Hong Kong to Almaty on Air Astana

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Cathay Pacific and Air Astana today announced an agreement that will enhance travel options for Cathay Pacific customers traveling to and from Kazakhstan and for Air Astana customers traveling to and from destinations in Asia and Australia via the airlines’ hubs in Hong Kong and Almaty respectively.

Commencing 15 March 2018, Cathay Pacific will place its “CX” code on Air Astana’s non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Almaty, the financial and cultural heart of Central Asia, as well as on connecting services between Almaty and Astana, the Kazakh capital.

Air Astana currently flies twice weekly between Hong Kong and Almaty, on Tuesdays and Fridays, but will be upping frequency by adding a third service, on Mondays, from 25 March.

Cathay Pacific will also codeshare on Air Astana’s five weekly services between Bangkok* and Almaty (going daily from 25 March) and four weekly services between Seoul and Almaty, giving customers additional options for travel between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan.

Air Astana will place its “KC” code on selected Cathay Pacific services operating between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore.

Cathay Pacific Director Commercial and Cargo Ronald Lam welcomed the codeshare partnership, saying it underlined the airline’s commitment to establishing convenient connections to captivating new destinations.

“We are delighted to join with Air Astana and provide our customers with links to one of the most fascinating countries in Central Asia. With its vibrant economy, which is set to grow as a result of its integral role in the Belt and Road Initiative, and beautiful natural landscapes, Kazakhstan has many attractions for both business and leisure travellers alike,” he said.

Richard Ledger, Vice President Marketing and Sales at Air Astana, commented: “With its excellent worldwide connectivity, Cathay Pacific is our ideal partner as we look to extend our reach across Asia and Australia via Hong Kong. Together, our airlines share an award-winning reputation for consistently delivering the very highest standards of customer service.

“We are thrilled to strengthen co-operation with this wide-reaching codeshare agreement, which will further benefit our respective passengers, as well as the overall economic relationship between Kazakhstan and dynamic Hong Kong.”

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.