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Air Astana Named Official Airline for Asian Winter Games 2011

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Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has been named the Official Air Carrier for the seventh Asian Winter Games, which will take place in Almaty and Astana between 30 January and 6 February 2011.

This prestigious international sporting event will see delegations from 32 countries across the region in attendance, with more than 2,500 competing athletes, 10,000 visitors and a large contingent of international media travelling to Kazakhstan.

Air Astana will be boosting frequencies on both international routes and the Almaty-Astana domestic trunk route to match increased passenger throughout the Asian Winter Games period and additionally operate a series of special charter flights to Astana for the organisers.

 Air Astana aircraft committed to serving the Asian Winter Games 2011 will also feature the official logo on the side of the fuselage. 

Passengers will be able enjoy the latest video information about the games whilst onboard, as well as special prize winning event promotions. Air Astana will participate in both the opening and closing ceremonies in Astana and Almaty respectively.

“Air Astana is very proud to have been named Official Air Carrier for the Asian Winter Games,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “With our 2010 Skytrax award winning standards of service and hospitality, a fleet of modern Airbus and Boeing airliners and above all, the very highest standards of safety, I’m confident that Air Astana will not only play a leading role in projecting a very positive image of Kazakhstan to a wide international sporting audience, but also help dramatically boost future tourist arrivals.”

Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network that serves 26 domestic and 23 international destinations from its hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau.

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.

Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s JS Company “Sovereign Wealth Fund SamrukKazyna” (51%) and BAE Systems (49%).

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