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Austrian Equips Business Class in Its 777 Fleet to Accommodate More Premium Economy Seats | New

Austrian Airlines will reconfigure its Boeing 777-200ER fleet, shifting the balance from business class accommodation to premium economy.

It will remove six business class seats from each of its six planes, in order to increase accommodation in other cabins.

Austrian 777s are currently equipped with 306 seats, including 38 in business class, 24 in premium economy class and 244 in economy class.

But the carrier says it is seeing “growing demand” for premium economy class travel and will expand that cabin to 40 seats.

It will also fit 14 more economy class seats to each plane.

Austrian tells FlightGlobal it will cut six business seats as part of the reconfiguration, giving an overall net increase of 144 seats on the 777 fleet.

The Lufthansa Group airline says its premium economy cabin has “become a star product” with “increasing popularity” among leisure and business passengers.

“By modifying our long-haul fleet, we are responding to the growing demand for more travel comfort,” says Austrian Commercial Director Michael Trestl.

Austrian will begin the refit early next year and complete the change across the entire fleet by May 2023.