Review of Austrian Airlines flight Vienna Sofia in Business

Airline Austrian Airlines
Flight OS795
Class Business
Seat 1A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 08 Aug 17, 10:15
Arrival at 08 Aug 17, 12:45
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Published on 8th September 2017
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 [THERE]
VIE – SOF / Airbus A320-200 CEO OE-LBM Austrian OS795 Business C / Foodstock [YOU ARE HERE]
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…"
Hi back and welcome to this 15th FR from my summer routing!

We are flying yeeeeet another OS C class medium-haul. This time though, I have absolutely no picture of the airport (let alone any lounge^^) because I litterally ran for 30 minutes before getting to the security screening located before the gate, with no priority lane… There was actually a VIE agent that directed the pax

We were once again and for the last time seated at the bulkhead with no one on the opposite row
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Generally speaking, the yield on OS C Class seem pretty decent but not really on the VIE-SOF leg as SOF is more a tourism destination, even if I saw quite a lot of businessmen traveling in Y

The pushback allowed me to have some gorgeous views of the local fauna

I could finally see a CI A359 which I would LOVE to fly with
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This design will remain as one of the most beautiful ever created
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Another Taiwanese aircraft was parked at VIE, this time an Eva Air 77W
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Spotting during taxi revealed an airline I had never "seen" before (I knew of it obviously^^)
So, El Al was here with a 737-900, winglets equiped
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The Austrian flagship aircraft, a 77E
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This livery with the song notes reminded me of a commercial aired by OS a decade ago in which the 77E was featured


It think it was actually OE-LPD in the commercial but with the old livery, it had just been delivered at the time.

An aging 767-300ER. The most recent 767 in the OS fleet is almost 17yo whereas the oldest is… 26yo !
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An Embraer 195, definitely younger (OE-LWM, 5yo)
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One of the two Fokker 70 left in OS fleet, named "Dornbirn" (OE-LFQ), more than 21yo but what a beauty !
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And… perhaps one of the most famous Embraer 170, OE-LTK ;)
People's Vienna Line (PE)

Embraer 195
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Airbus A320 CEO
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Take off !


From this row, you really have to contort yourself to get a picture of the CFM engine with its blades turning at thousands of revolutions per minute but it is worthwhile ;)
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You have two windows at the bulkhead row
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The wingtip is nothing extraordinary
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The middle seat that is in theory "blocked", but you can of course sit on it because the seatbelt is here as well as the tray table. I'd understand that for flexibility purposes it works good for OS but nothing can beat a recliner ! Note that the curtain divider between C and Y is always set.
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I don't really like the look of this old overhead panel but I'd have to admit it is way more practical to mess with the AC
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The galley curtain was flying during climbout
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Tray table ready ! It was in my best interest to eat as much as I could as my next layover was of more than six hours with no lounge access (you read well), hence the FR title, "Foodstock"^^
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For our meal, as a main, we had a meatball with celeriac in remoulade dressing, a slice of tomato and a bit of lettuce. As for the dessert, it was a lemon cake with strawberry sauce.
The meatball was perfectly cooked and I just like the celeriac with the meat, I think that is a nice assortment.
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A white napkin and branded metal cutlery were here as well
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Along the eternal refreshing tissue I talked about before
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Several passings of the crew (a male FA) for the drinks but I sticked to a glass of water
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The toilets showed their age but were decent
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Not really needed to go again through the onboard documents ?
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After a little nap, our approach led us over the untouched Bulgarian countryside
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Landing !


AND… we are back at SOF ! Thank you Lufthansa and Austrian for honoring this error fare ! :) i will always, maybe not "love you", but still, have a soft spot for you !
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Yet another effort CFM, the end is near !
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The terminal was not crowded at that moment
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Austrian aircrafts seem to always park to a remote stand, not that I complain ;)
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There is a downside though, SOF is a very warm city in summer ! It was hot as hell in the paxbus! Hopefully the drive was a short one. There is no paxbus for C pax, everyone is in the same boat.
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Luggage came fast with the priority tags and it was no pain going through customs as there is no one to stop you.
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Verdict

Austrian Airlines

7.0/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment6.5
Meal/catering7.5

Vienna - VIE

6.1/10
Efficiency6.0
Access4.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness8.0

Sofia - SOF

7.1/10
Efficiency6.5
Access8.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

For the fourth time, a regular satisfactory flight with OS in C class. As for the punctuality, we departed 2 minutes late and reached the gate 3 minutes late, which is almost perfect.

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