SINGAPORE – In line with its strategic aim to become Eurasia’s transit hub, Air Astana has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines on routes between Kazakhstan and Turkey. The agreement was signed by Peter Foster, president of Air Astana and Dr Temel Kotil, president and chief executive offi cer of Turkish Airlines, at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Cape Town on June 3, 2013.
Air Astana and Turkish Airlines signed the Letter of Intent to expand the range of cooperation between the two carriers in March 2013. The codeshare agreement allowed passengers to benefi t from a higher number of combined frequencies for better connectivity and increased travel flexibility between the two countries. Codesharing on fl ights between Almaty - Istanbul and Astana – Istanbul additionally include special prorate agreements on sectors beyond respective hubs in Almaty, Astana and Istanbul.
“Under the strong and visionary leadership of Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines has become a globally recognized network carrier serving more countries globally than any other carrier and achieved the Skytrax rating as “Best Airline in Europe” for the past two years consecutively. The code-share agreement signed today is the latest step in the increasingly close link between the two airlines; both of which show equal ambition to continue to progress well above average world ratings and fully committed to delivering excellence in customer service,” said Foster.
“We are extremely pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Air Astana and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to passengers through the extensive networks of both airlines. Air Astana continues expanding successfully, offering superior customer service, with a very young fleet. We believe the partnership with Air Astana will bring enormous benefi t to both airlines, not only from a commercial perspective in rapidly growing Kazakhstan, but also in technical and training areas,” said Dr Kotil.
Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network of almost 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau. Air Astana flies an allwestern fl eet comprised of two Boeing 767s, fi ve Boeing 757s, twelve Airbus A320 family aircraft, and seven Embraer 190s.