Austrian Airlines is making use of some of the space aboard the cabin and extending its Premium Economy Offering.
The explanation will be ready for next spring will expand the offering to its fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, increasing the service from its current 18 to 30 seats per aircraft.
The conversion of the Austrian Boeing 767 fleet will be carried out in the first quarter of 2022.
With the summer flight schedule of 2022, the three B767 aircraft that primarily serve destinations in North America will fly in the new cabin configuration.
The heart of the Premium Economy Class is a seat specially made for the Lufthansa Group, which offers passengers more legroom and comfort on their journey compared to Economy Class.
In addition, passengers in this travel class can check in two pieces of luggage, each weighing up to 23 kilograms and enjoy a culinary high-class program with a three-to four-course menu on board.
The Premium Economy Class offers a broader seat surface and generous seat spacing, a footrest, a separate armrest, a fold-out table and cocktail table, a 12″ IFE screen and both mains and USB Power outlets.
CCO Michael Trestl said
“As a genuinely Austrian airline, we carry ‘Premium’ in our hearts. With the expansion of the Premium Economy Class, we want to offer better travel comfort to even more passengers on long-haul routes,”
“This travel class appeals to all those who want a bit more comfort and service on long-haul trips yet still want to fly on a price-conscious basis. This is how we want to make the travel experience for each passenger individually customizable and improved.”
Expanding the offering
With the airline increasing the seat count of its Premium Economy Cabin, it is acknowledging that whilst it expects a premium market to existing, there may not the demand or budget for a full business class.
By sacrificing a few rows of economy seats to allow for an enhanced premium economy cabin, it should allow the airline to appeal to its customer who want an improved experience, yet don’t want to splurge.
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