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  • Air Astana Congratulates the Citizens of Kazakhstan on 20 Years of Independence


    15 December 2011

    Air Astana, the national air carrier, congratulates Kazakhstan citizens on the Jubilee of Independence, with wishes for future prosperity, stability and welfare! Twenty years of Kazakhstan Independence is a great achievement and marks the beginning of a new era in the life of the state. Today, Kazakhstan is a modern country, with rich history and cultural heritage recognised by the international community. The economy is well positioned to achieve further growth, with Kazakhstan becoming one of  top 50 most competitive countries in the world. 
     
    The strategic development of an efficient air transport infrastructure has been critical for Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world. Air Astana’s brand is well established in the history of independent Kazakhstan. Air Astana was founded in 2002 on the  initiative of Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan, with the mission of becoming a safe, reliable comfortable air carrier.
     
    Air Astana will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2012. During the past decade, the national airline has achieved great results. Today company’s fleet consists of 25 modern aircraft and operates flights on 22 domestic and 30 international routes. Air Astana has repeatedly passed international standard safety audits. Air Astana pays great attention to training and educating its crew. Since 2009, 30 pilots have successfully completed the company’s Ab-initio training programme, with another 69 cadets currently participating in the programme. 

    As the national air carrier, Air Astana is aware of its obligations to the nation and the state. Since its foundation, the company has paid more than 40 billion tenge in taxes. Air Astana provides great contribution to the development of civil aviation of Kazakhstan by investing in deicing services at Kazakhstan airports and helping to implement reforms directed at compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
     
    As with Kazakhstan itself, Air Astana is looking to the future, with new development plans. Three more Embaer 190s will be delivered during the first half of 2012, bringing the fleet to six aircraft. Delivery of six new Airbus A320 will also start next year. Along with fleet expansion, the airline plans to launch services to new destinations including Hong Kong, Ho Chi Min City and Ulan Bator. These developments will contribute to strengthened trade, economic, political and cultural cooperation with more countries and provide added opportunities for the international community to discover the heart of Central Asia - Kazakhstan.
     
    Kazakhstan soaring higher with Air Astana