Air Astana has presented its first Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft at a ceremony held in the airline’s technical centre at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.
The airline is the first operator of the aircraft in the CIS (The Commonwealth of Independent States) and is scheduled to take a further six Airbus A321LR aircraft on lease from AerCap. The new Airbus A321LR aircraft will gradually replace the fleet of Boeing 757s, which have been in operation since 2003.
Air Astana now has 19 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, including eight A320, four A321, three A320neo, three A321neo and one A321LR.
“The arrival of the A321LR represents another major step in the process of fleet modernisation, with the new aircraft offering the latest technologies, low emissions and noise, operational efficiency and passenger comforts,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana. “The specification of the Business Class flat beds, Economy Class slim seats and other cabin amenities will ensure that passengers experience the very highest standards of comfort and service on routes to Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Moscow, Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing.”
The cabin features lie-flat business class seats, equipped with individual 16-inch screens, with four of the 16 seats offering additional personal space. The economy class seats by Recaro provide increased comfort for long flights and are equipped with individual 10-inch screens. The design of the interior trim, curtains and seat covers for both business and economy classes have been specially developed for Air Astana, with a combination of elegance and sophistication that embraces a clear national identity.
The A321LR cabin is equipped with Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ RAVE in-flight entertainment system.