Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, will be expanding its Asian network with the launch of
flights between Almaty and Kuala Lumpur on 31st October
2009. The weekly flight will be operated every Saturday by Boeing
767 aircraft, with a flight time of eight hours.
Lumpur will become Air Astana’s seventh international destination
in Asia and the Gulf, with existing services operating between
Almaty and Bangkok (three times a week), Beijing (five times a
week), Delhi (three times a week), Dubai (nine times a week),
Seoul (two times a week) and Urumqi (two times a week).
Return Fares on the Kuala Lumpur – Almaty route start at 2,600 MYR
plus tax for an Economy class seat to 6,100 MYR plus tax for
Business class seat.
Malaysian nationals travelling to Kazakhstan
can obtain a Visit or Business visa by simply presenting a letter
of sponsorship from the host organisation or a letter of
invitation plus a tour itinerary at the Kazakhstan Embassy in
Kuala Lumpur, without the need for referral to the Ministry of
“With both trade and tourism steadily growing
between Kazakhstan and Malaysia, Air Astana is looking forward to
launching the first direct air service between the two countries.
Passengers will soon be able to enjoy the time saving convenience
of flying direct aboard Air Astana’s modern fleet of western
aircraft and experience the airline’s renowned high level of cabin
service,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.
Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s JS Company
“Sovereign Wealth Fund SamrukKazyna” (51%) and BAE Systems (49%).
The airline commenced regular flight operations in May 2002 and
currently operates a network that serves 22 domestic and 22
international destinations from its hubs in Almaty, Astana and
Atyrau. The operational fleet currently comprises of 2 Boeing 767,
4 Boeing 757, 2 Airbus A321, 7 A320, 1 A319 and 5 Fokker 50.
Air Astana is a full member of the International Air
Transport Association and is the only airline in Kazakhstan with
EASA Part 145 aircraft maintenance certification.
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