Air Astana plans central Asian network expansion

Air Astana is to operate its growing fleet of Embraer 190s on an expanded central Asian network in 2012, with new services from Astana to both Ulan Bator and Tashkent, from Almaty to Kazan and from Atyrau to Moscow.

These flights will be launched once the airline takes delivery of three more E-190s during the second quarter of 2012. The first E-190 entered service in April 2011, with the existing fleet of three aircraft currently operating on international routes to Tbilisi, Baku, Dushanbe, Bishkek, Samara and nine domestic routes within Kazakhstan.

“Air Astana’s 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,” noted Peter Foster, president of Air Astana. “The popularity of the services has been further boosted following the introduction of Embraer 190 aircraft on the network and passengers can now look forward more new destinations in 2012.”

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