The airline with the best average rating is Austrian Airlines with 7.3/10.
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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:
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.
A look at this morning's departures.
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.
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')
At 5:25 AM, I went through security and made my way to the Tyrol Lounge.
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.
Some bar seating.
Restaurant style seating.
And the best seats, the ones that overlook the tarmac.
Meanwhile, at the buffet, there is a nice coffee machine…
…fresh bread and pastries…
I got myself some cold cuts.
My aircraft has arrived! It's OE-LGN, an 8-year old Dash 8-Q400 named after the city of Gmunden.
I chilled in the lounge until 2 minutes before boarding.
I showed up at the gate as soon as boarding was announced, and was the first passenger aboard.
My seat was in the first row of Economy.
Sufficient legroom at my seat.
A nice view of the prop.
Beginning our taxi to Runway 08.
Lined up and ready to go!
Last look at Innsbruck.
Full takeoff video:
Beautiful view of the Alps today!
Cabin after departure.
Shortly after takeoff, a snack was served. All passengers got a delicious chocolate bun.
As we commenced our descent, the First Officer announced that we would be arriving in Frankfurt early in 20 minutes.
Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 190.
Our shadow surrounded by a halo.
First view of German land.
Turning final just south of Gelnhausen.
Cabin during approach.
Correcting our approach path over Hanau.
Over the highway.
Gliding over the piano keys.
And touchdown at 7:55 AM, 10 minutes before schedule.
Taxiing off the runway.
Full landing video:
Two Lufthansa A380s.
Pulling into our remote stand next to a Lufthansa CityLine CRJ900 (D-ACND 'Meersburg') that will shortly fly to Basel as LH1202.
Confirmation of the type.
Cockpit and nose.
One last look at the aircraft.
And of course, our routing.
Thanks for reading this report, and stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!
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.