Beginning on February 3rd, Kazakhstan flag carrier, Air Astana, is introducing a new class of travel on its Boeing 757s flying from Astana to London Heathrow and Frankfurt. Economy Sleeper Class, which has its own separate cabin with 36 economy seats. However, in Economy Sleeper mode, each seat triple will accommodate just one passenger, creating a 12-bed dormitory.
The armrests fold flush, and with the addition of a mattress, business class pillow and duvet, passengers can lie flat in some comfort, with the mattress smoothing some of the seat contours.
Additional benefits for Economy Sleepers include priority check-in and boarding, a 30kg baggage allowance, access to the business class lounge, a business class amenity kit.
“As part of the constant process of product and service innovation, Air Astana is delighted to introduce the new Economy Class Sleeper product, which provides many of the comforts and amenities of Business Class, but is attractively priced at the equivalent full economy class fare,” said Richard Ledger, Air Astana’s VP of worldwide sales.
UPDATE: We contacted the airline to clarify the fare structure for this class, and received the following for comparison:
Premium economy class/Economy Sleeper return
Fare Tax/Fee Total per psgr
ADT 1 1242.00 247.16 (may vary) GB£1,489.16
Premium economy class/Economy sleeper one way
ADT 1 621.00 176.16 (may vary) GB£797.16
Economy class unrestricted return
ADT 1 1202.00 247.16 (may vary) GB£1,449.16
Business class unrestricted return from
ADT 1 3300.00 318.16 (may vary) GB£3,618.16