VIE – SPU
Boarding commenced a couple of minutes after schedule, mainly due to the overbooked business class cabin. I was among the first aboard, and was instantly reminded of Lufthansa’s cabins in similar aircraft. They are actually the exact same, minus the colors. Unfortunately, business class inside of Europe is a rip-off in comparison to First class in the United States. There is simply a blocked middle seat, resulting in the same as economy, but there is guaranteed to be no one next to you. Personally, if you cannot get the bulkhead, I would book economy in the future. Fortunately, we were able to get the bulkhead.
Surprisingly, there was no service at all before the plane took off. The cabin boarded on-time and soon the door was closed and the jet way was retracted. While Austrian does have TV’s in their cabins, the flight attendants still manually perform the safety demonstration.
Directly after takeoff, the flight attendants came through and very efficiently distributed lunch to all business class passengers. I chose not to partake in the lunch service, but heard that the meal was utterly terrible, despite being one of the few airlines to have food consistently catered by Do&Co.
After the meal service, there was a short drink service before commencing our descent. The views coming into Split were AMAZING though. It was a smooth descent and we touched down in paradise right on time.
This flight was incredibly standard and nothing out of the ordinary. The lack of service before departure was disappointing though not a big deal in any sense. I would only book intra-europe business class if the middle seat was very important to me. For the price premium, I honestly do not think that it is worth it.