Getting hold of the a/c is just part of the deal. Air Astana is still far from the "western" operation standards as far as consumers are concerned. They have access to money, which is good, and they try hard, which is a plus. Long way to go though.
FCAFLYBOY From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5061 times:
Quoting FCKC (Reply 3): Where will they send these WBs ? Asia ?
London, almost certainly, as this is seen as one of their prestige routes with higher loads. It's also one of their longer flights, and popular with the post-Borat crowd now, it's seen as quite a trend destination!
ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3841 times:
Heard rumours that they may also introduce new routes in 2007 (though no details on destinations).
I remember LH decided to serve FRA-ALA with A300-600 soon, and currently uses A340 on that route. Could it be that 4L will get D-AIME? I remember that during their arguments last year, they agreed on a "closer" cooperation, which was the basis for LH to get their lost slots back.
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3147 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3796 times:
Good news for everyone involved. The people at 4L must be planning some sort of expansion. Kazakhstan is a growing country, and beginning to focus on tourism. They have a bid to host the 2014 Winter Games.
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Uzzzer From Ukraine, joined Dec 2006, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3676 times:
Quoting Stirling (Reply 21): Please, what about the 'managerial' issues? (Let's leave the political for another forum)
Well, managerial actually assume political risks. If Kazakh PM takes the decision on type of fleet for Kazakh carriers (which was the case last fall), the whole industry is at dire straits, since no checks and balances available for quality business decisions.
Hardly managers have freedom from political influences in the countries where:
- democracies are not fully established
- politically engaged (originated) capital invested into major airlines
EK, I assume, few others may be a rare exeption.
I believe, both may be the case with Air Astana, as well as with many other carriers across the former Soviet Union. This does not mean though that Air Astana is not capable of becoming a great airline. Im saying that the odds are...