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Air Astana
Founded 14 September 2001
Commenced operations 15 May 2002
Hubs Almaty International Airport
Astana International Airport
Frequent flyer program Nomad Club
Fleet size 22 (+8 orders)
Destinations 32
(15 domestic, 17 international)
Company slogan From the Heart of Eurasia
Parent company Government owned (51%)
Headquarters Head office: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Registered office: Astana, Kazakhstan
Key people Peter Foster (President)

Air Astana is a Kazakhstani airline with its head office in the Air Astana Centre 1 in Almaty and its registered office in Astana.[1] It is the national carrier of Kazakhstan and operates scheduled domestic and international services. Its main bases are Astana International Airport and Almaty International Airport.[2] Air Astana is one of the sponsors of the Astana Team, a professional road bicycle racing team.[3]



Air Astana leased its first three Boeing 737 aircraft in May 2002. Three Boeing 757s were added and in 2004 five Fokker 50s were acquired, the latter to largely develop the domestic network. It became the national carrier after the government closed Air Kazakhstan in February 2004 and transferred all route authorities to Air Astana. It is a joint venture owned by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan (51%) and BAE Systems (49%). It has 1,761 employees (at March 2007).[2] The airline recently entered partnership with Lufthansa expanding flight offering for the passengers of both airlines.


Air Astana serves 15 domestic and 17 international destinations. Recently opened routes to Bishkek, Baku, Novosibirsk and Kuala Lumpur, improved its regional route network. Service frequencies were also increased to Bangkok, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Moscow.[4]


Codeshare agreements

Air Astana currently is not part of any global airline alliance but has code share agreements with the following carriers:[5]

In addition to these code share agreements Air Astana also partners Lufthansa's frequent flyer programme Miles & More.[6]


An Air Astana Boeing 757 taking off from Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan. (2008)
An Air Astana Boeing 757-200 pushing back at Don Mueang Airport, Thailand. (2005)
An Air Astana Airbus A320 at Aktau Airport, Kazakhstan. (2008)

Air Astana has a modern fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes, reflecting a vested interest among former Soviet nations in preferring Western versus Russian equipment.

The Air Astana fleet consists the following aircraft (at 15 March 2010):[7]

Air Astana Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Airbus A319-132 1 0 126 (12/114)
Airbus A320-232 7 6 148 (16/132) Deliveries: 2012 [8]
Airbus A321-231 2 0 176 (28/148)
Boeing 757-200 4 0 170 (20/150) Equipped with winglets
Boeing 767-300ER 2 0 220 (30/190)
Fokker 50 6 0 50
Embraer 190 0 2 97 (9/88)
Total 22 8

Air Astana introduced its first wide-bodied aircraft in 2007. Lease deals had been agreed for two Boeing 767-300 and one Airbus A330 aircraft, the 767 were the only wide-bodies delivered. It introduced four Airbus A320 aircraft and finalised a deal for two Airbus A321 aircraft which were delivered by December 2006. Its Boeing 737 has been retired in favour of the Airbus aircraft.

The airline has leased a further two Airbus A320 aircraft from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) which were delivered in May and June 2008 on six-year leases.[9]

Air Astana took delivery of its first Airbus A319 aircraft, this has been the only A319 ordered by the airline.

It has placed an order for six further A320 aircraft with deliveries due to commence in 2012. By 2022 the airline hopes to have tripled its fleet to over 60 aircraft.[10]

Air Astana had made commitments for the orders of 3 Boeing 787-8s to be delivered by 2012. In October 2009, the memorandum of understanding for the 787 expired with no firm order being placed.[11]

Previously operated

The three aircraft above were acquired by Air Berlin in December 2006.[12]

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