The start of new nonstop service between Vienna and Los Angeles was celebrated in grand fashion. Sponsored by Austrian Airlines and Vienna Tourist Board it took place at a new luxurious mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
But the theme was all about Vienna and its image through the centuries as a center for European music and culture.
Heinz Lachinger, Austrian Airlines CFO was on hand to tell about Austrian Airlines and its service to 35 cities across Central and Eastern Europe. And that now there are six destinations in the USA that Austrian Airlines flies non stop to Austria.
Then those present had the opportunity to enjoy a selection of Vienna appetizers like Beef tartar cones, Pretzel Crostini, Kasekrainer Sausage, smoked ocean trout with creamy potato mousse and Liptauer Brot while admiring the fantastic view offered to the surrounding Santa Monica mountains greener, thanks to a wet winter, than they have been in years.
Cocktails included Austrian wines and champagnes, this to the music from two Austrian composers, Max Steiner and Erich Korngold, who achieved lasting fame with scores for Hollywood movies like King Kong, Casaablanca and Gone With The Wind.
Our evening was capped off with a commemorative photo what could have been taken at a classic Viennese Opera house.