24. 04. 2008 - Czech Airlines to Initiate Service between Prague and Almaty
Prague, 24 April 2008
On 1 May, Czech Airlines will link Prague to the largest Kazakh city, Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata). Czech Airlines will operate service on this route twice weekly. The new service to Almaty will be the longest of all Czech Airlines medium-haul flights. The Prague - Almaty flight takes seven hours and Czech Airlines will operate it with its most modern Airbus A319 aircraft.
The departure times will suit businessmen from Western Europe, who can use it for business travel via Prague to Kazakhstan, as well as the tourist clientele. “Almaty is another point in the Czech Airlines network in the former Soviet Union. Czech Airlines has thus far not offered any connection to Kazakhstan or the area in general,” said Czech Airlines’ Vice President for Marketing and Product Development, Petr Pištělák, in commenting on the new route. Aside from the planned route from Prague to Almaty, the closest points in the Czech Airlines network are the Russian cities of Yekaterinburg and Samara. “For passengers from Kazakhstan, this new connection will open up a direct route to Prague, as well as the opportunity to transfer to the network of connecting Czech Airlines flights, primarily in Western Europe, but also to North America,” said Petr Pištělák.
The flight schedule of the new service
An Airbus A319 will depart from Prague for Almaty every Monday and Thursday at 10:25 p.m., landing in Almaty, after a seven-hour flight, at 8:45 local time the next morning (due to the time-zone change). The aircraft will set out again on the return trip to Prague at 10:45 a.m., landing at 1:40 p.m. The in-flight services will be adapted to the length of the flight. Passengers in both Economy and Business Class will be served one warm and one cold meal. With the warm meal, they will have a choice of two offers. Naturally, a broad selection of hot and cold beverages will be offered, as well as in-flight newspapers and magazines and a luxury duty-free goods purchase option.
In addition to the new service to Almaty, Czech Airlines also started flying to Strasbourg, France. Today, for the first time, the two new flights to Tbilisi and Rostov-on-Don will take off. Another innovation will be a connection to Damascus in Syria, which Czech Airlines is renewing as of 30 April. On 30 May, the Airline will start regular flights to Heraklion in Crete. During the summer schedule season, Czech Airlines offers connections to 135 destinations in 48 countries.
Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata), with 1.2 million inhabitants, is the largest Kazakh city. Until December 1997, it was the country’s capital, which was then moved to Astana. It is in the southeast part of Kazakhstan, near the Kyrgyzstan border, at the foot of the Tian Shan mountain range. The city was established in 1854.
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson