Review: Shorthaul business class VIE -> CAI (with a lounge)

When my wife and I arrived in Vienna after our overnight Austrian Airlines flight from JFK we had a two-hour layover in the airport on our way to Cairo. We decided to spend it in the lounge, eating some snack food and taking a rest before our next leg. The airport was pretty quiet since it was early on in the day and the lounge was not that full. It had a host of amenities: food, drinks, magazines, and included a special area to rest. The chairs were pitched backwards with a noise machine going on in order to make sure occupants could rest. We took full advantage for the hour or so we were there.

The flight was pretty remarkable for a few reasons. Firstly, it was the traditional European business class wherein there were no larger seats but the middle seat was left empty for the two of us to have extra space. We were also given preferential treatment for meals and drinks. The plane, however, lacked in-flight entertainment options. They did give free wi-fi, however.

The food was adequate, mostly – definitely not as good as our international flight. And the seat was large enough but not much bigger than a traditional US carrier would provide. This business-class leg definitely did not feel the same.

It was a pleasant and short flight during which I ate and slept in preparation for a whirlwind tour of Cairo that was about to take place. It got us from point A to point B in moderate style, indeed.

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