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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16929 times:

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So time to go on another Swiss mini trip. This time it was to be Vienna. I had not been for around two years and wanted to see it again. I booked my flights on Swiss.com and got an E ticket emailed to me. I also booked a hotel in the city center and a private transfer from the hotel to the airport at 4am the next morning to get the flight back.



DATE : 04NOV08
ROUTE: DUB-ZRH
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 401
A/C : A320-214
REG: HB-IJP
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 4A


Progress of Terminal 2



I checked in two hours before as usual. The girl at the desk printed off three boarding cards which was usual on a 24 hour turn around. Then she looked puzzled and asked me where I was going LOL. I told her that she should indeed have DUB-ZRH ZRH-VIE and VIE-ZRH. She said no and I looked at the boarding cards and told her she had printed off the DUB-ZRH twice!! Anyway she realised and gave me one of the DUB-ZRH and the ZRH-VIE and ripped up the dupe DUB-ZRH one. I said I can get the VIE-ZRH one the next day and that it did not matter. She tried to make it print out but it didnt issue. No big deal.





I then went through security and this morning it was full of fools. Why do people wait until they are ready to walk through the X ray arch to suddenly take out their coins and mobiles etc... It just delays everyone.

Smart looking bags



I then went to the Anna Livia lounge and the BMI lounge. No photos as you have seen them many times and nothing has changed ... OH actually one thing has changed in the BMI Diamond Club !!

We have a Peanut machine now .... no doubt part of the LH improvements  Wink  Big grin



Time to head to the D gates which is a good ten minute walk. This always seems to be my gate now ( D64 ).













Time to board and I was greeted by a friendly crew.



Water and refresher towel









The automated safety demo video was not working so the crew had to do it manually.

Click to view safety demo video ::



Pilot Announcement video click to view ::











Delta Airlines take off video click to view ::



Take off video with Aerial view of the airport click to view ::













Swiss uniform is much nicer IMHO. Interesting to note that Swiss now offer flights to the Maldives/Sri Lanka and other tropical places on through tickets from London and Dublin. Connecting to the Edelweiss flights in ZRH.









Time for the nice meal





Then Coffee and Chocolates



We dare to dream ?







After a nice flight time to land into ZRH











I spent some time in the shops and the Senator lounge before going to the A gates for my flight to Vienna.



DATE : 04NOV08
ROUTE: ZRH-VIE
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 1582
A/C : A319-112
REG: HB-IPV
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 4A








I was greeted by a very friendly crew.















Time for the meal service and this was really nice for such a short 1 hour flight.



The mini mousse desert was laced with cherry liquer. It was really nice.





Very tasty. The meal service had been delayed because of heavy turbulence and the pilot advised that it was not safe for the crew to carry out their duties. This meant that crew were really pressed for time but they managed it well. The wheels came down and the crew were still racing to put meals away but they did in just in time.

Wien by night

Landing Video click to view ::












Vienna airport reminds me of the old LHR Terminal 2 in the 90's. Old looking and tatty. Passport control was a long process and its something I had forgotten about Vienna. Also the immigration officials love their job. Two Austrian looking people walked through no problem then when I presented by British passport she looked at me and closely at the passport & scanned it !! She did not smile or say anything. Charm school did not rub off on these lot!!





Time to get the CAT express train to the City Center. It costs EUR9 oneway .











The place is a building site and the dust and noise were terrible. I had to stand and wait 15 mins waiting for the train to arrive .

Video ::



Train arrives Video ::













The train arrived in Vienna and there is so much change since I was there before. The train station is not a place to be at night and the whole place has been knocked down and replaced by pre fab until the new building is constructed. There were alot of weird looking people sitting around on the floor and the smell of urine was horrible.









Time to walk to my hotel . Once I got to the Parkring things were alot nicer. i guess once the construction around the train station is complete it will be a more welcoming place.


















I checked into my hotel which was near to the Greek Orthodox church and then spent the evening waling around the local area. Some nice restaurants and shops. I decided to eat Falafels and kebab from a take away and it was delicious. After that I went back to my hotel for some sleep as my transfer was collecting me at 4am. I watched a bit of TV following the US elections then fell asleep. I woke up at 0330am and switched on the TV no change in the US election news so I got ready and went to reception and checked out. My driver was waiting for me at the desk. We got to the aiport very quickly and I then went to check in at the SSK's.



DATE : 05NOV08
ROUTE: VIE-ZRH
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 1585
A/C : A319-112
REG: HB-???
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 4A




This one did not work .







This clock reminds me of the pictures of THF that Flieger posted.











I tried to check in at this kiosk and it worked.











Model behind the desk at Olympic Airlines





Senator check in and ticketing area





I had to wait for 30 minutes for the lounges to open so I took a walk around .

































Finally it was 0530 and I went into the Senator lounge ::





















The food was really nice and I was quite impressed.









I then left the lounge and went to see the Business class lounge ::

I walked in and people were standing around the TV's. Obama was making his victory speech. I was so happy to see that. The Austrian airlines lounge agent said ''thank god'' and everyone smiled. It really was a great start to the morning and I will never forget where I was when I heard Obama's speech.











