Upon arrival in Almaty the inaugural flight was received by H.E. Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Mayor of Almaty, H.E. Askar Mussinov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Suhail Mattar Al Ketbi, UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan, H.E. Askar Shokybayev, Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and other senior officials.
On board the flight were Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, flydubai's Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, and Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS), Jeyhun Efendi. Accompanying them was a senior delegation from Dubai Municipality including Mohammad Abdul Kareem Julfar, Dawoud AbdulRahman AlHajeri, Khalid Mohammed Sharif Al Awadhi, Humaid Saeed Al Marri and Mohamad Mahmood AlNoori.
Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: "The start of flydubai's direct flights from Dubai to Almaty and Shymkent, provide a convenient link between these economic hubs in the Middle East and Central Asia. It marks a milestone in the relations between our countries and sees the expansion of flydubai's network in the region to five countries."
Kazakhstan and the UAE have both demonstrated impressive growth in various industries, including oil, Islamic finance and construction. With flights from Dubai operating four times a week to Almaty and twice a week to Shymkent, these routes present new opportunities for increasing business, tourism and trade.
With breathtaking natural landscapes, unspoilt nature reserves, rugged snow-capped mountains and ancient cities, Kazakhstan is the perfect destination for skiing, hiking, mountain climbing and sightseeing and is only a four-hour direct flight from Dubai.
Commenting on flydubai's growing network, Jeyhun Efendi said: "We are pleased to increase capacity between Dubai and Kazakhstan. Business Class will be available on our flights to Almaty and Shymkent, providing passengers with a more personal and comfortable travel experience. In addition our inflight entertainment system, with over 1,000 hours of entertainment, is available in English, Arabic and Russian."
During the trip to Almaty the airline showcased its Business Class offering and its ever-expanding network. flydubai will also host representatives from the Kazakhstani business community in the evening at an inaugural dinner to mark the launch of flights and highlight Dubai as a leading tourist destination.
flydubai has built up a network of 80 destinations across 41 countries and many of these destinations were previously underserved from Dubai, including Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and Dushanbe in Tajikistan.
flydubai operates four flights a week between Dubai and Almaty starting from 16 September 2014.
FZ701 departs Dubai International Terminal 2 in the morning on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and lands at Almaty International Airport in the afternoon.
FZ702 departs Almaty International Airport in the afternoon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and lands at Dubai International Terminal 2 in the evening.
Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Almaty will start at AED 1,750 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at AED 5,950 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.
flydubai will operate two flights a week between Dubai and Shymkent starting from 19 September 2014.
FZ703 departs Dubai International Terminal 2 at 09:10hrs, arriving into Shymkent International Airport at 14:50hrs local time.
FZ704 departs Shymkent International Airport at 15:50hrs local time, landing in Dubai International Terminal 2 at 17:50hrs local time.
FZ703 departs Dubai International Terminal 2 at 11:50hrs, arriving into Shymkent International Airport at 17:30hrs local time.
FZ704 departs Shymkent International Airport at 18:30hrs local time, landing in Dubai International Terminal 2 at 20:25hrs local time.
Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Shymkent will start at AED 1,600 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at AED 6,750 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.
Flights can be purchased from flydubai's website flydubai.com, its Contact Centre (+971) 600 54 4445, flydubai travel shops or through travel partners. Further information about the carrier's car rental and travel insurance services can also be found on flydubai.com.