Review of Austrian Airlines flight Vienna Innsbruck in Economy

Airline Austrian Airlines
Flight OS903
Class Economy
Seat 4F
Flight time 01:00
Take-off 22 Mar 19, 09:45
Arrival at 22 Mar 19, 10:45
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NewYorker
By SILVER 527
Published on 19th May 2019

Welcome to the last part of the trip I took to the US in March 2019. Last time we saw each other, I had just deplaned from the 777 that flew me from Chicago. But before I continue, let me remind you of the itinerary.



After I deplaned, I found myself in a relatively long corridor leading to immigration.


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The immigration was quick and easy, but unfortunately after that I had to clear security again. Security at Vienna Airport is actually not bad, as it's quick and the staff are friendly. I was at Austrian's schengen pier at 9:10 AM, 5 minutes before boarding.


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My flight boarded from gate F5.


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Flight info. Wow, that's a lot of codeshares!


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Boarding started right on time.


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As the Dash 8 is too small for any gate, we had to be bussed to the aircraft.


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Austrian 767-300 (OE-LAZ 'India') preparing to depart to JFK.


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Clearly we are in Austrian territory, but who can correctly identify the intruder?


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Flying me to Innsbruck: OE-LGO, a Dash 8-Q400 manufactured in November 2009. It first flew for Augsburg Airways until early 2014, when it moved to Canada to fly for North Cariboo Air. Later that year, it moved back to Europe to fly for Austrian, though it spent most of its time with Austrian doing wetlease flights for SWISS. It's wearing the always pretty Star Alliance livery.


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Appropriately, this aircraft is named Innsbruck.


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Funny that they wrote that, instead for just putting a sticker.


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Fuselage shot.


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SWISS logo inside the cabin, too.


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Slightly different cabin than Austrian's other Dash 8s.


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Sitting in 4F, which is usually a Business Class seat, and therefore has a bit more legroom.


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Beautiful view of the prop.


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We had to wait a while before we could go anywhere, but luckily this gave me the chance to planespot!

China Airlines A350-900 (B-18917) preparing to fly to Taipei-Taoyuan as CI64.


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Level A321 (OE-LCR) soon to fly to Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion as VK5010.


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Nordica CRJ700 (ES-ACE) taxiing for takeoff to Tallinn as LO8194.


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AirBaltic A220-300 (YL-CSH) soon to fly to Riga as BT432.


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LOT Dash 8-Q400 (SP-EQE 'Podkarpackie Travel' Livery) taxiing for departure to Warsaw-Chopin as LO224.


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My first time seeing one of these! Wideroe Embraer E2 (LN-WEA), operating for Finnair, just arrived from Helsinki-Vantaa as AY1471. Would live to try out this aircraft!


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AirSerbia ATR72 (YU-ALV) soon to fly to Belgrade as JU601.


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Turkish Cargo A330F (TC-JCI 'Kervan') taxiing for takeoff to Istanbul-Atatürk as TK6312.


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KLM 737-700 (PH-BGF 'Grote Zilverreiger') soon to fly to Amsterdam-Schiphol as KL1838.


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Turkish A321 (TC-JTA 'Gelibolu') just arrived from Istanbul-Atatürk as TK1883.


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Qatar A350-900 (A7-ALV) soon to fly to Doha-Hamad as QR190.


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At this point, Captain Berd came on the PA to apologize for our delay (no reason was given) and announced our flight time as 49 minutes. Naturally, we were wished a pleasant flight.


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SWISS A320 (HB-IJS 'Kloten') off to Zürich as LX1575.


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The same Qatar A350 I showed you earlier.


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Rossiya A319 (VP-BIU 'Lipetsk') just arrived from St. Petersburg as SU6603.


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Eurowings A320 (D-ABFP) just arrived from Leipzig as EW5805.


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Engines started and leaving the stand.


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Austrian Dash 8-Q400 (OE-LGE 'Oberösterreich') holding short of the runway before its takeoff to Graz as OS963.


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Lining up with Runway 29.


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Rollin'.


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Rotate.


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Overview of the airport.


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Left turn after departure.


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Cabin after departure.


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Beautiful view of Vienna.


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Takeoff video:



Turning right.


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Wiener Neudorf, Austria.


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Leaving the Vienna Basin behind.


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As I said before, this aircraft has different seats than the other Dash 8s in Austrian's fleet. There are two main differences between these seats which one can't find in most Austrian Dash 8s: the recline switch…


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…and the (inoperative) cup holder. The Dash 8s with the different cabins are: OE-LGO (this plane), OE-LGP, OE-LGQ, and OE-LGR. I find these seats to be a bit more comfortable than the others, for some reason.


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First sighting of the alps.


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The little that was served consisted of a drink (water for me)…


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…and some chocolate-y thing.


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Pretty good!


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Attersee, the largest lake entirely in Austria.


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Salzburg, Austria.


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Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport (SZG/LOWS).


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Over a tiny part of Germany.


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Descending over Tyrol, as the First Officer made an announcement saying that we were 15 minutes from landing.


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Wörgl, Austria.


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Achensee, Austria.


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Schwaz, Austria.


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Over Innsbruck.


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The center of the town.


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Over the Inn River.


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Short final.


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Flare.


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Hard landing on Runway 26.


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Taxiing off the runway.


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Landing video:



Quite a few planespotters today.


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The only other aircraft here is that EasyJet A320neo (G-UZHB) which arrived from Bristol as U26295.


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One last few of the cabin.


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Cockpit.


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Classic Innsbruck shot.


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10-second bus ride to the terminal.


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And finally, the routing.


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Thanks for following along in this series. I hope to see you again in another series soon!

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Verdict

Austrian Airlines

7.2/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering6.5

Vienna - VIE

8.4/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Innsbruck - INN

6.9/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.5
Services5.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

A pleasant as always Austrian flight.

+ Comfier seats than usual
+ Nice crew
+ Beautiful views
- Slight delay

Austrian is proving to be a solid, consistent airline for intra-European flying. I look forward to my next flight with them.

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