Austrian takes off with new 777 long-haul cabin
After official approval from aviation authorities, the first Austrian long-haul aircraft to feature the company’s completely remodelled long-haul cabin, a Boeing 777 bearing the identification code OE-LPD, will embark on its maiden flight this evening.
Flight no. OS45 will take off from Vienna at 8.45 p.m. local time, and land in Malé, capital of the Maldives, according to schedule eight hours and 40 minutes later.
The new fittings mean passengers travelling Economy Class on long-haul flights will have the opportunity to enjoy an entirely new level of seating comfort.
In Business Class, meanwhile, the new seats will offer a persuasive mix of intuitive operation, a built-in massage function, and extra storage space. The standard of reclining comfort offered to passengers by the new seats is thanks to their innovative combination of an air cushion system and the option to convert them into full-flat beds.
The new cabin in the Boeing 777 offers space for a total of 308 passengers, with 260 people in the Economy Class section and 48 in Business Class.
Austrian Airlines CCO Karsten Benz said the following about the new cabin: “Comfort and service are the top priorities at Austrian Airlines. With this new long-haul cabin, we are offering a product perfectly harmonised with the wishes of our customers. We have invested over 90 million euros in our aircraft to achieve this.”
Austrian Airlines is converting its entire long-haul fleet, which consists of four aircraft of the Boeing 777 type and six Boeing 767, on a step-by-step basis.