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  • Air Astana’s Latest Concept is Developing Flights on Regional Routes

    09 June 2009

    A charitable action for the opening of the new Astana-Novosibirsk route will help 300 children from Kazakhstan.

    Air Astana airline is opening a new direct flight from Astana to Novosibirsk, an industrial, scientific, cultural and transhipment point in Siberia, on 15 June. The Fokker-50 will be used to perform the flights on the Astana-Novosibirsk-Astana route three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Convenient connections with Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business centre, and other regions in the country as well as with international routes to Istanbul and Dubai will be organised for passengers wishing to fly on this route.

    Kazakhstan has strong relations with Russia, so the opening of the new flight to Novosibirsk by Kazakhstan’s national air carrier is an important step in the development of business, economic and cultural relations between the capital of Kazakhstan and this Siberian federal district. We expect this route to be popular among businessmen, members of the Russian and Kazakh communities, students and Kazakhs attending medical centres and institutions in Novosibirsk.

    Cardiologists and heart surgeons from the Meshalkin Institute will take part in an Air Astana charitable action, becoming the first passengers on the flight to Novosibirsk. The specialists from Novosibirsk will examine over 300 children with cardiovascular system disease and hold training for doctors from medical centres on 16 June in Astana and 17 and 18 June in Almaty. You may sign up to consult a doctor by calling the Children’s Heart Surgery Clinic at the National Scientific Centre in Astana on 8 7172 240620 before 1800 and on 8 7172 240849 after 1800. You can also sign up by calling the National Paediatrics and Children’s Surgery Centre in Almaty on 8 727 2932876.

    “The Astana-Novosibirsk flight will be opened as part of the company’s new strategy directed at developing regional air transportation on the territory of Central Asia and CIS countries. New routes to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, were opened as part of this programme. Routes to border cities in the Russian Federation such as Omsk and Yekaterinburg are being considered. The Embraer 190, a new generation aircraft, was chosen to serve the regional routes. Two Embraer aircraft which have been obtained under operational lease will be added to the fleet by 2011. Until then, the Airbus A320 and the Fokker-50 will serve these routes,” Peter Foster, the president of Air Astana, said.

    Price for tickets from Astana to Novosibirsk including airport charges start from 27,834 tenge for a one-way ticket and 39,819 tenge for a return. The price for a one-way Almaty-Astana-Novosibirsk ticket is 33,291 tenge and for a return 50,907 tenge. You can purchase tickets in sales offices, through the company website www.airastana.com or by telephoning the Call Centre on +7 727 244 4477. The flight duration is 2 hours 25 minutes. We wish you a pleasant flight.

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    Air Astana is a fully-fledged member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the only airline in Kazakhstan certified to perform the maintenance of aircraft to EASA Part-145 European standards.

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    Air Astana is a joint venture of the Samruk-Kazyna national welfare fund and the British company BAE Systems, which own 51% and 49% of actions respectively.

    Air Astana’s fleet currently consists of the Boeing 767-300, the Boeing 757-200, the Airbus A321, A320 and A319 and the Fokker-50.