Interesting to know

In this new reference we would like to make a collection of interesting facts about Austrian Airlines and Austrian aviation industry. Did you know that...

Austrian Airlines carried more than 2.2 million passengers in the first quarter of 2014.

Austrian Airlines Takes Off with Life Ball Aircraft
Thanks to the financial support of the Vienna Tourist Board, Austrian Airlines has branded a Boeing 777 to mark the occasion of the Life Ball 2014. This Boeing aircraft featuring the special Life Ball design is flying around the world starting from April 1, 2014, including destinations such as Tokyo or Bangkok.
Austrian Airlines takes its corporate social responsibility seriously, and thus supports charitable and social organizations, institutions and projects with a global relevance. The Life Ball is one of the projects with which the Austria’s domestic carrier underlines its social commitment. Austrian Airlines is proud to be able to bring the prominent guests from New York to Vienna in the official Life Ball aircraft on May 30, 2014. Find more information here

Austrian’s summer timetable started along with the daylight saving time. Since Sunday, the 30th March, not only daylight saving time, but also our summer timetable has started. In summer, we will significantly expand our Intercontinental and European routes and thereby win more customers and continue to grow. Check our timetable right now!

Austrian Paralympic team brings home medals from Sochi. On Monday, 17th March our successful Austrian Paralympic team landed with OS2764 from Sochi in Vienna. The medalists Philipp Bonadimann (1 x silver), Matthias Lanzinger (2 x silver), Claudia Lösch (2 x silver), Roman Rabl (3 x bronze) and Markus Salcher (2 gold, 1 bronze) were welcomed by an official delegation, led by the Austrian sports minister Gerald Klug. Read the whole press release here

Our additional B777 OE-LPE arrived safely in Vienna during the night of 11th March. Capt. Manfred Samhaber and his crew transferred the aircraft from Manchester. There it was "stripped", as it is customary, which means the paint was almost completely removed. In Vienna, OE-LPE was eagerly awaited by many spotters. The aircraft will spend the next few weeks in our hangar, where it is converted to the Austrian standard by the Austrian Technik.

Austrian is the official carrier of the Austrian Olympic Team! We are very much honored to fly Austrian athletes, trainers, equipment and sports equipment to the Winter Olympic Games, which will take place from 7 to 23 February 2014 in the Russian city Sochi. Austrian will thus continue the tried-and-tested cooperation with the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) that has been in place for the past 21 years. "We are pleased to be able to rely on a reliable airline partner," said Karl Stoss, President of the ÖOC.

Austrian Airlines hires 280 new flight attendants in 2014. These new positions are related to the additional Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft which will expand the Austrian Airlines fleet as of summer 2014. Requirements for applicants include a high orientation to fulfill the outstanding quality standards of Austrian. "We look forward to receiving many applicants who are just as concerned with the enthusiasm of our customers as we are", says Vera Renner, Head of Cabin Operations. Check the whole press release here

Austrian Airlines aircraft are flying 190,047,000 km per year or 247 times to the moon and back.

Austrian retrofit warms people in need. The retrofit of Business Class has not only been a pleasant surprise for our passengers, but is now also helping Vienna’s homeless to get through winter. In the collection campaign for the charitable organization Gruft Austrian donated a total of five boxes of blankets and five boxes of body lotion from our former Business Class.

Austrian and the organization "Doc On Board - Emergency Medicine in the sky" have relaunched a collaborative program of training on-board doctors! The aviation-specific training takes place at our Training Center at Vienna Schwechat Airport as of October 2013.

Passengers enter the security area at Austrian Star Alliance Terminal through the world’s highest-resolution photographic wall  

In cooperation with Ars Electronica Austrian presents a world sensation - The gigapixel project! An impressive 165 46-inch full HD displays tower to a height of more than nine meters and a width of more than fifteen meters. The gigapixel presentation is composed of five ultra-high resoultuion images made by the Austrian photographer Lois Lammerhuber.The photographs were taken from the 61st floor of the Rockefeller Center on a balcony with a special wind protection. You can enjoy the masterpiece at the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal Check-in 3.

There are between 150 and 200 sales trolleys in action every day on Austrian non-EU flights all over the globe. Our fly&buy brochures offer a wide range of various items for sale for every taste and pocket. When selecting our product range we focus on goods from Austrian companies with new items being introduced to the fly&buy magazine twice a year. Wristwatches, the camera watch, cosmetics, jewelry, fragrances, confectionary, children’s toys, KuliCam Spy Pen, Swarowski Crystalline ballpoint pen – just to name few. Austrian: shopping is in the air!

Up to 4000 aircraft operate within Austrian airspace every day

Over 300 air traffic controllers in cooperation with 700 other employees at Austro Control are guiding the aircraft to ensure safety of the nation’s airspace. One of the control points is located at Vienna Airport - a distinguishable 109-meter high tower. The local air traffic controllers monitor all the air trafiic both in the air and on the ground, such as taxiing, landing and departing aircraft. However, not only air traffic controllers, but also the employees of Austro Control Aviation Meteorology work in the tower to provide seamless weather observations and forecasts.

Austrian Airlines has the most tightly knitted route net in Eastern Europe since KGB. Our Central- and Eastern European network currently includes more than 40 destinations.

Austrian has six extensive lounges, comprising 2000m2 in all, awaiting you in the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal, all equipped with modern furnishings, all with a typical Austrian flair and a view of the apron.

Austrian Airlines offers perfect connections between all Austria´s regional airports and the rest of the world. It takes no more than 25 minutes to change planes.

You can enjoy 100 hours of entertainment on Austrian long-haul flights! 100 hours of movies on DVD on demand! You can travel 5 times to Bangkok and back - and still have not seen them all.