Review of Austrian Airlines flight Innsbruck Frankfurt in Economy

Airline Austrian Airlines
Flight OS277
Class Economy
Seat 5A
Flight time 01:15
Take-off 08 Mar 19, 06:50
Arrival at 08 Mar 19, 08:05
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By GOLD 423
Published on 5th May 2019

introduction + trip information

Welcome to a brand-spanking-new Flight-Report series! This one will cover my recent trip to Michigan and Chicago. The itinerary will look like this:


  • OS277 - Economy - Innsbruck → Frankfurt - Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 You are here
  • LH442 - Economy - Frankfurt → Detroit - Airbus A340-600 Coming soon
  • OS66 - Economy - Chicago → Vienna - Boeing 777-200ER Coming soon
  • OS903 - Economy - Vienna → Innsbruck - Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 Coming soon

I didn't feel like burning miles for this trip, so I booked a multi-stop itinerary for $1100. Now, onto the report.

innsbruck kranebitten airport

I arrived at the airport way too early, though probably because I woke up too early, and waiting at the airport seemed better than waiting for time to pass in my small apartment. I also printed my boarding pass online. The airport was empty.

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A look at this morning's departures.

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As the lounge doesn't open until 5:30 AM, I decided to visit the spotting terrace. Much to my surprise, there were no Dash 8s on the tarmac.

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As it turns out, Austrian keeps their Dash 8s at Tyrolean Technik overnight. Here's the Dash 8 that will fly to Vienna as OS914 (OE-LGI 'Eisenstadt')

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tyrol lounge innsbruck

At 5:25 AM, I went through security and made my way to the Tyrol Lounge.

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Unlike the last time I visited the lounge, it was empty this time, with only 2 other passengers there. This was great, as I could take more photos. Here's a nice seating area.

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Some bar seating.

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Restaurant style seating.

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And the best seats, the ones that overlook the tarmac.

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Meanwhile, at the buffet, there is a nice coffee machine…

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…cold cuts…

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…fresh bread and pastries…

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…and yogurt.

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I got myself some cold cuts.

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My aircraft seen from the lounge.

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I chilled in the lounge until 2 minutes before boarding.

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boarding + initial impressions

I showed up at the gate as soon as boarding was announced, and was the first passenger aboard.

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My ride to Frankfurt was OE-LGN, an 8-year old Dash 8-Q400 named after the town of Gmunden.

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My seat was in the first row of Economy.

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Sufficient legroom at my seat.

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A nice view of the prop.

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austrian 277 - innsbruck to frankfurt

Engine start.

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Beginning our taxi to Runway 08.

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departure from innsbruck

Lined up and ready to go!

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Gear up.

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Last look at Innsbruck.

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Full takeoff video:

Beautiful view of the Alps today!

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Cabin after departure.

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More mountains.

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Turning northwest.

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snack service + mid-flight

Shortly after takeoff, a snack was served. All passengers got a delicious chocolate bun.

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Turning right.

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arrival into frankfurt

As we commenced our descent, the First Officer announced that we would be arriving in Frankfurt early in 20 minutes.

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Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 190.

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Our shadow surrounded by a halo.

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First view of German land.

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Turning final just south of Gelnhausen.

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Cabin during approach.

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Correcting our approach path over Hanau.

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Neu-Isenburg, Germany

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Over the highway.

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Gliding over the piano keys.

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And touchdown at 7:55 AM, 10 minutes before schedule.

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Taxiing off the runway.

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Full landing video:

Two Lufthansa A380s.

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Pulling into our remote stand next to a Lufthansa CityLine CRJ900 (D-ACND 'Meersburg') that will shortly fly to Basel as LH1202.

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Confirmation of the type.

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The fuselage.

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Cockpit and nose.

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One last look at the aircraft.

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routing of os277

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Thanks for reading this report, and stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

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Austrian Airlines

Cabin crew8.0

Tyrol Lounge


Innsbruck - INN


Frankfurt - FRA



I hate writing conclusions on such short flights, because there's usually nothing to say!

+ Great lounge in Innsbruck
+ Friendly cabin crew
+ Punctual operation
- Uncomfortable Dash 8 cabin

I don't think I'd like to fly on a Dash 8 for more than two hours, but on such short flights, it's fine.

Information on the route Innsbruck (INN) Frankfurt (FRA)


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  • Comment 501879 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5832 Comments

    First things first...where did the tulip go!? You, like UA, should bring back the tulip ?

    I didn't feel like burning miles for this trip, so I booked a multi-stop itinerary for a very attractive $1100.

    Yep, can't burn miles on every trip...gotta fly revenue too to maintain status.

    The OS livery looks surprisingly good on the Q400...though it's a nice livery in general IMO

    Awesome views of the mountains!

    • Comment 501970 by
      NewYorker GOLD AUTHOR 187 Comments

      First things first...where did the tulip go!? You, like UA, should bring back the tulip ?

      Brought it back! In a different form, namely on the tail of a 777 :)
      As much as burning miles is fun, what you said is all true. I have to say, I think that the best livery found on Dash 8s is OS's. Thanks for reading!!

      • Comment 501976 by
        KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5832 Comments

        Nice! Battleship grey tulip ?

        That was the best tulip, though as an overall livery I preferred the last one before the merger with all the different shades of light blue...rhapsody in blue I think it was called?

        • Comment 502016 by
          NewYorker GOLD AUTHOR 187 Comments

          I actually loved the Battleship Gray livery. I know it gets a bad rap, but it was my favorite United livery until the newest one came out. Rhapsody in Blue is United’s song, while the livery was called ‘Rising Blue’ ?

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