Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana has signed a wide-ranging codeshare agreement with South Korea-based Asiana Airlines. The agreement covers routes to Asia and North America operated by Asiana, and schedules on Air Astana’s network across Central Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe.
The airlines said they will be working on a “single-ticket” issuing basis that will ease ticket-buying options for travelers.
“Traffic between Almaty and Seoul is growing by nearly 50%,” Air Astana president Peter Foster said. “[This] agreement ... will allow both airlines to enter a new phase of development.”
The airlines say the new deal provides passengers with increased schedule flexibility and real time availability on both carriers—but as yet no frequent flyer program benefits, although Asiana is a Star Alliance member. The two partners said they would “agree to explore every possible opportunity to providing additional benefits.”