Air Astana commenced scheduled flight services from Almaty to the Maldives on the 5th of December.
The airline commenced operations with the Airbus A321ER but now has switched to the larger Boeing 767-300ER. The airline plans to operate two flights a week on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s.
The Airbus A321LR has a passenger seating capacity of 166 while the Boeing 767-300ER can accommodate 223 passengers.
The B767 has a range of 10,550 km and cruises at approximately 900 km/h. It has a payload of 38 tonnes and weights up to 181 tonnes on takeoff. This aircraft is mainly used on long range international routes.
Air Astana is the flag carrier of Kazakhstan and is based in Almaty. The airline suspended many of its flights in March with the first pandemic lockdown in Kazakhstan and resumed its international flights in June amid an easing of travel restrictions.