Renewal of Austrians medium-haul fleet in autumn 2015
Great news for all our aircraft interested passengers!
We are proud that we will have the chance to introduce you to our new medium-haul fleet in autumn 2015. The time of waiting for our new planes will easily go faster when you think that you will have the chance to fly with younger, larger and environmentally friendlier aircraft then!
As of autumn 2015
Austrian starts their renewal
of the former Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 fleet in the medium-haul. The aircraft will be replaced by Embraer 195 jets
. The first Embraer 195 is expected to operate already before the end of 2015. The design will stay typically Austrian Airlines with our red-white colours.
One more reason to fly with us!
Find the press release about Austrian's upcoming medium-haul fleet here
Austrian Airlines introduces new air fare concept
Do you know that…?
As of autumn 2015 as a customer of Austrian Airlines you will be able to choose your fare more individually and corresponding to your specific needs. Sales will start already in summer 2015.
The former two class booking system, consisting of Economy and Business Class, will be modified by an Economy class system that enables you to choose between the three different Economy fares, Light, Classic and Flex, within Europe. These different concepts will give Austrian Airlines customers different services included. Moreover additional services, like lounge access and our Do&Co à la Carte menu on board, can be booked on all price categories.
Thus, the new system grants on the one hand more freedom of choice but also the possibility to book the Light fare at an even lower price than our red ticket deals.
The Light fare will be especially interesting for travelers with only carry-on baggage and no need to rebook or reburse the fare. But nevertheless, the Light economy fare will still have our well-known service on board, with snacks and drinks and the possibility to gather Miles&More. Classic and Flex will offer customized services, as free baggage allowance, the booking of a preferred seat and free rebooking.
Find out more about the new concept and an overview in the whole press release.
Miami - Austrians new destination in the sun
Austrian Airlines continues to expand its route network to sunny medium and long-haul tourist destinations in 2015.
As of October 16, 2015 Austrian Airlines will fly five times per week to America’s sunshine state Florida, with great connections to and from Scandinavia.
Austrian will operate a Boeing 777 aircraft on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to Miami International Airport. Flight service will be offered throughout the entire year. The duration of the flight from Vienna to Miami, a distance of 8,400 kilometers will amount to 9 hours and 40 minutes.
With this new addition to the route network, Austrian now offers a sixth destination in North America in addition to its existing flights to New York, Newark, Washington, Chicago and Toronto in Canada.
VIE - MIA OS097 MON,WED,FRI,SAT,SUN 09:55 - 15:20
MIA - VIE OS098 MON,WED,FRI,SAT,SUN 17:10 - 08:50 (+1)
Miami - thriving city life with a mixture of beach town and urban metropolis. With its famous Miami Beach you can get the best out of all the amenities of a beach town and a big city. A buzzing city in America’s sunshine state where boredom will have no chance to evolve.
Mandatory registration of Sports Equipment
Did you know that...?
With Austrian Airlines you can take your skis free-of-charge to your upcoming skiing trip. You simply have to register them in advance. Due to capacity reasons, we are unfortunately not able to transport your skis if they are not confirmed throughout the whole journey. How to do it?
There are three easy and fast ways to register your sports equipment.
Call us via our mobile hotline: +43 (0) 5 1766 1000
Send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register them online here
Thus we can assure you the best possible service with a smooth and easy check-in procedure. With Austrian Airlines you can start your journey relaxed.
We fly for your smile!
Austrian among the most punctual airlines in 2014
According to the OAG Punctuality League 2014, which measures the yearly on-time performance for airlines and airports, smaller operations again take the lead in the on-time performance for arriving flights. The industry-wide standard for measuring punctuality is for the flight to depart/arrive within a 15 minute window of the published time.
With 90% of on-time arrivals Austrian Airlines achieved the 3rd place worldwide, right behind Hawaiian Airlines with 92,3% and Latvia’s airBaltic with an on-time arrival rate of 94,9%. Only the top three carriers in this category have 9 out of 10 flights arriving on time. 13 of the top 20 carriers in 2014 are based in Europe, with Austrian Airlines and airBatlic only two carriers achieve an average on-time performance throughout the year of more than 90%.
We fly for your smile!
*Source: OAG (Absolute Aviation Advantage) provides airline schedules and flight status data. The OAG punctuality League 2014 draws on OAG Flight status data to create tables of the best airlines and airports for on-time performance in 2014. To read the whole report click here.
