24 August, 2021

Air Astana to restart London route next month

Air Astana will be resuming its twice-weekly services to London from Nur-Sultan starting from 18 September on Airbus A321Neo LR aircraft, the airline has confirmed.
The route will once again form an important link between the UK and Kazakhstan and the news has been welcomed by business executives and dignitaries in both countries.

 The Airbus A321neo LR is a long-range version of A321neo, with increased maximum take-off weight and associated design modifications. The aircraft is configured with 16 Business class seats and 150 Economy class seats and is highly rated for its comfort and cabin atmosphere. The super advanced jet is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G engines with supreme operational performance.

Air Astana delivers Vero Cell vaccine to Kazakhstan

Air Astana delivered a total of 1 million doses of Sinonopharm’s Vero Cell vaccine to Kazakhstan on 10th and 11th August 2021, with two Boeing 767 freighter flights from Beijing to Almaty operating for SK-Pharmacia under an agreement with the Kazakhstan Ministry of Health. The medical cargo weighed a total of 20 tons and was transported in thermal containers, which maintain temperatures be between 2°C to 8°C for up to 72 hours.

“Air Astana is proud to support the Kazakhstan Ministry of Health in their efforts to provide citizens with a wide choice of vaccines against coronavirus infection. We hope that mass vaccination in Kazakhstan will soon result in collective immunity and lead to a significant decrease of disease in the country,” said Zhanna Shayahmetova, Head of Air Astana Cargo.

Since early 2020, Air Astana has transported more than 1,700 tons of medical cargo to help combat the global coronavirus pandemic.  Cargo has included medicines, oxygen concentrators, ventilators and personal protective equipment.

5-Star Rating

Air Astana was recently amongst a select group of leading global carriers that received the highest level 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax.

The Skytrax COVID-19 Airline Safety Audit of Air Astana was conducted during May-June 2021 and assessed all relevant health and hygiene measures introduced in response to the pandemic, with evaluation of frontline facilities and service systems at Nur-Sultan and Almaty.                   

The detailed evaluation process covered cleaning and disinfection procedures,  the standards and usage conformity by staff wearing personal protective equipment, COVID-19 signage and information, the management of social distancing and hand sanitiser facilities and finally the caring, but precise control of passenger flows and face mask usage both within the airport and during the boarding process and onboard.

“Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Astana has taken every possible step to protect the health and well-being of its passengers,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana. “I’m naturally delighted that our dedication to performing these critical protective procedures at the highest level have resulted in today’s certification from Skytrax, which I’m sure will give extra confidence to the travelling public in Kazakhstan.”

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