Hello everyone, and welcome to my another trip report.
This report is going to cover my problably last trip this year. The pre-christmas madness at work is underway already and as I expected that a way before - I wanted to have a day off with flying, plane spotting and see some European city. I started thinking of this trip in early October and wanted to go to Scandinavia. It´s not an easy task to get a reasonable price for 1 day trip and good flight times. It actually took some time to find something. I wanted to try Norwegian, but was unable to find any possible flights with returning on same day - neither from Prague or Vienna. I tried to mix it with SAS, but it still did not help even when mixing it with some Czech Airlines and Austrian fares.
After few days of searching I gave up and took an option I knew is ready for use, but I had left it before as a reserve. Austrian Airlines have their long-term offer to Copenhagen for 88EUR with return on the same day. I decided to take it. Departure time at 7:15AM is ok for me, but return flight was scheduled for 17:40 the earliest possible. I wasn´t very happy about it at the beginning , because I originally planned to go there only for spotting. Standing somewhere near the airport in November for 6 or 7 hours wasn´t something I considered to be too necessary. Then I decided I can have a look around city for few hours and just started looking forward to it.
As I had to get from Brno to Vienna first, that meant waking up pretty early. I got up at 1:00AM after 3,5hours of sleeping and knew this day was going to be really challenging, mainly physically. I took a taxi to bus station, from where my bus to Vienna leaves at 2:45. Luckily, Student Agency - czech bus operator runs daily connections from Prague to Brno, which continues to Vienna and Schwechat airport, which makes things much easier for me.
Bus was empty and quite comfortable, which was fine for my ride. Headsets were distributed after departure for those who wanted to use their PTVs. I wasn´t interested in that as I wanted to sleep at least a bit during this 2 hours drive to VIE.
Unfortunately I managed to sleep only for about 30 minutes and woke up at Vienna Praterstern
Everyone had PTV in his seat
Bus after arriving at Schwechat
Control tower in the foggy early morning
I entered terminal at 5:00AM and airport was very calm at this time. First departures were set at 6 o´clock
I checked-in online, but always prefer to have the small boarding pass from these machines compared to walking through the airport with printed A4. So reprinted my boarding pass with earlier selected seat 18A. I wanted to get an emergency exit, but I logged into online check-in aprox.a minute after its opening and no seats in exit rows were available… Also wanted to check into my returning flight from CPH, which I was unable to do at home, but neither here it was not possible.
Austrian´s check-in desk
There was nothing much to do around so I decided to go to security. VIE is quite nice and modern airport, but with observation deck closed during winter it´s not very entertaining. Also the airport is very dark. Although it´s clean, I do not feel too good there. Security was quick, it just took a minute. As it was dark outside and a lot of lights inside, there was nothing visible throgh the windows, except you wanna watch yourself :-). So I slowly proceeded to my gate F27
I was second, who reached the gate. One lady was sleeping there pretty hard. I just sat down, relaxed and watching left out of the window it was possible to see OE-LBI, an A320 that was going to take me to CPH.
Our plane was just parked at the gate and left completely alone. About 1 hour to departure, catering showed up followed by fuel track and some more people around later. Gate area started filling up with people too.
The only photo of our plane I managed to get in those bad light conditions
Boarding was called at 6:55
I was one of the first to board OE-LBI on that day
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Date: 19/11/2013 Departure airport: VIE - Vienna Schwechat Arrival airport: CPH - Copenhagen Kastrup Airline: Austrian Airlines Aircraft: Airbus A320-214, OE-LBI, 10,8 years in service Seat: 18A STD: 07:15 STA: 09:00 Leaving gate: 07:22 Arriving gate: 09:05
My: 20th flight overall 6th on Airbus A320 1st on Austrian 1st on OE-LBI
After stepping onboard I was amazed. The aircraft didn´t feel 10 years old, it actually felt like almost new, nice colours, very clean.
My seat 18A
Wingview, I prefer sitting near the wing. I´m fascinated to watch wing and its flex
Legroom was some kind of shock to me. There was some much space and seat was very comfortable. I simply could not believe I boarded aircraft for intra-european flight. Well done Austrian!
