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Air Astana Launches 2014 Summer Season Charter Flights To Holiday Destinations In Southern Europe

May 15, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, will commence summer season charter flights from Almaty and Astana to popular holiday destinations in Southern Europe in June 2014.

Previous operational restrictions imposed on Air Astana by the European Union were lifted last month, which has cleared the way for the airline to start charter operations to additional  European destinations. New seasonal charter routes include Astana to Rhodes, Almaty to Heraklion and Almaty to  Barcelona.

The flights to Rhodes will be operated by Airbus 320 and flights to Heraklion and Barcelona will be served by Boeing 757-200, as well as Boeing 767-300ER at peak times. The first flights to respective locations will be operated on 14th, 20th and 21st June, with a 10 day rotations. Agreements have been concluded with tour operators and tickets can be purchased directly from travel agencies.

In addition to 2014 summer season charter flights, Air Astana will launch new scheduled services to Paris and Prague in 2015.

Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network of almost 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau. Air Astana operates an all-western fleet of Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320 family and Embraer E-190 aircraft. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax in its World Airline Awards 2012 and was named The Best Airline in Central Asia and India.   Both accolades were repeated in 2013.

Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund Samruk Kazyna and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%.

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