Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered what it would be like to fly up into the stars? To slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of heaven, as the famous poem goes. New A321 neo-LR business class cabin of Air Astana brand will make you feel like an astronaut blasting off into the cosmos. With spacious lie-flat seats, an onboard bar, and panoramic windows, you’ll be transported to a whole new world.
On a recent flight from Bangkok to Almaty, I had the chance to experience this intergalactic adventure for myself. As I settled into my leather throne, a glass of champagne in hand, the engines roared to life and we accelerated down the runway. Within minutes we pierced through the clouds, leaving the bustling metropolis below as we climbed higher and higher. By the time we reached our cruising altitude, the sky had turned to inky blackness and I could see the faint glimmer of stars. For the next few hours, I drifted in and out of sleep, cocooned in my private universe as we slipped through the night. An out-of-this-world experience I won’t soon forget.
Checking in and Boarding A321 neo-LR of Air Astana
Checking in for your Air Astana flight is a breeze. At Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, head to the dedicated check-in counters for the Almaty flight at least 2 hours before departure. The friendly staff will check you in and tag your luggage in no time.
Once you’ve cleared immigration and security, make your way to Gate G5 where the A321neo LR awaits. Boarding is called about 50 minutes before the scheduled 1:20 am departure. As a business class passenger, you’ll be invited to board first so you can settle in, enjoy a welcome drink, and check out the seat controls.
The business class cabin has 12 lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration. Your leather seat converts into a fully flat bed almost 6 feet long so you can sleep comfortably on the 6-hour flight across Asia. An amenity kit, headphones, pillow, and blanket are provided. The entertainment system has a wide selection of movies, TV shows, games, and music to keep you occupied when you’re not snoozing the night away.
Flight attendants will serve a light meal after takeoff and a full breakfast before landing in Almaty. The menu features international cuisine with Kazakhstani influences. Don’t miss the chance to try Baursak, a fried dough snack, or Qurt, dried fermented yogurt balls. Pair your meal with a glass of wine or choose from a range of soft drinks and juices. Coffee, tea, and bottled water are available throughout the flight.
Before you know it, the lights will come up and it’s time for arrival. After deplaning, clear immigration and claim your bags. Your urban adventure in Almaty awaits! An Air Astana business class seat is the perfect way to start your trip rested and refreshed. Sweet dreams at 35,000 feet!
Settling into My Lie-Flat Business Class Seat
Once you’ve settled into your spacious lie-flat seat, it’s time to explore the amenities. Press a button to recline into a fully flat bed for sleeping, or keep it angled for lounging and dining. There’s ample legroom, so you can stretch out comfortably.
On your entertainment screen, you have access to hundreds of movies, TV shows, games, and music options. With noise-canceling headphones, you can tune out the world and tune in to your favorite entertainment. If you get hungry, simply call one of the friendly flight attendants for a snack from the on-demand menu.
For connectivity, each seat has power outlets, USB ports, and fast satellite Wi-Fi so you can stay productive or keep in touch with friends and family on the ground. Once you’ve handled business, kick back with a cocktail or premium wine from the open bar.
As for storage, there are compartments for all your essentials. Store smaller items in the seat pocket in front of you, and place coats, bags, and laptops in the overhead bins or spacious closets. No need to worry about crowding your space.
When it’s time to catch some z’s, recline fully flat and cozy up under the plush bedding provided. With a cabin altitude of only 6,000 feet for optimal comfort, you’ll sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed for your arrival in Almaty.
There’s no doubt Air Astana has perfected premium-class travel. Their lie-flat business seats, 5-star dining, top-notch entertainment, connectivity, bar, and lounges will make your flight a pleasure from takeoff to touchdown. Fasten your seatbelt, you’re in for a treat!
Indulging in Air Astana’s Business Class Cuisine
Air Astana’s business class menu on this flight featured an array of delicious Kazakh and international cuisine. Whether you crave something familiar or want to indulge in exotic flavors, there’s something to satisfy any appetite.
To start, you have a choice of four appetizers including a traditional borshch (beetroot soup) and an assortment of cold meats with pickles. For your main course, select from options like braised beef, chicken Kyiv, or trout with mushrooms and herbs. Each dish is made from high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and is full of authentic Kazakh zest.
- Braised Beef: Slow-cooked beef in a rich broth with potatoes, carrots and onions. Hearty, comforting, and packed with flavor.
- Chicken Kyiv: Breaded chicken breast stuffed with garlic herb butter. Crispy, golden brown on the outside, and oozing with flavor on the inside.
