Growth in Almaty, Kazakhstan continues as Air Astana receives it’s 11th Airbus A321LR aircraft, following a delivery made by the European planemaker this month.
This means that of the A321neo family, the Kazakhstan-based carrier has a total of 16, of which we will get into these differentiations in this article.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Air Astana, Almaty & The A321neo Family…
Air Astana and the Airbus A321neo family is part of the over-arching strategy for growth and fuel efficiency within the area of Almaty and beyond.
16 A321neos are now inducted into the airline’s fleet, with EI-KGK being the latest aircraft, as per data from Planespotters.net.
The difference between the standard A321neo and the A321LR is the seat configurations laid out by the carrier.
For the standard neos, they offer 28 seats in Business Class and 151 in Economy, but on the LR variant, they offer 150 in Economy and 16 in Business.
Data from RadarBox highlights that EI-KGK departed Hamburg at 1422 local time on Monday as Air Astana flight KC1396.
Total flight time was seven hours and 15 minutes, with the aircraft making it to Almaty direct instead of needing a fuel stop.
The difference between the standard neo and the LR will be range, which will enable the airline to operate routes further away compared to the standard neo.
“The continued expansion of the Airbus A321LR fleet demonstrates the airline’s commitment to operate environmentally efficient aircraft, which also offer increased passenger comfort”, Air Astana said in a statement.
With the total fleet growing to 48 aircraft now, of which 40 are Airbus aircraft, all eyes will be on the Almaty-based carrier to see what additional expansion will take place as further deliveries are made.
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