Lufthansa and Austrian are introducing a new concept that will allow Economy Class passengers to choose a seat further forward in the cabin for a nominal fee.

The concept is already in use by SWISS, and allows passengers to choose a seat that is closer to the aircraft’s exit (not exit rows!).    The preferred zone will be behind Premium Economy class on aircraft equipped with “Prem Eco”, and will will be immediately behind Business Class on birds that do not have a Premium Economy section.

The zones will be available on all long haul flights operated by Lufthansa and Austrian.   The fee for the seat will range between €30 and €50 ($37 to 62$).   The price is per segment, and will vary based on the length of the flight.

Passengers will be allowed to start using this new program on February 20 for flights that take place from March 7 and onward.

Miles&More HONs and Senators will continue to be able to choose their seats free of charge.