AIR ASTANA LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE TO RUSSIA
Air Astana launches Astana-Omsk service
Air Astana will launch a new scheduled service from from Astana to Omsk, Russia on 16th July. Flights to this major Siberian industrial and transportation center will be operated by Fokker 50 twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. Flight KC279 departs from Astana at 07.55, arriving in Omsk at 10.30 local time. The return flight KC280 departs from Omsk at 11.30, arriving in Astana at 12.00 local time.
Two additional weekly frequencies operated by Embraer 190 on Thursdays and Sundays will commence from 1st September 2012.
“Omsk becomes Air Astana’s seventh destination in Russia, with existing services already operating to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Samara, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. 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,” says Dmitriy Kaparulin, Regional General Manager, Russia and CIS. 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 regular flight operations on 15th May 2002 and currently operates a network of almost 50 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau. Air Astana flies an all western fleet comprising of Boeing 767s, Boeing 757s, Airbus A320s, Embraer 190s and Fokker 50s. 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), without any findings.