parton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13299 times:
Hello! Welcome to my tripreport. In early April this year I was on a short vacation in Austria. At first we planned to visit Vienna only, but after seeing some stunning pictures from Innsbruck, we decided to make a daytrip there. That´s also gave me the opportunity to fly on a new aircraft type for me, the Dash 8-300. I don´t hesitate! I love turboprops:D
The journey began on Saturday the 3th of April with a 3hour trainjourney to Stockholm from my hometown Karlstad. We arrived in STHLM 7pm and took the Arlanda Express train to the airport were we stayed at the Radison Arlandia Hotel. The hotel is located 1 kilometer from Arlanda and have much better prices then the Radison in terminal 5. A free every 15min shuttle-bus operates from the main entrance. The room was nice and the hotel have a sauna and swimmingpool. We paid 1095 SEK for a double room with a large breakfeast bufé include. I´m guessing that´s around 85-90 euros
After a early start we headed for the bus and after a 5 minute ride we arrived at Arlanda terminal 5 at around 8 am. Our flight was scheculed to 10.15.
We used Star Alliance self service machines to check-in for our flight with Austrian. Then drop our bagage at SK bagagedrop. All done in 10 min. Not so many people this early easter-sunday morning.
Security was quick and we headed for gate. After some spotting and a quick coffee it was time for boarding.
Some aircraft´s at Arlanda:
SAS Norway 737 and Swiss A320
SAS 737´s and CO´s 757 for EWR
CO´s 757 again
Boarding started on time at Gate 05A
Our A/C from the gate:
We were greethed by Purser Silvia and her 2 colleagues Julia and Sonia. All very friendly.
A/C: Boeing 737-700 OE-LNL "Kahlenberg"
Fl time:2h 15min
Load: 105 of 132 ca 80% load
Wiew from my seat, 14A
We took-off ontime and made a sharp turn to the south and quickly reached our cruising altitude of 12 400m. Our crusing speed was 811km/h
Our route was Stockholm-Malmö-Berlin-Dresden-Prag-Brno-Vienna
After a couple of minutes in flight the seatbelt-sign was turned off and the F/A´s started their service. On todays flight we were served a sandwich with cold and hot drinks. All for free, nice!
A/C passing below us
The flight was smooth and soon we were decending towards Vienna Schwechat Airport
We landed on time at VIE runway 16 and made a quite long taxing to Gate C30
On the ground
Passing a company F100
A Fokker 100 approachong runway 16 that we just landed on.
Parked next to a Lufthansa A319
We took the City Airport Express train to the city centre and stayed at the Mariott hotel.
Two days later we headed for Innsbruck, continued below
parton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13121 times:
Continued from above
After 2 days in Vienna we were headed for Innsbruck! We get up at 7am and after a quick shower we headed for the airport. We took the airport train this time too. It takes 15min and the price is 10 euro for a single fare.
We arrived around 8 am and check-in with the self-service machines. As we only travel with carry-on bagage we headed directly to the gate.
Outside the airport:
Some wiews from the apron:
A OS B767 parked next to the 777
After eating breakfeast we walk to our gate, B33
Wiew from gate, a AF A320, sorry for the quality
15 min before departure boarding started and we were bussed to our aircraft.
A/C: Dash8-300 no reg info
Dep time: 10.00
Arr time: 11.10.
Fl time: 55 min
Load: 35 of 50 ca 70% load
We were welcomed onboard by a our 2 F/A´s both named Barbara:D They were very friendly.
Wiew from my seat 12F
We took-off on time from Vienna´s runway 29
The service consisted of a bag of biscuits and cold and hot drinks, again all for free:D
Reaching the alps
Anyone who knows what airport this is?
Soon we started our decent towards Innsbruck
The landing gear
We landed at Innsbruck runway 26 and made a short taxi and parked on the tarmac. We said goodbye to our crew and made the short walk to the terminal building. Since we didn´t have any luggage we walked out from the terminal directly and grabed a bus to the city.
