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A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:57 pm

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OS 121
VIE-FRA
A319-112 OE-LDE "Baku"
del 22/06/2005
06/02/09
07.05-08.45
Gate C52
Seat 17F
FL ???



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Facts:
26th flight on an A32S, 6th flight on an A319, 19th flight on an OS jet, 1st flight on an OS A319, 110th flight overall.

Exactly one year before this last trip of mine, I had been to Nuremberg. It had been cold, it had rained and wasn't a very pleasant experience, overall.
This time it HAD to be different. I had wished to see Frankfurt for a long time (I was curious, if there actually was a city or just an airport - I had been to FRA airport several times before) and, moreover, most importantly, I was to meet a wonderful, wonderful (can't stress that often enough) person in the city, so the weather wasn't my prime concern.

Preparing the trip started last November, when I was picking up the ticket at Austrian's Vienna city office:

http://i44.tinypic.com/2qxnj2x.jpg

The building to the right:
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Back then I had picked seat 26F, as the itinerary showed an A321 for the outbound leg.
However, in mid-January, an A319 popped up on OS' site and it looked as if I had been reseated to 12F. Logically - the A319 has only 23 rows - I'd have to cling to the ailerons in row 26.
Just a few days before my departure, OS 121 was shown to be operated by an A320. Well,...this information proved not to be correct, as one day before I left VIE, the A319 was shown, again. Brilliant - I had never been on an A319 of OS before, so I was eager to see the differences in terms of cabin and overall appearance. After all, there is quite an age gap between the 320s and 319s of my home carrier. The last 320 (OE-LBU) was delivered in 2001, the first 319 in 2004.

So here we go. For the first time in my life, I tried to check in online. Successfully! Call me old-fashioned (especially considering I am only 21) but doing such things alone, on the internet that used to take ages and dozens of well-informed staff members is slightly worrying. An ordinary piece of paper with no distinguishable safety features...I wasn't sure if I would actually get to Germany that day.  Wink

Boarding pass, travel guide, city map, OS fleet list:
http://i44.tinypic.com/24g7i39.jpg

I arrived at VIE at 5am. First thing I did was to ask a check-in agent if my "boarding pass" sufficed. It did. Whoa - I'm SO living in the 21st century!

Not much going on.
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SkyEurope counters in the old check-in area:
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I then took the elevator to parking lot number 2, in order to check gate C52.

It was a very foggy morning in Vienna, so this was the best picture I managed to take of OE-LDE, my ride to FRA this morning:
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From the other parking lot, a pair of OS 321s. Not mine today.
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EK Skycargo:
http://i44.tinypic.com/r06qmv.jpg

I went airside:
http://i44.tinypic.com/30x8j1l.jpg

I don't see why, at an international airport, the shops don't open before 7am!
http://i44.tinypic.com/35d24uw.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/5mjzfm.jpg

Uh, isn't 30 airlines too large a number for one lounge? Doesn't sound THAT comfortable to me...
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Making my way to the C gates:

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The queue for LH's FRA flight, an A321, departing 35 minutes before my flight:
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My queue:
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http://i42.tinypic.com/x2tbfl.jpg

Security checks are done straight before boarding. Not too sure what to think of that. :/

The boarding lounge:
http://i39.tinypic.com/21kw7zd.jpg

LDE awaits me (eagerly?):
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Boarding was a breeze. Rows 15-23 were called first.
http://i40.tinypic.com/2md5m9y.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/2hfp82s.jpg

I know some don't, but I really like the ambience and atmosphere of OS current interior.
http://i44.tinypic.com/2cihh78.jpg

Leg room is so-so:
http://i41.tinypic.com/24fmxrb.jpg

Retrojet to CDG:
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Throughout the whole boarding procedure, waltz music was playing and aerial footage of Austrian landscapes was shown on the screens. Made me homesick - even before departure  Wink

The captain (Mr. Schwaiger/Schweiger?) came on and announced a slight delay of departure due to luggage issues and informed us that we would probably arrive in FRA on time, nonetheless.

Pushing back:
http://i41.tinypic.com/fchz6.jpg

OE-LTL:
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I was expecting take-off on runway 29, so I was pretty surprised when we turned left and made our way to runway 16.
It was too foggy to see ANYTHING!
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The worst visibility I ever experienced on a plane.

