Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines has finished installing premium economy seats on its 11 long-haul aircraft, as part of a €15 million ($18.5 million) investment.

The Vienna-based carrier first announced plans to equip its fleet with premium economy in September 2016 and revealed the seat design in September 2017.

“All 11 long-haul aircraft in the Austrian Airlines fleet were gradually refitted to include the new travel class. A total of 228 premium economy seats were installed. The 12th long-haul jet [a Boeing 777-200ER], which Austrian Airlines will integrate into its fleet in the spring of 2018, will also be equipped with premium economy,” Austrian said in a statement issued March 13.

The seats, supplied by seat manufacturer ZIM, have been installed with a pitch of up to 97cm (38 inch). They are equipped with a footrest, a central armrest with fold-out table, in-seat power and a USB port.

Austrian has equipped its 767s with 18 premium-economy seats in a 2-2-2 seat configuration, by reducing 10 seats in business and 11 in economy class. The 777s are configured with 24 premium-economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout, by reducing 10 business and 20 economy-class seats.

Premium economy travelers can check in two 23kg (51 lb.) bags. On board, they receive an amenity kit, their meals are served on china flatware and IFE is displayed on 12-inch touchscreen monitors.

Austrian CCO Andreas Otto previously told ATW he is expecting a return of investment within one to two years.

Victoria Moores