Austrian Airlines' Chef or Nonstop?

As Lufthansa continues to struggle with it's loss-making Austrian Airlines there may be little time left to try Austrian Airlines' chef on board program. If you are not familiar, there is a professional chef onboard in addition to the compliment of flight attendants. I've been looking forward to seeing how the food and service is for some time - but there is one gotcha.

A 12 hour layover.

While I can get plenty of work done in that time, I have another award ticket booked with a more direct routing. So what would you choose? The nonstop or the Austrian flight before it final departure?

Comments

#1
Caleb Hays April 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

If I had time in my travel schedule for a twelve hour layover, I think I'd give the chef a shot.

#2
Caleb Hays April 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

If I had time in my travel schedule for a twelve hour layover, I think I'd give the chef a shot.

#3
BR April 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

I'd do the Austrian flight. You may never be able to try it again.

It depends on what the alternative is. OS, as you know, doesn't have the best seat in business class, so you may find yourself snoozing during that 12hr layover. Would the alternative have a horizontal lie-flat seat?

I can say that I've flown OS mid-haul and short-haul and the food was spectacular.

#5
Fozz April 25, 2012 at 02:26 pm

The alternative is a UA flight which does not have flat beds, but leaves from EWR which is a lot more convenient.

I still haven't decided, i'm keeping en eye on intra-europe reward availability hoping that something better shows up for the flight from Vienna.