After we left the Austrian lounge, we made our way over to the gate, which was quite a hike. We had to go all the way down the concourse to get to our gate, though we were helped along by the nice moving walkways at VIE.
Not long after we arrived, the boarding process began. The gate agents invited business class passengers and Lufthansa frequent flyers to board, so we hopped into the line and flashed our boarding passes. After a long walk down a hallway and then a jetway, we made it to our A320.
Austrian Airlines Flight 111
Vienna to Munich
Seat 5A, Economy Class
I took my seat and looked out the window. The sunrise was beautiful over the airport, and even better when paired with an Airbus A320.
The captain came on to the PA and informed us that we would be departing in 20 minutes or so because we had to get deiced. Since it was clear we weren’t departing anytime soon, I switched to an empty row on the other side of the aircraft from and one row behind my assigned seat. There was a Fokker F-100 parked on this side, the aircraft we would be flying on the return flight.
A guy drove up in his deicing truck, ran around on the wing for a moment or two, and then got off.
I don’t know if this was our deicing or not, but I didn’t see anything else go down. After the guy got off our wing, we pushed back from the gate and began our taxi over to one of VIE’s two runways. On the way, we passed some very interesting traffic.
Soon enough, we lined up for takeoff behind a Germanwings A320.
We taxied into place on the runway, and soon began our takeoff roll. Right about seven o’clock Vienna time, we were airborne and making our way west to Munich.
The clouds were low over Vienna, though we soon cleared them and had a lovely climb out through clear skies.
When we leveled off, the flight attendants began the inflight service, which consisted of drinks and snacks. Drinks were served from a cart first. I had the apple juice.
When the snack cart arrived, I was given a croissant.
It was a short flight, and I spent the rest of the time watching Ken Burns’ documentary Thomas Jefferson. The seats are pretty standard when it comes to intra-Europe economy class, so don’t expect much legroom/seat padding. In fact, Austrian’s legroom on the A320 is a mere 29 inches, which is below industry standards (even United has 30 inches).
Soon enough, we began our descent into MUC. The approach is quite pretty, given that you pass over some nice countryside on your way in.
We landed on time at MUC, and taxied to our gate in Terminal 2.
All in all, it was a good flight. While legroom is somewhat subpar, it was only an hour flight, so I didn’t mind that much. Given what we paid (just a tad over a hundred dollars for the roundtrip), it was an good value.