AIRail - cooperation with the Federal Railways of Austria
Since December 2014, Austrian Airlines passengers are able to use new ÖBB connections with an Austrian flight number between Vienna Airport and Linz central station.
Austrian AIRail in cooperation with ÖBB, the Federal Railways of Austria lets you combine rail and air travel and enjoy a continuous journey. Additionally to the five daily flights between Vienna and Linz, the cooperation provides up to eight extra rail connections a day. When beginning your journey by Austrian AIRail, you will be able to check in for both the rail and air sections of your route in advance. At platforms in Linz and Vienna Airport, an ÖBB porter helps passengers load and unload their luggage.
Austrian Airlines passengers can earn miles on the Miles&More Program on the route between Vienna and Linz in the same way as when flying. Austrian Business Class passengers travel in the First Class compartment of the train and receive free access to the newly desigend ÖBB Lounge at Linz central station. Our most loyal frequent flyers - HON circle members, Senators and guests with a Star Alliance Gold card - will also have free access to the ÖBB Lounge in Linz before departure when booking AIRail.
Check out the AIRail timetable here
Fly and Ride with Austrian and ÖBB!
Austrian Airlines - official carrier of the ESC 2015
We are proud to announce Austrian Airlines to be the official carrier of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.
The Eurovision Song Contest, an international music competition between composers and songwriters, is set to take place on the 19th, 21st and the grand finale on the 23rd of May 2015. "As Austria's domestic carrier, we are especially proud to have been given the opportunity to function as the official airline for the Eurovision Song Contest", adds Andreas Otto, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. "As a brand ambassador for Austria, we will be carrying people from across Europe to Vienna for this unique music show."
Austrian connects the event in Vienna with a global route network of around 130 destinations, including 39 in Central and Eastern Europe alone, making it the ideal partner for this international music competition. Austrian connects Stockholm with Vienna up to 3 times daily, seven days a week.
Book now and fly with Austrian to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.
Austrian Airlines launches flight service to Mauritius
Austrian Airlines adds the new destination Mauritius to its winter 2015/16 flight schedule
. Starting on October 29, 2015 Austrian will fly nonstop from Vienna to Mauritius every Thursday and back to Vienna on Fridays with easy and fast connections from and to Stockholm.
You will have the opportunity to sit back, relax in the new cabin of the Boeing 767, watch a film of your choice on your own touch screen monitors and enjoy DO&CO meals on board. After a flight time of approximately 10 hours and 20 minutes the aircraft will land at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan International Airport on Mauritius. Tarrifs for "beyond" destinations will be available with Air Mauritius to La Réunion (RUN), Antananarivo (TNR), and Rodrigues (RRG).
There are plenty of reasons why you should be on our flight to Mauritius next season and escaping the cold swedish winter. You have plans on tying the knot? Mauritius has been awarded as the "Best Wedding and Honeymoon destination" in 2013 by the World Travel Awards. Mauritius also offers sports lovers an immense range of sports activities form Deep Sea Fishing to surfing the waves of the indian ocean, hiking through beautiful Mauritius or playing a relaxing game of golf. Find our best offers to Mauritius already now and secure one of the first seats here…
The New Austrian Airlines Mobile App
Now you can find everything you need for your Austrian Airlines flight, and a wide range of Austrian services in our brand new Austrian app
Book flights directly on your smart phone, review arrival and departure information and flight schedules, check-in for your Austrian flight using mobile Web Check-in, change your flight or have your boarding pass sent directly to your mobile device. The new Austrian app is now ready to be downloaded free, at the App Store and on Google Play. It is available in German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukranian and Japanese. The Austrian Mobile Solutions offer flexibility, wherever you are – whenever you want!
Learn more about the New Austrian mobile app here
New Austrian Wintertimetable 2014-2015
Once again Austrian Airlines is offering passengers an extensive range of flights to choose from in its winter timetable 2014/2015.
Austrian will be operating flights to up to 100 different destinations in 56 countries around the world in this coming winter. The winter flight schedule is valid from October 26, 2014 to March 28, 2015
. Austrian Airlines once more is offering weekly charter flights to Innsbruck, in order to connect Scandinavia with the main ski resorts in Austria. Starting the operations as of January 2015, Austrian will offer weekly connections from Copenhagen, Billund, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Oslo directly to Innsbruck. Right in time, starting with the 19th of December 2014 Austrian Airlines will increase its connections to Malé to twice a week in order for our passengers to espace the cold and grey European winter.