- Trout with Mushrooms: Pan-seared trout filet topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Fresh, light, and a healthier option.
If you have room for dessert, try the chocolate soufflé, cherry vareniki, or assorted fresh fruit and cheese. To perfectly complement your meal, choose from an extensive wine and beverage list including French champagnes, New Zealand sauvignon blancs, and full-bodied Australian shirazes.
Air Astana pulls out all the stops to make your flying experience as enjoyable as possible. Their business-class cuisine showcases the vibrant flavors of Kazakhstan with a modern, gourmet twist. From the first bite of borscht to the last spoonful of soufflé, you’ll be transported on a culinary journey to remember. Escape to the stars, one delicious mouthful at a time.
In-Flight Entertainment Options to Pass the Time
When you’re 35,000 feet in the air, the hours can pass slowly without entertainment options to keep you occupied. Luckily, Air Astana’s A321 Neo LR business class cabin has you covered with a variety of amusements at your fingertips.
In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) Screen
Each spacious business class seat has its own 15.6-inch IFE touchscreen with a variety of movies, TV shows, games, and other media to choose from. The selection includes the latest blockbusters and popular TV series along with classics and indie films. There are family-friendly
cartoons and games for any children traveling with you. With such a wide range of genres and options, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.
To fully immerse yourself in the IFE entertainment, make use of the provided noise-canceling headphones. These high-quality headphones block out the ambient noise of the cabin so you can enjoy your movie, show, or music without distraction. They provide crisp, clear sound so you catch every word of dialog or beat of your playlist.
Power and USB Ports
Keep your own devices charged during the flight using the AC power outlet and two USB charging ports at each business class seat. Stream your playlists, e-books, podcasts, or whatever media you prefer directly on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can also use the ports to charge other accessories like a portable charger, smartwatch, or wireless headphones.
For a small fee, Air Astana offers high-speed satellite Wi-Fi connectivity on their A321 Neo LR aircraft so you can stay online throughout your journey. Check your e-mail, browse social media, stream music, and more just as you would on the ground. The Wi-Fi also allows you to access the IFE selection directly on your device if preferred.
With these amenities at your disposal, the hours are sure to fly by fast. Sit back, relax, and enjoy world-class comfort combined with the latest technology as you escape to the stars on Air Astana’s A321 Neo LR business class.
Final Impressions: A Great Way to Fly Business Class
Once you’ve landed in Almaty after your flight, you’ll likely walk away with an extremely positive impression of Air Astana’s A321neo LR business class. Everything from the spacious lie-flat seats and high-quality amenities to the attentive service and delicious meals combine for an overall memorable experience.
Spacious Seats and Cabin
The 1-2-1 seat configuration provides ample room for sleeping or lounging in a fully flat bed. There are no awkward climb-overs required, and each seat has direct aisle access. Storage space is plentiful too, with room under the ottoman for your carry-on bag. The small business-class cabin creates an exclusive feel and allows for personalized service.
Air Astana provides premium amenities for ultimate comfort. The duvet, pillows, and mattress pad make it easy to sleep well on the fully lie-flat bed. Noise-canceling headphones, an amenity kit with Acca Kappa products, and pajamas add extra indulgence. Stay connected with fast Wi-Fi and easily charge your devices in the USB and AC power ports.
Delicious Cuisine and Drinks
The high-quality meals feature fresh, local ingredients from Kazakhstan and beyond. Perfectly cooked steak, seafood, or pasta are accompanied by sides like mushroom risotto or vegetable tian. For breakfast, options include omelets, fresh fruit, yogurt, and bakery items. Premium alcoholic drinks including champagne, wine, and cocktails complete the dining experience.
Attentive and Friendly Service
The crew provides tailored service with a smile, anticipating your needs without being overbearing. They make the time pass quickly, whether you choose to sleep, eat, work, or relax. Nothing seems too much trouble for them. By the end of the flight, you’ll feel like you’ve made new friends.
A journey on Air Astana’s A321neo LR business class is a trip to remember. From the spacious seats to the premium amenities, delicious cuisine, and stellar service, Air Astana delivers a truly exceptional flying experience for your escape to the stars.
So there you have it, a magical night under the stars in Air Astana’s lie-flat business class seats. The attentive crew, gourmet meals, and cozy cabin ensured you arrived in Almaty well-rested and ready to start your Kazakh adventure. While the overnight flight went by in the blink of an eye, the memories of stargazing at 37,000 feet will stay with you for years to come. If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world flying experience to a far-flung destination, Air Astana’s A321 neo-LR business class deserves a spot at the top of your list. Sweet dreams and happy travels!