Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana has begun offering passengers in-flight wifi following the installation of the service on its first B767 aircraft.
The airline will be installing wifi on all three of its B767s, with accessibility open to business and economy class passengers in three payment options. These range from Light (15MB), Business (50MB) and Super (100MB), all operating at an estimated speed of between two to five mbps. This opens up the option for web browsing, using social media, checking email and listening to audio, though likely not video streaming.
“One of our core missions at Air Astana is to be on the cutting-edge of technology and constantly enhance our passengers’ experience whether it’s on board or on the ground,” said Andrey Gulev, the airline’s manager of commercial engineering. “We proved this in 2016, when we became one of the first airlines to commit to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) high-speed in-flight connectivity system with Rockwell Collins. We’re delighted the service is now ready to launch and we are looking forward to hearing what our passengers think of being able to continue sending work emails throughout their flight or chatting to their friends on social media.”
Air Astana’s second B767 is set to be outfitted with wifi capability on October 20 this year and is the first airline to offer GX Aviation on widebody aircraft. The carrier’s B767s are outfitted with 30 business class seats in a staggered 1-2-1 layout and 193 economy seats in a 2-3-2 set up.
Business Traveller recently reviewed Air Astana’s A320 business class from Tbilisi to Almaty.