Austrian has announced that Chicago will be their next North American destination, as they’ll be launching 5x weekly service as of May 17, 2013.
The flights will operate the following schedule:
Austrian 65 Vienna to Chicago departing at 10:25AM and arriving at 1:40PM
Austrian 66 Chicago to Vienna departing at 4:00PM and arriving at 8:40AM (+1 day)
The flight will be operated by a 767 configured with their new business class, which should be a phenomenal product. Austrian has always been known for excellent catering, so I’d say with the new seat it may just be the best transatlantic business class product.
While the flights have been loaded into the GDS I don’t yet see them in Starnet, so I’m not sure what award availability will be like. That being said Austrian has excellent award availability for next summer on the whole, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that also be the case on this route once the space is loaded.