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Austrian Airlines

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Austrian Airlines

flag carrier airline of Austria, headquartered in Office Park 2 on the grounds of Vienna International Airport in Schwechat and a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG add

Category: Business (5)

Founded in 1957.

Countries: Austria (18%), United States (11%), Mauritius (11%)

Main connections: Lufthansa, Tyrolean Airways, Swissair

Linked to: Lufthansa, Tyrolean Airways, Adria Airways, Aeroflot




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Austrian Airlines was formed as Österreichische Luftverkehrs AG through the merger of Air Austria and Austrian Airways and began operations on 30 September 1957, making its maiden flight on 31 March 1958 when a Vickers Viscount 779 took off from Vienna to Zurich and London add something


When invented in 1960 it reminded on the shape of a paper aeroplane; the design became way more formal in 1972 add something


Austrian ordered her first jet plane, Sud Aviation Caravelle, on 18 February 1963 add something


The domestic services launched on 1 May 1963 add something


The airline's transatlantic services began on 1 April 1969 with a Vienna via Brussels to New York service in co-operation with Sabena add something


From 1971, Austrian standardised her fleet in a short time frame in favour of 9 Douglas DC-9-32, that would serve for many years on short and medium-haul flights add something


In 1975, the first of 5 DC-9-51 was introduced add something


From 1976, Austrian faced strong competition from Inex-Adria Airways, based in Maribor, as many travellers from Carinthia and Styria turned to the cheap Yugoslavian company add something


In 1977, Austrian become the first Customer for the DC-9-80 along with Swissair add something


The first MD-81 entered service in October 1980, allowing longer range flights add something


The armed monitoring of Austrian flights by EKO Cobra began in 1981 add something


In 1984, Austrian became the first customer for the MD-87 and played a significant role in the project add something


The first MD-87 entered service at the end of 1987, as well as MD-83 from 1990, while 6 MD-81 were upgraded to MD-82 standards add something


Swissair - In 1990, together with SAS, Austrian Airlines and Finnair, the "European Quality Alliance" was founded


Swissair - To meet that goal, in 1993 an alliance between Swissair, KLM, SAS, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines was proposed


As part of a rebranding exercise in 1995, the "Chevron" was placed on the red-white-red tail fin add something


Tyrolean Jet Services - ÖAMTC acquired Heliair and in 1995, Austrian Airlines acquired the scheduled flight operations


Tyrolean Airways - The airline was acquired by Austrian Airlines in March 1998


Niki Lauda - After a share sale to majority partner Austrian Airlines in 1999, he managed the Jaguar Formula One racing team from 2001 to 2002


In 2000, Austrian became a member of Star Alliance and acquired Lauda Air add something


It acquired Rheintalflug on 15 February 2001 add something


In the new Corporate Design, in use since 2003, the old "Chevron" shape was used again, this time in a more modern style and with a drop shadow placed underneath add something


Tyrolean Airways - In 2003, as part of an effort by its parent company to consolidate its brand, the fleet was rebranded as "Austrian Arrows" with livery changed to match that of Austrian Airlines


Its name was shortened to Austrian in September 2003, when it rebranded its three constituent carriers add something


On 1 October 2004 the Flight Operations Departments of Austrian and Lauda Air were merged into a single unit, leaving Lauda Air as a brand name only for charter flights add something


For the Mozart year in 2006, an Airbus A320 was decorated in a Mozart design, and an Airbus A340-300 was coated with an hommage to the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra add something


In 2006, Austrian decided to eliminate its A330 and A340 fleet, which consisted of 4 Airbus A330-200 , 2 Airbus A340-200 and 2 Airbus A340-300 add something


Vienna Philharmonic - In 2006 Austrian Airlines was outfitted with a livery featuring the gold coin and logo of the Wiener Philharmoniker


In October 2006, Austrian was forced to adopt a stringent cost-saving policy, and 2007 saw the shedding of over 500 jobs add something


Austrian was one of the few airlines to fly into post-war Iraq when it began flights to Erbil in December 2006 add something


After a small profit of 3,3 million euros in 2007, financial guidance for 2008 had to be changed negatively several times, to a loss of 475 million euros expected as of end of November add something


Flights to Shanghai, Phuket, Mauritius, Colombo, Malé and Kathmandu ended in 2007 add something


Head office moved from Oberlaa to Vienna Airport in 2007, whereas headquarters remained in Vienna itself add something


Since 2007 Do & Co handles the catering of Austrian Airlines add something


"Airliner World", January 2007 add something


Both Australia routes - Melbourne via Singapore and Sydney via Kuala Lumpur - were terminated in March 2007, ending operations on the Kangaroo Route add something


Three designs were put on aeroplanes to mark Euro 2008 add something


In June 2008, the Merrill Lynch investment bank advised the Austrian Government to sell AUA to a foreign company add something


Lufthansa - In November 2008, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines announced a deal in which Lufthansa will buy the majority stock from the Austrian government


