Kazakhstan’s carrier Air Astana has announced it will introduce direct flights from Frankfurt to Almaty.

    The flights will commence on 2 October and departure times have been optimised to meet connections by partner Lufthansa from UK airports including London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester. Both airlines operate from Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1.

    Air Astana’s Frankfurt to Almaty service will be running twice weekly initially, increasing to three times a week from 26 October. The service is operated by the carrier’s newest fleet addition, the long-range Airbus A321LR.

    The new service from Almaty follows the resumption of services from Nur-Sultan to Frankfurt in August. It also complements additional services from Frankfurt to Uralsk, taking the number of flights from Kazakhstan to Germany’s premier commercial centre to eight per week.

    “I’m delighted to announce the increase of services between Kazakhstan and Germany, which deliver maximum connectivity with partner airlines across Europe and North America,” Air Astana’s vice-president, Richard Ledger, commented.

    High level of cabin comfort

    Air Astana says its Airbus A321LR brings a new high level of cabin comfort for the airline’s passengers. The cabin is configured in a spacious 166-seat layout, with 150 seats in economy and 16 in business class. The A321LR business class cabin features Thompson Vantage lie-flat seats that extend to 78 inches.

    Economy seats, designed by Recaro, offer a generous 33 inch seat pitch, 18 inch in width, fitted with 10 inch IFE seat back screens. The cabin’s layout comprises five rows in a 2-2 and 1-1 configuration including the introduction of the ‘jewel in the crown’ throne seat. The carrier says these unique seats are ideal for passengers travelling on their own and are located in rows two and four, offering the ultimate in isolation.

    Air Astana requests its passengers familiarise themselves with health and quarantine regulations. The regulations are listed here.