Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, experienced strong growth during the first half of
2010, with passenger numbers increasing by 14% and revenue jumping
24% to US$245 million compared to the same period in 2009.
carrier performed almost 13,000 scheduled flights, with an average
passenger load factor of 66%. These figures were achieved despite
operational disruptions caused by a very severe winter across
Kazakhstan and closure of European airspace at the time of the
Icelandic volcano explosion. Half yearly profit before tax was a
record $33.5 million, up 34% over 2009.
utilisation enabled Air Astana to increase frequencies on domestic
trunk routes from both Astana and Almaty, with international
service frequencies being increased to Frankfurt, Baku, Urumchi,
Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.
The continuing growth of Almaty
as a hub for Central Asia continued with Urumqui in western China
being added to the existing destinations of Baku, capital of
Azerbaijan, Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan and Novosibirsk in
southern Russia. Services from Almaty to Dushanbe, capital of
Tajikistan and Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan are scheduled to
commence during the second half of 2010. A fleet of new generation
Embraer E-190 airliners has been selected to operate on the
airline’s expanding Central Asia network, with the first of three
leased aircraft scheduled for delivery in early 2011.
Astana’s strategic commitment to pilot development saw the
acquisition of Airbus A320 family and Boeing 767/757 Enhanced
Virtual Procedures Trainers, jointly developed with Aerosim
Technologies Inc, whilst the airline’s first group of ab-initio
pilots graduated from the Pilot Training Centre, Florida Institute
of Technology, USA in June.
highlights during the first half of 2010 were the introduction of
the KCTV personal entertainment system on long haul services, a
new website, and the latest Skytrax ranking of third best carrier
in Eastern Europe, and best airline in the CIS.
Astana continues to lead the CIS region with its modern fleet,
expanding network, and service improvements. Financial results
have exceeded expectations. These have been driven by revenue
increases across all markets. Although the cost savings which
resulted in 2009 being a record year have come under some pressure
with the improving economy, overall prospects for the full year
are good” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.
Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15th May 2002 and
currently operates a network that serves 26 domestic and 23
international destinations from its hubs in Almaty, Astana and
The airline flies an all western fleet comprising of two
Boeing 767s, four Boeing 757s, ten Airbus A320 Family and six
Fokker 50 aircraft. 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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