Time to go to the boarding gates























On the ground Video click to view ::



Waving us off...





















Take off Video click to view ::





After take off breakfast was served. It was very nice .



SZG ( I think )



After a while I had a mini sleep then it was time to land in ZRH. Cloud cover was very low.

Closed viewing area !













No time for lounges , straight to the next gate. As I approached the Business class priority que a young hippy student type guy came from the Economy class que and said ''Im sorry '' as if I was jumping the que!! I just pointed to the Business class sign and went in front of him. Turns out he was on my flight. Maybe he didnt realise.

DATE : 05NOV08
ROUTE: ZRH-DUB
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 401
A/C : A319-112
REG: HB-IPT
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 4A


Boarding was delayed due to a last minute aircraft change. I dont know why .



















On the ground video ::



Take off video ::





















Progress Video ::



Time for another nice Breakfast my 3rd of the morning LOL



After that I slept for a bit . Then time for landing in Dublin .









Anyone remember Eircell ( 088 ) lol....











So thats it guys. Another good Swiss experience. I liked Vienna for the few hours I was back in it. I would like to go back but would next time stay at the Marriott or Radission in the Park Ring. It really makes the difference. I hope all the building work gets finished soon.

Comments and suggestions appreciated as usual.

OA260

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User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16929 times:

Another great report, OA.

I was in Vienna last April and it is one of my favourite citys, I hope to go back as soon as I can.
I have to agree about the CAT station, when I was there, it was day time and I still felt quite scared, Ive never had that feeling in any other city before.


User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1098 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16929 times:

Nice report! Another good read from yourself - I am planning a trip to Berlin from Manchester over the christmas holiday and hopefully the schedule works for Swiss.


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User currently offlineDavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16929 times:



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Time to get the CAT express train to the City Center. It costs EUR9 oneway .

I can never stress enough how much of a tourist rip-off the CAT is. Next time you're here, take the regular S-Bahn (suburban railway). That's €3 and takes only marginally longer.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Vienna airport reminds me of the old LHR Terminal 2 in the 90's. Old looking and tatty. Passport control was a long process and its something I had forgotten about Vienna. Also the immigration officials love their job. Two Austrian looking people walked through no problem then when I presented by British passport she looked at me and closely at the passport & scanned it !! She did not smile or say anything. Charm school did not rub off on these lot!!

Sorry to hear that - but I'm not surprised. We (the Viennese) are not known to be particularly friendly folks... And I hope that when the new terminal opens in late 2009, arrival in Vienna will be a better first impression.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The train station is not a place to be at night and the whole place has been knocked down and replaced by pre fab until the new building is constructed. There were alot of weird looking people sitting around on the floor and the smell of urine was horrible.

I agree, Wien-Mitte is hardly a place to hang around if you're not an addict. But while it's unpleasant, it's not dangerous, even though you might think it is.


Very nice report. LX looks great - again!



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User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16929 times:

Hi Philip!!
Really good report - I like the pic of the all-white Saab 340 in VIE. Maybe it is Shirley's new base!

What were the loads like on the DUB-ZRH-DUB flight?

Thanks,
Mike

[Edited 2008-11-07 06:46:59]


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 16929 times:
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Hi Philip,

Another great Swiss TR, they really do seem to have it pretty much sorted, really good to see.

What were the loads like on the flights?

I asume you were pretty full after 3 breakfasts!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I then went through security and this morning it was full of fools. Why do people wait until they are ready to walk through the X ray arch to suddenly take out their coins and mobiles etc

- Don't even discuss it, drives me mad!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16928 times:

Hola Philip!

Thanks again for this interesting TR to VIE.

I absolutely love the food they serve on LX on longer than two hour flights. As I flew to BSL last weekend there was only a plate of cold meats....  crying  I have to fly to DUB for one of those. Really  yummy 


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The food was really nice and I was quite impressed.

It looks really nice, if only they could have it in the BSL lounge; I was really impressed by the its settings. (A TR will be coming soon)

Salut,

Roger



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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3009 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 16928 times:

Great read.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
As I approached the Business class priority que a young hippy student type guy came from the Economy class que and said ''Im sorry '' as if I was jumping the que!!

 Angry Those hippy type people...



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User currently offlineShamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 16213 times:

Nice report. Really disliked Vienna airport when I was very, very badly delayed there several years ago. Don't have fond memories at all. And there wasn't even a train to the airport, you had to take a coach.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
We have a Peanut machine now .... no doubt part of the LH improvements

Looking forward to that in a few weeks lol.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 16120 times:

Hi, Phil,

one more great read around your "Swiss made" experiences.
Vienna is indeed a nice city, I´ve been there also some times.

OA260: This clock reminds me of the pictures of THF that Flieger posted.

Yeah, really oldfashioned, no problem at THF, but not at VIE.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 16057 times:



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 1):
I was in Vienna last April and it is one of my favourite citys

Yes and mine also . It does have some amazing buildings.

