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Air Astana launches flights from Almaty to London and Bodrum, Turkey

Delivered on December 30, 2017

Air Astana will launch flights to London from Almaty, with a stopover at Aktau in western Kazakhstan, on May 12, 2022. The service will be operated by Airbus A321LR aircraft on Thursdays and Saturdays. A convenient connecting domestic flight from Nur-Sultan will allow passengers from Kazakhstan’s capital to join the flight to London from Aktau.

Flight KC901 will depart Almaty at 10.45 and arrive in Aktau at 13.05, with onward flight from Aktau to London departing at 14.05 and arriving in London at 16.05. Return flight from London will depart at 18.05 and arrive in Aktau at 04.10 next day with departure from Aktau at 05.10 and arrival in Almaty at 09.00. All times are local.

PCR tests and vaccinations passports are not mandatory for entering the UK.

In addition, Air Astana will launch flights from Almaty to Bodrum in the southwestern Turkey on May 27. Services will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays using Airbus A321 aircraft.

Flight KC659 will depart Almaty at 08:30 and arrive in Bodrum at 11:50. The return flight will depart from Bodrum at 13.45 and arrive in Almaty at 22.05. All times are local.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A321-271N WL P4-KDC (msn 7567) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 956428.

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Air Astana suspends flights to Russia

Air Astana has suspended all flights to Russia.


The reason is “due the withdrawal of insurance coverage for commercial flights to, from and over the Russian Federation”.

Bottom line: The carrier can no longer afford to fly to Russia.

Air Astana to return to London on March 12

Air Astana will restore the Nur-Sultan – London Heathrow route on March 12.

Air Astana restores full operations

Air Astana has completely restored its route network and to 15 domestic and 30 international destinations.


The state of emergency in Kazakhstan affected the Air Astana Group operations, with 178 international and 621 domestic flights by Air Astana and FlyArystan being cancelled between January 5th and 12th, 2022.

Flights from Nur-Sultan and other regional Kazakh cities were resumed on January 7, 2022, with those from Almaty restarting on January 13, 2022.

Since the resumption of international flights, more than 7,500 passengers returned to their home countries, with scheduled flights to Istanbul, Antalya, Dubai, Sharjah, Kyiv, Moscow, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Saint-Petersburg, Frankfurt, Tashkent and Kutaisi, together with special repatriation flights from the Maldives, Phuket, Colombo, Antalya, Tbilisi, Baku and Goa.

Air Astana resumes operations

Delivered on December 30, 2017

Air Astana today resumed both international and domestic flights from Nur-Sultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

The first international flights departed to Dubai and Moscow.

Flights from Astana have not yet been restarted.

Security forces have quashed the protests.

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Top Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A321-271N WL P4-KDC (msn 7567) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 956428.

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Almaty, Aktobe and Aktau airports suspend operations

The airports serving Almaty, Aktobe and Aktau have suspended operations due to domestic unrest and protests in Kazakhstan.

Protesters seized Almaty Airport.

Websites for the airlines of Kazakhstan are currently not working.


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Air Astana to return to London Heathrow in September

Air Astana has announced it will resume the route linking Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), the capital of Kazakhstan, with London Heathrow starting on September 18, 2021.

The route will be operated with Airbus A321LR aircraft.

The airline made this announcement:

Air Astana is ready to bring you to London for a business trip or study. We will perform this flight on the Airbus A321Neo LR twice a week from the city of Nur-Sultan from September 18.

Air Astana files a lawsuit against Embraer

Air Astana has a filed a lawsuit in New York against Embraer to “recover damages suffered by Air Astana after it was constrained to suspend operations of a fleet of regional jet aircraft manufactured by Embraer, leaving a fleet of brand-new aircraft parked and empty on the ground, because those planes were unsafe to fly.”

The lawsuit continues:

“3. The aircraft at issue are five Embraer E190-300 regional jet aircraft (each, an “E2,” and, collectively, the “E2s”). The first of the E2s was delivered to Air Astana in November 2018, by and through a lease agreement from AerCap Ireland Capital Designated Activity Company (“AerCap”).

