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.
Gate 204 is located near one end of the satellite terminal.
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.
Cabin view during boarding
Apron view from the aircraft
We lifted off at 11:23am on RWY 25L
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.
Turned left and headed north towards China airspace. Visibility was very good and able to see Tsing Yi Island and Tsuen Wan area.
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.
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.
Kept heading north, and I began to feel sleepy.
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.
I grabbed an orange juice and enjoyed the view. I think this is the Gobi desert, correct me if I am wrong.
We were flying over Böön Tsagaan Lake according to the map!
Guiyang-> Chengdu->Lanzhou. After I finished the rest of Bounty Hunters, I continued with another movie, The Legend of Tarzan.
About 5 hours after take off, the crews came again and distributed snacks and drinks. I chose the nuts and orange juice.
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.
Somewhere in Russia 1
When I woke up, we were still flying over Russia.
Somewhere in Russia 2
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.
One downside of the seats are the absence drink holder but luckily I can use the tray next to me.
A coat hook is installed at the left side of the seat.
Close to destination.
Somewhere between the border of Poland and Slovakia. 30 minutes before landing, I visited the lavatory again.
Descending into Vienna airport.
Touch down on RWY16 at 15:58pm.
Taxing to the Terminal 3.
Reaching the parking position.
Hong Kong - HKG
Vienna - VIE
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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