If you're feeling like wiling away your time at a Viennese coffee house while snow dusts the palatial European city twinkling with Christmas lights, you can hop onto Austrian Airlines' new seasonal route between Cape Town and its hub city.
First announced last year in July, the airline flew its inaugural flight on Saturday 27 October to the Mother City - its first flight since it stopped operations 19 years earlier at the turn of the century, which was stopped due to capacity constraints at the time.
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This new route will be serviced by their new Boeing 777, with the addition of a Premium Economy cabin class that offers passengers seats featuring a larger reclining angle, more seat spacing and a broader seating surface. Moreover, the screen for online entertainment is bigger than in the Economy Class, and catering is upgraded - perfect for giving your journey a little extra class without doling out the big bucks.
Business Class passengers will also have access to 10 different Viennese coffee specialities where they can savour in a World Heritage aroma while flying through the air.
The time schedule for the 11-hour flights, which will run until March, is as follows:
- Cape Town to Vienna: Wednesdays and Sundays, 00:20 - 10:50
- Vienna to Cape Town: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11:15 - 22:30
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New CEO of the airline, Alexis von Hoensbroech, made his first international journey in his new role on the inaugural flight to South Africa. He noted there's been a marked increase of Austrian travellers to Cape Town trying to escape their winter, fuelling the demand for the new route.
“The route is an exciting new addition to our leisure portfolio. 23 200 Austrians visited Cape Town in 2017 and in the future we would like to welcome two-thirds of all travellers from Vienna to Cape Town on board of Austrian Airlines.”
Von Hoensbroech also added that they've noticed that passengers preferring transferring through Cape Town rather than Johannesburg, and that although there's been negative perceptions of the city during the drought crisis earlier the year, he commented that European travellers "tend to have short memories."
Vienna also has much to offer South African travellers, using its charming culture, history and general beauty to attract around 24 000 South African tourists to Austria's capital last year. The city also acts as a perfect hub to access Central and Eastern Europe, being the most eastern city in Western Europe.
“We’re excited about expanding our presence in South Africa, and are pleased to welcome the introduction of this new route to the local market. We have already made multiple announcements over the past year regarding the increased Lufthansa Group services to the Mother City and this new route further cements our commitment to providing the best service offerings possible to our customers in the region," adds André Schulz, Lufthansa Group general manager for Southern Africa.
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