TAKE-OFF VIDEO
Breaking through the clouds around 01:20, the mountain you see is the Schneeberg, at 2,076 m (6,811 ft), it is the highest summit in the provonce of Lower Austria and a beautiful destination for hiking daytrips from Vienna.

The sunlight, beautifully illuminating our wing:
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Somewhere above Lower Austria:
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I must admit, I was a little disappointed with what we served for breakfast. On my last OS trip in August, to CGN, we got an entire plate with ham and cheese and fresh bread, now all we get is a plain croissant. At least it was of excellent quality.
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The cockpit crew addressed us again and told us that the weather in Frankfurt was pretty much as shitty as in Vienna.

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Somewhere above Bavaria:
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Close to Nuremberg:
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Somewhere...here...
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Starting our descent:
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SCRAPING THE CLOUDS

The last time I would see the sun that day:
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We did not have to hold prior to landing, which took me by surprise. I have come to arrive at FRA 10 times, and 9 times, we had to circle somewhere above Hessen.

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Offenbach?
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Landing Video:
Note the departing LH 733 and the arriving LH 320 on 25R! As you can hear, we landed 5 minutes ahead of schedule.
LANDING ON RWY 25L

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Nice morning mood:
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OE-LBA (A321) departing to VIE:
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Pulling into the westernmost A gate.
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Seat 17F. A good one for Y.
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I said goodbye to a friendly crew, including the captain who was standing at the door.

OE-LDE
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A Lufthansa hub of some kind, perhaps?  Wink
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D-AIKN being pulled to a gate:
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Not too crowded:
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A 744 that close. A wet dream for a Viennese... Sad
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Perform what exactly, if I may ask?
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Making my way to the train station:
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Taking a regional train into the city:
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Please comment right away, the return flight will follow tomorrow! Big grin


My previous reports:
VIE-CGN-VIE on VO
VIE-NUE-VIE on AB
VIE-INN-VIE on VO
VIE-FCO-VIE on AP
BTS-CPH-BTS on NE
VIE-HAM-VIE on AB
VIE-FRA-HEL-FRA-VIE on OS and LH
VIE-FRA-YXY-ANC-FRA-VIE on LH/DE
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whisperjet
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:16 pm

Hi,

interestin report with nice pictures, thanks for sharing!
The Austrian catering on short hauls is indeed disappointing in comparison to what they used to serve until December 2008.
Afaik they changed their catering service because they reduced the number of cabin crew members on the 50 seaters (Dash 8-300 and CRJ) to just one attendant.
But not sure if that's just an excuse.

Stefan
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FLIEGER67
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:24 pm

Hey, David,

I´am frequently at FRA. And VIE is also good counted in my log, but nevertheless
interesting to follow your nice story and pix. A shame with the weather, but, what do you expect
in Austria/Germany during February!.
Only some days till I will be there at FRA again.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
26th flight on an A32S, 6th flight on an A319, 19th flight on an OS jet, 1st flight on an OS A319, 110th flight overall.

Congrats, perfectly exact data.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:35 pm

Hi David,

What a nice start of the flying year for you. It seems you really had a nice reason to fly to FRA this time! Also cool to score an OS 319, especially since it's a first timer for you!
The breakfast does indeed seem very basic, but they have to cut cost I asume.
FRA is besides my home airprot AMS the most visited airport in my log, with a respectable 38 movements in or out of FRA. Most of them on LH though.
The arrival gate seemed to be A40, with only A42 further away from the terminal. That's a true long walk!
When I see pics of FRA I honestly miss this airport, as I really like it there.
I think one of my next leisure trips must include FRA  Smile

Thanks for sharing your report, and keep the good reports coming!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)
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LXfan
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:44 pm

Thanks for the trip report !

There are not many OS trip report online.

The breakfast is very small, smaller than the breakfast you had on your VIE CGN flight.

Well, i'm looking now your other TR !!
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:06 pm

Thanks for all of your replies!

Quoting Whisperjet (Reply 1):
The Austrian catering on short hauls is indeed disappointing in comparison to what they used to serve until December 2008

Unfortunately. They never know what their strategy should be. Set themselves aprt from LCCs and even LH? Go with the flow? Save at all costs?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
A shame with the weather, but, what do you expect
in Austria/Germany during February!

Right you are, but I've got university holidays and the fares are usually quite good.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Congrats, perfectly exact data.

Haha, of course. I always keep track of my flights!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 3):
What a nice start of the flying year for you.

