Review of Austrian Airlines flight Sofia Vienna in Economy

Airline Austrian Airlines
Flight OS800
Class Economy
Seat 6F
Aircraft Embraer E-195
Flight time 01:35
Take-off 05 Jun 21, 06:00
Arrival at 05 Jun 21, 06:35
OS   #33 out of 66 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 259 reviews
NewYorker
By GOLD 345
Published on 5th August 2021

introduction


Welcome back, dear readers, to the final installment of a trip to Sofia, Bulgaria. As you may remember, in my last series, I flew to Bulgaria and was able to get my first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. In this series, I'm covering the flights I took a month later in order to get my second dose. As I've posted way too many VIE ↔ SOF reports on Austrian (and have many more on the way 😅), I'll try to keep this one relatively short. Let's go!


trip information


I was once again travelling with my dad for this journey, and as we needed to be in Zurich, we booked a ZRH-SOF-VIE multi-city itinerary. The following flights were flown as part of this trip:



photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-28-um-145431

The fare cost around €160 if I remember correctly.


Sofia airport (sof)


We headed to the airport at around 4:50 AM. Traffic in Sofia is virtually nonexistent at such early hours of the day, so we arrived shortly after 5 AM.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210119

Check-in and security were both quick and uneventful, and I soon found myself airside.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210145

While I did visit the lounge, I didn't take any photos of it. Feel free to check out my (and other Flight-Reporters!) reviews of the Vitosha Aspire Lounge here.


boarding + initial impressions


Shortly before boarding, I headed to a window to take a peek that the Embraer that would fly me back to Austria.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210223

Flying me to Vienna was OE-LWO, carrying the very Austrian name of 'Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester'. Whiskey-Oscar was built in 2012, and flew for Lufthansa CityLine until 2017, when it was transferred to Austrian.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210238

Boarding began on time at 5:30 AM, and I was one of the first to head down the jetbridge.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210249

Fuselage shot.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210301

Sticker at the door of the aircraft commemorating its namesake Orchestra.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210341

As is usual on Austrian, I was greeted with a "Servus!" from the purser, who also handed me a disinfecting wipe.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210359

A look at the port side of row 6.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210408

At my seat, the legroom was pretty good.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210421photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210429

In the seatback pocket were the safety instructions card…


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210437

…as well as the Melangerie menu.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210450

Each seat also included a coat hook.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210531

Typical Embraer PSU.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210457

Antimacassar.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211035

Nice view out my window.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210505

A Bulgaria Air E190 and a Bul Air 737-300 were parked next door.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210519

austrian 800 - sofia to vienna


The boarding process was fairly quick, and with a load of ~70% we pushed back and fire up our engines for the quick flight up to Vienna.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210542photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210602

Taxiing towards Runway 09.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210638photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210654

departure from sofia


Lining up.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210713

Rolling.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210729photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210800

Rotate.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210811

Airborne.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210822photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210838photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210849

Turning north.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210857

Fantastic sunrise view.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210906

Cabin after departure.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210919

Takeoff video. I listened to the ATC recording of our departure on LiveATC, and apparently we had a bird strike on our takeoff roll, which I couldn't notice from the video. Can you?



Climbing through some clouds, which produced an awesome light effect.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-210954

mid-flight


Passing the Ogosta Reservoir in Northern Bulgaria.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211002photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211012

Close up of our CF34 engine.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211022

As the service started, the crew divided the two cabins.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211044

I didn't order anything from the menu and didn't feel like asking for water and being denied either, so instead I just started out the window, admiring the beautiful skies of Southeastern Europe.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211057photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211107

I visited the bathroom around halfway through the flight. It was clean and there was nothing noteworthy about it.


A shot of the cabin as I headed back to my seat.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211137photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211220

A view out the window of Row 18.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211210

arrival into vienna


There were no announcements from the pilots during the flight, so instead the purser announced the top of descent. Around that time, a male flight attendant passed out the chocolates.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211233

Descending over Hungary.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211309

Flying over the northeastern suburbs of Vienna.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211323photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211334

Turning final.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211349

Passing Seestadt Aspern, a new residential district of Vienna, located where Aspern Airport once stood.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211414

Short final.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211443photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211451

Over the airport.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211459photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211507

Touchdown on Runway 16 exactly on time at 6:35 AM, after a flight time of 1h22m.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211515photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211522

Vacating the runway.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211530photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211538

Landing video:



Taxiing to our gate.


