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  • Air Astana Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Major Network Expansion

    21 May 2012

    Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of Air Astana. Its first flight was a Boeing 737 service from Almaty to Astana on 15 May 2002. Since then, the airline has been consistently profitable, with more than 16 million passengers carried on almost 200,000 flights. The network and fleet have expanded considerably over the past decade, with nearly 50 international and domestic routes now operated by a modern fleet of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer airliners, and with Skytrax award winning service on board. More growth is on the way, with new services to be launched from Astana to Baku (Azerbaijan), Beijing (China), Omsk (Russia), St Petersburg (Russia), Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Tbilisi (Georgia) in the next few months, whilst a new Almaty to Kazan and Hong Kong services will commence in Summer 2012.

    Air Astana placed orders for three Boeing 787 Dreamliners and four Boeing 767-300ER earlier this year, which will contribute towards the fleet growing to more than 40 aircraft by 2020. The first three of six owned Airbus A320s will be delivered later this year, whilst the Embraer 190 fleet will grow to six aircraft by the end of 2012. Alongside its fleet modernisation programme, Air Astana has also become a leader in developing regional air transport engineering capabilities, with the largest MRO facility in Central Asia located in Almaty. It is also the only airline in the region with an in-house Ab-initio pilot training programme , with 35 cadets having already graduated to line flying and another 83 cadets training in Europe and the United States.

    “Over the past 10 years, Air Astana has remained fully committed to its founding mission of providing profitable domestic and international air services to the highest standards of safety and service using modern aircraft to serve the needs of economically dynamic Kazakhstan. I would like to congratulate every one of our 3,500 staff for their outstanding contribution to the airline’s achievements, and also to express my sincere thanks to our loyal customers. Air Astana has risen to many challenges over the last decade, and in spite of the difficult conditions in the industry at the present time, we look forward to continued success in the future.” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.