Asian network has been a “high priority” for the carrier. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, Air Astana has expanded its reach across Asia, with the launch of services from Almaty to Ho Chi Minh City.Taking off this week, the carrier will fly to Ho Chi Minh via Bangkok for a total flight time of nine hours and return to Almaty non-stop in only seven hours. Flights will initially be operated on Wednesdays and Fridays using a Boeing 757 configured in a 16 business class / 150 economy class layout. Air Astana president Peter Foster said increasing the airline’s Asian network has been a “high priority” and expects Ho Chi Minh to serve as a “popular” destination for tourists from Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries. The carrier currently operates flights to 50 international and domestic services, including seven Asian destinations; Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City.