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211557photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211613photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-21-um-211624

routing of os800


photo bildschirmfoto-2021-06-07-um-205447

After departing Sofia via the OGOTA 3S departure, we flew more or less directly to Vienna, where we arrived via the PESAT 2L arrival. Our cruising altitude was 36,000ft.


Thank you very much for joining me on this journey! Unlike 6 months ago, I am way behind on my reports, so you can expect a new series covering a trip to Croatia very soon. Until then, happy flying! ✈️

See more

Verdict

Austrian Airlines

6.1/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi4.0
Meal/catering4.5

Vitosha Aspire Lounge - 2

5.0/10
Comfort5.0
Meal/catering5.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Services5.0

Sofia - SOF

6.5/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.0
Services3.0
Cleanliness7.5

Vienna - VIE

8.2/10
Efficiency8.0
Access10.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Overall, it was a very average, uneventful flight with Austrian.

+ Friendly crew
+ Nice cabin
- No form of entertainment

I really don't have much else to add. I hope that Austrian will add some form of entertainment on the Embraer fleet, but even without any entertainment they are still a pretty comfortable ride.

Information on the route Sofia (SOF) Vienna (VIE)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 7 reviews of 1 airlines on the route Sofia (SOF) → Vienna (VIE).


Useful

The airline with the best average rating is Austrian Airlines with 7.3/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 35 minutes.

  More information

4 Comments

If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !
  • Comment 577495 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 5759 Comments

    Hey NewYorker, thanks for sharing this final report in the series! E-jets are always comfortable and the seat pitch in your row looks mighty generous! I suppose that the J curtain can go pretty far back if needed so your row is one of the ones with better legroom in case it is needed for J.

    Yeah nope couldn't see a birdstrike in the video, I guess it went on the other side.

    I didn't order anything from the menu and didn't feel like asking for water and being denied either

    Kind of sad that this is Austria we're talking about.

    Yeah, streaming IFE would be nice on these birds. Hopefully it'll happen in the not-too-far off future.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 577539 by
      NewYorker GOLD AUTHOR 175 Comments

      Hi Kevin, many thanks as always for stopping by!

      E-jets are always comfortable

      Yes indeed, I love the E-Jets, though perhaps my biggest peeve with them is the poor window alignment... I had to twist myself quite a bit to take pictures and videos!
      I suppose that the J curtain can go pretty far back if needed so your row is one of the ones with better legroom in case it is needed for J.

      You are right about that. I believe that it can go back to Row 8, but don't quote me on that 😅🤭
      Kind of sad that this is Austria we're talking about.

      It is sad. It's a mess at OS concerning the catering protocols. I had a vastly different experience on LH, though, which I'll share in the next series.
      I hope to see you there, all the best, and happy flying! ✈️

  • Comment 577516 by
    Pilpintu SILVER 803 Comments

    Hello NewYorker!

    way too many VIE ↔ SOF reports on Austrian

    hahaha No number of reports is too many reports, I think. Otherwise, I would have to stop posting my ZAL SCL reports!! That’s the only destination available from my local airport! lol Besides, I think it’s quite useful when you post about one particular route regularly: You can see how the airlines and the airports evolve.

    the Embraer that would fly me back to Austria

    I love Embraer planes! Comfortable seats, and windows are larger than on Airbus, I think.

    Sticker at the door

    They really play waltz as you board?? :O

    you can expect a new series covering a trip to Croatia very soon

    I’ll be looking forward to it! Plitviče lakes and Kornati islands are top of my bucket list!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 577540 by
      NewYorker GOLD AUTHOR 175 Comments

      Hola Pilpintu, nice to see you here at this report!

      hahaha No number of reports is too many reports, I think.

      Glad to hear that from you! I always worry that people get tired of endless reports to Sofia haha. But yes, it definitely does show how airlines evolve. Unfortunately, I haven't seen much positive evolving from Austrian on this particular route ☹️
      Comfortable seats, and windows are larger than on Airbus, I think.

      Yes and yes! Though unfortunately the window alignment is very poor... I had to twist myself quite a bit to take pictures and videos!
      They really play waltz as you board?? :O

      They do, on every Austrian flight! Even on the Q400s when they were still flying.
      I’ll be looking forward to it! Plitviče lakes and Kornati islands are top of my bucket list!

      I didn't go there unfortunately, but I absolutely fell in love with Croatia, so hopefully I'll be able to explore new parts of the country again soon. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you in the next series! 😁✈️

Login to post a comment.