Furthermore we set our emphasis on Eastern Europe and are offering flights from Vienna to a total of 39 destinations in the region in the upcoming winter. Looking further into the year 2015, Austria will be offering a daily flight service to all North American destinations as of June 2015. Get more information about our winter destinations here
Andreas Otto named new CCO of Austrian Airlines
Andreas Otto named new CCO of Austrian Airlines Andreas Otto (51), currently Executive Board Member for Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo in Frankfurt, was named to serve as the new Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines AG effective October 1, 2014. The appointment of Andreas Otto was resolved upon by the Supervisory Board. Thus he replaces Karsten Benz (50), who will return to the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt as of October 1, 2014.
"I am pleased that we have been able to attract Andreas Otto, an experienced and successful airline manager from our own ranks. For fourteen years he influenced the path taken by Lufthansa Cargo AG as it grew to become one of the world’s most profitable air cargo carriers", said Harry Hohmeister, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo. The appointment comprises a "clear commitment of the Lufthansa Group to the further development of Austrian Airlines as a quality airline at the Vienna hub", Hohmeister added. Read the whole Press Release here
Traffic Results for August 2014: Rise in passenger volume despite several crisis areas
The month of August 2014 was impacted by crises in many areas and the related cancellations of flights. For the most part, flight service to Erbil in Iraq had to be stopped for the time being due to the security situation. Nevertheless, the Austrian Airlines Group carried more than 1.1 million passengers in August 2014, comprising a rise of 0.5 percent or more than 85,000 passengers. Accordingly, Austrian Airlines increased passenger volume in spite of the many crisis regions. This can be mainly attributed to the robust growth of its long-haul flights. "We hold up well in a difficult market environment. In August our flight offering to the crisis regions of the Ukraine and the Middle East was adapted substantially. Nevertheless, a rise in passenger volume has come out", explains Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. "Our North American expansion was the right move." Read the whole press release here
Traffic Results for January to July 2014: Higher Passenger Volume at Austrian Airlines
The Austrian Airlines Group carried about 6.5 million passengers in the period January to July 2014, corresponding to a rise of 1.1 percent from the prior-year level. This increase can be particularly attributed to the additional Boeing 777 which has been in operation since the middle of June 2014 and the strong expansion of flight service to North America. Since July 2, 2014 Austrian Airlines has been offering flights to Newark as a new destination in its route network. Moreover, since July 1, 2014 the airline has been operating a larger aircraft on its daily flights to Washington, namely a Boeing 777 instead of a Boeing 767. Furthermore, in May 2014 the number of flights to Chicago was increased from five to seven per week. As a result, capacity utilization (passenger load factor) in the period January to July 2014 increased by 1.5 percentage points from the previous year to 78.5 percent. Read more here
Austrian Airlines Reduces Profit Forecast for 2014
Austrian Airlines positively concluded the second quarter of 2014 with an operating profit of EUR 10 million. Due to the traditionally weak first quarter, Austrian posted an operating loss of minus EUR 44 million in the first half of 2014 (H1 2013: minus EUR 35 million). The decline of EUR 9 million from the previous year can be mainly attributed to the need to set aside provisions to cover claims arising from the legal dispute on the potential after-effects of the collective wage agreement for flight personnel.
"The legal signals from Luxembourg have led us to allocate provisions for the legal dispute with the Works Council for the flight and cabin crew", says Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht. "This negatively impacts our earnings but above all our future plans as well, due to the fact that we have had to stop our investment program to expand the long-haul fleet. The management and Works Council for the flight and cabin crew are once again called upon to find a solution to the conflict." Read the whole press release here
World Airline Awards 2014 - 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
Traffic Results June 2014 - Again more than one million passengers
Austrian Airlines Group carried more than one million passengers again in the month of June 2014, corresponding to a rise of 0.6 percent from the prior-year level. This increase can be particularly attributed to the strong growth of passenger volume on flights to North America. Capacity was increased by 1.8 percent. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) were up by 3.7 percent. As a result, capacity utilization (passenger load factor) in June 2014 improved by 1.5 percentage points from the previous year to 80.8 percent.
In the period January to June 2014, Austrian Airlines carried approximately 5.4 million passengers, corresponding to an increase of 1.4 percent year-on-year. "In June we once again carried more passengers. Capacity utilization for flights to North America is reaching record high levels", states Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. "Austrian is making progress thanks to new products and improved productivity".
