24. ATH-VIE on OS in J

24. ATH-VIE on OS in J

Athens, Greece to Vienna, Austria

OS 802 (Operated by Tyrolean)

Departure Time: 2:55PM

Airbus A320

Business Class Seat 3F

Duration 2.75 hours

After taking the Athens subway, we arrived at the Athens airport.  For some reason, Austrian on-line check-in did not work for us, so we had to go to the Business Class check-in line to get our boarding passes.  The gate agent informed us that Austrian uses the Lufthansa Business Class lounge, and we headed that way.  I knew Aegean was also a Star Alliance member, with a hub at Athens, so I figured they had a lounge we could check out, too.  And sure enough they did, right next door.
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Austrian Airways business class check-in at Athens
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A blurry shot of the Lufthansa business class lounge, about a two minute walk after clearing security.
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The entrance to the Aegean lounge, right next door.
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We only had about 20 minutes before we had to leave for boarding, so we did a quick scope out of both lounges, starting with Lufthansa.  We left our belongings at the Lufthansa lounge as “base camp”.  Lufthansa had a decent spread of some sandwiches, salad, cream of asparagus soup, and a beverage center.  I would say an average Lufthansa Business Lounge, which is a good thing.  I was disappointed no soft pretzels like in Frankfurt and Munich.
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Sandwiches with yoghurt and hummus dip at the Lufthansa Business Class lounge.  After taking down a sandwich, I headed over to the Aegean lounge next door.  On presenting my business class Austrian Boarding pass, and my US Airways Dividend Miles Chairman card, I was cheerfully let into the lounge.
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This is the beverage center at the Aegean lounge. I liked it better than the Lufthansa beverage center because all the drinks were in individual cans and not bigger plastic bottles that you had to poor into a glass.  I grabbed a can of coke and stashed it in my pocket to take back with me to the Lufthansa lounge.
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The sandwiches at the Aegean lounge were slightly more meager than the Lufthansa sandwiches, although there was a nice Greek cheese and fruit spread.

After checking out both lounges and getting refreshed on food and drink, we headed to the gate.
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A blurry shot on boarding, taken from the Business Class cabin.
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Legroom was again pretty good.  Was it USA First class legroom?  No.  And per usual, the seats were the same as Economy seats, just with a middle seat blocked off for economy.  But there was more legroom than Economy, and I found the seat plenty comfortable.
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We were served a meal of some Pasta with Veggies in a heavy and delicious cream sauce, a small salad, and an Apfelstrudel.  All were delicious and hastily eaten.

After an uneventful flight, we begun our descent into Vienna.  We were going to take the S-bahn/U-bahn train system to our hotel, the Marriott Courtyard Messe is not far from the center of Vienna.

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