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A pretty video of Austrian Airlines new business class!

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Austrian Airlines offered me a very small bribe to encourage me to learn about their new business class seat!

I am normally immune to such things as regular readers know, but – as it happens – I am actually going to be flying Austrian Airlines down to Dubai in a fortnight.  This was the last redemption I made using my bmi Diamond Club miles last year.

Austrian new business class

Looking at the Austrian Airlines website, it seems that we are going to be lucky and will be on one of the few planes they currently have with the new business class seating.  Not that they have a big fleet in the first place! :

We are refurbishing all ten aircrafts in our long-haul fleet – six Boeing 767s and four Boeing 777s.  The first Austrian long-haul aircraft to feature the company’s completely remodelled long-haul cabin – a Boeing 777 – departed from Vienna on January 9th to Malé, capital of the Maldives.  Our second redesigned aircraft – a Boeing 767 – is also operating since January 19th.

The seat does look OK though – fully flat and almost two metres in length.  Do&Co are also responsible for the catering, which is the same upmarket corporate catering group that served me the food that I raved about in the Lufthansa First Class terminal a couple of weeks ago.

If you have Star Alliance miles, Austrian Airlines availability is generally quite good – not surprising, given that it is a small country with a disproportionately large airline.

Take a look at the video below if you want to see more about the new seat.

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Comments (16)

  • Alan says:

    It does look nice – same layout as LX business, which I enjoyed (apart fromthe ssmall foot cubby on the singleseats). Hope you have a good trip, any plans to pop your recent Air Berlin TR up soon, I’d be interested to hear how it went!

    • Rob says:

      The airberlin report is written, just waiting for a spot when there is no time sensitive stuff to run instead. Possibly this weekend.

      • Alan says:

        Great, thanks Raffles – looking forward to it 😀 (although my planned trip with them may get switched to a BA A380 trip instead!)

    • tom says:

      Is there less leg room on the single seats than on the twin once ?

      • Don says:

        No. The seats are essentially the same as the LX ones, albeit refreshed. For a solo traveller the single ones would be best.

        • Alan says:

          If they’re the same as the LX ones (and they look it), then personally I wouldn’t go fo the single seat that has tables on both sides (aka Captain Kirk seat!) – they cubbyhole for your feet is really quite small and when fully reclined I found it quite uncomfortable. I’d go for one of the other seats that has a bit more space for your feet – it’s not the length that’s the issue, it’s the constricted amount of room to move that I found difficult. I’m not alone in thinking this either – see Lucky’s trip report (http://boardingarea.com/blogs/onemileatatime/2013/01/29/first-impressions-of-brussels-airlines-business-class/) – about halfway through he’s got a photo of it.

          • Don says:

            Isn’t the cubbyhole the same size as the double seat one (which is very small, agreed)? I thought the only difference was the extra “desk space” of the Captain Kirk seat.

          • Alan says:

            Hi Don – my impression from Lucky’s review and others that I’ve read was that the foot cubby space was better for the other seats and was particularly constained in this one. Ironic given that on LX only *G or equivalent are able to pre–select these seats!

  • Phillip says:

    I have to say, it’s nice to finally see airlines like Austrian and Iberia up their game on their hard premium product. It will be interesting to see what KLM will bring to the table as one of the last remaining EU legacy carriers not to have gone flat in the bedroom department!

  • tom says:

    Looks like the new BA 321 midhaul flights to the middle east , far away from the normal BA club world but not to bad .

  • dave says:

    how much did they pay you 😉

  • The_Pope says:

    I’ve never flown Austrian but will bear it in mind in the future. Advertising DOES work (a little; sometimes) 🙂

  • Steve says:

    I cant see the video..

    • Don says:

      Ad Block blocks the video. Pause Ad Block and refresh and you should see it.

  • David says:

    Odd video – highlighting the things people are forced to do when some seats don’t have direct aisle access!

    But to be honest I do like like that seat product, I’ve not tried it with Austrian, I do like it on Swiss, so good to know Austrian have it….