EUROPE/CIS: Air Astana boosts Bangkok services

Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is boosting services from Almaty to Bangkok from 1 October, with increases in aircraft capacity and frequency. Existing twice weekly flights utilising a Boeing 757 will be upgraded to a Boeing 767. An additional weekly frequency operated by Boeing 757 will be introduced from 27 […]


Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is boosting services from Almaty to Bangkok from 1 October, with increases in aircraft capacity and frequency.

Existing twice weekly flights utilising a Boeing 757 will be upgraded to a Boeing 767. An additional weekly frequency operated by Boeing 757 will be introduced from 27 October.

Both moves will grow the capacity on the Almaty – Bangkok route by almost 80 per cent and is aimed at tapping the rapid growth in traffic from Kazakhstan to Asia and Australia, the carrier said.

Service frequencies from Almaty to other destinations in Asia were increased earlier in 2007, with Beijing currently served six times a week and Seoul twice a week.

“Air Astana is achieving record growth during 2007, with traffic on services to the dynamic Asia region making a significant contribution,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “Passengers carried across the entire network during the first six months of 2007 increased by 42% to 970,000 and are expected to exceed two million for the full year.

“Passenger revenue increased by more than 50% and cargo revenue was up by more than 100%,” he added.