Air Astana Expands Network With New Service To Kuala Lumpur

Sept 30. Bernama. KUALA LUMPUR

Air Astana Expands Network With New Service To Kuala LumpurAir Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, will expand its Asian network with the launch of services from Almaty to Kuala Lumpur beginning Oct 31, 2009.

The weekly flight will be operated every Saturday by the Boeing 767 aircraft, with a flight time of eight hours, the airline said in a statement Wednesday.

Kuala Lumpur will become Air Astana’s seventh international destination in Asia and the Gulf, with existing services between Almaty and Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Dubai, Seoul and Urumqi.

Return fares on the Kuala Lumpur-Almaty route start at RM2,600 plus tax for an economy class seat to RM6,100 plus tax for business class seat.

Malaysians travelling to Kazakhstan can obtain a visit or business visa by simply presenting a letter of sponsorship from the host organisation or a letter of invitation plus a tour itinerary at the Kazakhstan embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the airline said.

Passengers on the weekly Kuala Lumpur service will be able to return via Bangkok using the through fares of Air Astana and its partner airline, it said.

“With both trade and tourism steadily growing between Kazakhstan and Malaysia, Air Astana is looking forward to launching the first direct air service between the two countries,” said the airline’s president Peter Foster.

Air Astana started regular flight operations in May 2002 and currently operates a network that serves 22 domestic and 22 international destinations.