Air Astana Business Class Flight 922 Frankfurt-Astana, Kazakhstan – Review
Frankfurt Airport, or Flughafen Frankfurt am Main, is Germany’s busiest and has the distinction of serving the most international destinations in the world of any airport, 275 cities in 111 countries. One destination served is Astana, Kazakhstan, by Air Astana. Air Astana expanded its operations to include international routes following the bankruptcy of the country’s previous flag carrier, Air Kazakhstan. After starting service to Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, and Beijing, it added Franfurt and London to the mix.
At Frankfurt Airport, Air Astana’s contract workers welcome travelers with a smile at check-in and direct them to a separate lounge to await boarding and security check. A pair of Air Astana staff is on hand to oversee the operation, often remembering repeat travelers’ names, something that is rare and extremely appreciated these days.
An expedited security and boarding line ensures passengers embark quickly although all aboard the flight to Astana board through the forward door and pass through the business class cabin on the way to their seats. The line flows efficiently, and flight attendants offer refreshing champagne or water before takeoff. Amenities include international newspapers, a menu of the flight’s service and noise-canceling headsets.
Air Astana’s new Sleeper Business Class cabin offers 16 seats in a 2-2 configuration on its Boeing 757 aircraft. Upright, the seat is wide enough to store magazines at one’s side, and features a spacious armrest with space for a drink. The seat can be used as a reclining lounge chair for relaxing or pulled down into an angled lie-flat bed.
This being a night flight of just under six hours, there was not much time to eat and sleep so I wasted little time reclining the seat into its flat position. It was awkward to decipher at first, but you had to manually pull out the foot rest before the seat gave in to its most comfortable position. Once I figured it out, I fell fast asleep.
I am typically in the camp that slides down those angled lie-flat airplane seats, but that was fortunately not the case this time and I somehow remained in the position I started in.
Each passenger receives an amenity kit that contained contains elegant Chopard toiletries, the standard eyeshades and socks, and ear plugs. The case itself looked resemblesmore like a designer clutch-style purse with the airline name discreetly on a small corner and Chopard’s brand name written on the strap.
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