Austrian Airlines has begun five-times-weekly non-stop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Vienna International Airport, the first flight operating on May 17.
The carrier is operating the service with Boeing 767-300ER widebodies.
Austrian Airlines says its network to and from Central and Eastern Europe, including key destinations such as Tel Aviv, Pristina in Kosovo and Podgorica in Montenegro, will be of particular interest to American passengers.
Thanks to its geographical location in the heart of Europe, the airline’s hub at Vienna International Airport is well-positioned as a gateway between East and West.
Vienna International Airport’s minimum connection transfer time of 25 minutes is unique among major world hubs.
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and its route network extends to some 130 destinations throughout the world.
The airline’s route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe, featuring 43 destinations in the region.
When visiting Vienna, Austrian Airlines passengers can make the most of the city using their Austrian Airlines boarding pass to receive free or reduced access to museums and galleries, offers in top restaurants and lots of shopping discounts.
Austrian Airlines is investing over $117 million to refurbish its entire long-haul fleet of six Boeing 767-300ERs and four Boeing 777-200ER jets, with new, modern Economy Class seats, an improved inflight entertainment system, and new flat-bed seats in Business Class.
The airline’s new, high-tech Business Class flat-bed seat provides extra space on all sides and a fully horizontal flat bed of approximately two meters in length.
When Economy Class passengers recline their seats automatically move forward, providing a distinctly more comfortable relaxing position. In addition, the ergonomically designed headrest adds to passenger comfort, according to Austrian.
In Business Class Austrian Airlines offers menus by DO & CO and its unique Flying Chefs on Board service, through which Business Class meals are prepared as they would be in a gourmet restaurant.
Austrian also offers a “coffee house service above the clouds”, featuring typical Austrian coffee specialties.
The airline is owned by the Lufthansa Group and is a member of Star Alliance.