On 13 November 2008, state holding ÖIAG announced that Lufthansa was selected add something


On 1 July 2009, the EU Commission initiated investigation on the acquisition for breach of free trade rules, suspecting that the tendering process was a fake one, everything being already decided in favour of Lufthansa add something


Finally, with approval from the European Commission, Lufthansa purchased Austrian Airlines in September 2009 add something


Shares in Austrian Airlines AG were suspended on Vienna Stock Exchange on 4 February 2010 add something


New flights to Mumbai began on November 2010 and Austrian resumed flights to Baghdad on 8 June 2011 add something


Since 2011 all Austrian planes of the Airbus A320- and Boeing 737 family are equipped with new seats and a new cabin design add something


The arrival of a new CEO, Jaan Albrecht, in 2011 has signalled the beginning of a new era for the airline, with improving passenger numbers and a more strategic position within the Lufthansa framework add something


As a result, in January 2012, a new strategy was implemented, with the addition of 11 new aircraft in the next three years, leading to a renewal of the fleet on the long term, with Airbus planes serving medium-haul routes and Boeings serving long-haul routes add something


In March 2012, Austrian called once more for recapitalisation add something


On April 30, 2012, after failure of negotiations over cost cutting measures, AUA operations were taken over by subsidiary Tyrolean Airways add something


Tyrolean Airways - From 1 July 2012 all flights of the Austrian Airlines Group are carried out by Tyrolean Airways


Austrian Airlines plans to include flights to Los Angeles, Newark and Shanghai by 2013 add something


To be replaced by Airbus A320 by summer 2013 add something


On January 13, 2013 Austrian Airlines has suspended flights to Tehran due to a lack of demand add something


Until April 2013 Austrian's entire long-haul-fleet will get new seats and a new cabin design add something


Austrian Airlines resumes flights to Chicago on May 17, 2013 add something


As of June 2013, Austrian Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines : add something


As of June 2013, the "Austrian" fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 13,9 years: All planes except one single Boeing 777 are operated by Tyrolean Airways: add something


By September 2013 Austrian's entire long-haul-fleet will get new seats and a new cabin design add something


As of November 2013, the "Austrian" fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 14,7 years: All planes except one single Boeing 777-200ER are operated by Tyrolean Airways: add something


As of March 2014, the Austrian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 14,8 years: All aircraft except one single Boeing 777-200ER are registered to Tyrolean Airways: add something


Starting on July 2, 2014, Austrian Airlines will begin service to Newark add something


As of August 2014, Austrian Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines : add something


As of September 2014, the combined Austrian Airlines and Tyrolean Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 14,8 years: All aircraft except one single Boeing 777-200ER are registered to Tyrolean Airways: add something


Tyrolean Airways - In October 2014 it has been reported that Tyrolean's flight operations and staff will be reintegrated into Austrian Airlines itself by 1 March 2015


Austrian Airlines start services to Mauritius with the beginning of the winter-flightplan 2015 add something


Lufthansa CityLine - In March 2015, the & & & Lufthansa Group announced to transfer 17 Embraer 195 from Lufthansa CityLine to Austrian Airlines


Austrian announced the presentation of their overhauled concept called "New Austrian" for 26 March 2015 add something


Tyrolean Airways - Following a new labour agreement, Tyrolean has been merged into Austrian Airlines and dissolved as a company on 31 March 2015


Welcome Air - In February 2015, Austrian Airlines announced the termination of their wetlease contract with Welcome Air for their Vienna - Linz flights from 31 March 2015


Since 1 April 2015, all flights are operated by Austrian Airlines itself again add something


Starting in October 2015, Austrian Airlines will begin services to Mauritius and Miami add something


Fokker 100 - Alliance Airlines has announced in November 2015 that it shall acquire the entire Austrian Airlines fleet of 21 Fokker 100 and Fokker 70


Alliance Airlines - In November 2015, it has been announced that Alliance will take over the entire Fokker fleet of 6 Fokker 70 and 15 Fokker 100 from Austrian Airlines


In January 2016, it has been announced that Austrian Airlines will revise its new branding introduced in spring 2015 by dropping the phrase "my" ahead of "Austrian" add something


It flies to 6 domestic and more than 120 international year-round and seasonal destinations in 55 countries as of July 2016 add something


By August 2016, 8 of 17 Embraer aircraft had already been delivered while 9 of 23 Fokker left the fleet add something


Eurowings - In December 2016, it was announced that Air Berlin would wet-lease a total of 38 Airbus A319/A320 aircraft for six years to Lufthansa Group's Eurowings and Austrian Airlines , starting from February 2017


Austrian Airlines has announced that it will commence service to Los Angeles on April 10, 2017; which will be the longest non-stop Austrian flight ever; covering a distance of 9,877 kilometers or 6,137 miles add something


Austrian Airlines has announced that it will commence service to Shiraz on July 2, 2017 with a stopover in Isfahan aboard Airbus A320 add something


Austrian Airlines announced the resumption of flights to Cape Town from 28 October 2018 add something