Air Astana has opened ticket sales for a new direct flight from Almaty to Tel Aviv, which will be operated twice weekly by Airbus A321 neo long-range (LR) aircraft starting in September.

This service represents an expansion of the airline’s route network in a new direction and provides the first direct air service between Kazakhstan and Israel.

The flight will depart Almaty at 0430 and arrive in Tel Aviv at 0815 on Thursdays, whilst on Sundays, it will depart at 0410 with arrival at 0755. Return flights will be operated at 0930 with arrival in Almaty at 1820. All times local.

The duration of the flights will be 6 hours 45minutes outbound and 5 hours 50 minutes inbound to Almaty.

Air Astana’s new-technology A321LRs feature 16 lie-flat business class seats across an alternating 2-2 and 1-1 configuration, as well as 150 economy seats across a 3-3 configuration with 32 inches of legroom.

The cost of a round-trip ticket in economy class starts from US$603 and from US$1438 in business class.

Kazakhstan citizens require a visa to enter Israel.

In related news, Air India recently confirmed a frequency increase to five weekly Boeing 787 flights between its Delhi hub and Tel Aviv.

The city of Tel Aviv is famous for its sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea and offers tourists a unique blend of culture, architecture, history, entertainment and cuisine.

“We are delighted to offer our passengers the opportunity to take advantage of the new Air Astana service to Tel Aviv and discover a unique country in the Middle East,” commented Air Astana Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Adel Dauletbek.

“Tel Aviv is an exciting city with limitless opportunities for tourism and new discovery. The high level of comfort and quality of service on our flights will make this journey unforgettable.”