Review: Austrian Airlines Business Class, A320

Review Austrian Business Class, A320
Austrian Airlines Business Class, A320

This Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Review is from our flight from Vienna VIE to Moscow DME, after arriving on an Austrian Airlines Business Class 767 flight from New York JFK to Vienna earlier that day.

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Cabin and Seat Selection

As is common for intra-European flights, Austrian Business Class on the A320 uses exactly the same seats as in Economy; all that's different is that no one is seated in the middle seat, only in the window seat and aisle seat.

Unless you prefer the bulkhead for some other reason, I recommend the 2nd row, since you're still close to the exit, but you have additional room underneath the seat in front of you for your feet and to store items. There's no stowage for anything, if you're seated in the bulkhead.

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Seat

Since the seat is the same as in Economy Class, it's quite narrow, at just 18 inches wide. There's no IFE screen on the seat backs, just the tray table.

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class

Each seat came with a red pillow, reflecting Austrian's red and white colors, and a grey blanket with red and white trim.

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Review: Red Pillow and Grey Blanket
Red Pillow and Grey Blanket, Austrian Airlines Business Class, A320

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Menu and Dining, Vienna to Moscow

Unlike transatlantic business class, there wasn't a pre-flight drink before take-off. We were, however, given the menu before take-off, which was printed in Russian, German and English:

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Dinner Menu
Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Dinner Menu, Russian and German
Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Menu

Prior to the meal we were offered drinks; we both chose water.

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Review: Water

Not being much of a fan of boiled beef, I chose the spinach spaetzle as my main. The meal was served all at the same time, on a tray.

Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Review: Dinner
Dinner, Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class

The flight crew also offered a selection of bread from a bread basket; I enjoyed the dark rye bread.

Bread Basket, Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Review
Bread Basket, Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class

I enjoyed the prawn appetizers, although the wasabi coleslaw had too much mayo and not enough wasabi for my taste.

Prawns with Wasabi Coleslaw, Austrian Airlines Business Class Review
Prawns with Wasabi Coleslaw, Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class

The creamy spinach spaetzle was mild in flavor as expected, but delicious. It would have been nice to have a bit of garlic and fines herbes in the sauce to liven it up, but overall, a solid vegetarian dish for a short haul flight.

Creamy Spinach Spaetzle, Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class Review
Creamy Spinach Spaetzle, Austrian Airlines A320 Business Class

The mascarpone dessert was forgettable, but that's pretty standard for short haul business class.

The Verdict

Austrian Airlines Business Class on the A320, as with most other intra-European business class, should really be thought of as Premium Economy. It's the exact same Economy seat, although you won't be shoulder to shoulder with another traveler, thanks to there being an empty middle seat. This is also handy for a parent traveling with a tired child, since you can fold up the arm rests and have your child stretch out across your lap and the other two seats.

While very simple, the meal was tasty, especially the spinach spaetzle with creamy sauce, and there was a nice selection of different breads in the bread basket.

If you've flown Austrian Airlines short haul business class on the A320, what was your experience?

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