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Review of Austrian Airlines flight Hong Kong Vienna in Economy

Airline Austrian Airlines
Flight 0S58
Class Economy
Seat 36A
Aircraft Boeing 777-200ER
Flight time 12:30
Take-off 13 Dec 16, 11:00
Arrival at 13 Dec 16, 16:30
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NGD16
By SILVER 4305
Published on 24th December 2016
Hello everyone, this is the 5th part of the trip to Asia. This report will cover the flight from Hong Kong to Vienna.

1. Part 1 LX3627 MUC -> ZRH Here
2. Part 2 LX138 ZRH -> HKG Here
3. Part 3 BR828 HKG -> TPE Here
4. Part 4 BR867 TPE ->HKG Here
5. Part 5 OS58 HKG -> VIE [You are here]
6. Part 6 OS117 VIE -> MUC Here

In the morning, I took a taxi directly to airport. After I got my boarding pass and dropped my checked baggage, I immediately went through the security check and immigration. Then I had my breakfast at the food court before heading to boarding gate. My flight was assigned to gate 204, which was located at the new satellite terminal, so I need to take the automatic people mover to reach the gate. Once I got there, I immediate recognized my plane, OE-LPC, a 14 years old B777-200ER delivered to Lauda Air in 2002. It is given the name Dream of Freedom.
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Gate 204 is located near one end of the satellite terminal.
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Boarding gate
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Boarding was on time and soon after I settled down in my seat, my seat mate appeared. We exchanged a smile and after a while she relocated herself to an empty middle row behind after confirming with the cabin crew. Unfortunately, two passengers showed up in last minute and she had to return to the original seat.

My seat 36A. Austrian B777 adopts the 3-4-3 configuration. For the last few rows, they are 2-4-2 configured.
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Cabin view during boarding
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Apron view from the aircraft
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Push back
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We lifted off at 11:23am on RWY 25L
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Right after take off, our plane immediately turned 180 to the left and flew through the southern part of Lantau Island. This is the standard departure pattern for taking off from RWY 25L. I had a good overview of the airport.
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Turned left and headed north towards China airspace. Visibility was very good and able to see Tsing Yi Island and Tsuen Wan area.
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As seatbelt sign was off, my seat mate quickly moved to the front section and disappeared throughout the flight. Great that I had my neighboring seat empty again! Snacks and drink were offered 40 minutes after take off and I opted for orange juice. I checked the entertainment system and started watching a film called Bounty Hunters.
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30 more minutes later, lunch was served. When the cart came, they told me that they only had one option left, but promised that it will be delicious as well. That was fine for me and turned out that it was even more delicious than I thought. Of coz, I finished all on the tray. In the middle of the meal, they came again and asked if I wanted extra bread.
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Kept heading north, and I began to feel sleepy.
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I slept for about 1 hour and 40 minutes and woke up at 15:00pm and realized that we were flying over Southwestern Mongolia, I observed some stunning scenery from the window but due to the sunlight and reflection, I could't take any good photos, so I went to the R4 exit at the back of the aircraft. (Also visit the lavatory) There was a guy also taking pictures from R4 exit with his DSLR.
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Cabin view
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L4 exit
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I grabbed an orange juice and enjoyed the view. I think this is the Gobi desert, correct me if I am wrong.
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We were flying over Böön Tsagaan Lake according to the map!
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Guiyang-> Chengdu->Lanzhou. After I finished the rest of Bounty Hunters, I continued with another movie, The Legend of Tarzan.
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About 5 hours after take off, the crews came again and distributed snacks and drinks. I chose the nuts and orange juice.
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After I finished the movie, I visited the lavatory again. When I came back, I watched a documentary, How Do They Do It? mega planes. A video of 43 minutes about the building of 747-8i. Then I watched the third movie of this flight, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But I fell asleep again in 30 mins.
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Somewhere in Russia 1
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When I woke up, we were still flying over Russia.
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Somewhere in Russia 2
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One hour before landing, the second meal was served. The pasta reminded me of the Cathay Pacific Pasta, but of course this one tasted much better.
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One downside of the seats are the absence drink holder but luckily I can use the tray next to me.
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A coat hook is installed at the left side of the seat.
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Close to destination.
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Somewhere between the border of Poland and Slovakia. 30 minutes before landing, I visited the lavatory again.
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Descending into Vienna airport.
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Touch down on RWY16 at 15:58pm.
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Taxing to the Terminal 3.
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Reaching the parking position.
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Verdict

Austrian Airlines

8.4/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering8.5

Hong Kong - HKG

8.3/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Vienna - VIE

8.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

If anyone of you are taking the morning flight from Hong Kong to Europe, I strongly advised that you choose a seat at the right side. Then you can avoid the direct sunlight and enjoy the view.

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6 Comments

  • Comment 379109 by
    KL651 TEAM 4375 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    We don't get many about OS long haul Y class.
    I find the meals pretty good, in term of quantity it looks better than LX and LH.
    Nice looking cabin too.

  • Comment 379123 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4730 Comments

    Very nice report with beautiful photos! As KL651 mentioned, there aren't many reports out there on Austrian's new 777 cabins. The cabin looks really nice and modern, though it is a shame that OS went 3-4-3, but that is just to be expected these days. The catering looks really good, as is often the case on OS. Overall looks like a good flight. Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment 379128 by
    Airfunes 295 Comments

    Hi
    thank you very much for this flight report ! beautiful pictures over Russia :)
    Did you see the Chef onboard ?
    See you soon !

  • Comment 379143 by
    SKYTEAMCHC TEAM GOLD 7104 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report with us. A good flight with a very nice looking first meal. The second one looks nice but is a bit small to my taste. The cabin lloks good ans it's always a plus to have a free seat next to you.

  • Comment 379168 by
    BombieFlyer 93 Comments

    Thanks for this flight report! I was curious how this new flight from Austrian would fare in the competitive HK-Europe market. The meal looks good and the size seems quite generous. I think definitely better than CX's food. I noticed that Austrian serves the same balsamic salad dressing in Y cabin that CX uses for its business class passengers.

    Beautiful pictures when you landed in Vienna. What a gorgeous pink sky you had!

  • Comment 379425 by
    NGD16 SILVER AUTHOR 31 Comments

    KL651: You are right, I also did some research before my flight but I can only found some Y class video reports in youtube.
    KévinDC: The cabin was indeed well maintained. I don't know why but I had a feeling that the seat on SWISS was more comfortable than Austrian...
    Airfunes: No, I didn't see the Chef.
    SKYTEAMCHC: My first impression was the same when I saw the second meal.
    BombieFlyer: Last month I flew the HKG-DUS route and I was shocked when I saw the meals provided...

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