Austrian is in the process of installing a new business class product throughout their longhaul fleet, a project that should be completed by April of 2013. This is pretty exciting since Austrian is known for having excellent catering, so with this new seat they should have a truly world class business class product.
Originally the first planes with the new business class were supposed to be in service as of early this month. Unfortunately they’ve kept pushing the start date back, as apparently there’s a bit of a delay with the installation.
As of now it looks like the inaugural flight with 767 new business class will be from Vienna to Dubai on December 24:
And the inaugural flight with 777 new business class will be from Vienna to Tokyo on December 23:
Now, usually I try to avoid “stalking” airline schedules as much as possible, though I have a bit of a stake in this, since I’ve been planning a 90,000 US Airways mile business class award from the US to Asia via Europe, and one of the main reasons for it was to try Austrian’s new business class. I’ve kind of been holding off until one of these reconfigured planes starts flying and I have a good chance of getting it, though I can’t wait forever.
So instead I might just take the opposite approach, and fly EgyptAir and Ethiopian business class to Asia via Africa. If nothing else that would make a more interesting trip report, right?