in 2015 and 2016 following the devaluation of the Kazakh Tenge in mid-2015.
Air Astana has completed the installation of an in-flight broadband communication system across the Boeing 767 fleet. The new service is available to both business and economy class passengers, who can now connect to the internet, use various applications for instant messaging, social networks, listen to audio and check mail through personal computers, tablets and smartphones.