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To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:25 pm

Dear reader

First of all happy New Year to all of you.

As I wanted to spend New Year with my loved one in Russia I did so and searched on internet for fares. St. Petersburg is a well demanded destination around this time of the year so early planning is recommended to get an acceptable fare. I ended up booking flights on expedia on Austrian Airlines Basel-Vienna-St. Petersburg-Vienna-Basel for 492.80 USD.

I already made a very nice experience on Austrian earlier in 2007 so I looked forward to start my trip which started on December 29.

Austrian Airlines OS476
Basel-Vienna
6:25-7:55
load factor: 95%
CRJ-200 "City of Düsseldorf"
operated by Tyrolean Airways

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My dad dropped me off at the airport. Many people on the airport already in early morning, seems to be a popular day for travelling. Met (again!) a friend who was travelling to Hamburg on easyJet and after the chat it was time to board my flight. A good load on this flight, many people heading home towards the East of Europe to visit relatives. Welcomed by a friendly flight attendant and already infos from the cockpit about route, weather etc. Newspapers were handed out to all passengers. Push-back on time and takeoff on rwy16 with a wonderful view of Basel and the region. Our route was towards Zurich to Austria with wonderful views of the mountains.  Smile

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A breakfast was served (ham, cheese, butter, bread) together with drinks. Nice presentation, unfortunately missed to make a picture. Anyway, a nice start into the day, a big plus on Austrian as many European carriers serve not more than a muffin for breakfast. Also there was a nice sunrise to be seen before we dropped into the fog soup of Vienna with an ontime landing.

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Vienna is convenient to transfer, not far to walk usually and nice atmosphere in general.

Austrian Airlines OS611
Vienna-St. Petersburg
10:15-15:00
load factor: 100%
A-319 (sorry, couldn't get the reg.)


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Boarding again on time. One thing I noticed that the flights are packed with tourists during the summer but with different people during this time of the year, mostly families who live in Western Europe and go home for celebrations. Also, usually the LED flights are operated by Fokker-100s but with larger A-319s during the Russian holidays. Again a friendly welcome by the crew and an on-time departure.

Still in Vienna:
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Good thing compared to the Fokkers is that the A-319 have TVs so we could watch "Ratatouille" during the flight. Our routing was Vienna-Bratislava-Poland-Baltic States to St. Petersburg. I made a picture inflight

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as well as a picture of the meal (chicken with rice and vegetables). Note the real forks and knives as well as the real plate!

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During the flight several drinks were served and even after the service the crew brought additional drinks to the passengers who wished so. I had my tomato juice as well as a cup of coffee.

Foggy weather in LED too so no pictures during approach but one after landing:

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Immigration with no problems. My gf and her father waited for me and we drove with an old LADA car to the apartment of my gf. As I saw already most of the wonderful city of St. Petersurg, I decided to help my gf with renovating the apartment. She owns a nice apartment in the Nevskii district and the view from apartment is as followed:

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If you are interested in pictures about St. Petersburg please visit my earlier reports on this website!  Smile

Again I fully enjoyed my time there and too fast it was time to head back to Basel on January 7. As it was christmas time (Russian christmas on January 6 and 7) not many cars were on the road and we made our way to Pulkovo airport without stress. Only we worried a bit about the car as we had temperatures of -15 C (day) to -20 C (night) but all went well and we could start the car (quite warm on January 7 with -7 C Big grin ). Not much traffic on Pulkovo so again no problems. I went for a nice Baltika beer prior to departure and waited for my flight which was delayed by 15 minutes. Flight time to Vienna today 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Austrian Airlines OS612
St. Petersburg-Vienna
15:45-16:35
load factor: 90%
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Fokker 100 "City of Krasnodar"


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Again a very friendly crew on this flight with perfect service, a lot of informations from cockpit including information about connection flights.

Still on ground:

Norwegian Air Shuttle and Rossiya Tupolev-154  Smile

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I love these Fokkers  Smile

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A bit blurry  Wink

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Take-off:

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Finnish Bay (looks cold):

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Inflight:

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Soon we refceived the menu...today's meal will be chicken with vegetables and potatoes.

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Again a perfect service from Austrian. They brought bread several times, gave coffee and tea two times and other drinks always during the flight!

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Unfortunately it was already dark in Vienna so this is my last picture from this flight:



In Vienna I had a short connection but made it after walking very fast. Not nice thought to go through two full security checks (belt off, shoes off, watch off etc.) after i went through two checks already in LED.

Austrian Airlines OS473
Vienna-Basel
17:20-18:55
load factor: 80%
operated by Tyrolean Airways
CRJ-200 "City of Bremen"


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After boarding again newspapers were distributed to passengers. Soon we took off and in general this was an uneventful flight. I mainly talked to the women next to me who is travelling with her husband from Vienna to Basel with a connecting flight on Swiss to London City. Again Austrian offered a meal, chicken salad, cake and bread together with drinks and after a "Wiener Zuckarl" (candy).

