CDG – MUC / Airbus A320-214 CEO SL D-AIUT Lufthansa LH2239 Economy K / 6 AM Beer City Flug [THERE] MUC – SOF / Airbus A320-214 CEO SL Lufthansa LH1702 Economy K / Eastern Orient Express [THERE] SOF – VIE / Airbus A320-200 CEO OE-LBP Austrian OS796 Business C / Vienna coffee [THERE] VIE – FRA / Airbus A319-100 CEO OE-LDG Austrian OS125 Business C / Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 [THERE] FRA – JNB / Boeing 747-8i D-ABYO Lufthansa LH572 Business C Upper Deck / I’m leaving on a jet plane, (I know) when I’ll be back again [THERE]
JNB – SZK / Embraer 135 ZS-SWN South African Airlink SA8865 Economy Q / A different kind of animal [THERE] SZK – MQP / Cessna Caravan C208-B ZS-MLT South African Airlink SA8930 Economy Y / Dreaming of Cessna [THERE] MQP – JNB / Embraer 140 ZS-ALR South African Airlink SA8828 Economy Q / Outclassing the road [THERE] JNB – DUR / Airbus A330-200 ZS-SXV South African Airways SA559 Business C / Comfy old cabin [THERE] DUR – CPT / Boeing 738WL ZS-ZWU British Airways by Comair BA6310 Business U / On the ‘Business’ again [THERE] CPT – GRJ / Embraer 135 ZS-SWN South African Airlink SA8631 Economy Q / Lost Garden route flightpath [THERE] PLZ – JNB / Boeing 737-800 Split Scimitar winglets ZS-ZWH British Airways by Comair BA6242 Economy O / From PE with chill [THERE]
JNB – FRA / Boeing 747-8i D-ABYR Lufthansa LH573 First C Nose / "Luck" [THERE]
FRA – VIE / Airbus A320-200 CEO OE-LBL Austrian OS128 Business C / Good Morning Austria [YOU ARE HERE]
VIE – SOF / Airbus A320-200 CEO OE-LBM Austrian OS795 Business C / Foodstock
SOF – MUC / Embraer 195 D-AEMD Lufthansa LH1705 Cityline Economy K / …6.5 hours later MUC – CDG / Airbus A319-100 CEO D-AILY Lufthansa LH2238 Economy K / Clap-my-end or "I (don't) love Paris, in the summer…"
I had left you at the end of our flight from JNB in LH F. Unfortunately, unaware of the fact we were entitled to enter the FCT or access the F lounge, we spent our "time" (half an hour) into the Schengen Business Class LH Lounge located near gate A13.
I'd have to blame the crew of the previous flight for their ignorance on FRA LH F ground services because I clearly relied on them and had a "normal procedure" answer, whereas I did not know what was the normal procedure and they probably did not either, or voluntarily kept silent on it. This is the problem when you are upgraded and you do not fully remember what are the services you can get. To be honest, I don't know if we would have had enough time to explore the FCT with less than 2.5hrs between the landing of the previous flight and the door closing time of this very flight but this was frustrating as we could at least have had the Class S ride !
Obviously, the Business lounge was crowded so I did not take any picture, sorry :/
On the other side of our gate, I could finally have a few pictures of a 747-8i !
The assigned gate was the A28
A "Huge" delay for a LH group flight : 13 minutes^^ The boarding was a small mess with people congregating in front of the gates whereas they had no priority. But priorities were enforced.
Our aircraft was an A320 CEO regitered OE-LBL, still wearing the old livery
The cabin was once again exactly the same as any OS short/medium-haul aircraft, Recaro seat on a 3-3 layout with middle seat blocked
This is the old version of the overhead panel
Our next-door neighbor was an A320 CEO SL
The terminal is so clean both outside and inside
It is time for pushback
Some spotting along the way : An A321 IAE and a B744 GE in the background
Two A380s parked at the Z gates
A LH A321 CEO with IAE engines
An A320 CEO with CFM
Another 744 GE across the tarmac
LH is not surprisingly the master of Fraport
And Air Canada its ally
The MD-11 we are not able to fly anymore in pax version
An A330-300 parked away
And a pair of good looking LH 77F
We entered runway 07C at the holding point located on taxiway L17/L19 and took off !
The tray table were quickly ready to receive their weight !
Regular safety card, but someone probably got angry some flights before^^
Wifi card (not tested, too short flight)
One thing I really like about Austrian is this classy red seatbelt
The crew kindly handed us our breakfast trays It consisted (no choice) of a strawberry yoghourt, a small omelette with tomato slices, a choice of croissants/bread plus jam, and finally two slices of ham and two slices of Comté
Always with metal branded cutlery and a practical refreshing towel. The overall food experience was satisfactory despite the industrial look of the tray. There were several passings of the crew for the drinks.
All in all, the OS offering is pretty consistent for breakfast
As the flight is relatively short, soon enough, we were approaching VIE where the weather was cloudy
We landed hopefully right on time, we just had one hour left to catch our next flight by finding our way through this much complex airport
I did not have a lot of spotting to do once on the ground, and to be honest, I was more than ever in a RUSH !
To transit from our arrival stand to the D28 gate (so from Schengen to non-Schengen), we had to go through the luggage carousels area, which was completely misleading and meant we would have to go through security once again. So annoying.
Lufthansa Business Lounge - Terminal A, Level 2, Next to gate A13
Frankfurt - FRA
Vienna - VIE
A pretty uneventful OS morning flight with BKF catering making the short hop even shorter, with a nice crew and a spacious bulkhead row, along with a perfect on time arrival. What else ?! I will leave a 5/10 for FRAport services as it is due to the airport authorities that no direct transfer to the FCT is possible. And... I hate VIE, third edition (fourth to come)
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