This may not come as new “news” since rumors have been swirling around AUSTRIAN beginning non-stop service between Vienna and Chicago, but it was made official yesterday by AUSTRIAN.

Beginning May 17, 2013, AUSTRIAN will offer 5 flights a week using their newly retrofitted Boeing 767 which will feature their new cabin interior and new Inflight Entertainment System (IFE). This new service compliments existing service to Toronto, New York and Washington DC.

What I like about this move is that AUSTRIAN will now give eastern european passengers another alternative for travel to the USA. Until now, LOT Polish was perhaps the most efficient way for someone from eastern europe to fly to Chicago. With AUSTRIAN’s new route to Chicago it gives passengers a better product (Austrian vs. LOT) as well as a much better airport (Warsaw vs. Vienna) to utilize when traveling to the US.

Chicago also acts as a great airport for onward connecting flights into the US, especially to the West Coast as compared to New York or Washington DC. With Star Alliance partner United, most Austrian passengers can now reach most parts of the USA with only one connecting flight.

Living in the Midwest myself, I can certainly appreciate how this new service from Chicago to Vienna will give travelers from the midwest a great to option to reach Central Europe with only one or two flights!

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