Air Astana eyes Asia expansion

Kazakhstan’s national carrier considering new destinations such as Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo


ALMATY - Air Astana is looking to expand its Asian network over the next two years following the delivery of a new fleet of Airbus A321LR aircraft.

According to the airline, the planes will also gradually replace its Boeing 757 aircraft on existing long-haul services to destinations including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul, with the first aircraft going into operation earlier this month.

New destinations under consideration include Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

The A321LR is a long-range version of the A320neo and has been configured with 16 Business class seats and 150 in Economy.

Air Astana first launched services to Asia in 2002 with flights between Almaty and Beijing, followed by Bangkok and Seoul in 2003, Delhi in 2004, Kuala Lumpur in 2009, Urumqi in 2010 and Hong Kong in 2012. 

The airline also operates flights from Nur-Sultan to Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi and Seoul.

SOURCE:Buying Business Travel

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