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Landing in Basel was on rwy 16, my bag arrived so this trip was without problems and only good impressions (again) of Austrian Airlines. They offer high quality and friendly service. Also I think they have some of the best catering in Europe.

Dear reader I hope you liked this trips report. Comments and remarks as usual most welcomed!

Take care, best regards

Thomas
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ba777pilot
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:34 am

that was a nice TR
nice job! =]
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:31 am

Hello Thomas,

Thank you for sharing your trip reports to Russia. I've been there several times and St. P and Moscow always gives me pleasant surprises no matter how many times I've been there already.

Have you ever had problems getting visas to Russia, especially for making such frequent visits? I've had problems in the past when they see that I'm only going to Moscow and St. P, have been there several times during the life of my passport, and asking for more than 2 weeks validity on the visa. The consulate guy didn't believe me that I wasn't going there for business!
 
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:15 pm

Hi Thomas,

Verny nice report, really enjoyed the pix and reading the text.

I must say OS catering does look pretty good, even on the small CRJ flights.

I don't know why, but it seems funny to see the 'Golden Arches' in Russia Smile

Regards

Mark
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:34 pm

Hi Thomas,

Good to see you had another positive experience on OS and hoped you enoyed the time with your gf. What floor does she live on? That apartment looks pretty high up!

I'm assuming you flew economy, but those meals on the VIE-LED-VIE flights look very impressive. Do they really hand out a menu like that in in Y?

Happy flying
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:05 pm

Hi Thomas,

A very nice report. Lately there were a couple of OS report here on A.net, and all those reports share 1 thing.
They really have a superb catering! I really have to try them soon. They are actually very high on my "to do" list.
Also good to see they Rossyia TU-154's still going strong, I sure miss them at AMS. They now send over the 319's here.

Spasjiba for sharing!
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:19 pm

Hi

thanks for this good report. Indeed nothing to complain about when you fly OS. It's a good company, friendly, and offering a nice variety of aircraft on their network. The catering is also for me a big plus, still with competitive fares!

Cheers,
Eric
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:21 pm

Hi, Thomas,

another great part of your Russian reports, top quality as always.

So it seems, Austrian improved their service level much more than expected from my
last flights. Maybe I give them a try next time.

Thanx for posting and also all the best for 2008.

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RJ100
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:01 am

Hello all  Smile

Quoting Ba777pilot (Reply 1):
that was a nice TR
nice job! =]

Thanks!

Quoting CA228 (Reply 2):
Have you ever had problems getting visas to Russia, especially for making such frequent visits? I've had problems in the past when they see that I'm only going to Moscow and St. P, have been there several times during the life of my passport, and asking for more than 2 weeks validity on the visa. The consulate guy didn't believe me that I wasn't going there for business!

I never had any problems related with visa. However I know that on some consulates it is a problem to ask for tourist visas for more than two weeks of stay. I can recommend you Intelservice Moscow for your visa support, it is recommended by the Swiss consulate of the embassy of the Russian Federation and if you use their visa support usually all is fine. (http://www.visatorussia.com/) . If you stay for longer than 2 weeks I recommend you a business visa (you will all paperwork get done by Intelservice).

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
Verny nice report, really enjoyed the pix and reading the text.

I must say OS catering does look pretty good, even on the small CRJ flights.

I don't know why, but it seems funny to see the 'Golden Arches' in Russia

Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed my trip report! About McDonald's I was surprised in my first visit too but soon I realized that St. Petersburg these days is completely plastered with American fast food chains. McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Sbarro's, KFC, Subway, Papa John's Pizza (more than 3000 restaurants in the US!) etc. are all located en masse in SpB and Moscow. On Pulkovo airport just a few weeks ago TGI Friday's opened a new restaurant...

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 4):
Good to see you had another positive experience on OS and hoped you enoyed the time with your gf. What floor does she live on? That apartment looks pretty high up!

I'm assuming you flew economy, but those meals on the VIE-LED-VIE flights look very impressive. Do they really hand out a menu like that in in Y?

Thank you  Smile I fully enjoyed my time. The apartment is on the 8th floor which results in a nice view but means also you need to use this elevator that looks quite frightening  Wink I indeed flew economy and was surprised to see the menu cards. Maybe they introduced it with New Year?

Quoting DALCE (Reply 5):
They really have a superb catering! I really have to try them soon. They are actually very high on my "to do" list.
Also good to see they Rossyia TU-154's still going strong, I sure miss them at AMS.

Thank you! I can only recommend to use Austrian. If you do so please let us enjoy a trip report!  Smile

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
thanks for this good report. Indeed nothing to complain about when you fly OS. It's a good company, friendly, and offering a nice variety of aircraft on their network. The catering is also for me a big plus, still with competitive fares!

