Austrian partners local ÖBB rail firm on Vienna - Linz route

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 17 Mar 2015 09:27
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
Austrian Airlines (OS, Vienna) has partnered Austrian Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen - ÖBB) in launching "AIRail"; an initiative which will allow the airline's passengers to use ÖBB connections between Linz central station and Vienna Airport.
Austrian partners local ÖBB rail firm on Vienna - Linz route


Anyone know the approximate distance between Linz central and Vienna Airport?

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  FlorianfromAustria Station Master

Location: Austria-Vienna
The ICE (InterCityExpress) takes around 1 hour 50 minutes, so I don't understand why there are also planes from Austrian Airlines serving this connection...
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
The ICE (InterCityExpress) takes around 1 hour 50 minutes, so I don't understand why there are also planes from Austrian Airlines serving this connection...
FlorianfromAustria

Thanks for the time measurement.  It seems a plane trip might be longer than the train.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
The ICE (InterCityExpress) takes around 1 hour 50 minutes, so I don't understand why there are also planes from Austrian Airlines serving this connection...
FlorianfromAustria
Austrian Airlines do have flights from Vienna to Linz - their schedule advertises the duration as 40 minutes. Add Travel to/from the Airport, check-in time etc, and it would be well over the time taken by the train.

What the original post probably means is that the Airline and Railway have agreed to a Codeshare deal, where the trip takes place on the train.

Similar deals already exist in Germany with Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn. If you try the Lufthansa Website and try to book a ticket from Sydney to Cologne, you will find that one of the options for the last sector - Frankfurt to Cologne - is Lufthansa "Flight" LH3606 (the number varies depending on the time of day) - actually a Train Service operated by DB, for which Lufthansa book a number of seats.

Edit - sorry, I just realised that the Original Post was 5 months old, but resurrected today.
  FlorianfromAustria Station Master

Location: Austria-Vienna
Sorry that I write to an old post, but as I am from Austria, I had to do this Wink

Yes, Austrian Airlines is still operating flights Vienna-Linz, but I don't understand why, because the trains are going every 2 hours... And strangly the flights and trains depart at nearly the same time from Vienna Airport.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Sorry that I write to an old post, but as I am from Austria, I had to do this Wink

Yes, Austrian Airlines is still operating flights Vienna-Linz, but I don't understand why, because the trains are going every 2 hours... And strangly the flights and trains depart at nearly the same time from Vienna Airport.
FlorianfromAustria
That's OK, it was on-topic, and 5 months isn't all that old.

Such 'flights' are probably only sold as a connection to/from another. I had a look at a booking from Linz to Helsinki - it had options for either train or air from Linz to Vienna. If you were just looking to get from Linz to Vienna or vv, I dare say the train would be the choice for most and you would just go straight to OBB to purchase the ticket.

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