High marks for airline's food
THE best place to enjoy superb Austrian cuisine is in Austria itself.
The second best place is on the way there - with Lauda Air.
The menu in the executive Amadeus Class was rated the best among 56 airlines by the International Flight Catering Association this year.
Catered by Vienna's finest restaurant, Do & Co, the range and quality of the food served has been recognised as ''exquisite''.
Passengers can compile a five-course meal from an extensive menu, and choose from fine wines from France, Austria and elsewhere to accompany their meal. The ''grand finale'' is aromatic Viennese coffee and liqueurs.
Each course is served separately on fine china and crystal glassware. Linen tablecloths, napkins and top-quality silverware round off the culinary experience - and shows Lauda's corporate motto, ''Service is Our Success'', is no empty promise.
Lauda's excellence in the executive market does not imply the economy class passenger has been forgotten. Its economy class has been voted the best on long-haul flights by the German travel trade magazine Reise und Preise and has topped the polls for best service and best meals in a survey by another trade magazine, GLOBO.
From next Monday, the Hong Kong-Vienna flight schedule will change: the direct flight will switch to a Monday departure, at 7.50 pm, from its present Sunday departure. Arrival time in Vienna will be 5.10 am on Tuesday.
The return flight will leave Vienna at 9.10 pm on Sundays, arriving at Kai Tak at 6.10 am on Mondays.
Plans for a second weekly Hong Kong-Vienna flight are being negotiated and, to extend its future routing, the company has ordered eight new Boeing 777s.