Good morning from Tokyo Narita! I just flew from Vienna on one of Austrian’s newly reconfigured 777s, featuring their new business class seats. I’m thrilled to have lucked out with the new business class, since only one of their 777s features it so far.
The first thing worth noting is that their business class seat is identical to the one on Brussels Airlines, minus the colors. I flew them two days ago from New York to Brussels, and as some of you may recall I found the foot “cubby” to be far too small, to the point that I would have traded it for an angled flat business class seat.
As many of you pointed out in the comments section of that post, the problem is that I selected one of the “throne” seats, which is the single seats. While they’re extremely spacious in terms of elbow room, they’re tight by the feet.
Conversely, the sets of two seats have plenty of legroom and limited shoulder space.
Having learned from that, I got the best of both worlds today. The flight was reasonably empty, so I hung out and had lunch in the “throne” seat, while I slept in one of the sets of two seats (of which there were several open).
This made a huge difference. There was plenty of room for my feet, and I slept like a baby. Of course the catch is that if you’re not actually traveling with someone it would suck to be stuck next to a stranger on a full flight, since there’s very little privacy between seats. But I do stick to my opinion that these are among the best business class seats out there for couples traveling together.
As far as the rest of the flight goes, it was simply awesome. Austrian’s catering is done by DO & CO and the best business class catering I’ve experienced, possibly on par with some first class products.
And they also have a dedicated coffee menu. Yes, you heard me right, a separate coffee menu with over a dozen types of coffee. They sure know the way to my heart!
I’ll have more details with the trip report, though this product is a winner. And so is Brussels’ for that matter, now that I know not to select one of the “throne” seats.
The fact that Austrian has amazing business class award availability between the US and Europe makes this even awesomer.
And now, in true crazy fashion, I’m doing a direct “turn” to Istanbul. I can assure you the check-in agent wasn’t amused when she learned I was traveling from Vienna to Istanbul via… Tokyo Narita!
I believe Turkish has wifi, so hopefully I can share my thoughts of that experience from onboard… I’m globally yours, after all!
On a semi-unrelated note I listened to an entire Taylor Swift album on the entertainment system because I ran out of other entertainment options. Why on earth would anyone date her? Damn, she’s angry!