Hong Kong Airlines Signs Codeshare Agreement
with Air Astana
[HD video below] Hong Kong Airlines has signed a codeshare
agreement with Air Astana.
Under the agreement, Hong Kong Airlines
customers can now travel with Air Astana to the beautiful,
mountainous city of Almaty in Kazakhstan.
customers get the opportunity to book tickets of both airlines to
reach Hong Kong Airlines’ destinations in China, Indonesia, Japan,
Taiwan and Vietnam.
Air Astana operates services to Hong Kong twice
weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a Boeing 757 configured with 16
Business Class and 150 Economy Class seats.
The flight time from
Hong Kong to Almaty is 7 hours 15 minutes.
The service was
launched in August 2012 and since then Air Astana has carried
74,000 passengers and 1,300 tons of cargo on the route.
Mr Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer of Hong
Kong Airlines, said, “We are delighted to start our partnership
with Air Astana to extend our network further to Almaty, the
trading and cultural hub of Kazakhstan. This marks Hong Kong
Airlines’ another step to the Central Asia, and is also our first
codeshare agreement in 2016. The two airlines have a lot in
common, for example, both are young and committed to delivering
quality products and service as Skytrax 4-Star airlines. I believe
our passengers will enjoy the distinguished service provided by
Hong Kong SAR passport holders are able to
travel visa fee to Kazakhstan, as are Kazakh citizens visiting
Mr Ibrahim Canliel, Senior Vice President
Marketing and Sales of Air Astana, said, “We are pleased to offer
Hong Kong Airlines and its customers an enhanced network to
Kazakhstan and our beyond network in Central Asia, Russia and
Europe. With the introduction of the visa free regime for passport
holders of HKSAR and the start of services, we have seen an
increasing number of visitors to Kazakhstan. With the start of the
codeshare, we aim to enhance the reach to even more customers in
Hong Kong Airlines’ home market and their beyond network offering
a convenient gateway along the Silk Road to the Heart of Eurasia.”
Tickets under the codeshare agreement can
be purchased via travel agents or through the airlines’ sales
offices and call centers.