Kazakhstan’s national carrier, Air Astana, will be making its Astana-London Heathrow service a daily operation starting June 1, 2018 with the addition of two extra weekly flights.
These new services will fly on Wednesdays and Fridays, though the schedules for the days do differ somewhat, particularly on the outbound flight from Astana.
Flight KC941 from Astana to London departs and arrives about two hours later on Wednesdays than on Fridays, while the return flight KC942 from London back to Astana is 10 minutes earlier on Wednesdays than on Fridays.
The schedule for the two new Wednesday and Friday flights is as follows:
|KC941||Astana (TSE)||London (LHR)||1435||1640||Wed|
|KC942||London (LHR)||Astana (TSE)||1755||0520+1||Wed|
Air Astana is the only carrier connecting the UK and Kazakhstan with non-stop services.
“London has consistently grown in significance, with both business and leisure travellers and it comes at an opportune time too for the airline strategically, as we start to plan for an IPO listing in both London and Kazakhstan,” said Air Astana CEO and president, Peter Foster.
Air Astana flies its 136-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft on the route, which comes with 16 seats in business class (laid out 2-2), 108 in economy and 12 Economy Sleeper Seats.
Tickets are currently available to book, with return fares starting at US$3,256 for business class, US$2,246 for Economy Sleeper and US$661 for economy.
The Kazakh flag carrier has been placing particular emphasis on its Astana hub, increasing frequencies on almost a dozen of its routes into and out of Astana last year. The airline’s London Heathrow service was among these, increasing to a five-times-weekly operation back in June.
Much of this expansion was aimed at capitalising on the Astana World Expo 2017, which the city hosted from June 10 to September 10 last year.
In September 2017, the airline began rolling out in-flight wifi onboard its B767 aircraft.