Over the coming months, Senator and Business Class Lounges in Vienna will be closed at various times while they undergo renovation.
As of today, the Business Class Lounge in the non-Schengen area of concourse ‘D’ will be closed. Austrian did not provide a timeframe for it’s reopening.
After the ‘D’ Lounge re-opens, the Senator and Business Class Lounges in the Schengen Concourse F will be closed. After the ‘F’ Lounge is re-opened, the non-Schengen Lounge in Concourse G will closed for it’s facelift.
These rolling closures will continue throughout the winter, with the plan being that all lounge renovations are completed by early spring.
Through all this, the HON Lounge will remain open and will not be receiving any kind of renovation.
Austrian has released the schedule for the last handful of Fokker 100 flights that will take place this year. The last Fokker flight will take place on December 31, but ‘OS’ announced a schedule of current Fokker destinations that will see the aircraft for the last time before the 31st.
Final Fokker Flights….
Vienna-Basel on December 27 (OS473/OS474)
Vienna-Belgrade on December 30 (OS773/OS774)
Vienna-Brussels on December 17 (OS351/OS352)
Vienna-Bucharest on December 29 (OS789/OS790)
Vienna-Chisinau on December 29 (OS655/OS656)
Vienna-Geneva on December 25 (OS575/OS576)
Vienna-Lyon on December 17 (OS403/OS404)
Vienna-Munich on December 31 (OS111/OS112)
Vienna-Skopje on December 21 (OS775 on 12/21 & OS776 on 12/22)
Vienna-Sofia on December 28 (OS793/OS794)
Vienna-Warsaw on December 27 (OS625/OS626)
The final ever Austrian Fokker 100 flights will operate between Vienna and Pristina on December 31, operating as OS777 from Vienna, and OS 778 from Pristina.
A few days ago, Austrian updated their timetable to reflect frequency changes to Hong Kong and aircraft changes on flights to Newark.
The changes are slated to take effect for the Winter 2018/19 schedule so they’re still subject to additional adjustments, but as it stands today here’s what will be happening:
Beginning October 28, Vienna – Hong Kong will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Beginning October 28, flights between Vienna and Newark will be flown by their 777 and 767 aircraft. The 4 weekly flights between VIE and EWR will be split between the 2 aircraft types. Specific days for each type have not been assigned as yet.
As I find time to go through and process photos taken from my transfers through Zurich a few weeks ago, I’ve come up with the next batch of shots that I think are worthy of being posted.
Having a 13 hour layover on the outbound and a 7 hour layover on the inbound segments gave me plenty of time.
These shots were taken from the SWISS First Class Lounge in Terminal ‘E’ which gives you a fantastic view of all of ZRH’s runways. The only issue is that the sun is not your best friend during most of the day because it either ‘back lights’ or ‘top lights’ the aircraft so it’s tougher to get a nice vibrant profile of any plane.
Regardless, ZRH is still one of the best all-around airports to spot in and is extremely ‘spotter friendly’ whether you are in a pre- or post security part of the airport or outside the airport property altogether and just hanging around the perimeter fences with your ladder looking for that perfect shot.
I’ll post more as I get through them.
SWISS 777 Spools up for departure…….
Austrian’s Dash8 is Vienna bound….
Another one heading for Vienna…..
Delta’s 767 departing towards the Alps before turning west for the USA
Dubai-bound Emirates A380
Arriving from Keflavik Airport in Iceland
SWISS C-series sports a new livery…..
A very clean C-Series arrives
Thai’s 777 heading to Bangkok
United 767 heading for the States…
LH group announced a new way of booking trips to a limited group of destinations that help reduce your costs and add a bit of mystery to your trip.
The way it works is that you first tell LH the dates you want to depart and return on and then book your trip as usual. Two days before your departure, you’ll get an email from LH letting you know what flights you’ll be taking. Don’t fret, you’ll depart and return on the days you booked, but you might get some creative routing for the trip. Your flights will be operated by a combination of Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian aircraft.
This new program is dubbed ‘AnyWay’ and it covers travel from most of Lufthansa’s German gateways including Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Dusseldorf, and Leipzig. However, the ‘AnyWay’ concept only covers 10 destinations thus far: Miami, Bangkok, Mumbai, Dubai, Boston, Delhi, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Peking, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv.
Keep in mind that this is only available to Economy Class bookings made for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
For your willingness to be this flexible, the fares will be a bit cheaper than the lowest prices usually offered on a given route. In most cases, I observed fares being €50 to €100 less.
Sounds like fun if you’re into saving a small bit of money, but there can be some consequences to being frugal…..
The biggest issue that I see and would have with this program is that you’ll be steered to aircraft that will already be near capacity and the airlines are trying to squeeze every last ‘sardine’ into the tin. What this might mean for you is that you may be stuck in a middle seat on a very overcrowded A340 aircraft as you jet off to Asia. Since you’ll be among the last passengers to be put on a flight, your odds of getting a good seat diminish dramatically. If you book for you and your family, your odds of sitting together all but vanish if the plane is full.
However, if you’re into sitting at the back of an A340 in the seat next to the stairs going down to lavatories, you’ll have virtually everyone sitting in coach walking past you at least twice during the flight so you might be able to make a few friends as a result! 😉
‘AnyWay’ is set to launch on October 23 and will be available for travel from Mid-December to Mid-March in most cases.
To learn more about the program and to book travel under ‘AnyWay’, please visit the AnyWay webpage. However as of this writing, it appears that the webpage is not yet functioning even though the launch was set for October 23.