Another good news - middle seat in row 18 stayed vacant throughout the flight
Austrian A319 - Sarajevo Captain came on the radio saying preparations were completed and said flight time is expected to be 1h20mins. He also mentioned weather at Copenhagen was as bad as here at Vienna.
Safety demo had to be played two times. On first attempt we heard sound, but there were only black screens
Pushing back with tower in background
Engines start. Since pushback to take off it took ages. Although this was first flight of the day for this aircraft, we departed about 30 minutes late. We were caught by bussy morning. Many flights were set for departure at time close to us and they just managed to get pushed-back earlier.
During taxi we joined queue behind these two company Fokkers
Freebird A320 following behind us
Austrian Airlines terminal
Some Big Boys from Korea
When we got closer to RWY16 we got stuck in traffic. There were at least 5 aircraft waiting for departure ahead of us
When we finally lined up on runway for a take off
Acceleration was powerful
After we rotated we immediately hided in the mist
I was looking forward to leave the clouds and enjoy beautiful sunshine. Instead of that we left the first layer of clouds and it seemed there is still some way to go to get above the rest
Turning left to head to the north
Climbing away from the second layer of clouds
Cabin during climb. Load was around 85% on this flight.
TVs showing our flight progress
Finally it started looking nice outside
Service started after we leveled of at our cruising altitude. Everyone was given nutcake, coffee/tea and some cold drink. Cake was good. I only forgot to ask for sugar with my tea so I was quite relieved when I finished it, due to to its taste. Cabin crew were 3 ladies and 1 man. Three of them nice and friendly. Only one younger lady was not looking to be in the possible mood. Oldest FA, maybe around 50 was looking after business class passengers.
Seatbelt sign went on for several minutes with captain coming on the radio telling us we´re about to fly in area with high winds. Aircraft started vibrating, but nothing really worth mentioning.
I don´t like this kind of entertainment. They started playing some animated films. I would much more prefer to have a moving map playing instead - on this flight even more with clouds covering whole Europe to at least know, where are we flying at the moment. I would even prefer watching advertisments compared to this..
At about 30 minutes prior landing I began struggling with icing. My view from window was getting worse and worse.
At this moment it was already almost impossible to take any photo through this window. Fortunately I had a part of another window behind, so I tried using it to get at least some pictures
Bye bye nice weather
Then we dived back into clouds
Cabin during descend
I was absolutely disoriented. Map didn´t show up again and I had no idea which direction we were flying. With fog around and window being frozen I had no clue which runway we landed on. My father (following my flight on FlightRadar as always) later told me it was 22L, we landed on.
It was one of those normal landings, I think it was nice providing the conditions.
We landed on time and at 9:05 we were at the gate. Crew thanked us for flying and wished us nice rest of the day.
Our aircraft - OE-LBI resting before her flight home
Air Greenland A330
I proceeded to arrival hall which took only few moments and then I started searching how to get to the city. I planned to go to the city first and then to return to the airport for some planespotting. I would probably make FR about flying back to Vienna as well, so I will add few words about visiting the city and Kastrup airport there.
Thank you guys for reading up to here and looking forward to any of your comments.
Vienna - VIE
Copenhagen - CPH
Austrian was very good.
Very comfortable cabin, definately the best economy cabin I ever flew in. Cabin crew was nice as well and catering was .. basic, but tasty and ok for me. Also heard two times from captain which is nice. Opened cockpit door during boarding and deplaning is always a good bonus :-)
Only IFE was poor with showing map only a few times. Animated movies were played throughout the whole flight and no-one even watched them.
Vienna airport was calm, quiet and clean, but at the time I was there with no traffic around there was nothing to do, in case you are not hungry. When airside there are some duty free shops, but that is not thing that entertains me much.
I don´t like rating arrival airports because arrival halls are usually pretty busy and not as nice as departure halls so I always move away from there as quickly as possible.
Overally very pleasant flight and difinately worth the money (providing the fact this segment costed me 44EUR).
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