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.
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 is 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.
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