25 SEPTEMBER 2017
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The trend towards Premium Economy has picked up a new recruit, with Austrian Airlines moving to introduce the service from 6 March next year. It has begun refitting the 11-strong Boeing B767 long-haul fleet, with a 12th aircraft joining next spring.
Features include a new larger seat, separate central armrest with fold-out table and cocktail table, 12in screen with remote control for in-flight entertainment, a power outlet and USB port at each seat and a free baggage allowance of two checked pieces up to 23kg each.
CCO Andreas Otto said: “The new Premium Economy Class is an important milestone in our strategy aimed at linking the issue of individualisation with quality, giving passengers a wider choice according to their needs.”
In another development, Austrian has signed a wet-lease deal with its Star Alliance partner Adria Airways with the aim of having reserve aircraft available for greater flexibility in flight planning.
The carrier says it will lease Canadair CRJ900 aircraft along with cockpit and cabin crew, with one starting this month and the other as of 1 October.
The jets can accommodate 86 passengers, a larger seating capacity than Austrian’s Bombardier Q400s, and will be operated throughout the network with planned destinations including Warsaw, Venice and Bucharest.
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