Austrian Airlines Invests In New Long-Haul Cabins

Austrian Airlines announced today the installation of new Business and Economy Class cabins to all 10 long-haul Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft in its fleet. The move is the latest in a series of measures undertaken by the Star Alliance member to improve its product and service quality, which began in 2011 with the introduction of a new Europa product to its medium-haul aircraft and the offering of a la carte dining menus from DO&CO in June 2012.

The entire interior design of the aircraft is being reworked, using the Austrian Airlines colours of white, red and light blue to create a calming and stress-reducing effect. This is contrasted by seats with understated grey fabric covers and luxury finishes in Business Class.

The new Business Class seat will allow direct aisle access for 4 in 5 passengers on the B777 and all passengers on the B767. Offering up to 24 inches of width, the impressive new high-tech seat converts into a full-flat bed of approximately 2-meters in length. An innovative air cushion system allows passengers to individually adjust the degree of hardness of the seat, while an in-built massage function provides complete relaxation.

Austrian Airlines’ new ergonomic Economy seat is designed to provide a more comfortable relaxing position with the seat moving forward as the back reclines. Configured in a 3-4-3 layout in the B777 and a 2-3-2 layout in the B767 with a 31-inch seat pitch, it is upholstered in an unobtrusive shade of grey has a very specific feature and boasts a fully-adjustable headrest.

Flatscreen monitors (15-inches in Business Class and 9-inches in Economy Class) showcase the updated audio-video on-demand entertainment system. The intuitive touchscreen interface supports multiple languages including English, German, Japanese and Mandarin.

The converted B777s and B767s will be used on Austrian’s long-haul network, covering Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Male and Tokyo (Narita) in Asia, New York (John F. Kennedy), Washington (Dulles) and Toronto in North America.

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