Carriage of Special Equipment

 

Whether you are a part of a sporting team or musical organisation, going off on tour or an individual departing on an active break, we know that the transportation of your specialist equipment is vital for the success of your trip. When you travel with Air Astana, rest assured that we will take the necessary steps to ensure the safe and timely arrival of your equipment. Air Astana can accommodate a whole range of specialist baggage to make your trip rewarding.

 

Sports Equipment

Skis and Snowboards

When travelling with skis there is no requirement to pre-book.

We ask that they are properly packed and we will transport them as part of your checked baggage in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

If the weight of the ski equipment is more than the free allowance (20 kg in economy class and 30 kg in business class) we ask that you pay the excess baggage rate, which will depend on the route that you are flying.

One package may consist of:

  • a pair of skis
  • a pair of ski poles
  • a pair of ski boots
  • snowboard

This policy, whereby pre-booking is not required and the weight of your equipment is counted as part of the free baggage allowance included in your ticket, is the same for the following sports equipment: tennis, squash, badminton, fishing, water-skis, horse-riding equipment, inline skating, archery and for paddles and oars.

Surf Boards and Kite Boards

Like ski equipment, boards of all types that are properly packed can be transported as checked baggage in the cargo hold. Boards, however, will be transported free of charge and not counted towards your baggage allowance provided that they are less than 140 cm long and less than 5 kg in weight. If they are longer or heavier than this, passengers carrying boards will be charged a flat rate:

  • for domestic routes 5 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from Kazakhstan 9 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from other countries 25 EUR

One passenger can carry only one board. The maximum loadable length will vary by aircraft, so please make sure you pre-book via your agent or special.services@airastana.com.

Canoes

Please make sure that canoes are properly packed for transportation. The special sports tariff is 

  • for domestic routes 7 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from Kazakhstan 15 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from other countries 50 EUR

In order to verify that the canoe will fit safely within the aircraft type operating the flight you intend to take, please pre-book giving the dimensions of the canoe with your travel agent or special.services@airastana.com. As is industry practice, if you are presenting canoes for carriage we will ask you to sign a disclaimer of liability concerning damage to the equipment.

Bicycles

Air Astana can carry bicycles that have been properly packed for transportation. This will include the removal of pedals and deflation of tyres. For bicycles of all sizes Air Astana applies a special sporting rate 

  • for domestic routes 7 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from Kazakhstan 15 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from other countries 50 EUR

There is a limit of one bicycle per passenger and you can pre-book with your agent or via special.services@airastana.com.

Golf Equipment 

In order to carry golf equipment you do not need to pre-book. All you need to do is pack your equipment properly so that it can be transported in the cargo hold. The normal charge for golf equipment is 

  • for domestic routes 5 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from Kazakhstan 9 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from other countries 25 EUR

Starting from May 2017 golf equipment can be carried as part of free normal baggage allowance on the following routes: Delhi – Almaty – Delhi, Kuala Lumpur – Almaty – Kuala Lumpur, Dubai – Almaty – Dubai, Bangkok – Almaty – Bangkok. If baggage weight exceeds the limits, normal excess baggage rates will be applied.

Diving Equipment

Diving equipment does not require pre-booking either. The normal charge for diving equipment is

  • for domestic routes 5 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from Kazakhstan 9 000 KZT 
  • for international routes departing from other countries 25 EUR

One set of diving equipment is considered to be comprised of:

  • a buoyancy control device
  • a regulator
  • a mask and snorkel
  • a pair of fins
  • a weight belt with weights

Please make sure that diving bottles are empty and the valves are open for transportation. A deactivated diving lamp with its bulb or battery removed can only be transported as hand baggage. Please notify check-in staff if you are carrying a diving lamp in your hand baggage. For more information on the transportation of diving equipment please contact special.services@airastana.com


Sports Weapons

If you would like to carry sports or other types of weapons (including souvenir and model) on international flights, please contact the Special Services desk (special.services@airastana.com) in advance to get detailed information. On domestic flights there is no need to make an advance request for weapon carriage.

FOR THAILAND, SOUTH KOREA AND UAE* ONLY. When filing an enquiry in Bangkok, you will also need your licence, a copy of your passport and permission from the National Shooting Sport Association of Thailand. If you wish to transport weapons to South Korea and UAE, please send all documents to: special.services@airastana.com.

*Request processing by Dubai Airport is performed on a fee basis 110 Arab dirhams.


Musical Instruments and Fragile Items

If you are planning to travel with your musical instrument, such as a cello or double bass, you will be asked to purchase an extra seat for it. Your agent or local Air Astana office can assist in purchasing a ticket for your instrument. The maximum weight of the instrument that can be carried on board is 75 kg with maximum dimensions of 120 x 50 x 30 cms.

Guitars, saxophones or similar-sized musical instruments can be transported as checked baggage and carried in the cabin.

In order to transport fragile items with a maximum weight of 75 kg and a maximum size of 120 x 50 x 30 cms please purchase an extra seat. For further information on the transportation of musical instruments within the cabin and to make your request, please contact special.services@airastana.com.

Televisions and home technical and electrical equipment are not suitable for transportation in the cabin. Please contact Air Astana’s cargo sales department at cargo@airastana.com.