Chicago - USA (02.-06.10.2003) / Chicago - USA (October 2 to October 6, 2003)

 
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From October 2 to 6, 2003 I made a City trip to Chicago - this was already my second visit in Chicago. In fact that
there were no direct flights between Vienna an dChicago this time, I decided to go via London Heathrow. Boarding for
flight Austrian 451 to London war at gate A05. Our aircraft was a Airbus A321-211 (OE-LBD). Takeoff was at 7.30am.
The aircraft was full this day. After aprox. 2 hours of flight time we landed in London at runway 09L. The security check
took a long time this morning, so a bus brought us to our next flight. Flight United 929 to Chicago was ready for boarding
at gate 15. At the gate I got a nice surprise - I was upgraded to Business Class. The aircraft for the flight to Chicago
was a Boeing 777-222 (N779UA). My new seat was 15D - no window seat - but in Business Class. Landing at Chicago
was at 1.00pm. Then I had to join the long queue in front of customs inspections.

Some pictures from flight Austrian 451 Vienna - London ...

After customs I took a taxi to the hotel - the Lenox Suites Hotel in downtown Chicago.

In the afternoon I made s small walk through the city, unfortunately the weather was not good. The next morning
it started raining. After breakfast I decided to go to the Hancook Center. The observation deck is located on the
94th floor. Usually you can have an marvelous view from there, but this day the view was not so good i fact of the
rain. But having a short break for a coffee is always nice on an observation deck. After the Hancook Center I went
to the museum of Science and Technology. The whole fuselage of a Boeing 727 can be seen there and a retried

UA -captain explained the flight deck. You can see everything in the museum - from an airplane, an real train to
a small mine. Fortunately the weather was much better the next morning. I made a cruise over Lake Michigan
where I had a fine view to the skyline of Chicago - the 3rd largest town in USA. Then I visited the Sears Tower.
With 446 metres the highest building in America. The view from the observation deck is breathtaking, especialy

in the evening and night hours. At the evening i went to the Chicago Cubs stadium where a match took place.

In the next morning the waether was very good - Blue sky with some small clouds, the sun was shining. My flight
back to europe was at the early afternoon, but I decided to walk through the downtown again and make some
nice pictures during this good weather conditions.

Here some pictures from Chicago ...



At noon I went to O'Hare airport. The time from check-in until departure I spent in the Red-Carpet-Lounge. Boarding
for flight United 944 to Frankfurt was at gate C18. This time the aircraft was a Boeing 777-222 (N774UA). The flight
time from Chicago to Frankfurt was about 8 hours. During the return flight from Frankfurt to Vienna I had an stop at
Munich. So I got a flight in an Airbus A300 from Frankfurt to Munich which is not very common this days. The
aircraft was a Airbus A300B4-605R (D-AIAX). The flight time was only 35 minutes. The flight from Munich to
Vienna was operated by an Airbus A321-211 (OE-LBD) from Austrian. I reached Vienna onboard Austrian 112
at 9.45am.

Some pictures from flight United 944 from Chicago to Frankfurt ...



On the following map you can see all routes of the flights





Here are the links to all pictures I made at this trip

Austrian 451 from Vienna to London - October 2, 2003 (mehr)
United 944 from Chiacgo to Frankfurt - October 5, 2003 (mehr)