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  • Air Astana airline activity for the 1st of September, the Day of Knowledge


    25 August 2009

    The Charity Fair named “Air Astana for children! 2009” initiated by the staff of the national airline company of Kazakhstan was held on 25th of August in Almaty. Tents with souvenirs from the countries to where Air Astana serves its flights and some other products according to different categories: the cozy home, souvenirs, handmade stuff, confectionery and sport’s fan, were installed outdoor near the airline office. All in all, there were 20 tents with products, the majority of which were donated for sale by the staff of Air Astana. In turn, all the participants of the fair had ability to purchase nice products, especially since the assortment included rare films in their original language, ethnic clothing, jewelry, handicrafts from all over the world, etc. The proceeds from the sale, at the end of the fair were handed over to the Orphan House № 1 and the School for the blind children. As a result there were collected 1 067 570 tenge. This sum was doubled by the President of the Air Astana airline and divided equally between the above-mentioned institutions. Adil Ibraev, the chief editor of the newspaper “We choose Karavan, Karavan chooses us!” acted as an independent observer of the event.

    “Employees of Air Astana airline are not only professionals of their field, but also very responsive people who willingly engage in charity. The idea did not come about by chance; my colleagues from time to time collect money, clothes, buy products and pass them on to large families, orphans and victims of natural disasters. So we decided to initiate such an event, which gave opportunity to all airline employees to contribute, and thus encourage them to continue to do good for the society. Today, each of us bought a souvenir, which will recall the good deeds, as all the money will be sent to assist Kazakh children for the future prosperity of the Republic”, commented Peter Foster, the President of JSC Air Astana.

    As part of the fair, all comers were also able to pass the child and teen clothing, toys and stationery items to the collection point of things for orphans and children of large families, and to participate in the fair. Touching handicrafts made by children who are inmates of the orphanage and school for the blind were prepared specially for the fair, went under the hammer, adding to a box for money collection. The event ended with children's concert and ceremony of handing over cash. Airline manual hopes that the event will become an annual event and thanked all those who took part in a charity fair “Air Astana» for children! 2009”.

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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.