Austrian Airlines Expands Boeing 777 Premium Economy Offering

Closeup of an Austrian Airlines Boeing 777 in flight
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LONDON – Austrian Airlines has expanded its capacity offering when it comes to its Boeing 777 Premium Economy products, increasing this by 40 seats per aircraft.

The original Premium Economy offering onboard the aircraft was at around 24 seats, so it represents a substantial upgrade.

On top of this, Premium Economy passengers will now benefit from checking in two pieces of luggage as heavy as 23kgs per piece, free of charge.

Such an upgrade in capacity will add 144 seats to the product offering onboard Austrian’s Boeing 777 aircraft. Modification is expected to begin early next year, with it finalized by May 2023.

Commenting on the news was Austrian Airlines CCO Michael Trestl:

“By modifying our long-haul fleet, we are meeting the growing demand for more travel comfort. We look forward to welcoming even more guests in our Premium Economy Class”.

Economy class is also getting an upgrade too, with 14 extra seats to be added onto the 777s as well.

Thinking For Renewal…

Earlier last month, Austrian Airlines continued with its renewal plans by taking delivery of its 1st Airbus A320neo aircraft.

The first of the A320neo family aircraft is registered OE-LZN and is powered by the latest PW1100G Pure Power engines from Pratt & Whitney.

The aircraft was flown from Toulouse to Vienna on ferry flight number OS1472.

The newest member of the Austrian fleet was handed over to Austrian Technik after landing.

The technical team will take care of upgrading the cabin layout and seat installation, as well as painting the aircraft – this will take place in Bratislava, according to information accessed by the German portal aeroTELEGRAPH. The first commercial flight of the new A320neo is scheduled for mid-October.

As previously reported, the Austrian carrier will add four Airbus A320neo aircraft to the Austrian fleet between September 2022 and April 2023.

The aircraft will be delivered directly to Austria from an order placed by Lufthansa and will replace the oldest A320s in the fleet.

The new aircraft will make an important contribution to Austrian Airlines’ environmental responsibility, increase profitability and represent an important long-term investment in the Vienna hub.

The A320neos will be operated by Austrian Airlines on continental flights and initially on routes to London, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt.

The new aircraft, with a capacity of 180 seats, will significantly enhance travel comfort on short- and medium-haul routes.

Thanks to the innovative Airspace Cabin and slimmer side walls, passengers will benefit from more personal space, especially in the shoulder area.

The new cabin concept also offers up to 60 percent more capacity for carry-on luggage. To enhance passengers’ well-being, the Neos count with a new, flexible lighting system that adapts to the natural biorhythm.

Depending on the phase of the flight and the time of day, the cabin and lavatories are bathed in warm reds or cooler shades of blue.

Photo Credit: Austrian Airlines

“Modern and fuel-efficient aircraft, as well as sustainable fuels, are the biggest levers to achieve our ambitious climate targets. We want to halve our CO2 emissions by 2030 and operate CO2-neutral by 2050, both on the ground and on board.”

“The new A320neos will reduce not only emissions but also noise. A Neo takeoff is 50 percent quieter than comparable aircraft types”, says Austrian Airlines COO Francesco Sciortino.

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