Absolutely!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 3):
FRA is besides my home airprot AMS the most visited airport in my log, with a respectable 38 movements in or out of FRA

I've got 20 movements at FRA. Not bad either.  Wink

Quoting DALCE (Reply 3):
That's a true long walk!

Yup, but there are soooo many things to see! Big grin

Quoting DALCE (Reply 3):
and keep the good reports coming!

You bet. There are two more coming up this month: VIE-ZRH-VIE on HG (will be interesting to see how they compare to OS these days) and VIE-TXL-VIE on VO and CL.

Quoting LXfan (Reply 4):
There are not many OS trip report online

Sadly...
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:21 pm



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 5):

You bet. There are two more coming up this month: VIE-ZRH-VIE on HG (will be interesting to see how they compare to OS these days) and VIE-TXL-VIE on VO and CL.

Oh, nice journeys !!

Enjoy your flights !!
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:35 am

So many airlines have closed their city ticket offices. Seems OS are also cutting down on food area. Enjoyed your videos and listening to the Wienerisch accent of the hostess on landing. I love flying into clouds and then seeing the sun.
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:25 am

Great report! I suppose that fog at VIE is quite common at this time of year. I also like the OS cabin interiors, and the music that they play when boarding. I think that VIE needs a bit of a facelift, but it is very good for making quick transfers. It does have something of a 1970's feel, I think. When is the new pier opening? Capacity overkill, in the current climate, perhaps?

OS is a quality airline that have made a good niche for themselves in Central and Eastern Europe. Their fleet decisions and long haul strategy have been very hit and miss, and it seems that their long haul operations are shrinking.

Let's hope that as part of the Lufthansa "family", Austrian will be allowed to develop and grow as Swiss has done.

Quoting LXfan (Reply 4):
Thanks for the trip report !

There are not many OS trip report online.

Well, how can I resist. Here is one of my trip reports from last year- LHR-VIE-CPH in C.
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/130266/
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:08 am



Quoting Cambrian (Reply 8):
Their fleet decisions and long haul strategy have been very hit and miss

Spot on! Get rid of the 332s/343s but keep the 763s (all of which have different door/seat configs...), buy a bunch of old Fokkers, repaint the 737s ins OS c/s, repaint 320s in NG c/s, scrap dozens of western destinations (and lose hundreds of connecting passengers to CEE), scrap Asian/Australian destinations (and lose even more connecting passengers )...

 Sad
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:31 pm



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 5):
Unfortunately. They never know what their strategy should be. Set themselves aprt from LCCs and even LH? Go with the flow? Save at all costs?

For me OS is still the best airline in Europe with regards to service and look and feel... VIE was my home base until August 2008 and I really enjoyed their Do&Co catering along the warm bread basket. Lufthansa's service (the mother company now) in Europe is awful!

Unfortunately, the trend is going towards the LCC model. People prefer paying low fares than flying quality airlines. So I understand that OS can not keep such a quality service.

Good luck for OS but they are always going to be my airline of choice to Eastern Europe. I just love those uniforms and I get shivers when I hear : "Wilkommen in Wien und Servus"...

Very nice trip report!
Next flights : BRU-ZRH-CAI (LX)/ BRU-FCO-TLV (AZ)
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:07 pm



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
when I was picking up the ticket at Austrian's Vienna city office:

It has been a long time that I did that. Since two years I have always my ticket delivered by e-mail.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
I don't see why, at an international airport, the shops don't open before 7am!

Strange.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
Uh, isn't 30 airlines too large a number for one lounge? Doesn't sound THAT comfortable to me...

I agree. Is this the only lounge available in VIE?

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
Security checks are done straight before boarding. Not too sure what to think of that. :/

They do the same in AMS.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
I must admit, I was a little disappointed with what we served for breakfast. On my last OS trip in August, to CGN, we got an entire plate with ham and cheese and fresh bread, now all we get is a plain croissant.

I can imagine that. It is a pity that the cost cutting measures on OS have taken their toll on their catering. At least they still offer the croissant for free.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
Seat 17F. A good one for Y.

Nice coloured too.

Great TR. Thank you for sharing.  Smile
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:21 pm



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
The cockpit crew addressed us again and told us that the weather in Frankfurt was pretty much as shitty as in Vienna.

I doubt whether those were the actual words they used  Silly hehe
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:01 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 11):
I agree. Is this the only lounge available in VIE?

