Kazakhstan’s Air Astana will launch a new scheduled service from Astana to Omsk in Russia on July 16.
The carrier’s flights to this major Siberian industrial and transportation center will be operated by 50-seat Fokker 50 turboprops twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Air Astana flight KC279 departs from Astana International Airport (IATA code TSE) at 7.55 a.m., arriving at Omsk Tsentralny Airport (OMS) at 10.30 a.m. local time. The return flight, KC280, leaves OMS at 11.30 a.m. and touches down at TSE at 12.00 noon local time.
Two additional weekly frequencies, operated by 97-seat, two-class Embraer 190 jets on Thursdays and Sundays, will begin from September 1.
“Omsk becomes Air Astana’s seventh destination in Russia, with existing services already operating to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Samara, Kazan and Yekaterinburg,” says Dmitriy Kaparulin, Air Astana’s regional general manager, Russia and CIS.
Kaparulin continues: “This new service will significantly boost business, cultural, educational and tourism links between the two cities and provide convenient onward connections to Air Astana’s growing number of domestic and international destinations, served out of Astana and Almaty.”
Adds Kaparulin: “Passengers on the new service will enjoy Air Astana’s Skytrax 4-star award winning service, with frequent fliers also benefiting from membership of the Nomad Club.”
Air Astana commenced scheduled service on May 15, 2002 and currently operates a network of almost 50 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau.
The carrier flies an all-western fleet which includes Boeing 767-300ERs, Boeing 757s, Airbus A320-family jets, Embraer 190s and Fokker 50s. Air Astana also has three Boeing 787-8 widebodies on order, as well as four more 767-300ERs.
Almaty-based Air Astana is a full member of the International Air Transport Association and is the only airline in Kazakhstan with EASA Part 145 aircraft maintenance certification. In September 2011, Air Astana passed its third annual IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund Samruk Kazyna and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51 per cent and 49 per cent.