Yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium dioxide is mainly used in thermal barrier coatings. However, the desired higher gas inlet temperatures have initiated the search for novel materials. Low thermal conductivity and high melting points are important criteria for the selection of these materials. This paper investigates a zirconate material with a pyrochlore structure and a high melting point. In addition, it investigates the sintering behavior of the coatings at elevated temperatures. Dilatometer tests are carried out at 1200 deg C for at least 70 hours. For samples which had been annealed for 24 hours at 1250 deg C, the change in the porosity distribution is determined by means of mercury porosimetry. The paper presents the first results of thermal cycling tests on a plasma-sprayed coating. These first results are very promising. Paper includes a German-language abstract.