OS use their own, together with their partner carriers.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 11):
It has been a long time that I did that. Since two years I have always my ticket delivered by e-mail.

I paid cash to save credit card fees.  Wink
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:43 pm



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 11):

I agree. Is this the only lounge available in VIE?

The OS business lounge is very nice in Vienna, nice view on the aircraft parking and good restauration !

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 13):

I paid cash to save credit card fees. Wink

OS has credit card fees ?? wow...
For Air France flight tickets are cheaper online, 4 EUR booking taxes instead of 15 EUR (for a domestic flight)

Enjoy your next flights... i'm waiting for your TR !
 
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:22 am

Hi David

thanks for this nice report. I flew on OS A319's before, and I really liked these machines. Legroom is quite good, although I picked rows just behind the seperation curtain, so maybe pitch is slightly better in front rows (remember that it might make a difference).

Servicewise, I think OS is still among the best in Europe, but cateringwise, they are going downhill, judging from your report. I would like to see the tray with a sandwich, some fruit or yogurt and a coffee. Just a croissant, that's a huge change from previous times  Sad

About the weather in VIE, feel yourself happy that the conditions were not slightly more worse, since these might affect takeoff minima for flightcrew and then you would've never left to FRA  Silly Always interesting to see the sky above such a thin layer of fog/clouds.

Gruß
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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:44 am

Looks like you had a good flight. Great report thanks for posting
 
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Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:22 pm

Hi,

Just to say many thanks for the report. Would definitely like to try Austrian one day maybe (I even quite like the seat colours!).

Many thanks,

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RE: A Dying Star? (VIE-FRA-VIE On OS, Pics, Vids)

Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:48 pm

OS 126
FRA-VIE
A319-112 OE-LDD "Moscow"
del 08/03/2005
06/02/09
20.10-21.35
Gate A22
Seat 19A
FL ???



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Facts:
27th flight on an A32S, 7th flight on an A319, 20th flight on an OS jet, 2nd flight on an OS A319, 111th flight overall

Everthing that IS well, has to end. Well? More or less. After a truly wonderful day in Frankfurt is relatively good weather, I realised that a return flight was waiting for me. So I boarded a crowded regional train at Frankfurt's amazing central station (much more beauiful than anything we have down here in Vienna, in terms of train stations) and, 11 minutes and one beer later, I got off at FRA.
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The check-in hall of Terminal 1 seemed quite empty but I was still glad to have checked in the day before.
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So many nice places to go. Copenhagen, Stockholm, Milan, Madrid, Budapest,...
I couldn't decide, so I DID board OS 126.  Wink
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Security was a breeze, much faster than I had expected. Could just as well have spent another thirty minuts in the city.
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SK to GOT:
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D-ABIM:
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D-AIQK:
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D-AIAU:
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The departure screens were not showing a gate for OS 126 and according to my boarding pass, I would have to walk all the way to A34, so I was surprised to come across my flight at gate A22 already.
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I have already told you about the confusion about the airplane types. Originally VIE-FRA should have been a 321 and FRA-VIE a 320, so imagine my surprise, when I discovered that yet another 319 was waiing for me at the gate. OE-LDD:
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Quite frankly, it was obvious that even the 319 was to big for today's load:
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Boarding started on-time at 19.40. Rows 15-23 were first to be called, again:
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The view from 19A. The C seat was occupied, but B remained free, which was appreciated.
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Meanwhile, the rain had set in:
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We pushed back on time and rushed towards the active.
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Passing a DE 763, which brought back nice memories. Three summers ago, one of those birds had brought me to Alaska.
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It seemed that the crew either started the safety announcement way too late or they were surprised to be cleared for take-off so quickly. Either way, the announcement only finished when had already lined up on RWY 07R.

Take-off video. Lift-off around 00:30, announcement directly after roatation (terrible English).
Overview of T2, skyline view at 02:10

WATCH THE TAKE-OFF VIDEO

Can anyone recognize the airplane landing on 07L? To me, it looks like a 773/77W?

ETA: 21.20 (turned out to be correct, so we did land 15 minutes early)
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"Dinner":
A cheese/lettuce sandwich which was absolutely appropriate. Tasted fresh and not as limp as on certain other carriers. A very nice fruit cake, too, even if it looked mediocre:
http://i41.tinypic.com/fve2r4.jpg

A rather interesting compostition of drinks. Tea with milk and beer. (a short explanation: Ottakringer is Vienna's most popular brand of beer. It has a working class reputation and it is indeed a beer for the masses. It's not the best that Austria has to offer, but any visitor to Vienna with an interest in beer HAS to try it at least once. It's a legend.)

