Published on October 6, 2007
With effect from this week, the existing Wednesday and Sunday services by Boeing 757 with a 20-business class/150-economy class seating configuration will be upgraded to a Boeing 767 with a 30-business class/190-economy class seating configuration.
An additional weekly frequency operated by Boeing 757 will be introduced every Friday with effect from October 27. Overall seat availability on the Almaty-Bangkok sector will increase by almost 80 per cent as a result of the scheduled changes and is intended to match the significant growth in traffic from Kazakhstan to Asia and Australia.
"Air Astana is achieving record growth this year, with traffic on services to the dynamic Asia region making a significant contribution," says airline president Peter Foster.
"Passengers carried across the entire network during the first six months [of 2007] increased by 42 per cent to 970,000 and are expected to exceed two million for the full year."
The Air Astana fleet grew to 18 aircraft during the first half of this year following the delivery of two Boeing 767-300ERs, two Airbus A320s and two A321s. The fleet is destined to grow further with the arrival of additional Boeing and Airbus types over the next 12 months.
Air Astana is a joint venture between the Government of Kazakhstan and BAE Systems - one of the world's largest defence contractor based in England.
With a direct flight from Astana to Bangkok, the airline connects Southeast Asia to Eurasia.