Air Astana to Expand Central Asian Network in 2012

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 8 February 2012

[HD videos below] Kazakhstans Air Astana will be operating its growing fleet of Embraer 190s on an expanded Central Asian network in 2012.

New international services from Astana to Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia; Astana to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan; Almaty to Kazan, Russia and Atyrau to Moscow will be launched following the delivery of three more aircraft during the second quarter of 2012.

The first Embraer 190 entered service with Air Astana in April 2011, with the existing fleet of three aircraft currently operating on international routes to Tbilisi, capital of Georgia; Baku, capital of Azerbaijan; Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan; Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan; Samara, Russia and nine domestic routes.

Air Astanas strategic plan to develop a network of services serving destinations in Central Asia, southern Russia and western China from hubs in Almaty and Astana has been a tremendous success over the past three years, said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. Popularity of the services has been further boosted following the introduction Embraer 190 aircraft on the network earlier this year and passengers can now look forward more new destinations in 2012.

The twin-engine Embraer 190 jet is configured in a two class, 98 seat configuration and has a maximum range of 4,500km.

Air Astana currently operates a fleet of 26 aircraft comprising two Boeing 767-300, five Boeing 757-200, ten Airbus A321/A320/A319, three Embraer E190 and six Fokker 50. The airline placed an order for four new Boeing 767-300ERs and three Boeing 787-8s earlier this month. The airline serves 23 domestic and 31 international destinations. 

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