Can anyone explain why, even on the smoothest flights, there are ALWAYS these few turbulent minutes? Always EXACTLY, when your drinks are full and your ans are open??? I spilled about a quarter of the can on the ground while I was trying to hold the cups up from the table. An eternal struggle. Needless to say that the rest of the flight was as un-exciting as possible, weatherwise.  Wink

Nearer my bed, to thee:
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We touched down on RWY 16, where we had left some hours before and taxied to gate C59:
http://i44.tinypic.com/16bczde.jpg

Saying goodbye to LDD:
http://i44.tinypic.com/2ztbtr5.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/j64xmg.jpg

What a nice farewell. OE-LDE (VIE-FRA) and OE-LDD both in the same picture:
http://i40.tinypic.com/orsaog.jpg

Baggage claim:
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http://i42.tinypic.com/1602zr9.jpg

The new terminal (very) slowly taking shape:
http://i41.tinypic.com/2w1sarn.jpg



OK, so this REALLY was the end of this TR. Don't forget: I've got two more coming up the next two weeks! Big grin
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Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:17 am

Great report, detailed, some lovely pics well done A+++++++
 
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Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:58 pm



Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
Security checks are done straight before boarding. Not too sure what to think of that. :/

Great report, it sounds silly to me being from the US where you connect to any flight without going through security, minus the customs and then going through security if coming in from an international flight. Seems like quick turns would then become impossible by waiting to do security at the gate, not to mention more costly since you need more scanners and such, I noticed they did this at AMS too, albeit it was a US flight but still.
 
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:03 am

Great TR. It reminds me of my flight on OS back in 1995 or 1996. Would you believe that a flight from London to Vienna back then cost me over £250! It was an A321, and I rather liked the seats which I think were the re-configurable econ/business class ones. I must say that I preferred the calmer darker green seat colours back then to the Jade coloured ones today.
 
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:30 pm

Very nice trip report. Although the food seems to have gone down a little, this still looks like more in quantity than I am used to nowadays in Y...

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Reply 18):
The new terminal (very) slowly taking shape:

Any idea when SkyLink is going to be finished? Is Oct 09 still reasonable (currently stated on the VIE website, I can remember something like Feb 08 there)? The current VIE layout and design is really not very nice, Vienna deserves better  Smile.
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:26 pm

Great report! I'd like to try OS one day, seems like you had good fights with them and I actually really like that cabin interior, the colours are interesting and the seat looks comfy. Shame about the breakfast, I would have expected a bit more but I suppose it's a sign of the times.

Quoting DavidkunzVIE (Thread starter):
Throughout the whole boarding procedure, waltz music was playing and aerial footage of Austrian landscapes was shown on the screens. Made me homesick - even before departure

That's a nice touch, creates a good atmosphere on board for everyone.

Thanks for posting!

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:39 pm

Thanks David,

Nice reports and pictures.

I've yet to fly OS, hopefully this will change this year and I will add them to my flown list.

Catering seems better on the return flight.

Regards

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:03 pm

Hey David ,
Great report and nice pics. I recognise the pics of FRA and VIE having been through those airports many times. I like the OS product. The interior is different and comfortable. I used to love the early morning LHR-VIE J class service , not sure what its like these days. You used to get hot Breakfast and really nice hot croissants.

I would love to see VIE again. Might do a LX trip on the saver J fares.

I see the FRA-DUB EI flight was cancelled that night. It was the night after DUB was closed and I got stuck in LHR . Ended up in BHD.

Frankfurt is a nice city. Very easy to get into the city and back to the airport.

Thanks for the report. Looking forward to the next one(s).

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:54 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Might do a LX trip on the saver J fares

Doesn't surprise me you might.  Wink
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Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:56 pm



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 19):
A+++++++

Wow, thanks.  Smile

Quoting Group51 (Reply 21):
Would you believe that a flight from London to Vienna back then cost me over £250!

No!  Wink

Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 22):
Any idea when SkyLink is going to be finished? Is Oct 09 still reasonable

Last thing I heard was Nov 09...  Sad They seem to keep us waiting forever.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
I've yet to fly OS, hopefully this will change this year

If they are still around.  Wink

Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Looking forward to the next one(s).

Tomorrow, I'm off to ZRH on HG!
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