Air Astana and Hong Kong Airlines announce codeshare

Marking the Kazakh carrier’s seventh codeshare partnership, Air Astana has joined forces with Hong Kong Airlines.

This partnership will enhance connectivity for travellers and will allow Air Astana passengers the chance to book tickets with both airlines to reach destinations in China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Air Astana operates twice-weekly services to Hong Kong on Tuesdays and Fridays with a Boeing 757 configured with 16 business class and 150 economy class seats.

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Senior vice president marketing and sales, Air Astana, Ibrahim Canliel enthused on the news: “The codeshare agreement marks the strengthening of the link between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan, a route established in 2012. We are pleased to offer Hong Kong Airlines and their customers an enhanced network to Kazakhstan and our beyond network in Central Asia, Russia and Europe.”

Canliel added: “With the introduction of the visa free regime for passport holders of HKSAR and the start of services, we have seen an increasing number of visitors to Kazakhstan. With the start of the codeshare, we aim to enhance the reach to even more customers in Hong Kong Airlines’ home market and their beyond network offering a convenient gateway along the Silk Road to the Heart of Eurasia.”

Also commenting was chief commercial officer, Hong Kong Airlines, Li Dianchun: “We are delighted to start our partnership with Air Astana to extend our network further to Almaty, the trading and cultural hub of Kazakhstan.”

Tickets under the newly formed codeshare agreement can be purchased via travel agents or through the airlines’ sales offices and call centres.