Quoting Musapapaya (Reply 2):
I am planning a trip to Berlin from Manchester over the christmas holiday and hopefully the schedule works for Swiss.

Just saw this post now I replied to your thread before I saw it lol

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 3):
I can never stress enough how much of a tourist rip-off the CAT is. Next time you're here, take the regular S-Bahn (suburban railway). That's €3 and takes only marginally longer.

Well to me I just wanted the quickest way and not messing around with S bahns when I didnt know the way and especially as its all been knocked down. For a once off it was worth it for me.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 3):
We (the Viennese) are not known to be particularly friendly

Oh it was just immigration. The Austrians are nice people I have found.

Quoting N272WA (Reply 4):
What were the loads like on the DUB-ZRH-DUB flight?

Quite full down the back and half full up front. Not as good as the loads on our trip last year.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
asume you were pretty full after 3 breakfasts!

Haha yes. I was indeed. No dinner for me that night.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
I have to fly to DUB for one of those. Really  

Why not ?? Book it now lol...

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 7):
Those hippy type people...

LOL.... no offence if you fit that type .....Im sure you wouldnt try to do anything like that.

Quoting Shamrock104 (Reply 8):
Looking forward to that in a few weeks lol.

Yes ,oh the joys of BMI lounges.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Yeah, really oldfashioned, no problem at THF, but not at VIE

Yes it suits THF but not VIE.


User currently offlineCityofAthens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15927 times:

Thanks for the report and I love your photos. How do they make your coffee? Do they have a Nespresso machine on shorthaul or is it filter or Nescafe?

These things are important to me!!


I really have to try this Swiss airline once and for all, even if it's in Y. I nearly flew them LHR-ZRH-DAR 2 years ago but the stop in NBO put me off.

One day!

[Edited 2008-11-07 12:40:38]

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 15704 times:

Hi Philip!
Nice report, good pics. Good Swiss service again for you!
Vienna is nice, such a shame you visited so short only. Next time, stay a while longer, ok?
I've been there last winter, including snowfall, before Xmas, and the city gave me a very good feeling for December  Smile I flew OS, maybe you remember, a good carrier for sure, one you should try also some day. I'm sure you won't be disappointed  Wink

NB, - about the CAT train; I also got the comment later that this service is overpriced, and it might be, but as you said, I think as an arriving tourist, you just don't want to hassle with S-bahn etc. CAT is easy to use, and as a foreigner, you can't make a mistake to get downtown.

Cheers,
Eric



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17155 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 15349 times:

Thank you for another wonderful TR Phil.

All pics and videos are great.

After all your TRs with LX in C, with very few disappointments it seems they are great airline.

Have you ever flown in Y?? Wonder how their Y class service is, because the C class service seems brilliant.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlinePenPusher From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 15275 times:



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
DATE : 05NOV08
ROUTE: VIE-ZRH
AIRLINE : SWISS
FLIGHT : LX 1585
A/C : A319-112
REG: HB-???
CLASS : BUSINESS
SEAT : 4A

Here's the reg Philip

HB-IPU 4B16BA (A319 LX) 0802 20081105 LX1585


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1725 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15163 times:

Hi Philip,

What a nice and extensive report you have made.
LX was again up to the standard you expect, really a good service so it seems.
How come you fly LX so often lately?
VIE airport looks really outdated and needs an urgent overhauling to make it ready for modern times. Did not expect this from the Austrian capital airport.
Thanks for sharing again, and keep those reports coming!

Cheers,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



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User currently offlineLXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15158 times:

Another great trip report....looking already forward to the next one as always  Smile

User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 14966 times:



Quoting CityofAthens (Reply 11):
How do they make your coffee? Do they have a Nespresso machine on shorthaul or is it filter or Nescafe?

They make it by filter but its really nice and rich. I love Nespresso and have a machine myself. They have a great Nespresso machine in the Senator lounge in ZRH.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 12):
I flew OS, maybe you remember, a good carrier for sure, one you should try also some day. I'm sure you won't be disappointed  

Hi Eric, Yes OS are good also. I flew them a few years ago LHR-VIE-BEG in J class and the service was indeed impressive. I must try them again sometime.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 13):
Have you ever flown in Y??

Yes I did a DUB-ZRH a few years back and it was also very nice.

Quoting PenPusher (Reply 14):
HB-IPU 4B16BA (A319 LX) 0802 20081105 LX1585

Thanks . Just missed that one for some reason.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 15):
How come you fly LX so often lately?

Well I like them and the trips are fun and also I want to bump up my air miles while the flights are cheap.

Quoting LXA340 (Reply 16):
looking already forward to the next one as always  

Very soon  Wink


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2448 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14877 times:

Another great TR! Your TRs are always great to read and this particular one is one of my favorites! That's of course until you do an OA TR  Wink!


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User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14790 times:

Hey Phil!

Great report as always, i enjoyed reading it. If you keep writing LX TRs at this pace, i´ll get in trouble keeping up reading them Big grin


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