Austrian has announced that their first 767 slated for the upgrade to a Premium Economy cabin is now in the shop and the update has begun. At the same time, Austrian has now opened Premium Economy booking for all of their long haul flights scheduled for March 6, 2018 and onward.
The seat is identical to the one found aboard Lufthansa long haul birds except that the seat colors match the Austrian cabin decor.
As with the current product found aboard LH, the Austrian Premium Economy experience will be nearly identical as far as seat pitch, baggage allowance, and dining is concerned:
- Increased seat ‘pitch’ as compare to Economy
- Foot rests
- Amenity Kit
- Fold old tables with dedicated arm-rests
- 12 inch IFE screen
- One standard and one USB power port
- Checked baggage allowance of 2 pieces at 23kg (50 lbs) each
- Enhanced dining options
- Welcome aboard drink
In all, 12 aircraft will be retrofitted between now and March 2018. Once the €15 million retrofit is complete, Austrian will offer a total of 252 Premium Economy seats on their long haul 767 and 777 aircraft.
I suspect during the next few months (until March 2018) while the upgrades are taking place, Economy Class passengers will be offered low-cost or free upgrades to Premium Economy seats. Miles & More Senators & HON Circle members may receive complimentary upgrades as well. This will be take place on a flight by flight basis while the fleet is being upgraded. At least this is what happened while LH was going through the process of upgrading their fleet.
Austrian has announced that they will be replacing their Amenity Kits for long haul travel in Business Class.
The new kits should be in circulation by now and have 3 versions. For passengers departing Vienna, they will be given a small pouch with the typical amenity kit items inside. This kit is somewhat similar to the current kit.
For travelers heading to Vienna, they will receive a larger bag that can double as a shoe bag or a pouch for your cables, chargers, etc.
On certain flights an additional small rucksack will be given to passengers as well.
The cosmetic components of the kit are produced by ‘Edition Edelweiss’.
The 3 new versions of Austrian’s Business Class Amenity Kits
Lufthansa has started giving out ‘Summer Kits’ to kids who visit Lufthansa Lounges in Frankfurt or Munich. These kits contain Coloring Books, Baseball Caps and a variety of puzzles and other trinkets designed to occupy their time so Mom and Dad can enjoy their lounge visit that much more…. 😉
Lufthansa has also introduced a new book series designed for children. These books are available on board and available in German and English. These ‘Pixi’ books provide short stories about LH, LH Mascots and aviation in general. There will be multiple volumes of these books available during the next few months.
In addition, LH is introducing a new app designed to follow up ‘Take Off’ which was their first version of a children’s app. The new app, dubbed ‘Super JetFriends’, targets the 7 to 11 year old demographic and challenges them with a variety of scenarios. The app should be available for iOS and Android in early August.
Looking at all these products makes me think back 35 years ago when I began flying as an 8 year old…..I was damn lucky to just have a comic book and a ‘Road & Track’ to take aboard!
What do you remember as your ‘inflight entertainment’ when you were a kid?