Kazakhstan's flag carrier Air Astana will launch new services from Almaty and Astana to Ukraine's capital Kiev on March 31 and April 1 respectively....

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana will launch new services from Almaty and Astana to Ukraine’s capital Kiev on March 31 and April 1 respectively.

Air Astana will operate its Almaty-Kiev service three times a week (on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) using Airbus A320 jets for the five-hour sectors.


Air Astana operates three types in the Airbus A320-family, including a single A319 (shown here) as well as A320s and A321s

Air Astana operates three types in the Airbus A320-family, including a single A319 (shown here) as well as A320s and A321s

 

The carrier will also initially operate its Astana-Kiev service three times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays), using Embraer 190 aircraft for the four-hour flights.

Air Astana will also launch two new services to Russia next month. It will begin flying from Atyrau, on the Caspian Sea, to Moscow three times a week on April 1 and between Astana and Orenburg in southern Russia (again three times a week) on April 16.

Both new Kazakhstan-Russia services will be flown with Embraer 190s. The two new routes bring Air Astana’s Russian route total to 11.

Air Astana marked 10 years of operations to Russia in September 2012. The airline currently operates more than 50 services week from  Almaty and Astana to Moscow, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Samara, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.

Almaty-based Air Astana operates and has on order a total of eight Embraer 190s

Almaty-based Air Astana operates and has on order a total of eight Embraer 190s

 

The airline will provide onward international connections from its new Ukraine and Russia services to destinations in Central Asia and Asia, including Baku, Bangkok, Beijing, Bishkek, new Delhi, Dushanbe, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Tashkent.

“Air Astana continues to strengthen its position as Central Asia’s leading carrier, with the new services to Ukraine and Russia from the hubs in Almaty and Astana further extending the international network,” said Peter Foster, president of Air Astana.

“With growing government, business, cutural and tourism links between Ukraine and Kazakhstan, I’m confident of strong demand for Air Astana’s Skytrax-award-winning service on these new routes,” added Foster.

Air Astana began commercial services on May 15, 2002 and now operates a network of almost 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau. It flies an all-western fleet of two Boeing 767-300ERs, five Boeing 757s, 11 Airbus A320-family jets, and six Embraer E190s.