First Austrian Airlines Flight to Newark
Starting on July 2, Austrian Airlines is offering a further North American destination in its summer flight schedule. It will fly directly to Newark five times a week with a Boeing 767. Thus Austrian Airlines is offering up to two daily flights to New York in addition to its flight service each day to New York JFK. Austrian Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Karsten Benz personally welcomed the first passengers today and ceremoniously inaugurated the new route to New York.
"With the new offering Austrian Airlines is now flying up to two times per day to the New York metropolitan area. Together with our partner United Airlines we will now be able to offer our passengers more than 120 transfer connections throughout North America in the future", says Austrian Airlines CCO Karsten Benz. "We expect more than 100,000 additional passengers each year as a result of our North American expansion. Newark alone should account for about 50,000 passengers by the end of 2014". Read more
Smart Upgrade goes Europe
Austrian Airlines is expanding its "Smart Upgrade" offering. Effective immediately passengers will also have the chance to purchase a seat in the Austrian Business Class on all scheduled European flights by means of an auction. Passengers submit their bids online and will find out 72 hours before departure whether they have been given a Business Class seat. In order to participate in the bidding process, the passengers only require a previously booked Economy Class ticket for the particular flight.
"We have received more than 23,000 bids for a Business Class upgrade on long-haul flights within a period of just one year. In order to fulfill the wishes of our customers, we are now expanding this service to all scheduled flights starting on July 1, 2014", says Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. See here
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Austrian Airlines Opens Family Check-in for Holiday Season
Just on time to mark the beginning of the holiday season, Austrian Airlines in cooperation with Vienna Airport is opening the first family check-in. Parents can calmly check in while the youngest passengers enjoy themselves in their own children's play area, which is fitted out with red leather dice to build and stack as well as a whole lot of toys. A photo wall with aircraft invites families to take funny snapshots for their holiday album before departure. The Austrian Airlines Family Check-in is located in the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal (Terminal 3). The service is available to families with children up to the age of 12 for all Austrian Airlines flights.
Generally speaking, Austrian Airlines attaches great importance to serving children and families. Each year some 450,000 children up to the age of 12 fly with Austrian Airlines, comprising about four percent of the total number of Austrian Airlines passengers. Naturally, the main focus is the holiday season. In the upcoming holiday months of July and August, more than 165,000 children will once again fly with Austrian Airlines to their holiday destinations. For this reason, Austrian Airlines is making special services and advantages available of which families can take advantage in the upcoming holiday season. Read more
Austrian Airlines Fleet Growth for the First Time in 7 Years
The new long-haul aircraft operated by Austrian Airlines, a Boeing 777-200ER with the registration OE-LPE, took off two weeks earlier than planned at 10:45 a.m. on Monday 16, departing on its maiden flight from Vienna to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The latest addition to the Austrian Airlines fleet entails an investment of about EUR 50 million. More than EUR 20 million was required just to refit the aircraft. On balance, each of the 308 high-tech seats on board costs as much as a medium-sized car. The business class seats can be converted into flat beds, and every seat is equipped with a video-on-demand.
However, Austrian Airlines did not only invest money in the aircraft, but the new addition to the fleet is the basis for creating a total of 130 new jobs, including 20 pilots and 90 flight attendants. The management of Austrian Airlines expects this small-scale expansion to result in increased operating revenue of EUR 80 million and 170,000 new passengers on a yearly basis. Moreover, it also enables a new long-haul route, Newark in New Jersey, to be added to the airline's route network starting on July 2, 2014.
"This is the first time in seven years that Austrian Airlines is expanding its fleet", says CEO Jaan Albrecht. "Accordingly, the aircraft which will be baptized with the name Blue Danube by employees on June 27th will serve as a kind of symbol for a fresh start". Read more here
AIRail: Austrian Airlines and ÖBB launch cooperation
From 14 December 2014, Austrian Airlines and ÖBB are to launch a cooperation entitled "AIRail" on the Linz central station - Vienna Airport - Linz central station route. In future, Austrian passengers with an Austrian flight either preceding or following their rail journey will also be able to use new ÖBB connections with an Austrian flight number between Linz central station and Vienna Airport. Integrating Linz into the Austrian Airlines network in this way - in addition to the five daily flights between the two cities already being offered - will provide up to eight extra rail connections a day.
