Well it seems Austrian are treading in Lufthansa’s footsteps with the installation of slimline seats, in the blind direction of increasing seat capactiy on their planes.
The change to the fleet will be made at the same time as Lufthansa reconfigures their planes, and will be reconfigured for the European fleet.
The quote that Austrian are throwing around is:
“The most important thing is that passenger comfort will stay the same, but there will be more seats – The leg-room will still be the same as before.”
Which is nice except there’s less padding – so you feel the plastic/metal more easily against your posterior. Lovely.
Austrian, like BMI is a little basketcase of an airline, and has been chasing yield and passengers recently, and has been trying to go after the low cost carriers. And failing. By keeping the yield up using the smallest aircraft on the highest volume aircraft. Which lets face it – isn’t clever at all.
Austrian will therefore be deploying more larger aircraft on heavy routes, snubbing the smaller regional jets which could be redeployed.
But the fact is this. Sitting in a refurbished Lufthansa or Austrian aircraft may not be good for your posterior….