Austrian Vienna To Miami Flight Begins October 16, 2015

Austrian has nicely expanded their US presence, having added flights from Vienna to Chicago and Newark over the past couple of years.

It looks like their US expansion is continuing. Per airlineroute.net, Austrian will be starting 5x weekly flights between Vienna and Miami as of October 16, 2015.

The new flight will operate with the following schedule, every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays:

OS97 Vienna to Miami departing 9:55AM arriving 3:20PM
OS98 Miami to Vienna departing 5:10PM arriving 8:50AM (+1 day)

Interestingly the flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200, which is the largest airplane in Austrian’s fleet. For the previous North America destinations Austrian started service to, they launched the routes with the Boeing 767-300.

Austrian-777

Austrian has one of my favorite transatlantic business class products. While the seat as such is mediocre (it’s a Vantage style fully flat staggered seat), everything else about the experience is top notch, from the food to the service.

Austrian-Business-Class

Austrian has DO&CO catering in business class, which isn’t only high quality, but also very customized — the appetizer and dessert are plated at your seat.

Austrian-Business-Class-Catering

And let’s not forget their amazing coffee menu, which I’d argue is the best in the sky.

Austrian-Business-Class-Coffee

As of now it looks like award availability hasn’t yet been loaded on the route, though seats are for sale. Austrian is generally quite good with award availability. They make a fair amount of award space available when the schedule opens, and then consistently open more business class award availability within 90 days of departure. So snagging those seats isn’t too tough.

In terms of redeeming miles, you’re best off redeeming either Avianca LifeMiles (they charge 63,000 miles one-way without fuel surcharges) or Air Canada Aeroplan miles (they charge 45,000 miles one-way plus fuel surcharges).

Bottom line

While there’s not much Star Alliance presence in Miami, this route makes perfect sense. Florida is popular with Europeans, and this is also the gateway to Latin America. Both Lufthansa and Swiss fly to Miami, and Lufthansa even does so year-round with an A380, which says a lot.

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Comments

  1. I flew OS 777 in the throne seat and I didn’t like it much. the cubby is too small for my feet (hint, hint šŸ˜‰ ).
    I think next time I’d rather fly OS 767 from EWR. The solo seats by the window seem much better.

  2. A great new service on an amusing schedule. At least in the beginning those two mid-week breaks are probably centered around maintenance needs. With one 772 on the route, the utilization is too high to maintain without a day or two of downtime. Have flown them through two rounds in BC and I must agree that they are one of the very best x-pond options. Their food is piss-elegant and usually very tasty. at least up front. (Has anyone eaten in the back?) For my dime, their in-air service is superior to Luftie’s and for me, ground details are less important. If I rack the miles, I’ll use this newish service for early ’16.
    Good catch, Ben. Thanks! -C.

  3. Love Austrians business product, and glad to see they are adding additional flights to the US. You are absolutely correct about the coffee menu being one of the best things…and I really love their blankets as well.

  4. @ Dr. Jan Itor — Yes. While they block some space, there is still some that’s bookable.

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