Austrian Adds Newark Flight As Of July 2, 2014

Austrian Airlines offers one of my favorite transatlantic business class products. Their hard product is quite nice in that it’s a staggered fully flat product (I reviewed it twice flying between Vienna and Tokyo Narita — the reviews can be found here and here).

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Austrian 777 business class

But really my favorite part of flying with them is their amazing food and dedicated coffee menu. Catering is done by DO & CO, and I find their food to be as good as what you’d get in first class on most other airlines.

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Austrian onboard iced coffee

Naturally I’m quite excited that they just announced expansions to their US service as of next year.

The most significant announcement is that Austrian will be launching 5x weekly flights to Newark as of July 2, 2014. The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with the following schedule:

OS89 Vienna to Newark departing 10:15AM arriving 1:35PM
OS90 Newark to Vienna departing 5:55PM arriving 8:35AM (+1 day)

The new service will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in both directions. Even though they already fly to New York JFK, the route makes perfect sense due to United’s hub at Newark. This route will probably be big for connecting passengers, while the New York JFK service is very much an “origin and destination” route.

Their North American expansion doesn’t stop there. Austrian’s daily service between Vienna and Washington Dulles will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 as of July 1, 2014. Previously it was operated by a 767-300, so this represents an increase of 12 business class and 82 economy class seats per flight, so will hopefully translate into more award availability.

Lastly, Austrian launched 5x weekly service to Chicago as of May 17, 2013. Starting May 1, 2014, Austrian will fly daily between Vienna and Chicago. The service will continue to be operated by a 767-300 aircraft.

As far as award availability goes, best I can tell Austrian hasn’t loaded any award space for their new Newark service. I also don’t see an increase in award availability for the increased Chicago service or higher capacity Washington service. If that changes I’ll be sure to report back.

Comments

  1. Their 767 is still the old business class non flat seats. Not great but in the process of being upgraded.

  2. From the end of the first paragraph, “…the reviews can be found here and HERE).”

    The link represented by all caps isn’t working.

    The good news for those in DC is that as of 1 July they’re replacing the daily 767 flight with the 777s. Actually, that’s *great* news.

  3. Do they still release award space in advance now? I’m finding it hard to get space to/from their more “generous” cities such as BKK and PEK.

  4. Do they only release award space close in, like LH? I have not been able to find much TATL availability in the past.

  5. @ Kai — At the moment they don’t seem to be releasing much space in advance. I only see space within a few months of departure at most. With Austrian award availability seems to be released sporadically, whereby there won’t be any space in advance, and then the following week they have space on just about all their longhaul routes.

    Now definitely isn’t a good time for Austrian award availability…

  6. @ Paul W — Not much space right now, though hopefully that changes soon. For example, they started releasing tons of award space for this past summer around late November of 2012, so maybe the same will happen again this year.

  7. FWIW I took the 777 JFK-VIE-JFK and the 767 VIE-DXB-VIE. The footwells on the 767 are wider than in the 777 throne seats. I will look for the 767 over the 777 in the future when traveling solo.

  8. I hope they open up availability far enough in advance for me to book something next fall, while I can still use USAir miles to do the 90k Euro-Asia route. I’ve been wanting to try Austrian after reading your great reviews.

  9. Only problem I had with the 767 was that it was about 85 degrees in the cabin after about 2 hours. Any attempt to get the FAs to turn the heat down was futile. If it weren’t for the temperature, I would fly them all the time. I know, this is a typical European airline issue.

  10. @Lucky,
    Which group of airlines does Australian airline belong to? My points, if/after award space available, can we redeem its flight using Delta skymile, AA miles, or united MileagePlus, or else?

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