Air Astana leased its first three Boeing 737s 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%). As of March 2010, Air Astana has 3,000 employees. The airline recently entered a partnership with Lufthansa, expanding flight offering for the passengers of both airlines.
Air Astana serves 21 domestic and 23 international destinations. Recently-opened routes to Bishkek, Baku, Novosibirsk and Kuala Lumpur improved its regional route network. Service frequencies were also increased to... Read More