Austrian Airlines has announced plans to increase the number of premium economy seats on its remaining B767 aircraft.

The carrier launched its long-haul premium economy product in 2018, and currently offers 18 of the seats on its B767 aircraft.

Austrian is in the process of retiring half of its B767 fleet, and from the first quarter of next year the airline will expand the premium economy cabin on its remaining three B767s to 30 seats.

Austrian Airlines to retire half of B767 fleet

The work is set to be completed in time for the start of the summer 2022 schedules, with the aircraft primarily serving North American destinations.

Features of the seat – which was produced for the Lufthansa Group by manufacturer ZIM – include up to 38 inches of legroom, a footrest (second row onwards), a 12-inch TV screen and individual power outlets and USB ports.

Premium economy passengers benefit from two pieces of checked luggage weighing up to 23kg each, an onboard welcome drink, amenity kit and “three to four-course meal”.

Commenting on the news CCO Michael Trestl said:

“As a genuinely Austrian airline, we carry ‘Premium’ in our hearts. With the expansion of the Premium Economy Class, we want to offer better travel comfort to even more passengers on long-haul routes.

“This travel class appeals to all those who want a bit more comfort and service on long-haul trips yet still want to fly on a price-conscious basis. This is how we want to make the travel experience for each passenger individually customizable and improved.”