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Air Astana Now Flies Twice Weekly To Kuala Lumpur

04 November 2010

Sepang, 4 November 2010 - After a year serving KL International Airport (KLIA), Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan has increased its frequency by adding another flight to Kuala Lumpur. Effective today, the airline serves Kuala Lumpur twice weekly, on Sunday and Thursday.

Air Astana started flying to Kuala Lumpur in October last year, introducing one flight weekly for the Almaty - Kuala Lumpur vice versa route, utilising Boeing 767-300 ER with 220 seating capacity. The flight from Almaty to Kuala Lumpur takes approximately eight hours.

Y. Bhg. Dato' Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager Operation Services Malaysia Airports said: "The introduction of twice weekly flights to KLIA by Air Astana proves that Malaysia has a very good appeal in the Kazakhstan market. This shows the great potential for the Malaysia - Kazakhstan market."

The service to Kuala Lumpur was originally launched on a seasonal basis, but increasing demand resulted in year-round operations commencing in March 2010. "Kazakhstan and Malaysia have strong economic, trade and tourism ties, which continue to steadily grow. Both countries enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership, with Air Astana pleased to support this strengthening cooperation. We hope that passengers will enjoy the comfort and Skytrax award winning cabin service of flying Air Astana," said Peter Foster, President, Air Astana.

In today's welcome reception, the 136 arriving passengers of Flight KC935 from Almaty were greeted and presented souvenirs by Y. Bhg. Dato' Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, Director General DCA Malaysia, accompanied by Dato' Azmi Murad; Dhanwanthrie Goonetilleke, Regional General Manager Far East and Australia for Air Astana; Y. Bhg. Datin Normarsila Musa , Director of International Marketing, America, Europe and Oceania and His Excellency Beibut B. Atamkulov, Ambassador of Republic Kazakhstan in Malaysia.

Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan's JS Company "Sovereign Wealth Fund SamrukKazyna" (51%) and BAE Systems (49%). Air Astana is the only airline in Kazakhstan to maintain its fleet to audited EU EASA 145 standards. In 2008 it was admitted to the register of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) - one of the few airlines in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to have achieved this.

Today the airline operates a fleet of 22 western aircraft with an average age of 7 years for its jet aircraft, close to 50 domestic and international routes. For more information, please log on to: http://www.airastana.com


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