Tokyo for the New Year: Austrian Airlines Business Class Zurich to Vienna (ZRH to VIE)

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OS 568
Zurich (ZRH) to Vienna (VIE)
Thursday, January 2nd
Depart: 7:40am
Arrive: 9:15am
Duration: 1h 35m
Airbus 320
Seat: 4A

I’m always amazed at the amount of food served by non-US carriers on such short flights. On my flight from Zurich to Vienna, which has a flight time of roughly an hour, one flight attendant did a full hot meal service in business class. Granted, there were only two of us in business class, but it’s still a full hot meal in less than an hour.

This flight featured slim-line seats, which many people have complained about, but I think are actually pretty cool on shorter flights since it does mean that you get considerably more legroom. After about two hours on these seats, though, your butt definitely feels it.

Seats on the A320

Seats on the A320

View back to economy class

View back to economy class

Slimline seats

Slimline seats

Even though there were only two of us seated in business class, they had eight rows blocked off for business class. Economy class also ended up being somewhat full, so it was a bit comical to see eight rows for two people while the back of the bus was pretty crowded.

My window seat also afforded me a good view of deicing in action, and the flight was delayed for a short while to get deiced.

De-icing action

De-icing action

As stated before, the flight attendant served a hot breakfast in business class, and they even had a special VGML for me. This wasn’t fancy, but it was much appreciated given that there wasn’t any hot food in the lounge, and the food was definitely adequate for such a short flight.

Hot breakfast

Hot VGML breakfast

Overall, flying short-haul international business class is always a treat just to see the service. The seats are economy seats, but it’s always so amazing to me how much the flight attendants accomplish in such a short period of time when certain US legacy carriers don’t even serve hot meals on flights up to 3.5 hours.

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