Air Astana is 22 years old

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Air Astana, the national airline of Kazakhstan, is celebrating its 22nd birthday. On May 15, 2002, the first flight from Almaty to Astana took off. Since then, Air Astana has grown into one of Central Asia's leading airlines, known for excellent customer service, high safety standards and operational efficiency. The airline group includes the full-service airline Air Astana and the low-cost carrier FlyArystan and is the largest airline group in Central Asia and the Caucasus in terms of fleet size and revenue.

A milestone in recent history was the successful IPO in February 2024 on the Kazakh Stock Exchange, the Astana International Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. In 2023, the group achieved a net profit of $68,7 million on revenue of $1,175 billion. Almost seven million US dollars were invested in employee development. CEO Peter Foster thanked over 6.000 employees and millions of customers for their loyalty.

The group's fleet now includes 51 aircraft from Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, with more aircraft expected to be added by the end of 2026, including the first of three Boeing B787s in 2025. In 2023, Air Astana and FlyArystan carried a total of 8,1 million passengers 90 routes in 63 countries.

In September 2023, the Air Astana Group opened a flight training center in Astana certified by the EU safety authority EASA, which includes, among other things, a full flight simulator and emergency training simulators. The company also made progress in the area of ​​maintenance, including the first six-year C check on an Airbus aircraft.

Air Astana has received numerous awards, including APEX Awards for Best Inflight Service and Best Entertainment in Central and South Asia, and the Skytrax World Airline Award for Best Airline in Central Asia and the CIS for the eleventh time. The company shows social responsibility through the “Zhas Kyran” program to support talented children and by supporting the victims of floods in Kazakhstan.

Airbus A320neo (Photo: A. Doumenjou / Master Films).
Airbus A320neo (Photo: A. Doumenjou / Master Films).