Parked on the ramp
Outside the airport
A couple of pics from Innsbruck:
After spending 7 hours in the city we headed back to the airport for our flight back to Vienna. We arrived at the airport at 6pm, our flight was scheduled to 7.20 pm
The airport was quite deserted when we get there. There were two flights before our, a Air Malta A320 headed for Malta and a Austrian Q400 headed for Frankfurt.
We had already checked -in in Vienna so we went directly to security with was quick done. Our gate was 01
Air Malta A320
Our A/C arrives from Vienna
OS Q400 departes to Frankfurt
Boarding started 20 min before departure and we made the short walk to the A/C. We were greethed by three young F/A´s. Cornelia, Anna and Paulina. All very friendly.
A/C: Fokker 100 Reg: OE-LVM
Dep time: 19.20
Arr time: 20.25
Fl time: 50 min
Load: 95 of 100 =95%
Wiew from my seat, 18A
Taxing to runway 08
Leaving Innsbruck behind us
A couple of minutes after departure the F/A´s started their cabinservice. Same as the outbound flight. A bag of biscuits with drinks.
The flight was quick and smooth
After 30 min in cruise we started our descent towards Vienna. We landed on-time on runway 34. We parked on the tarmac and were bussed in to the terminal.
Parked next to a Air Dolomiti ATR42
Leaving the aircraft
We get on the train and get back to our hotel after a very nice (and looong) day
Our flight back to Stockholm will be continued tomorow, it will also contain my flight from Stockholm to Karlstad on Skyways Fokker 50.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5484 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12707 times:
Isn't Innsbruck awesome? I love that city. I enjoyed the pictures of the city, particularly of the river. When I was there last June, the snow was still melting so the river was raging! It looked way different from what you have in your photos.
parton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10999 times:
Continued from above
5 days later it was time to go home. After cheking-out at 12.00 we sat down in the hotelcafé for two hours and then walk to the trainstation were the airporttrain departs from (Wien Mitte).
We left Vienna city centre 14.20 and arrived at the airport around 15.00. Our flight was scheduled to 17.15 pm.
We check-in with the self service machine again. I think only buisnessclass passenger can check-in "the old fashion" way at Vienna. After dropping the luggage at the bagagedrop we headed to the Gates.
Austrian Fokker 100
We ate a small meal on a restaurant and then walked to our gate. Boarding started at Gate C33 20 min before departure.
Vienna to Stockholm
A/C: Fokker 100 OE-LVH "Minsk"
Dep time: 17.15
Arr time: 19.35
Fl time: 2h 15 min
Load: 93 of 100
Our aircraft from the gate:
Onboard we were greethed by purser Andreas han his colleague Marion. Both very friendly.
Wiew from my seat 19A, parked next to a OS A320
We took off on time from Vienna´s runway 34. Made a sharp turn to the north and climbed quite slowly to our cruisingaltitude.
The autothrottle seems strange on the Fokker 100. It sounds like they are giving full thrust and then a couple of second later turn the engines to idle. This is keep going during the entire climb and also some times during crusie. I have flew with the F100 once before but then I was seating in the front. Maybe thats reason why I never thought of this before.
A couple of minutes into flight the cabincrew started their service. With only two F/A´s and nearly a full load the service was quit slow. Specialy for us in the aft.
The service consisted of a sandwich and a small portion of vanillia-pudding with hot and cold drinks. I recived a glas of wine, sparkling water and coffee. We were also offered a second round of drinks later on. As I said before, i really like Austrian for their service.
I like the Fokker wings
The engine is visible from my seat
After a calm flight we started our descent 1h and 45 min into flight. The weather in Stockholm was not nice. Light rain and 5 degres. Landed on-time at Arlanda´s runway 01L. We parked at Gate 08. We said goodbye to our crew and went to the arrivalhall to pick-up our luggage.