4. E2s operated by Air Astana have experienced complex, in-flight failures that transferred across the aircrafts’ operating systems. Those sorts of multiple, linked system failures are sometimes colloquially called “cascading” failures. The unacceptable in-flight issues described below, including the cascading failures described in detail, constituted compensable breaches of obligations owed to Air Astana.

5. The incidents described below significantly diminish an E2’s safety profile and created unacceptable risk to the aircraft and its occupants. Each required the respective Air Astana flight crews to engage in highly complex recovery actions in order to ensure that the Embraermanufactured aircraft could land safely.

6. The dangerous circumstances were exacerbated by the geographic and topographic environment in which Embraer knew the E2s would operate: Kazakhstan, Air Astana’s home market, covers more than one million square miles, with treacherous terrain and challenging weather. It has only 19 airports that can accommodate large commercial aircraft and thus few and widely-spaced emergency landing options.

7. Air Astana promptly notified Embraer that the E2s had demonstrated an unreasonable and unprecedented propensity to experience unpredictable and dangerous system failures. Embraer – ultimately – acknowledged that each failure was the result of either (i) design or engineering flaws (unknown even to Embraer at the time it delivered the E2s), or (ii) Embraer’s prior failure to document novel systems or routines in the training and operation materials which it produced and delivered to Air Astana. Air Astana has been forced to suspend operations of the E2s since December 15, 2020, and has incurred significant expenses (including lease payments to AerCap) in respect of aircraft that could not operate safely.

8. Air Astana seeks compensatory damages for: (i) Embraer’s willful contractual breaches, having warranted the E2s as airworthy and free from inherent design defects when it knew or should have known that they were not; (ii) Embraer’s grossly negligent and willful misconduct in manufacturing, marketing and supplying Air Astana (through a lessor) the dangerously-flawed E2s; and (iii) Embraer’s continued reckless indifference to the lives of Air Astana’s flight crews and passengers, evidenced by Embraer’s inexplicable and frankly dangerous refusal to take the remedial action that would have allowed Air Astana promptly to resume commercial operation of the E2s. Had Embraer comported itself as a responsible manufacturer, the suspension of E2 operations would have been materially shorter, or perhaps avoided altogether.”

Air Astana to launch flights to Montenegro

Delivered on July 28, 2018

Air Astana will inaugurate new services between Kazakhstan and Montenegro on June 9, 2021, with flights to Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital, operating from Nur-Sultan on Wednesdays and Saturdays and from Almaty on Thursdays and Sundays. All flights will be operated by new Airbus A321LR aircraft.

Flights from Nur-Sultan are scheduled to depart at 09:00 and arrive in Podgorica at 10:55, with return from Podgorica at 12:00 and arrival in Nur-Sultan at 21:20. Flights from Almaty will depart at 07:30 and arrive in Podgorica at 10:25, with return from Podgorica at 11:30 and arrival in Almaty at 21:25.  All times local.

Passengers are required to have a negative PCR certificate issued not later than 72 hours before departure in order to enter Montenegro. A certificate is not required for children under 5 years of age, passengers with a positive result of IgG antibody test issued not later than 30 days, and passengers who have completed a full course of coronavirus vaccination, approved in Montenegro.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A321-271N WL P4-KDE (msn 8090) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 949475.

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Air Astana and FlyArystan suspend operations

Air Astana made this announcement:

Most of Air Astana and FlyArystan’s scheduled flights are now being suspended until  April 15, 2020 following the lockdown of Almaty and Nur-Sultan as a result of progressive government restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. International flights will now only be carried out for the purpose of repatriating the citizens of Kazakhstan and providing foreign citizens with the opportunity to leave the country. The Air Astana Group of airlines will continue to operate domestic flights as long as it is possible with the intention of returning passengers to their place of permanent residence.

In order to maintain efficient operations at this time, all passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

Both foreign and Kazakh passengers affected by flight suspensions through until April 15, 2020 are eligible for refund by contacting refund@airastana.com or by filling out the refund form online. Passengers can request flight re-bookings or route changes up until the end of 2020.

With high call volumes being experienced, passengers requesting refunds or re-booking are kindly requested to postpone calls to Air Astana’s Information and Reservation Center until no earlier than 72 hours before departure, in order that operators can attend to the most urgent passenger requests.

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