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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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Air Astana intends to order 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes for FlyArystan

Boeing has made this announcement:

Air Astana intends to order 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to serve as the backbone of its new low-cost airline FlyArystan, the Kazakh flag carrier and Boeing announced at the Dubai Airshow. The companies today signed a letter of intent for the 30 airplanes with a list price value of $3.6 billion.

Since beginning operations in May 2002, Air Astana has steadily grown its business from its hubs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), sprouting a network that serves major cities across Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Asia, China, Europe and Russia. It operates a growing fleet that includes the Boeing 757, 767 and the Airbus A320 family.

In May, Air Astana launched FlyArystan to better compete in the growing low-cost segment. The company says the new airline has seen strong ticket sales in just the first few months of operation. The plan is to expand the fast growing domestic network, with international services to Moscow commencing next month.


FlyArystan to open a new base in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

FlyArystan has made this announcement:

FlyArystan, the first domestic low-cost carrier of Kazakhstan, plans to open a new base in Karaganda in the second quarter of 2020. This is the first regional station outside of our home base in Almaty.

The base will initially be established with one Airbus A320 aircraft with a second A320 planned to join the new base later on. The number of domestic and international routes served from Sary-Arka Airport will reach approximately 10-12.

Since FlyArystan launched the Almaty-Karaganda-Almaty route more than 200 flights have been operated with an average load factor of 93%.

All photos by the airline.

FlyArystan welcomes its first aircraft

FlyArystan on April 23 announced the arrival of its first Airbus A320 (P4-KBB), previously operated by its parent, Air Astana.

The low fare airline will launch scheduled flights on May 1, 2019 from Almaty to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), Taraz, Uralsk and Karaganda.

All photos by the airline.

FlyArystan to commence operations on May 1

FlyArystan (Almaty) is a low-cost airline and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Astana.

The new airline will commence operations on domestic scheduled flight on May 1, 2019 between Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Karaganda, Taraz, Pavlodar and Oral (Uralsk) with Airbus A320s.

All images by the airline.

Air Astana to launch a low cost airline, FlyArystan

Air Astana is pleased to announce that it is to launch a low cost airline in the first half of 2019.

The airline will be called FlyArystan. It will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft configured to an all-economy class of 180 seats. It will operate a classic LCC model, following the examples of highly successful airlines such as easyjet, Indigo, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. It will offer low airfares – approximately half of what Air Astana offers today – on mostly domestic routes – but it is expected to expand onto regional international routes in the mid-term.

It will operate initially 4 aircraft, growing to a fleet of at least 15 by 2022. FlyArystan will operate from multiple aircraft bases in Kazakhstan with routes and aircraft bases to be announced over the coming months.

FlyArystan’s management team has already been appointed and is drawn from Air Astana’s senior local managers, whom the airline has been developing for the last 16 years. The team will be led by Tim Jordan, a British-Australian national with more than 15 years’ senior LCC management experience at Cebu Pacific and Virgin Blue.

Although FlyArystan will be a low cost airline, with very different service procedures to those of Air Astana, it is to be stressed that as a division of Air Astana, there will be no degradation of airline safety or reliability standards. All safety standards and regulatory processes to which Air Astana is subject, will automatically apply to FlyArystan. Finally, and as usual with Air Astana, the project will be entirely self-funded. FlyArystan will require no capital from shareholders, no state subsidies or external financial support of any kind.

Peter Foster, President & CEO of Air Astana, was quoted as saying “FlyArystan is the result of much serious thought and internal business planning, and comes as a result of a rapidly changing local and regional airline business environment. It will be good for the mid to long-term prospects of Air Astana, and we hope, very welcome to the Kazakhstan travelling public, who will be able to benefit from significantly cheaper airfares on domestic and regional routes”.

All images by Air Astana.