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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NewYorker
By SILVER 312
Published on 5th May 2019

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:


Routing

  • 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 a very attractive $1100. Now, onto the report.

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 to 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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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 has arrived! It's OE-LGN, an 8-year old Dash 8-Q400 named after the city of Gmunden.


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I chilled in the lounge until 2 minutes before boarding.


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


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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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Engine start.


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Beginning our taxi to Runway 08.


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Backtracking.


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Lined up and ready to go!


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V1.


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Rotate!


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


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Cheers!


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Turning right.


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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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Deplaning.


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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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And of course, our routing.


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

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Verdict

Austrian Airlines

7.2/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering7.5

Tyrol Lounge

7.4/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Services7.0

Innsbruck - INN

7.0/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.5

Frankfurt - FRA

8.0/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

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)

4 Comments

  • Comment 501879 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4845 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 SILVER AUTHOR 31 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 4845 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 SILVER AUTHOR 31 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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