Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s principal airline, has
launched new services from Almaty to Tbilisi, capital of Georgia
and Samara in southern Russia.
Both services will be operated by a
new Embraer E-190 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight
time from Almaty to Tbilisi is 4 hours, and 3hours 30 minutes to
The launch of these new services represents another
important step in Air Astana's strategic plan to significantly
expand its Central Asia network, which has already seen the rapid
expansion new services between Almaty to Baku, capital of
Azerbaijan, Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, Dushanbe, capital of
Tajikistan, St Petersburg in Russia, Tashkent, capital of
Uzbekistan and Urumqi in western China.
Over the last seven
months, Air Astana has added seven new international routes to its
Air Astana’s E-190s are configured with 97 seats
in a two-class layout and will operate alongside the existing
fleet of Airbus A320 Family aircraft on the regional network. The
fleet of E-190s will grow to six aircraft by the end of 2012 and
gradually replace the fleet of six Fokker 50 turboprops, that will
all be retired.
“Air Astana is delighted to launch new
services to Tbilisi and Samara, which will help to boost business,
economic and cultural relations between these cities and
Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “
Passengers on the expanding regional network out of Almaty can now
start to enjoy the airline’s award winning service service aboard
the new fleet of Embraer E-190s.”
Air Astana is a joint
venture between Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna
(51%) and BAE Systems (49%). The airline operates 24 aircraft
on 23 domestic and 31 international routes from its hubs in
Almaty, Astana and Atyrau.
Interview with President of Air Astana, Peter Foster.
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