After waiting quite long we recived our bags and walked the long way to terminal 3, one of Arlanda´s two domestic terminals, for our flight home to Karlstad. The other one is the biggest- terminal 4 there all domestic flights with SAS and Norweigan departs from. Terminal 3 is very small and Skyways and Nextjet are the only airlines to operate from there.
Check-in and security was quick and we arrived at our gate 35 min before departure which was schedule to 21.05.
Boarding started 10 min before departure and we walked to our aircraft.
Stockholm to Karlstad
A/C: Fokker 50 SE-LEZ
Dep time: 21.05
Arr time: 22.00
Fl time: 45 min
Load: 76% 38 of 50
Welcomed by the door by Eva. Probaly my 10th flight with her. She´s very nice, she always have a smile on her face
Wiews from my seat:
Boarding was quick and Eva closed the door and started the safety demo. Often the demo is in swedish only but on today´s flight their were 4 chinese buisnessmen so Eva made a short summary in english.
We made a fast taxi to runway 01L and take-off immediatley, climbed quickly to our cruising altitude of 19 000 feet. At 10 000 feet the seat-belt sign was turned off and Eva started her cabin service. Skyways have a "afterwork" theme on friday evnings and today we were offfered a plate with rye bread and 4 sorts of ham and vegetables. With this we were served wine or beer. I get a glas of white wine.
Flying time was short, only 45 min and 30 min into flight we started our descent to Karlstad and we landed on runway 21 and made a short taxi to parking stand. We said goodbye to our crew and walk to the terminal building and headed home tired after a long day
AustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10432 times:
Quoting parton87 (Reply 1): We took the airport train this time too. It takes 15min and the price is 10 euro for a single fare
Next time in Vienna, forget about this airport train ripoff. The "normal" S-Bahn (S7, IIRC) uses the same tracks and just calls at some stations in between. The travel time Vienna Airport-Wien Mitte is 21 min instead of 16 min with the CAT. Single fare the last time I used it was 3.60 Euro. Plus, if you're longer in Vienna, there are 72-hr-Vienna tickets and weekly tickets (Mon to Sun) for public transportation available including airport transfer. (17.20 for 72 hrs, 17.60 for the weekly ticket). Includes train ride on the "normal" train, CAT is 12.40 Euro more expensive...
WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
parton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10045 times:
Yes, and load on both flights were good. I flew to Vienna Last November from Copenhagen and both flight was almost full. Austrian flies from Gothenburg too, with their CRJ´s. I´ve heard that the CRJ's going to be retired soon, I don´t know which A/C they going to replace with, maybe the F70 or the Q400. I hope for the Q400. I really like the DASH-family
Quoting parton87 (Reply 7): The service consisted of a sandwich and a small portion of vanillia-pudding with hot and cold drinks. I recived a glas of wine, sparkling water and coffee. We were also offered a second round of drinks later on. As I said before, i really like Austrian for their service.
Not bad. But OS' catering used to be much better.
Quoting parton87 (Reply 7): Skyways have a "afterwork" theme on friday evnings and today we were offfered a plate with rye bread and 4 sorts of ham and vegetables. With this we were served wine or beer. I get a glas of white wine.
Are free snacks available on other days, too?
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
25 parton87: Hello PlaneHunter! Thanks for your comments! It is? All right, thanks for correcting me. I assume it was the -700 beacause it´s said so on the E-tick
26 shamrock321: Excellent read and great pictures, love the Fokker 100 wing views!
27 parton87: Thank you very much. Yes , the Fokker 100 is a very good looking aircraft!
28 MH017: Big wings and flapless take-offs (same as Fokker 70)...
29 oa260: Great pics and report. I miss not flying OS. Maybe sometime in the future. OA260
30 parton87: Thank you very much. Austrian is for sure a good airline
31 NQYGuy: Lovely report, some of your photos are outstanding- particularly liked the ones of the climb out of Innsbruck with those mountain scenes. OS looks lik