Austrian Airlines to Add More Planes, Premium Economy Cabin, and Wi-Fi
Austrian Airlines said it will add several new short-haul and long-haul aircraft starting this year and will add a premium-economy cabin on long-haul jets.
Austrian’s parent, Lufthansa, approved the €100 million investment in new equipment this week at its Supervisory Board meeting as part of the airline’s “Next Level Austrian” strategy. In addition to the new planes, the Vienna-based airline will add 230 jobs.
The new aircraft include two Airbus A320 narrow-body jets and one Boeing 777 wide-body plane.
In addition, Austrian will add a premium-economy cabin on all Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft. Called Premium Eco, the new section will provide passengers with seats featuring greater recline and pitch and a larger seating surface. Each seat will also have a larger screen for in-flight entertainment and the in-flight dining options will be “upgraded,” the airline said. All Boeing 767 jets will receive 18 Premium Eco seats and the 777s will get 24. The number of business-class and coach seats will be reduced slightly to allow for the new configuration.
In-flight Internet will commence being available starting in November 2016 and the entire Airbus fleet will offer the service prior to the start of the summer 2017 schedule. The Wi-Fi service will use Ka-band satellite technology and support high-bandwidth applications such as streaming.
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