The Austrian Airlines regional Economy Class offers a decent level of comfort for flights within Europe. In this airline review, we’ll explain what you can expect of a flight with Austrian!
Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group and mainly operated flights to and from Vienna. I had the chance to fly with Austrian on two different flights, one from Paris to Vienna and one from Vienna to Cracow.
While the first flight was operated by an Airbus A320, the second one was operated by a turboprop Dash Q-400. As the differences aren’t too big (aside from the different seating arrangement), I’ll sum up both flights in this review!
Depending on the type of aircraft, Austrian offers either a 2-2 or 3-3 seating configuration. The latter can be found in all Airbus A319, Airbus A320 and Airbus A321. The former is to be found on Embraer and Bombardier Dash Q-400 planes. The Airbus seating looked modern and fresh to me, making the cabin to be a comfortable place for a regional flight.
The Dash Q-400 cabin on the other hand felt a little cramped and the seats were obviously older.
The seating in the Airbus A320 aircraft is the typical slimline seat you’ll also find in the Lufthansa Economy Class. I actually think that it’s comfortable enough for a two-hour flight, but not for longer journeys as it’s a really thin seat.
Despite that, I actually like that the seats offer a decent legroom and a good “net” for storing a laptop, newspapers or magazines.
The Dash seats are somewhat more comfortable as they are thicker, but the legroom is more limited. Nevertheless, I’d say that the Austrian Airlines seating is generally comfortable enough for regional flights and definitely better than what the likes of EasyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air are offering.
When it comes to catering, I was left a little disappointed with Austrian. While in the Swiss Economy Class you’re getting a small baguette of sorts on regional flights, Austrian just offers a mini-snack consisting of crackers alongside your choice of drink.
Both, Lufthansa and Swiss, offer superior catering on international flights, with Lufthansa offering this kind of catering on domestic rather than international flights. I was also not asked whether I want a second drink and skipped all together in that regard on the second flight. That said, I wouldn’t say that the Austrian Airlines Economy Class catering is great. Sure, it’s free, but that’s about it.
With Lufthansa cutting newspapers and magazines on board, it’s not surprising that those aren’t offered by Austrian Airlines either. Yet, you can download some e-papers pre-flight when having the app. Other than that, there’s a nice enough board magazine available.
What’s great about the Airbus fleet of Austrian is that WiFi is offered. It’s relatively fairly priced and there are different packages depending on what you want to use the WiFi for (there are different speed limits).
All in all, the catering options are alright for a regional flight, but not groundbreaking by any means.
The Austrian Airlines regional Economy Class is a comfortable enough way to fly within Europe. Catering is included in the fare, the seats aren’t terrible, legroom is good and the entertainment options are okay. While I wouldn’t go out of my way to fly Austrian, I’d at least pay a little extra if a low-cost-carrier would be the alternative choice.