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January 10, 2013updated Jul 27, 2015

Maiden Voyage for New Austrian Airlines Long-haul Cabin

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Vienna, Austria – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

After completing a successful test flight and gaining official approval from aviation authorities, the first Austrian long-haul aircraft to feature the company’s completely remodeled long-haul cabin, a Boeing 777 bearing the identification code OE-LPD, last night embarked on its maiden flight. Flight no. OS45 took off from Vienna at 8.45 p.m. local time, and landed in Malé, capital of the Maldives, according to schedule eight hours and 40 minutes later.

The new fittings in the Economy Class on long-haul flights offer passengers more comfort. In Business Class, meanwhile, the new seats will offer a mix of intuitive operation, a built-in massage function, and extra storage space. The high level of reclining comfort offered to passengers by the new seats is due 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. A new in-flight entertainment system offers a wide choice of the latest movies, ensuring passengers enjoy non-stop on board entertainment. And as before, the award-winning DO&CO service, with its in-flight chef feature, will be provided for passengers’ culinary pleasure.

Austrian Airlines CCO Karsten Benz 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 harmonized with the wishes of our customers. We have invested over 115 million dollars 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. Around 1.1 million customers travel long-haul with Austrian Airlines on 5,500 flights every year.

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