Hello, and welcome to my very first Trip Report here on Flight-Report! I’ve been following the site for a very long time, so I’m quite happy to start sharing my own experiences with you guys. This first series will cover my recent trip back to my hometown, New York, over the winter holidays of 2018. Here’s what the itinerary was initially planned to be:
Austrian 283 | Dash 8-Q400 | INN-FRA | December 24th, 2018 | Economy Singapore 26 | A380-800 | FRA-JFK | December 25th, 2018 | Economy United 1697 | A319 | LGA-ORD | January 5th, 2019 | Economy Plus LOT 32 | 787-8 Dreamliner | ORD-BUD | January 6th, 2019 | Economy Austrian 714 | Dash 8-Q400 | BUD-VIE | January 7th, 2019 | Economy
However, due to some last minute schedule changes, it ended up looking like this:
Austrian 285 | Dash 8-Q400 | INN-FRA | December 23rd, 2018 | Economy: You are here SWISS 1073 | A220-100 | FRA-ZRH | December 23rd, 2018 | Economy: Next up SWISS 18 | A330-300 | ZRH-EWR | December 23rd, 2018 | Economy: After that United 1697 | A319 | LGA-ORD | January 5th, 2019 | Economy Plus: Later Lufthansa 435 | A350-900 | ORD-MUC | January 5th, 2019 | Economy: Eventually
I booked this itinerary using United MileagePlus miles as 3 separate itineraries:
- INN-EWR booked for 30k miles - LGA-ORD booked for 12.5k miles - ORD-MUC booked for 30k miles
Without further ado, on the the flight.
I took the F bus from near my apartment to the airport. The bus was kind of crowded (by Innsbruck standards), but that wasn't surprising, given that a lot of tourists were flying back home after their ski vacations.
About 10 minutes later, I arrived at Innsbruck's Kranebitten Airport.
Luckily, most people don't fly Austrian out of Innsbruck, so the check-in line was the shortest of all. Plus I have Star Alliance Gold, so I can always use the Premier Access lane.
Quite a few flights today.
Security was slow because of a mix of first-time travelers and overwhelmed staff, so it took me a good 15 minutes to clear. Once airside, there are some chairs and a duty-free shop on the ground level.
Upstairs, however, there is the relatively new Tyrol Lounge, which is where I went.
The lounge was very nice and still has that new smell to it. The are also some chairs with a great view of the tarmac. The only problem was that because it is on the small side, it can be very hard to find a seat when it is crowded, like when I visited it. To add to the problem, the British Airways flight to Heathrow was delayed because its inbound flight diverted to Munich because of the weather in Innsbruck, so there were a ton of passengers in the lounge. I'll let the pictures of the lounge do most of the talking.
The food spread was also quite good, with a selection of bread, jams, drinks, and cold cuts. There were a number of people at the buffet, so I didn't feel very comfortable taking pictures.
I got myself some cold cuts as a snack.
The lounge is also a great place for planespotting. Unfortunately, there was only one aircraft on the ground at the time, this Transavia 737-800 (PH-HXJ) heading to Amsterdam.
After a while, I started to get worried that my aircraft hadn't shown up yet, and that multiple aircraft had already diverted to Munich. Luckily, a few minutes later, this guy showed up.
The aircraft that would fly me to Frankfurt was OE-LGL, an 8.8-year old Dash 8-Q400, named Altenrhein. The aircraft was delivered to Austrian Arrows in May 2010, and transferred to Austrian in July 2012.
After a very pleasant half hour, I decided to bid adieu to the lounge and head to the gate for boarding.
A few minutes later, boarding commenced. My favorite thing about small airports like Innsbruck? You get to walk on the tarmac to reach the aircraft.
I was greeted by a friendly middle-aged purser at the door, and proceeded to find my seat, 6A.
Passed through a mini 'Business Class' cabin.
At my seat.
The seat itself is very uncomfortable and the back rest is very thin. In addition, the cabin is very small. But for this 1 hour flight, it's ok.
In the seatback pocket are the safety card.
Austrian's Skylines magazine.
And the Inflight Shopping magazine, which is useless on such a short flight.
A nice view of the prop from my seat.
Shortly after I boarded, the purser made her welcome announcement and announced our flight time of 1 hour and 5 minutes.
We fired up the engines and started taxiing to Runway 08 for a takeoff to the east.
After an EasyJet A320 landed, it was our turn to takeoff.
Into the clouds almost immediately after takeoff.
View of the Nordkette.
Mountains, mountains, and more mountains.
A look at the cabin.
A few minutes later, Captain Mario added his welcome over the PA and advised us that we were Northeast of Augsburg with around 40 minutes of flying time remaining. Around this time, a small snack was served.
It consisted of a drink (water for me), and some Italian crackers.
Even though we cruised at 20,000 feet, we never quite broke through the cloud cover
Typical Dash 8 PSU.
A look at an empty Business Class cabin. There was only one Business Class passenger, IIRC.
The view from a very scratched window of 1A.
I doubt that Do & Co provides the catering from this flight, but maybe for Business Class they do.
There was no running water in the bathroom, so the crew left some wet towels for everyone to use.
Shortly after I returned from the bathroom, we commenced our decent into Frankfurt.
First sight of German soil.
Großkrotzenburg Power Station.
Landing Gear coming down.
On Approach to Runway 25C.
Over taxiways Tango and Uniform.
And a very smooth landing!
Taxiing off the runway.
Condor 767-300ER off to somewhere warm (probably).
Pulling into our remote stand next to a Lufthansa Regional CRJ900 (D-ACNU 'Uetersen') which will soon fly to Münster/Osnabrück.
Lufthansa A330-300 taking off.
One final look at the cabin.
One last look at OE-LGL.
The routing of my flight.
Thanks for tuning into this trip report, and be sure to catch the second part, on a SWISS A220-100 to Zürich. Don't hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any questions, comments, or anything else! :)
Innsbruck - INN
Frankfurt - FRA
Overall, a very pleasant flight with Austrian. Not much can happen on an hour flight, and everything was fine.
+ Very nice lounge in Innsbruck + Friendly crew and pilots + Tasty snack for a short flight - Overly-crowded Innsbruck Airport with overwhelmed staff - Uncomfortable Dash 8 Cabin
I always enjoy flying with Austrian, and this flight was no exception. I look forward to my next flight with them.
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