New Look Cabins For Austrian Airlines, BMI Mid-Haul Fleets

With increasing competition from low cost carriers and an aging product, European carriers are introducing upgrades for aircraft operating their important short- and mid-haul flight segments. This week, Lufthansa Group members Austrian Airlines and BMI unveiled new cabins for its short- and mid-haul fleets.


Austrian Airlines

Vienna-based Austrian Airlines has begun fitting a new seat for its short- and mid-haul Economy Class cabin onboard its fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 type aircraft. Named The Europe Seat, it has been developed by German seat manufacturer Recaro and can currently be found on 3 of Austrian Airlines’ A319 aircraft.


The new seat offers a slimline design with the seat pocket moved higher for better access while freeing up space for 5 centimeters of additional legroom. Its lightweight construction also allows the airline to install an average of 5 additional seats on each aircraft. Covered in perforated grey leather with red accents, the seats will inprove passenger comfort while matching the overall colour scheme of the cabin.


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Fellow Lufthansa Group airline BMI unveiled a revamped Business and Economy Class onboard its mid-haul fleet earlier this week. The airline has announced that its 9 Airbus A321 and 2 A320 jets will be refurbished and repainted into the regular livery as part of an ongoing programme at the British airline set to be completed by May 2011.


Passengers flying between the UK and BMI’s mid-haul destinations, including Addis Ababa, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Freetown, Khartoum, Moscow, Tbilisi, Tehran and Yerevan, will be able to experience the new onboard product. All seats feature new multi-density foam cushions for better passenger comfort and have been reupholstered with brown leather covers with black stitching to complement the recently introduced carpet and headrest covers. A new dynamic lighting system, bulkheads and curtains contribute to a refreshed look and feel to the cabin.


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