Background: I flew to New York just for a night-stop to make some preparations focused on another, much longer stay there a few weeks later. Austrian Airlines flies to New York JFK and Newark. JFK would have departed 15 minutes after my flight, but getting to Manhattan isn't that easy than from EWR.
Again I got to Vienna Airport by car.
The airports tower is the highest in Europe (109 m) and has been finished in 2005.
Going to the checkin counters …
… for Business Class
Boarding Number 001 - I was the very first who checked in :D You see API? This means that I had already submitted my passport details etc. (in the web-checkin process). Otherwise you'll see SSSS which would mean that there will be a separate doc-check.
Security Check is most of the time superfast here. This time I could use the fast lane which made it a bit faster (maybe there was not even a difference).
Passengers are asked for a feedback. They got these screens in their toilets as well.
My gate's G21. F gates don't have Passport Control, G gates do.
The next stop was Passport Control which was average. But there is an extra line for EU/Schengen citizens.
A look down at the line for Security Check and the apron.
A short glance in the Austrian Business Lounge for Non-Schengen-flights. There's another at the F gates.
A very larger Heinemann duty-free store
Heading to my gate on a moving walkway
The gate is already open, so there's a staff member at the counter
The same information on my mobile
The aircraft was a Boeing 767-3Z9(ER)(WL) with the registration OE-LAX. In 1992 it entered service for Lauda Air and since 2007 it is part of the Austrian Airlines fleet. It is configured with 26 C-seats (1-2-1) and 199 Y-seats (2-3-2).
My seat: 6A
Austrian has two versions of their 767 cabin configuration. One has a bigger Business-class, the other a bigger Economy-class. This here had the bigger Eco.
38 high resolution screen (Economy has 9)
Pre-departure drinks were offered. I chose a glass of orange juice but there were also some alcoholic beverages avialable.
The Flying Chef handed out menus to choose from. There was also a wine section in there.
During taxiing I spotted some Austrian special liveries. Actually almost all of them (except Star Alliance). Here: Vienna Life Ball on Boeing 767-300ER
Here: The new myAustrian branding which says Servus on its belly on Airbus A321. Some people like it some not. I miss the blue colour accents.
Here: Eurovision Song Contest 2015 which took place in Vienna on Airbus A320.
Up in the air first of all a mix of nuts was served and the table was set.
Then I could choose some antipasti from the trolley.
Then a Tyrolean bacon dumpling soup was served which was delicious.
I had a short time for a break to check out the toilet. They are nothing compared to the bathroom in Emirates' A380. But there was a basket with earplugs, combs, wet tissues and face moisturizer from Bogner (german company).
I returned to my seat and promptly got my ordered deep fried chicken breast served.
For dessert I wanted to try the Mozart tart with a selection of fruits from the trolley. I can really recommend this!
Some of you might now be astonished: Then the coffee menu was handed out and I ordered a Wiener Eiskaffee (coffee, cream, vanilla ice-cream).
Each Business Class passenger gets such an amenity kit containing toothbrush, socks, moisturizer, … nothing special
The seat offers a power outlet, USB-jack, Austrian headphone jack, as well as a LED reading light.
I hope this picture explains itself.
Mood light in the cushioned footrest area
About 1.5 hours before landing the second service was done. This time a so called Brettljause which is a traditional meal of hill farmers.
Watching the airshow…
A short look at the cabin interior from my seat.
Inbound for New York
The pilots said we flew a very rare approach with a beautiful view on the Big Apple. Fortunately I sat on the right side of the plane.
Newark is a hub of United Airlines; JFK is a hub of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue
Commonly immigrating into the U.S. is a pain in the ass, but this time I was even faster than the crew.
At the baggage claim I was very surprised that there was an employee who placed the bags with the handles easy to catch. I don't see the point of building airports with carpeted floors. I find that's very disgusting.
On the transfer to the hotel
I just found this newly released promotion for the OS Business Class
Vienna - VIE
Newark - EWR
I didn't have access to the Business Class Lounge due to my fare type. But there is the chance even for Economy passengers to purchase a lounge admission for 35€. This was a very enjoyable flight. Thank you very much to the whole crew who looked after me always with a smile on their faces. I was really surprised to find an episode of PilotsEYE.tv and AirLounge ONE in the movie library which should probably be a must-have on all flights. Gourmet Entertainment by DO & CO was as always superb.
As you can see on my rating I'm very satisfied with the OS longhaul-C-class. They created an impeccable product.
Advice: If you can decide between JFK and EWR, go for EWR! It's not that overfilled. (My opinion)
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