Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s Skytrax award-winning carrier, launched a new three-times-a-week service from Astana to Paris on March 29, 2015. The service originates in Almaty, with no change of aircraft in Astana, and is operated using a Boeing 757 configured with 16 business and 150 economy class seats. The flight time from Astana to Paris is 7 hours and 5 minutes.
Along with Air Astana services to/from Frankfurt and London, passengers flying to/from Paris can also choose to experience the innovative new Economy Sleeper Class, which provides the opportunity to rest and sleep in a lie flat position, by combining three economy seats. Economy Sleeper Class passengers are accommodated in a separate cabin and offered a Business Class mattress, pillow and duvet, with additional benefits including Priority Check-in, 30kg baggage allowance, Business Class Lounge access, Priority boarding, Fast Track for immigration / security clearance, Business Class Amenity Kit and In-flight entertainment system.
Operating schedule: Wednesdays/Fridays/ Sundays – All times local
KC623 departs Almaty at 11.0 and arrives in Astana at 12.35
KC223 departs Astana at 14.00 and arrives in Paris CDG at 17.05
KC224 departs Paris at 19.55 and arrives in Astana at 06.05 +1
KC624 departs Astana at 07.25 and arrives in Almaty at 08.55+1
“The new service to Paris is a major step in developing Air Astana’s European network and serves to strengthen economic, diplomatic, cultural and tourism links between France and Kazakhstan,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.
Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15th May 20o2 and currently operates a network of 64 international and domestic routes from hubs in Astana, Almaty and Atyrau. The airline operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320 Family and Embraer 190 aircraft. Air Astana has repeatedly passed the IATA International Safety Audit (IOSA) and is EASA part 145 certified. In February 2015, Air Astana received the prestigious Air Transport World Market Leader Award.
Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund Samruk Kazyna and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%.