The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6831 posts, RR: 54 Posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11130 times:
Date: 17 October 2007
Route: Washington (IAD) %u2013 Vienna (VIE)
Flight: OS 94
Flight Time: 8:00h
Dep. Time: 18:05
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200/ER
Dep. Gate: D 30
I arrived in the afternoon from Los Angeles on UA 946 and had been told by Austrian staff over the phone that I would have to go to their counter to check before I could go to the gate. My flight had arrived early and I was at the Austrian check in counter about three hours before departure and there was a very short wait of about two minutes before I was checked in. Since I was traveling standby, I was given a DM card to get thru security and was told that I would get my seat assigned at the gate. The guy also told me that the flight was open and that I should have no problem getting on.
I went thru the employee checking and met some old co-workers my way the gate. I was very pleased to see OE-LPD at the gate since that's the only 777 purposely built for Austrian, the other three having been built for Lauda Air. I flew on OE-LPA with Lauda in February 1998 Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and it was a very nice flight.
I checked at the gate twice before they gave my boarding pass and I was happy that I got a window seat and forward in the cabin. Boarding was supposed to start about 55 minutes before departure, 10 minutes earlier than on a UA international flight. First a call for Business class was called and about five minutes boarding for Economy Class and it was done by row numbers, higher row numbers first. I was in the last batch to board. When I got on board I noticed that my window seat was mostly windowless, just a wall with the actual window missing. I could see a little bit forward thru that window and a little bit behind me as well but this was very disappointing.
I was seat next to an older American couple and also noticed that there were very few empty seat on the flight. I thought there would be 50 or more open seat this late in the season but there were probably less than 10 open seats on the whole aircraft. Most passengers were either older Americans traveling with a tour group or East Europeans going back to visit family, very few Austrians on the flight.
The seat was comfortable and legroom was okay although the box for the in flight entertainment system took up a lot of space. There was also a leg rest along with the winged head rest and the video screen was very large; larger than UA and AF for comparison. There were pillows and blankets at every seat along with a headset, same type as on Air Canada, the type where you hang it over the ear. Push back was a few minutes late but we would make up that lost time in flight and I was in no hurry. The safety video was played and it was very funny. It was done like a cartoon with a guy checking out a single mom and her child with his tie getting stuck in the tray table etc. Very good!
Take off was short and it was great to feel the power of those GE90 engines. Soon after take off, a beverage service started which included a snack mix.
Shortly there after, the entertainment system was turned on and I started to watch my first movie, Irina Palm which was a British movie and it was good. Soon after the trash had been collected, dinner was served and there were two choices; Thai chicken curry or grilled salmon. I had the Thai chicken curry which also came with salade Nicoise and profiteroles as desert. The food was very good and the portions were slightly larger than normal. I asked for a can of coke and the flight attendant gave it to me. I had a Bailey's after the dinner which is great to sip on.
Other entertainment options included videogames and gambling but I did't try eirher, I watched another film instead, Georgia Rule which was a nice film. The Airshow map was on as well and there were also bird's eye view and nose view cameras. A lot of people went to sleep after dinner but I stayed up. The flight attendants were friendly and efficient and came back every hour offering drinks to keep us from getting too dehydrated. They offered mostly water but also apple and orange juice. Very nice!
Towels were giving out in the morning right before breakfast was served about 90 minutes before arrival. Breakfast was an assortment of cold cut ham and cheese along with yoghurt and a muffin.
One I took note of during the flight was that the overhead bins in the center section of the aircraft were about 25 % longer than the overhead bins on the side. I have never noticed that before and may be a feature on newer 777s, this aircraft having been delivered in Feb07.
Routing was a normal Transatlantic routing from Washington over Boston over New Foundland, Northern Ireland, Birmingham, straight over Amsterdam past Dresden, east of Prague before turning south for descent and later landing at Vienna.
All in All, a very nice experience with Austrian and it reminded me a lot of my experience with Lauda Air from Feb98. Austrian in 2007 had the same entertainment system as Lauda had in 1998; not sure if that says more great things about Lauda in 1998 or less good things about Austrian in 2007%.......
This is the 38th 777 carriers' 777 I have flown on and three more coming up in a few weeks....
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....LX and LH 777s
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4402 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10767 times:
well documented report on OS. They seem to offer good service in Eco on their longhaul flights.
I remember a same kind of experience on my KUL-VIE flight on board 'LPA', still on Lauda Air those days. I really liked that Austrian soda called 'Almdudler' ?! Is this still on the menu ?
My next OS trips are next month, and I'm looking forward to fly them again.
Thanks for sharing,
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10183 times:
Just Planes Videos put out a World Air Routes DVD on an OS 777 with a round trip VIE-SYD with stops at KUL. 2 different 777's were used but they weren't the one you flew on. The DVD is mostly in the cockpit but they do also include ground scenes like flight planning, and you get some good shots at SYD and KUL. One part of the DVD shows their cabin service. If you haven't seen this DVD I highly recommend you get it.
Semsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9848 times:
I would like to fly on OS transatlantic; they seem great and I love Austrian food. In the early 1970s OS started a Vienna to New York flight in cooperation with Sabena via Brussels using B707s. My aunt took this flight from Brussels. However the service did not do well and it was cancelled after about one year or two. OS only got back into the US market years later. How the world has changed. I think they do well on this route due to connections to Eastern Europe which since the fall of communism is booming.
Yes, it has taken me 10 years so it has been a long project and getting expensive; looking for sponsors.....
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2): The food looks great - good to see OS keeps up the cooperation with caterer DO&CO once started by Niki Lauda.
Yes, the food was good but the food on my Lauda flight was even better; probably the best I have ever had in economy on any flight.
Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 3): FAs do not collect trash. They collect your "used service items".....
Good one; I'll keep that in mind!
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5): I really liked that Austrian soda called 'Almdudler' ?! Is this still on the menu ?
I didn't ask for it so I have no idea. Stuck with proven beverages like Coca Cola.
Quoting DALCE (Reply 9): How many airlines with 777's do you have to go untill you've got them all?
Currently missing three (Air India, Jet Airways and Kenya Airways) but will remedy that in about two weeks. I plan another long-haul trip in early December to fly on QR's new 77W that will be in service at that time. Trip reports to follow.....
Thanks for the nice comments!
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....LX and LH 777s
Mk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7890 times:
First off, nice TR. I travel to DEL and OS is one of the many options to get there from IAD. They hava always been good and connecting at VIE is awesome, you don't have to go too far. Food has always been decent on OS, I agree that the entertainment system could see an upgrade.
Its been the 772ER for quite a while, on an odd day they got in the A343 (i thought swiss already got their 2). In fact, i think DEL will be upgraded to a 772ER this winter as well but i think BOM will still be on the cramped 763ER. I personally don't like the 763ER, they make a snug fit for a tall guy like me. I wished they had held onto their A332's (felt more spacious) instead and bought more of these and phased out the 767's.
Hope you have a fun trip. Will eagerly await a TR.