Austrian Airlines Going Back to Hong Kong
Austrian Airlines is resuming flights to Hong Kong for the first time since 1999. The Star Alliance airline will operate the Hong Kong-Vienna-Hong Kong route five times a week from 05 September on a Boeing 777-200ER. Flight time to Hong Kong is about 11 hours 25 minutes with a distance to cover of 8,700km.
Austrian has been in talks to do this since last September and had initially hoped to get the route up and running in time for the northern summer, but has been held up by a shortage of take-off and landing slots at Hong Kong International.
Vienna is billed as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, with more connections available to those regions than from Frankfurt Airport, which Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa fly into.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft is configured with 48 Business Class seats and 260 Economy. Additionally, in 2013, the entire Austrian long-haul fleet was redesigned and all aircraft are now operating with a new cabin interior in red, white and light blue designed to have a calming and stress-reducing effect.
Economy Class features a new ergonomic seat design and a 9-inch touchscreen monitor for on-demand entertainment. The cabin is set up in a 3-4-3 configuration. In Austrian Airlines’ Business Class you’ll enjoy a fully-flat bed almost 2m in length with integrated massage function and a 15-inch touchscreen monitor. Seating is laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. Business Class catering is served individually and your menu consists of soup & appetisers, three main courses to choose from, alcoholic drinks and a selection of desserts & cheeses.
The schedule for the new route will run as follows –
Flight OS067, Depart Vienna 1pm, arrive Hong Kong 6:25am (the following morning), on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Flight OS068, Depart Hong Kong 9:40am, arrive Vienna 4:10pm, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday