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Cathay Pacific and Air Astana to codeshare

"Expo 2017 - Astana Kazakhstan" sub-titles

Cathay Pacific and Air Astana has 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 on March 15, 2018, Cathay Pacific will place its “CX” code on Air Astana’s nonstop 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 March 25.

Cathay Pacific will also codeshare on Air Astana’s five weekly services between Bangkok and Almaty (going daily from March 25) 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.


Top Copyright Photo: Air Astana Boeing 757-2G5 WL P4-EAS (msn 29488) (Expo 2017) LHR (SPA). Image: 934651.

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Air Astana now offers in-flight connectivity on its Boeing 767s

Air Astana Boeing 767-3KY ER WL P4-KEB (msn 42221) (Expo 2017 Astana Kazakhstan) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937625.

Air Astana has completed the installation of Rockwell Collins’ cabin system, which supports Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) service, across its fleet of three Boeing 767 aircraft.

The IFC service is available to both Business and Economy class passengers, who can now connect to the Internet, use various applications for instant messaging and social networks, listen to audio and check their mail using personal computers, tablets or smartphones.

Air Astana’s passengers can choose from three connectivity packages. The airline’s Light option covers 15 MB; the Regular option covers 50 MB; and the Super option offers 100 MB. All services are estimated to operate at an average speed of 2 to 5 Mbps.

In September 2017, Air Astana became the first airline in the world to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation onboard a widebody aircraft when the installation on its first Boeing 767 was completed.

It’s Boeing 767 aircraft are operated on domestic trunk routes and high-density, long-haul routes out of Almaty and Astana.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Boeing 767-3KY ER WL P4-KEB (msn 42221) (Expo 2017 Astana Kazakhstan) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937625.

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Air Astana takes delivery of first Airbus A321neo

Air Astana (Almaty) has taken delivery of the first Airbus A321neo at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is on an operating lease from Aercap, with the deal including two further A321neo and one A320neo aircraft for delivery planned in 2018.

The Air Astana A321neo is configured with 28 Business Class and 151 Economy class seats, all of which are equipped with personal IFE systems. The A321neo is powered by the latest generation Pratt & Whitney engines, which together with aerodynamic improvements, make it the quietest aircraft in its class and also delivers fuel consumption 15% lower than the previous model. The cabin features larger overhead-bin capacity and a new mood-lighting system with LED technology.

The aircraft will be operated on Air Astana’s network of domestic and regional routes.

Air Astana currently operates 13 Airbus A320 aircraft and one A320neo, which was delivered in 2016. The carrier plans to increase the fleet of A320neo family aircraft to 17 by 2020.

Photo: Air Astana. The pictured Airbus A321-271N D-AYAK (msn 7567) became P4-KDC when it was officially haned over on December 30, 2017.

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Air Astana to lease three Airbus A320neo aircraft from SMBC

Air Astana's first Airbus A320neo is delivered on November 8, 2016

SMBC Aviation Capital has issued this statement:

SMBC Aviation Capital has announced that it has concluded a three Airbus A320neo aircraft deal with Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan. This is a new customer for SMBC Aviation Capital and the aircraft will be provided from the company’s order book of 110 A320neo aircraft with Airbus.

The A320neo will be fitted with Pratt and Whitney GTF engines and will have delivery slots in the last quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

Air Astana is the first operator of this type of aircraft in the Central Asian region and has plans to grow its neo fleet to 17 aircraft by 2020.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWBM (P4-KBH) (msn 7124) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934984.

AerCap confirms the placement of five Embraer E190-E2s with Air Astana

AerCap Holdings N.V. has announced it has confirmed the placement of five Embraer E190-E2 jets to Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan. The aircraft, on long term lease from AerCap’s order book with Embraer, will begin delivering to Air Astana in the last quarter 2018.

AerCap is the launch lessor customer of Embraer’s E-Jets E2 second generation of this family of commercial aircraft with a total of 50 Embraer E190-E2s and E195-E2s on order.

The E2 aircraft offer greater range and operational efficiency which will support Air Astana’s growing network and open new market opportunities.

The E190 will allow Air Astana to open up smaller markets in southern Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including smaller domestic routes.

Air Astana received its first original E190 in 2011.

Image: AerCap.

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Air Astana to replace its Boeing 757-200s with new Airbus A321neos from ALC

Air Lease Corporation (AL) announced today long term lease agreements for seven new Airbus A320neo Family aircraft with Air Astana (Almaty), the national airline of Kazakhstan.

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The seven aircraft include two new A320neos and five new A321neos and LRs, all from ALC’s order book with Airbus. One A320neo is scheduled to deliver in Spring 2016, while the remaining six aircraft will deliver in 2018 and 2019. The A321neo aircraft will replace the remaining Boeing 757-200s (top).

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Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2G5 P4-FAS (msn 29489) arrives at London (Heathrow).

Air Astana aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Astana has been adding Airbus A320s and new A321s so the final replacement by A321s is not a surprise. Airbus A321-231 P4-NAS (msn 1042) taxies at Amsterdam.

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