4 JULY 2016
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Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana on Thursday launched a new non-stop three-times-weekly service between Almaty and Tehran, using a 197-seat Embraer 190 with nine seats in Business Class and 88 in Economy Class.
The carrier said the new flights, which take 3hr 30min, were designed to make travel easier between the two countries and enhance business and cultural links. Trade between the two in 2015 was worth around US$1bn (£750m), according to Kazakhstan’s ministry of foreign affairs (MFA).
Kazakhstan also has a number of Kazakh-Iranian joint enterprises and there are cultural and scientific ties between the countries which Air Astana said it was anticipated would benefit from the new service. It is also hoping to attract Iranian travellers to Almaty’s premium ski resorts, year-round cultural events, a wide variety of shopping malls and fine dining – all offering good value for money.
Senior vice-president for sales and marketing Ibrahim Canliel added that the service would also provide convenient connections to the airline’s CIS and Asian network, in particular to Beijing and Urumqi.
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