This report is the continuation of ET Flies Home (On The B787): ARN-VIE (by sultanils Apr 9 2015 in Trip Reports) where I embarked on a small weekend getaway to fly the Ethiopian Airlines 5th freedom route from ARN to VIE.
The feeder flights to ARN and from VIE were booked on Star Alliance as for me they offer the most convenient travel times and most often also the best fare. When using the multi-journey or open jaw flight booking on Lufthansas website, one can make more interesting combinations. So for the journey home from VIE, I opted for a VIE-MUC-BRU combo with the VIE-MUC sector being operated by Austrian Airlines’ F100 and MUC-BRU with Lufthansa Citylines Embraer 195.
Austrian is one of the few European airlines, together with KLM and Helvetic which operates the Dutch build Fokker 70/100 series. Having flown the Helvetic F100 and KLM F70 already, I was now fully ready to try the Austrian F100
On a map, the route looks like this (thanks, as usual, to Great Circle Mapper, copyright Karl L Schwartz).
I wake up at 5h15, having slept quite well on a large bench for a few hours in the quiet F terminal. Remember how I arrived last night from ARN, around 22h10 and after losing my way - VIE’s signposting is terrible imho - I was just able to enter the airside zone before the security control closes for the night.
Feeling a bit peckish, I buy something small to eat and drink and after devouring my brekkie, it is time to board the flight.
VIE to MUC
Fokker 100 OE-LVC
Photo © Szabo Gabor
On board flight OS 111
The flight seems to be fully loaded thus boarding takes its sweet time. The cabin looks clean so far with 2 female FA’s attending this early morning service. The seats are older thick ones but Austrian got rid of their green and blue toned seat colours, now they are grey and red. When seated, the comfort is not so good as I feel rather cramped. In combination with the low overhead panels it gives me a bit of a claustrophobic feel. However, as I’m seated next to the engine, I don’t mind much
The captain comes on the PA and explains the flight details with smooth but cloudy conditions for the short hop to MUC and expecting an ontime arrival there. Pushback is initiated and the safety demonstration is performed while we taxi to the runway.
There’s no wait at the runway threshold and the old Fokker does well on the takeoff. When we establish cruising alt, the crew comes round with the trolley. A glass of water and a cup of (watery) tea it is, accompanied with an apple filled pastry. Since the flight time is only 30 mins, the crew makes haste to serve everyone and the trash is also cleared very quickly. It seems they’ve done this before - so efficient
With the cabin secured, we head down again through the thick clouds where we land nicely on schedule. A short taxi later we park on a remote position after which we disembark and hop into a waiting bus that transports us to the terminal building.
I’ve no real complaints on this short flight with Austrian. Aircraft wise, it was exciting to be on the Fokker again, everything beats an A320 or B737, doesn’t it? Comfort wise, there’s room for improvement but the FA’s did an excellent job on this short and for them most busy flight.
Here you can watch the full video coverage of the flight.