Cheers,
Eric

Thank you. I agree about the aircraft variety, especially nice to get a Fokker these days!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
another great part of your Russian reports, top quality as always.

So it seems, Austrian improved their service level much more than expected from my
last flights. Maybe I give them a try next time.

Thanx for posting and also all the best for 2008.

Thank you Markus for your nice comment. Im looking forward to see your upcoming trips reports and again wish you all the best for 2008!


As I received a lot of m&m miles with my flights and with a Coop supermarket special in Switzerland I now have again 2 free flights and will be off to LED again in early February. I noticed that I will get a CRJ on LED-VIE next time! Will be quite funny!

Best regards

Thomas
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:54 am

Really nice TR

The pics are really good,.

OS service seems really good.

Hopefully I will jump on one of this F100s before they are retiring them!!



Thank you for sharing

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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:40 pm

Hey Thomas

Great TR! OS's inflight service looks no less than fantastic, are you sure you weren't in biz class?  Wink Too bad that their financial shape isn't among the best in Europe.
 
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:02 pm



Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
Too bad that their financial shape isn't among the best in Europe.

Hi Zrhnerd ahem Sandro,  Wink

yeah, thats a real shame  Sad. And now they have 4 very high paid Bosses in the Top Management instead of 2 or 3 like in the past. By the way 4 of the pilots who took the "Golden Handshake" from OS are now flying for NIKI....and 6 others still to come. So there will be 10 former OS-Pilots flying for NIKI very soon.


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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:09 pm

Hi,

nice trip report, I enjoyed reading it very much.

It seems as if I got the same catering on my Austrian flight from VIE to DUS that you got on your VIE-BSL flight.
With the Do & Co meals and the nice board bar with free wine and beer (of course also other drinks) Austrian Airlines offers the best catering on flights within Europe.

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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:35 pm

Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 11):
yeah, thats a real shame Sad. And now they have 4 very high paid Bosses in the Top Management instead of 2 or 3 like in the past.

Maybe the CFO of OS has read my post.....who knows...why, because he is leaving OS on his own wish in March and will not be replaced.CEO Ötsch will take over his agenda

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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:09 pm

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for sharing your experiences on OS flights !!!
The catering looks very good for Y-class; even offering menu-cards...
Haven't flown OS since the early 80's, but will do so in July 08 and looking forwards to those flights already  Smile
Seems a very decent airline indeed...
Which aircraft did you prefer on these flights? Bombardier, Airbus or Fokker ?
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:52 am



Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
Really nice TR

Thank you!  Smile

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
Great TR! OS's inflight service looks no less than fantastic, are you sure you weren't in biz class? Too bad that their financial shape isn't among the best in Europe.

Thanks. Inflight service is indeed really well. I wonder what Swiss will offer as Im going to use them on the route probably in April.

Quoting Whisperjet (Reply 12):
nice trip report, I enjoyed reading it very much.

Thank you, Im glad you enjoyed too the Austrian service.  Smile

Quoting MH017 (Reply 14):
Thanks for sharing your experiences on OS flights !!!
The catering looks very good for Y-class; even offering menu-cards...
Haven't flown OS since the early 80's, but will do so in July 08 and looking forwards to those flights already
Seems a very decent airline indeed...
Which aircraft did you prefer on these flights? Bombardier, Airbus or Fokker ?

Thank you for your nice comments and I wish you already nice flights in July! About the aircraft I prefer the Fokkers. Bad thing is that they cannot show you movies and dont have music onboard compared to the Airbus but I'm just sick of the Airbusses and prefer some good old metal like the Fokkers  Smile .

So my next trip is booked and again on the same routing:

February2 BSL-VIE CRJ-200
February2 VIE-LED Fokker-100
February11 LED-VIE CRJ-200
February11 VIE-BSL CRJ-200

Best regards

Thomas
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:53 pm



Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
Austrian Airlines OS611
Vienna-St. Petersburg
10:15-15:00
load factor: 100%
A-319 (sorry, couldn't get the reg.)

it was OE-LDF  Wink So you even put the right photo in your TR  Smile

And thanks for great trip report! Your reports are always interesting to read!
 
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RE: To LED Via Vienna, Austrian Airlines With Pics

Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:30 pm

Thank you LH648  


This is how St. Petersburg looks these days:

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This time I had 4 Canadairs on my 4 flights:

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http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/RJ100/spb015.jpg

Once again excellent service on Austrian Airlines  

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Im off to LED again next Saturday, flying Basel-Frankfurt on Eurowings Bae-146, then Lufthansa A-320 to St. Petersburg, back will be on Austrian Airlines Fokker-70 to Vienna and on the good old Canadair back to Basel.  

Regards
Thomas

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