By Marina Romanova
According to the national railway operator, Kazakhstan Railways is setting up a cargo airline in partnership with national carrier Air Astana. The first national cargo airline will begin to operate in 2017 with China, Europe, Iran, Russia and Turkey among its first destinations.
The new transportation project aim is to strengthen Kazakhstan’s competitiveness in the world. The Kazakhstan railways described the project called Rail-Air as a “new product of intermodal transport by rail and air transport.” It is expected that cargo airline will become “an alternative to the existing, but slower supply chain Sea-Air from South East Asia to Europe via Dubai”, said the railway operator.