Etihad Airways has launched weekly flights to
the Kazakhstan capital, Astana, from its Abu Dhabi home base.
Astana is the second destination in Kazakhstan
to be served by Etihad and the airline’s 52nd across its expanding
global flight network. The start of the new service follows the
launch by Etihad in December 2008 of flights to Almaty,
Kazakhstan’s largest city.
To facilitate the launch, Etihad’s current four
times a week service to Almaty has been reduced to three times a
Since gaining independence in October 1990,
Kazakhstan has benefited from major foreign investment,
particularly in the oil and gas sector which has brought rapid
economic growth to the country.
Kazakhstan is already among the world's top 20
oil producers and expects to be one the world's top oil exporters
in the next decade or two, as foreign investment in new pipelines
continues. The country is expected to pump more than 3.5 million
barrels of oil a day in the coming decade. It also has ambitions
to pump up to 45 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year by
Etihad operates a two-class Airbus A319 on the
route configured to carry 110 passengers with 20 seats in business
class and 90 in economy class.
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