15 NOVEMBER 2010


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Article from BTNews 15 NOVEMBER 2010

Almaty expansion

Air Astana, 49% owned by BAe Systems and flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is launching a series of new routes from Almaty, Astana and Aktau to destinations in Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey during November and December.

The new services from Almaty include St Petersburg (twice weekly from 2 December); Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan (three times weekly from 21 November) and Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan (three times weekly from 2 December).  Twice weekly services from Astana, capital of Kazakhstan to Yekaterinburg in southern Russia will commence on 8 December.  A new once a week service from Aktau in western Kazakhstan to Istanbul will commence on 28 November.

The plan is for the routes to be flown by new Embraer 190 aircraft due in the Spring.  In the meantime the services with be operated by Airbus A320 family aircraft. www.airastana.com

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