The Air Astana Group fleet has grown to 50 aircraft following the arrival of a new Airbus A321 neo from the manufacturer’s assembly line in Hamburg, Germany.

The latest A321 neo cabin features Airbus’ new “Airspace Cabin” in economy class, which offers larger overhead lockers and a “moonlight” cabin lighting system that was previously only featured on the airline’s long-haul aircraft.

With its latest A321 neo, Air Astana increased the economy class seat count to 156 seats, from 151 previously, while business remains in a 28-seat, alternating 2-2 and 1-1 configuration.

The expansion of the fleet reflects Air Astana’s strategy to grow its fleet to 80 aircraft by the end of 2028, the Kazakh premium flag carrier says.

Mainline Air Astana currently has 32 aircraft, while its dedicated low-cost carrier FlyArystan has grown to 18 aircraft in its operating fleet.

Air Astana Group currently serves over 90 destinations in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, China, Germany, Greece, India, Korea, Montenegro, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and the United Kingdom.

From 2025, Air Astana will add its maiden Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and it plans to fly them to destinations including New York, its chief executive Peter Foster told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific in Almaty last year.

On the 787-9s, Air Astana will for the first time launch a proper premium economy product, as well as 30 premium business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.