Interesting to know

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

For your next visit in Vienna Austrian Airlines offers you a very convenient way to get your Vienna Card - Directly on our homepage after your booking or during your Online Check-in.
What is the Vienna Card? It’s the official guest card for Vienna that enables to have the best benefits: access to the underground, trams and buses, more than 210 discounts on museums, sights, theatres, concerts, cafes, restaurants, shopping and much more - for EUR 18.90 (48 hours) and EUR 21.90 (72 hours)! On top: for our Economy Class passengers we offer a 10% discount on the redlounge price for Business Lounge entrance (EUR 35,-) at Vienna Airport. Read more about the Vienna Card here.

There is a lot to see in Vienna in 2015 - When the "Karajan-Platz" in Vienna turns into a ballroom
180 chairs are standing in Vienna. Not only somewhere and without purpose; no, there is one spectacle that will take place on the "Karajan-Platz", where these chairs have been placed. Opera is going to be present for everyone: On a big video wall, free of charge! Why not take part of this spectacle? It is one thing you should definitely include during your next city trip to Vienna. Thanks to the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse boulevard, Vienna’s most impressive 5.3 km long street with Vienna’s major monuments and parks, starts to glow. The 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse is followed by various events and exhibitions. Vienna State Opera, located on this boulevard, decided to make a great and unforgettable experience out of it. Opera and ballet broadcasts can be followed on a big video wall on 50sqm area outside the Opera during April, May, June and in September as well. There will be about 80 performances in total, from Beethoven, Donizetti, Mozart and Puccini to Tschaikowski, Verdi, Wagner and many more. Each of them invites to an evening full of music, songs and emotions. Interested in visiting Vienna during these celebrations? Fly with Austrian Airlines to our beloved capital!

Vienna is again under the top ranked cities of the most liveable cities in 2014 - According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Vienna is ranked second of 140 cities worldwide and is the only European city under the first three. The index entails 30 factors related to things like safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment. Vienna is not only the most liveable city in Europe, it offers also a lot for tourists. Discover the cultural heart of Austria and enjoy the surrounding beautiful nature. Book your flight now!

Austrian Airlines is the European Service Champion - Austrian Airlines once again achieved top rankings in the renowned Skytrax - World Airline Awards 2014: In particular, the Austrian Airlines service on the ground and in the air was rewarded with a first place rating in the category "Best Airline Staff Service in Europe". In addition, Austrian Airlines was selected as one of the five best airlines in Europe. Austria's national carrier improved in comparison to last year's results, moving up one notch in the rankings from 6th to 5th place in Europe. "I am very proud of our team, and would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues on the ground and in the air for their outstanding performance", says Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines. Read the whole press release here

From 1st May 2014, our passengers can use their electronic devices during their entire stay on board of all our flights, even during takeoff and landing. However, all transmission functions must remain deactivated and the device must be in flight mode. This new rule applies to smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other electronic devices up to 1 kilogram.

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

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

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 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.