The new train route will become bookable, conveniently in one step together with an Austrian flight, from 2 July 2014 onwards. The travelling time from Linz central station to Vienna Airport will be 1 hour 47 minutes.
"The cooperation with ÖBB is an important step in empowering our passengers by offering them unrestricted mobility, no matter whether it's in the air or on rails. In addition to this, we are connecting Linz even more strongly into the global network of Austrian Airlines, with up to eight rail connections a day", says Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines. Christian Kern, CEO ÖBB-Holding AG adds: "The connection of train and flight is another step towards modern mobility. Our infrastructure investments generate a direct customer benefit, especially the Vienna Central Station acts as a key to the lock and allows this new connection. As of December 2015, our customers can easily travel by railjet to 'airjet'." Read the whole press release here
Traffic Results May 2014 - More than one million passengers
The Austrian Airlines Group carried more than one million passengers in the month of May 2014, corresponding to a rise of 4.2 percent from the prior-year level. This increase can be particularly attributed to the strong growth of passenger volume on flights to North America. Capacity was increased by 4.1 percent. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) were up by 7.9 percent. As a result, capacity utilization (passenger load factor) improved by 2.8 percentage points from the previous year to 78.2 percent.
"The increase in the number of passengers flying with Austrian Airlines shows that what we offer on the market is precisely what is in demand", says Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. "Particularly business on North American routes still develops favorably. The advance bookings for Newark, which we will add to our route network as of July 2, 2014, have also started off well". Read more details here
Austrian Technik is an excellent supplier
Every year, Lufthansa Technik (LHT) grants the MRO Supplier Award to their suppliers. For 2013, LHT assigned Austrian a place in the top ranks yet again, thus highlighting how satisfied they are with the quality of Austrian's technical services. Among 248 participants, our aircraft workshops were ranked in the top ten in 2013.
See the certificate here
On the way to a healthy Austrian
We are continuously increasing our fuel efficiency:
In 2012, our fuel consumption has decreased to 3.98 liters per 100 passenger kilometers from 4.18 liters in the previous year − even though we transported more passengers. The airlines of the Lufthansa Group together produced a value of 4.06 liters per 100 passenger kilometers. This is an efficiency record. Compared to the car, the aircraft is in fact an environmentally-friendly means of transport.
"Fuel is our largest cost driver. If we use less fuel, we reduce costs. At the same time we lower emissions and protect the environment. We cannot influence our fuel consumption entirely. But by implementing specific measures, we can contribute a lot to efficiency. This year our savings goal amounts to 4 million euro. Many divisions throughout the company make an important contribution to this." Oliver Cantele Head of Operations Efficiency Team / DE
Austrian Achieves Operating Result of EUR 25 Million in 2013
• Austrian Airlines returns to profitability after six years
• Strict cost management brings improvement of EUR 31 million
• Jaan Albrecht: "On the right path, but no turnaround yet"
The rigorous restructuring program implemented by the Austrian Airlines Group is clearly reflected in the business results for the year 2013: Austrian Airlines succeeded in posting an operating profit of EUR 25.1 million (2012: loss of EUR 6.0 million on an adjusted basis). In addition to strict cost management, the higher passenger load factor on the aircraft was the main factor contributing to Austrian Airlines’ return to profitability. The successful marketing of intercontinental flights also brought positive results. The year 2007 was the last time Austrian Airlines was in the black.
"Austrian Airlines has put the crisis behind it. We are well on track. Now the priority is to shape our future. This entails the modernization of our medium-haul fleet and expansion of the long-haul fleet", says Jaan Albrecht, Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines.
Read the whole press release here
Austrian: Best Business Class airline
The British magazine "BD Business Destinations" awarded Austrian Airlines the Travel Award 2013 in the category "Best Business Class Airline - Europe". Apart from the successful new long-haul cabin, we are especially proud about the award for our business class product on the short- and medium-haul fleet.
Find the details here
Austrian: The most punctual airline in the world
FlightStats, Inc., the leader in global flight and airport information services, has released the October 2013 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report. The report covers airlines and airports in the following regions: Major International, North America, Europe and Asia. The top three performing major international airlines and their on-time percentages were:
1. (OS) Austrian Airlines 91.31%
2. (AY) Finnair 91.05%
3. (DL) Delta 90.54%
Get the October 2013 FlightStats On-time Airline and Airport Performance Report.
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