Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s award-winning flag service, made its maiden flight on the fifteenth of Might 2002, with Dubai being amongst the airline’s earliest worldwide locations. Preliminary providers from Almaty to Dubai began in August 2002 with twice-weekly flights and adopted by extra service from Nur-Sultan commenced in 2007.
Robust Air Journey Demand
The variety of passengers travelling on flights between Kazakhstan and Dubai has dramatically elevated over the previous 20 years, with lower than 7,000 carried in 2002 and over 101,000 already carried in the course of the first half of 2022. An analogous soar could be noticed in cargo volumes, with 54,000kg being uplifted in 2002 and over 730,000kg in the course of the first half of 2022.
Vice-President, Advertising and Gross sales Air Astana, Adel Dauletbek, has recognised the necessity for elevated providers to answer the demand.
“The UAE presents all vary of leisure sights and enterprise alternatives, and Dubai has confirmed to be a extremely popular vacation spot for Kazakhstan travellers over the previous 20 years. Passenger visitors from Almaty and Nur-Sultan continues to develop strongly, and we plan to revive pre-pandemic frequencies from each cities later this yr for winter season.”
Air Astana flight schedules to and from Dubai might be improved for passenger comfort within the coming winter season with departures from Almaty and Nur-Sultan within the morning and arrival at lunchtime, with the return departure from Dubai simply after lunch and arrival again in Kazakhstan within the night. Frequencies are scheduled to peak at 17 per week by the tip of 2022, with ten providers per week from Almaty and 7 from Nur-Sultan.
Flights to Dubai are at the moment operated by state-of-the-art Airbus A321LR plane, that are configured with 16 Enterprise class seats and 150 Economic system class seats.
Kazakhstan has re-established a visa-free regime for residents of 57 international locations, together with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for as much as 30 days to enter-exit and keep. Passengers arriving in Kazakhstan from international international locations aren’t required to offer a certificates of vaccination or a PCR certificates with a destructive take a look at consequence for COVID-19.
Regional and Home Develop
Air Astana commenced its operations in 2002 as a three way partnership between Kazakhstan’s nationwide wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, and BAE Programs, with shares of 51 per cent and 49 per cent, respectively. The airline is a full-service worldwide and home service, with its low-cost division, FlyArystan, quickly rising in regional and home markets since its launch in 2019.
With the longer term outlook persevering with to be constructive and the group absolutely dedicated to increasing the fleet to 59 plane by 2025, it additionally recognises the necessity to commensurately develop capabilities in coaching and upkeep.
President and CEO of Air Astana Group, Peter Foster, believes that it’s well timed for the Group to considerably increase the fleet.
“Air Astana has quickly recovered regardless of an unprecedented sequence of operational challenges this yr, with passenger visitors up 9 p.c and seat capability up marginally between January and July in comparison with the identical interval final yr. Given the robust expectation of continued development in each worldwide and home markets sooner or later, it’s now well timed for the Group to be considerably increasing the fleet, along with investing in new pilot coaching and upkeep services, to realize long-term targets.”
The Air Astana Group can also be planning to increase its in-house upkeep functionality at regional bases within the close to future. These two developments be sure that Air Astana will stay a regional chief when it comes to crew coaching and engineering providers.
Air Astana turned the primary service from Russia, the Commonwealth of Impartial States (CIS), and Japanese Europe to be awarded a prestigious four-star score by Skytrax at its World Airline Awards 2012 and was additionally named ‘The Finest Airline in Central Asia and India’ that yr. Each achievements have been repeated in consecutive years.
At this time, Air Astana Group operates a fleet of 38 western plane, together with Airbus A320/A321neo/A321LR household, Boeing 767-300ER and Embraer E190-E2 with a median age of 5.3 years. It operates over 40 home and worldwide routes. Its passengers are served by greater than 5000 extremely certified workers, the vast majority of whom are from Kazakhstan, supplemented by expert international personnel. Since autumn 2005, the Air Astana staff has been headed by Peter Foster, an airline govt with greater than 30 years of administration expertise.
In Might 2021, Air Astana efficiently accomplished the Worldwide Air Transport Associations’ Operational Security Audit (IOSA) for the eighth time. The airline additionally efficiently launched FlyArystan, the area’s first really low-cost service, in Might 2019.
Air Astana additionally obtained each the APEX Regional Passenger Selection Award and TripAdvisor Travellers’ Selection Awards for 3 years in a row between 2018 and 2020. In 2021, Air Astana obtained the best degree five-Star Covid-19 Airline Security Ranking by Skytrax and the best Diamond standing for minimising and stopping the unfold of the Covid-19 by APEX.
Air Astana Group skilled robust passenger development in 2022, with 3.9 million passengers carried in the course of the first seven months of the yr, which represents a 9 per cent enhance over the identical interval in 2021. The community continued to increase with the resumption of flights to locations together with London and Istanbul, along with the launch of recent providers to Greece. Within the coming months, frequencies to Dubai, Delhi and Phuket might be considerably elevated, and providers to Bangkok might be resumed, which represents a big step in re-building the Asian community.